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Admissions Process

The Executive MBA Program uses a self-managed application process. Applicants are responsible for providing the necessary information and documents to complete an application. We have developed a resource to guide you through the application instructions. We recommend reviewing the document before accessing the online admission application.

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.


  • April 1 – (highly recommended) for applicants whose native language is not English and/or have any degree from a non-U.S. regionally accredited university.
  • May 1 – for applicants whose native language is English and have all degrees from regionally accredited universities in the U.S.
  • Fall 2019 applications are still being accepted on a space-available basis. However, late applicants should have at least 10 years of full-time professional experience including 3 years of leadership/management experience (defined as direct reports/team lead and/or product-project-program management). Contact EMBA Admissions for further details.

Application Requirements and Next Steps

Below you can find more information about all the required components of the application for the Executive MBA Program. Click on each heading to learn more.

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.

Application Workshop

Designed for potential applicants who have attended an information session or met with an EMBA admission representative. You are invited to participate in a live webinar on preparing the best application possible. View the admissions events page.

Selection Criteria

Each entering class is made up of 75-85 participants who are selected to represent diverse industries, job functions and organizations. The minimum years of experience considered for admission into the EMBA Program is seven (7). The admission committee also evaluates each applicant according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential for general management
  • Ability to successfully complete graduate work in management
  • Probable contribution to the program
  • 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

Use of GMAT in Foster EMBA Admission

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. Instead, all new entering EMBA students are required to complete the EMBA Summer Workshop.

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