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The Executive MBA Program uses the UW Graduate School’s online Application. Applicants are responsible for providing all necessary information and documents to complete an application. We have developed a resource to guide you through the application. We recommend reviewing the document before accessing the online admission application.

Required Qualifications

Executive MBA students are accomplished, aspirational mid-senior managers and leaders interested in understanding the language of business to qualify for more strategic roles who have:

  • A minimum of 7 years full-time professional work experience
  • An undergraduate degree – from a regionally accredited U.S. university or equivalent
  • A 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits of your undergraduate degree. EMBA can consider an applicant with a GPA below a 3.0. Contact EMBA Admissions for more information.
  • English proficiency – view information for non-U.S. university degrees

Selection Criteria

Each entering class is made up of 75-85 participants who are selected to represent diverse industries, job functions and organizations. In addition to the Required Qualifications above, the admissions committee also evaluates each applicant according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential for leadership roles
  • Ability to successfully complete academic coursework
  • Probable contribution to the cohort
  • Ability/willingness to commit the required time and energy
  • Demonstrated record as an effective small team member
  • Ability to enhance the class’ professional background diversity

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year and fully qualified applicants are admitted year-round for an Autumn Quarter start. NOTE: Application submission date is used to determine preference priority of the required International Immersion.

Deadline Details
March 15 for applicants whose native language is not English and/or have any degree from a non-U.S. regionally accredited university.
April 1 for applicants whose native language is English and have all degrees from regionally accredited universities in the U.S.

Important Required Activities

EMBA Summer Workshop: July 14 – August 20, 2020
JumpStart!: Friday, August 28 (Weekly Cohort) or Saturday, August 29 (Monthly Cohort), 2020
Fall Residence: September 27 – October 2, 2020

Completing an Application

Below you can find more information about all the required components of the application for the Executive MBA Program.

Online Application Profile

Create your online application profile via the UW Graduate Admissions website. Select “Graduate” as your application type, and “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – Executive MBA” as your graduate program. Indicate the quarter and year you wish to enter (e.g. Fall 2017). Select your area(s) of interest – i.e. “North America,” “Regional,” or “Either North America or Regional” (NOTE: By selecting “Either North America or Regional,” applicants permit the EMBA Program to assign class designation based on program needs). Select “Master’s” as your ultimate degree for this program.

Unofficial Transcripts

You will need to provide an unofficial copy of your earned degree transcripts as part of the online application. If you earned degrees outside the U.S., ensure you provide the degree certification and mark sheets when available. Official transcripts are NOT needed until later in the enrollment process if admitted.

Personal Statement

This item is very important in the review process. It is your opportunity to explain why an MBA is good for you and your career and how you will add value in the Executive MBA learning environment. The personal statement should minimally address the following five topics:

  1. How do you know this is the right time in your career to pursue an MBA?
  2. What knowledge and skills do you hope to develop in the Foster Executive MBA Program?
  3. Which five characteristics most appropriately describe you and why for each?
  4. Based on your educational training, professional roles, managerial and leadership understanding, and life experience, how will you add value in the Foster Executive MBA learning environment?
  5. What are the essential elements of a successful team and how have you been instrumental to build and maintain a high functioning team, as both a leader and team contributor?

There is no minimum length. Most statements are two to four pages. The document is uploaded as part of your online application submission.

Résumé or Vita

Word, RTF or PDF files only.


Three recommendations are required (four if self-employed). Applicants provide the recommenders’ names and e-mail addresses in the UW Graduate School’s online application system. Recommenders receive an e-mail message with a link to access the recommendation form. We strongly encourage recommenders to use the online forms. View recommenders’ overview.

Letter of Endorsement

Candidates must obtain endorsement from their employing organizations. The endorsement acknowledges that the employing organization agrees to support an EMBA applicant’s attendance at all required class days and activities. Individuals who are self-employed or not currently employed submit an additional letter of recommendation in place of the Letter of Endorsement. Download the Letter of Endorsement form.

Preparation – Summer Workshop

The GMAT is not required for applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher. However, individuals with scores from 2012 or later may submit them for admission consideration. All new entering EMBA students are required to complete the EMBA Summer Workshop.

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If you have any additional questions about our admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive MBA office at [email protected] or call 206-685-1333 or 888-622-3932. You are also invited to request a personal one-on-one informational interview with an EMBA admissions staff member.