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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.

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.

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

Below is more information about the core courses Evening MBA students take in the first year of the MBA Program. Courses are organized by the quarter in which they are taken.

Evening MBA Year One Core
AUTUMN QUARTER
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.
WINTER QUARTER
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
SPRING QUARTER
Course Title Topics Covered
Marketing Strategy Market definition
Customer analysis
Competitive analysis
Marketing planning
Managerial Accounting Relevant costs for decision-making
Management accounting systems
Budgeting and performance evaluation

Below is more information about the core courses Evening MBA students take in the second year of the MBA Program. Courses are organized by the quarter in which they are taken.

Evening MBA Year Two Core
AUTUMN QUARTER
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
WINTER QUARTER
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
SPRING QUARTER
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
ACCOUNTING
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
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Course Title Details
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.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
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
BUSINESS ECONOMICS
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
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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
FINANCE
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
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Course Title Details
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
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
MANAGEMENT
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
MARKETING
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
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
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
QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Course Title Details
Modeling with Spreadsheets 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or QMETH 501
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits

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