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Evening MBA Curriculum

Strategic thinking, leadership, and global business are fundamental to the Foster MBA core. The Foster MBA Program focuses on strategy and global business—both directly, in components on competitive strategy, global strategic management, and macroeconomics, and indirectly, in the choice of cases and projects.

The MBA curriculum helps students develop knowledge and skills through working with award-winning faculty, industry leaders brought into the classroom, and learning from one another in team-driven assignments. Students acquire new expertise in intimate classroom settings, and practice their talents through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities in Seattle and around the world.

Overview

The Evening MBA Program is designed to be completed part‐time over a 3‐year period. After completing the required core courses, students have the flexibility to complete the curriculum at their own pace. The program is comprised of 47 required core credits and 32 elective credits for a total of 79 credits.

Students generally complete core classes over the first six quarters of their study and begin adding electives in spring quarter of their second year. The third year consists of elective courses only. Additionally, students can take 4 courses outside of Foster at UW.

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Courses

Year 1 and 2 Core Courses take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm – 9:30pm. Elective courses are offered Monday through Thursday. Click below for more details about the core and elective course content.

Course Title Topics Covered
Financial Reporting and Analysis Financial statements
Accounting concepts and methods
Institutional and regulatory influences
Measurement and reporting issues
Microeconomic Analysis Consumer theory
Production and costs
Monopoly
Externalities and welfare
eLead – Leadership Development & Building Effective Teams Assessment, instruction and coaching to develop leadership abilities. Emphasizes team building and collaboration, written, oral and interpersonal communication, and applied leadership activities.
Course Title Topics Covered
Corporate Finance Investments, diversification, portfolio theory
Capital budgeting
Capital Structure
Statistics for Business Decisions Statistical summaries of data
Forecasting models
Assessment of uncertainty
Inference and predictions
Methods of quality improvement
Marketing Strategy Market definition
Customer analysis
Competitive analysis
Marketing planning
Managerial Accounting Relevant costs for decision-making
Management accounting systems
Budgeting and performance evaluation
Course Title Topics Covered
Leading Teams and Organizations Effective groups
Organization theory
Leadership in organizations
Human resource management
Delegation and empowerment
Implementing change
Operations and Supply Chain Management Productivity and competitiveness
Capacity planning
Just-in-time production systems
Inventory management
Decision Support Models Quantitative modeling
Linear programming
Decision theory
Simulation
Course Title Topics Covered
Competitive Strategy Analyzing value creation
Strategic thinking and planning
Strategy implementation
Structure analysis of industries
Ethical Leadership Ethical aspects of conducting business
Ethical decision-making
Stakeholder management
Corporate social responsibility
Sustainability and corporate governance
Course Title Topics Covered
Analysis of Global Economic Conditions Interaction of goods, labor and asset markets
International trade
Growth of output, inflation, unemployment
Interest and exchange rates
Monetary and fiscal policies
Choose the electives that meet your personal interests, career goals and development needs.

Course Title Details
Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or ACCTG 500
Examining Corporate Fraud 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or ACCTG 500
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
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Cooperative Education in Business 1 credit
Open only to students who meet requirements of internship program.
Internship credit may not be applied to fulfill specific MBA degree requirements or to credits required for graduation.
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Course Title Details
Finding Your Voice 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 501
TED Talks 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Women at the Top 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Competing in the Global Economy 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
International Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Foster Research Partners 4 credits
Enrollment limited to Foster MBA students selected for the course (by application).
Applied Global Macroeconomics 2 credits
Prerequisite: BECON 501
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Foundations of Entrepreneurship 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Entrepreneurial Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MGMT 502
Innovation Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Entrepreneurial Decision Making 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Software Entrepreneurship 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Business Plan Practicum 2 credits
Maximum of 4 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Technology Commercialization 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Venture Capital Investment Competition 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Environmental Innovation Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Health Innovation Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Entrepreneurial Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Entrepreneurial Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Angel Investing 4 credits (AUT), 2 credits (WIN & SPR)
Maximum of 8 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Enrollment limited to Foster MBA students selected for the course (by application).
Biomedical Entrepreneurship 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Entrepreneurial Influence and the Pitch 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Influencer Marketing: Profiting from Social Media 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Maximum of 6 credits count toward MBA Electives.
New Ventures Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Maximum of 6 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
International Financial Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500, 501 or BECON 500, 501
Problems in Business Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Problems in Corporate Planning & Financing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Problems in Capital Investment Planning 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Financing Decisions, Payout Policy & Corporate Control 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Business Valuation and Investment Analysis
4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Entrepreneurial Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Mergers and Acquisitions 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Investments 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Financial Futures & Options Markets 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Management of Financial Risk 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds & Private Equity 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Asian Capital Markets 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Behavioral Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Data Analytics in Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: None
Financial Institutions: Fueling Growth, Managing Risk, and Avoiding the Next Financial Crisis 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Game Theory & Other Topics in Microeconomics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BECON 500
International Business Compliance 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
International Finance 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Introduction to Real Estate Finance & Investment 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Cases in Sustainability 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
International Study Tour 2 credits
Enrollment limited to students selected for the tour (by application).
Applied Global Consulting in India 4 credits
Enrollment limited to students selected for the trip (by application).
Global Business Forum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Wicked Problems: Business in a World of 9B People 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Managing in a Global Environment 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Leadership & Coaching Practicum 2 credits
Enrollment limited to Full-time MBA students selected for Leadership Fellows Program.
Innovation Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Leading & Managing High-Performance Organizations 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Successful Negotiations 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Deal-Making in High Velocity Ventures 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MGMT 500
CEO & Board Governance 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Nonprofit Board Fellows Leadership Seminar 2 credits
Maximum of 4 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Enrollment limited to students selected for Board Fellows Program.
Business Strategies in Emerging Markets 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Developing Strategies for Social Impact 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Globalization of Healthcare Services & the Biotech Industry 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Healthcare Technology 360 Due Diligence 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Innovation and Design Thinking 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Intersections of Law & Business 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Leading Across Cultures 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Managing a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Management Consulting: Structured Problem Solving and Critical Thinking 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Strategic Consulting Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Sustainable Product Design & Development 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Advanced Marketing Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Business-to-Business Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Pricing Strategies & Tactics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Direct Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Consumer Marketing & Brand Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Strategic Product Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Entrepreneurial Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Advertising & Promotion Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Customer Insights 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Customer Analytics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Analytics for Marketing Decisions 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Digital Marketing Analytics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
International Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Consultative Selling 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Digital Strategies & Systems 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Go-to-Market Strategy 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Influencer Marketing: Profiting from Social Media 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Marketing of Innovations 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Analytics Consulting Lab 4 credits
Prerequisite: None
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Project Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Supply Chain Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Business Analytics: Tools for Big Data 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 501 or QMETH 500
International Supply Chain Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Risk Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
Course Title Details
Modeling with Spreadsheets 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or QMETH 501
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
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Leadership development

