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Consortium Applicants

Applying through The Consortium

As a partner school of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Foster welcomes your application. The Foster School is committed to building a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. Our partnership with The Consortium seeks qualified U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents who demonstrate commitment to The Consortium’s mission of enhancing inclusion of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in business.

If you plan to apply through The Consortium, please do not create a University of Washington Online Graduate Application profile. Instead, proceed directly to the CGSM website to start your Consortium application profile. You should follow the application requirements and processes as outlined by The Consortium.

Consortium 2021-2022 Deadlines

Early Application Deadline: October 15, 2021
Traditional Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
Fellowship Notification: March 2022

Please note, Consortium applicants should submit their application according to The Consortium deadlines. You do not need to submit your application according to the Foster Full-time MBA Program deadlines.

Unfortunately, we do not offer application fee waivers to Consortium applicants. However, by applying through The Consortium, applicants can apply to up to six member schools at a reduced application price.

Applicants should review The Consortium’s application instructions completely. In addition to the Consortium core application, applicants will complete a Foster supplemental application that will be submitted with your Consortium core application. Within the Foster supplemental, we will ask you our essay questions (2 Required, 2 Optional). You can review our essay questions in advance, as they are the same essay questions as our Full-time MBA application essay questions.

The Foster supplemental application to The Consortium will prompt you to answer two required essay questions. Applicants also have the option to submit two optional essay questions. The questions are as follows:

Essay 1: Post-MBA Plans (750 words maximum)
Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career?

Essay 2: Inspiring Experience Essay (500 words maximum)
Tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA.

Essay 3: Optional essay (500 words maximum)
Include this essay if you have additional information you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application.

Essay 4: Optional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion essay (500 words maximum)
At the Foster School of Business, we embrace diversity as one of the foundations of both successful business strategy and a world-class educational experience. We share the University’s dedication to promoting the understanding and appreciation of human differences and the constructive expression of ideas. We welcome you to share some of the ways you have practiced inclusion, promoted equity or supported the advancement of underrepresented groups.

Upon receiving your application from The Consortium after the deadline, we confirm by email that your application has been received and let you know what to expect while your application is under review by the Foster admissions committee. We may reach out with any updates or questions via email during the review process. Final admission decisions are communicated via email.

If you haven’t heard from Foster about the status of your Consortium application, we recommend that you reach out to The Consortium directly to inquire about the status. We also encourage you to reach out to us directly at [email protected]. We will do our best to help identify where your application is in the review process.

All Consortium applicants are asked to complete a short video interview. The video interview allows us to get to know you better and to assess your communication skills and ability to think on your feet as we review your application and consider your candidacy. The video interview will be issued via email after The Consortium sends Foster your application. Applicants can expect the video interview invitation within a few weeks of the deadline to which they have applied. Submitting a completed video interview is required to keep your application under review.

Competitive applicants will be offered a one-on-one admission interview with a member of the Foster admissions committee. Admission interviews are by invitation only and will be issued on a rolling basis after we receive your application from The Consortium.

Application Deadline Receive Notification
October 15 Early application Consortium applicants can expect to receive an admission decision from Foster by December 17, 2021
January 5, 2022 Traditional application deadline Consortium applicants can expect to receive an admission decision from Foster by March 31, 2022

To be considered for a Consortium Fellowship Award, which is a full-tuition and fees scholarship to attend the Full-time MBA Program for the duration of the two-year program, you must apply via The Consortium to be included in the selection process for these awards. If you are not selected for a Fellowship award, Consortium applicants will still be considered for merit scholarships. Fellowship awards are announced in March 2022.

Connect With Us

To learn more about what it means to be Consortium student at Foster, we encourage you to reach out to our Student Ambassadors and Consortium Liaison representatives for more details.

MBA Diversity Outreach Coordinator – Jerrell Patacsil, Class of 2022: [email protected]
Consortium Student Liaison – Christine Pham, Class of 2022: [email protected]
Prospective Student Outreach – Marcella Desloge, Class of 2022: [email protected]

Contact Us

At Foster, we take a highly personalized approach to working with all prospective applicants. If you have any questions regarding applying to The Consortium, or on the status of your Consortium application, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].