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While Foster is known for outstanding career outcomes, we are also known for the tight-knit collaborative culture where students make each other better. Outside of the classroom, passions and interests unite as students enjoy the region’s active lifestyle, program activities, like the Challenge for Charity, or the many MBA special interest clubs.

The Foster Fit

At Foster, my classmates represent an extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. I truly believe that this diversity of experiences represents the most precious opportunity to learn.

— Ammar Ejaz, MBA, MBA class of 2021

“Fit” is a complex idea that incorporates elements like culture, location, size, business relationships, student community, and much more. Visit the Foster Fit page to hear how our MBA students knew Foster was the right fit for them.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Foster

The Foster School is committed to building a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. Find more resources and information about DEI at Foster here.

An Update on our work to improve Inclusion and Diversity at the Foster School

Dear Foster Community, In July, Christina officially assumed her role as Foster’s Associate Dean of Inclusion and Diversity. She immediately joined other leaders at Foster in a multi-day strategic retreat to assess our purpose and strategic priorities.  One of the…

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October 2, 2020

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Clubs and Associations

The MBA Association (MBAA) at the Foster School of Business offers a wide variety of opportunities to engage, from Diversity clubs to Professional Associations and Extracurricular activities. As a member, you will have a chance to take part in all of the student-run events and activities, and make use of the countless resources that are made available by the MBAA to the Foster School of Business MBA Association.

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Connections to the business community

The Northwest is known for innovators and big thinkers—Amazon, Microsoft, PACCAR, Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom—and is an incubation site for start-ups bound to be the next big thing. Regardless of the company size or sector, you can find Foster MBA graduates at the center of the action. Check out Foster MBA hiring firms in the Northwest and beyond.

Frank Discussions

At the intersection of business and education, Frank Discussions is a series of brief executive interviews with the leaders defining innovation and industry today and tomorrow. Hosted by Frank Hodge, the Orin & Janet Smith Endowed Dean at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, Frank Discussions looks beyond the business decisions making headlines to shed light on how and why great leaders do what they do.

Frank Discussions with Brad Tilden

In our latest installment of Frank Discussions, Frank chats with Brad Tilden, former CEO and current Board Chair of Alaska Airlines, about his storied career with the PNW-based airline. Brad’s 30-year stint with Alaska Airlines has seen him through a…

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April 1, 2021

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Student Life at Foster

When I think about the culture of Foster, two words come to mind: gratitude and grit. Foster takes pride in its collaborative environment, and I think an underlying contributor to this collaborative spirit is that students here are grateful – grateful to be part of this program, grateful for the diverse value their peers bring to the table, and grateful for the community that we share.

— Courtney Wenneborg | MBA 2018

My experience as an international MBA student at Foster

MBA programs in the US are known to curate a very diverse learning environment for all students. An essential element of this diversity is the cohort of international students that are part of each graduating batch. At Foster, the story…

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March 29, 2019

Foster MBAs and the Pacific Northwest

One of the best things about attending Foster is you get access to everything that Seattle and Washington State has to offer. The #PNW ( Pacific Northwest) is peppered liberally on Instagram and is most common on posts involving people…

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July 13, 2018

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