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UW Foster is a world-class business school in a pioneering city, ranking among the 20 best MBA programs in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. The world’s best and brightest leaders are here, applying ingenuity to better humanity. We celebrate our rich and uniquely Foster partnerships with iconic companies – we collaborate, we innovate, we call them neighbors. From entrepreneurial ventures to world-class companies, you will find Foster alumni creating their greatest impact.

The strong connection between city and school results in a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities like internships and consulting projects. Our award-winning MBA Career Management team puts these connections to work to help you transform your business ambitions into your bold next step. Recruiters report that Foster MBAs make some of the best employees. Our graduates capitalize on one of the highest returns on investment offered by any business school.

If you decide to choose Foster, Foster’s Full-time MBA Launch (Orientation) kicks off on Wednesday, September 1 at 4:30 pm with a Welcome Reception with faculty and staff. The days and weeks that follow will be a series of events that will prepare you for your MBA experience and professional, leadership, and academic development. Plan to be involved with required Launch programming M-F 8 am – 5 pm. All MBA Launch activities are required. Currently, we are planning on predominantly in-person activities for this three-week orientation. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, we anticipate that some students will need to participate remotely due to Visa challenges or health concerns. As we approach the Autumn quarter, please communicate directly with Norah Fisher, Director of Student Affairs if you need to participate remotely.

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Foster Faculty

Our world-class faculty draw upon their cutting edge research and current practices to create a relevant, engaging learning experience. When combined with on-campus visits from business luminaries, company treks, and applied strategy projects, Foster students accelerate their learning in collaboration with iconic companies in Seattle and beyond.

Foster’s faculty is one of the biggest strengths of the MBA program. Classroom dynamics exceeded my expectations: our professors are great at balancing lectures with experiential learning. Furthermore, they’re always available and willing to help in any way they can. They’re the best example of Foster’s intimate and collaborative culture. We’re lucky to have such a top-quality faculty.

— Milagros Peirano Valderrama | MBA Candidate | Class of 2021

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Foster and the Seattle Community

Seattle has established itself as a global leader in both business and innovation. Meanwhile, Foster has made massive strides in national and global business school rankings. The connection between Foster and the Seattle business community creates fertile ground for students to find their own path. Read more about how Foster engages in the Seattle community below.

The Seattle Connection

Business education at Foster leverages all Seattle has to offer, including deep relationships with iconic businesses and a vibrant entrepreneurial community. At Foster, you are exposed to the latest thinking and current real business challenges from leaders at powerhouse Seattle-based brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, PACCAR, Boeing, Costco, T-Mobile, Tableau, Zillow and Expedia.

2,000 business leaders engaged with students on campus last year

Latasha Gillespie, Amazon’s Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion in Ethical Leadership class
Latasha Gillespie, Amazon’s Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion in Ethical Leadership class

No matter your path or career goals, you’ll be immersed in understanding how technology supports and transforms business. If you’d like to hear firsthand about Foster’s connections to Seattle business, you can reach out to a Foster alum or current student.

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Seattle Growth Podcast

University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman ventures into the minds of Seattle residents, businesses, and city leaders about what our economic and population growth has meant for them.

How to Succeed in Product Management: a new Foster faculty podcast

No one could have predicted what an impact one phone call in February would have on the product management community. Red Russak, a founding team member at Apptentive, had been serving as a founding advisory board member of the Product…

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June 23, 2021

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