Hard skills alone won’t make you effective in the complex sphere of modern business. Leadership, communication, presentation skills, networking, and teamwork will be critical to your career development. That’s why these skills are incorporated throughout the entire UW MBA Program.

Evening MBA students will be evaluated in a variety of professional skill areas. Communications faculty will assess your presentation and writing skills, and will work with you to develop a personal leadership skill development plan. Career coaches will give you feedback on mock interviews. You will receive ongoing training in leadership communication and conflict resolution. Your team will also receive guidance to help members reach optimal teamwork performance. As an individual and as a team member, you’ll have an opportunity to build your confidence through active participation in simulations and case competitions.
Throughout the program, you will continue to hone your communication and leadership skills. Students formally and informally mentor one another to enhance their team collaboration and continue to improve leadership communication skills—which are highly sought after by MBA recruiters.

If you need to fine-tune a given area, academic and career coaches work with you to tap the many resources of the Foster School of Business. Learn more about career coaches and MBA Career Management.

During the course of the program you’ll develop a professional skills portfolio. Your presentations, writing samples, work projects, and mock interview results will create a strong, cohesive record of your career potential. You will be prepared for confident interviews with tangible proof of your MBA performance.
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Teams

Immerse yourself in a collaborative learning environment

Collaboration is more than a buzzword in the Foster MBA Program. The ethic of interactive learning, teamwork, and peer support forms the foundation for every aspect of the Foster MBA experience. From the start of orientation, when you meet your first study team, to second-year team competitions and third-year electives, you will learn from your colleagues’ experiences, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, and develop professional relationships that last long after graduation.

Gain the skills to lead teams

Teamwork is an essential part of the workplace culture and many businesses make hiring and promotion decisions based on teamwork skills. In the Foster MBA Program, you’ll find out what it takes to become an adept team player by participating in and leading teams in an environment that mirrors the workplace. Learn to build teams that rise above personal differences and gain experience working with students in other functional disciplines to solve business problems. You’ll join forces with your MBA peers in:

  • Core and Elective Course Study Teams
  • Consulting Projects
  • Case and Dempsey Startup Competitions
  • Student Organizations and Clubs

Receive vital support from your study teams

Core and elective course study teams are the heart of the UW MBA experience. Each quarter, you’ll collaborate with a small group of students from diverse regions, professional backgrounds, and cultures. Team members tutor one another, collaborate on projects, refine each other’s work, and provide valuable contacts for career opportunities. During your first year in the program, you will also identify areas of growth and accomplishment through quarterly self and peer evaluations. Many MBA students say that one of the most rewarding aspects of the program is the camaraderie and professional relationships they develop with their MBA classmates.

Core study teams are carefully selected to ensure a strong and diverse set of skills, experiences, and perspectives:

  • Required Leadership Development course — offers an opportunity to develop teamwork skills
  • Collaboration and Conflict Seminar — provides tools to promote success in teams and resolve issues that may arise
  • Case Competitions — develops team presentation, analysis and collaboration skills during required case competitions
You can take classes that focus on leadership and developing strong teamwork environments. Students also complete team projects in elective classes — in some cases, a significant portion of each student’s course grade hinges on the team project. Depending on the course, teams may be assigned by the course instructor or students may self-select their teams.
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Experiential Learning

“Learn by doing”
Transforming learning into action takes many forms—courses within and outside of the core that provoke your thinking and stimulate discussion; leadership development periods to practice your skills; career planning based on your past experience and where you want to go; student organizations that allow you to lead projects and solve problems in teams; and company projects that give you an opportunity to solve real-world problems.

Business Competitions

UW teams compete against other MBA teams and other schools for awards and prizes in national and international competitions. Prepare for real world strategic challenges at business plan and case competitions as well as contests in entrepreneurship, venture capital investment, cleantech, consulting, and global business.

Business Consulting

Add value and see your ideas come to life as you help businesses identify and resolve their challenges. Consulting choices include: teaming with other MBAs through the MBA Strategic Consulting Program, working with community agencies through the Consulting and Business Development Center, or pursuing an independent consulting project.

Certificates and Specializations

Strengthen your career focus with a specialization that enhances your MBA courses. The Evening MBA Program offers customization through many certificates and special programs both in class and outside of class.

International Study Tour

Explore international business operations in other countries and expand your cross-cultural awareness during an MBA study tour. Assume a leadership role and help organize a tour for MBA students. Learn more about all the international opportunities.