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Schedule Options

Schedule options support your work, travel and personal commitments

The Foster EMBA offers two schedule options to meet the needs of working professionals. Below is a sample month showing class-days for each option.

Sample EMBA schedule for one month. North america: four consecutive days. Regional: one day per week.

View full year at a glance (2017-2018)


The Regional Program is designed for students who primarily work in the Seattle area and do not travel frequently for their jobs. All interactions are face-to-face within the Regional program.

  • Classes meet once per week, alternating Fridays and Saturdays (occasionally, classes are held on two consecutive days, both Friday and Saturday)
  • Study teams meet weekly on campus or at a mutually convenient location, often at a team member’s company
  • Help sessions (tutoring) are conducted on-campus early evening to reduce work conflicts
  • Fall Residence, the off-site week-long academic session in late-September, kicks off Autumn Quarter in year one

North America

Arriving from as far as Washington D.C. and Alaska or as close as Bellevue and Belltown, students in the North America appreciate this format because it takes them away from day-to-day responsibilities and distractions, allowing them to focus on their studies.

  • Classes meet once per month for four consecutive days (Wednesday through Saturday)
  • Study team meetings are virtual since North America students live throughout the U.S.
  • Help sessions (tutoring) are conducted online one night each week.
  • Fall Residence, the off-site week-long academic session in late-September, kicks off Autumn Quarter in year one

There is slightly more flexibility since study team meetings, additional online academic-content sessions, and help sessions (tutoring) are conducted online when students are not in Seattle for classes. There are many travel options to Seattle and housing (double occupancy) is included in the program fee. 

Typical Class Day

Whether you choose North America or Regional, class days are full days (8:15 am to 4:30 pm). Below is an example.

8:15 a.m. Morning class
(e.g., Financial Accounting)
9:45 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Catered lunch
12:30 p.m. Presentations
(student or guest speaker)
1:30 p.m. Afternoon Class
(e.g., Creating Effective Organizations
3:00 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. Classes conclude
5:00 p.m. (Optional) Help Session
(North America)