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Resources

This page contains links to some important resources you’ll need as an MBA student in the Foster School. Select the headers to learn more. To find out more about how to plan an event, visit the Student Events Guide. It covers room reservations, catering, equipment rentals, and more.

The MBA Current Student Web site provides a broad picture of degree requirements, policies, and procedures of the full-time MBA Program. More detailed information pertinent to specific MBA programs and class years is available in the MBA Student Handbook and the Elective Registration Handbook.

MBA Student Handbook

Each incoming class of MBA students receives an MBA Student Handbook at orientation. The handbook provides detailed information on:

  • Degree requirements for your MBA class
  • UW and Foster School of Business policies and procedures
  • Support services within the Foster School of Business and the larger UW Community

Download the student handbook for your class:

Elective Guidelines Handbook

In addition to an MBA Student Handbook, students receive an Elective Guidelines Handbook. This handbook provides in-depth information on degree requirements, elective registration, and the bidding process.

Download the guidelines handbook for your class:

The MBA Association is responsible for shaping your student experience, including club activities, career networking, and social events. Membership is required in order to join any other student club. More details available on the MBAA Website.

Case Competitions are a great way to demonstrate your business knowledge. Click here to find out more about participating in Foster MBA competitions and national competitions.

Coursework knowledge alone won’t make you effective in the complex sphere of modern business. The Foster MBA Program has many leadership opportunities available to its students.

Foster MBAA Leadership
The MBA Association at the Foster School of Business is your gateway to experiencing life outside of the classroom. To learn more, view the list of MBA Association Leadership Opportunities

MBAA Club Leadership
The Foster School has over twenty clubs that offer additional exposure to industry-specific information, professionals, and companies, as well as lots of opportunities to socialize with your fellow students. Check out The Foster MBA Club Catalog to learn more about each club. All clubs offer a 1st year leadership position, elected in Autumn quarter each year.

Other Leadership positions
Other student leadership positions outside of the MBA Association and MBA Clubs include Graduate Professional Student Senate, Honor Council, MBA Program Ambassadors, and more. Learn more about these Leadership Opportunities.

 

Continuing Student Scholarships
Student scholarships are made possible due to generous donations to the Foster School of Business and are awarded based on specific criteria designated by the donor. The predominant scholarship considerations include MBA academic merit, financial need, leadership, and demonstrated participation in the Foster MBA Program, the UW, and/or the community.

  • All Full-time students are invited to apply for 2018-19 scholarships regardless of whether they are scholarship recipients this year.
  • Students currently receiving a first-year scholarship who have not been guaranteed a second-year scholarship must complete the MBA 2018-19 Full-time Scholarship Application process detailed below.
  • Students who have been guaranteed a second-year scholarship or NRD must also complete the MBA 2018-19 Full-time Scholarship Application process detailed below.
  • Current scholarship students should also be aware that non-guaranteed second-year scholarship awards will be somewhat lower in 2018-19 because of limited available funding. 

MBA 2018-19 Full-time Scholarship Application Instructions
Step 1:  If eligible (i.e., US citizens and permanent residents), submit the FAFSA Form (see additional details below)

Step 2:  Complete the online 2018-2019 Full-time Scholarship Application between March 1 and April 15, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for scholarships only if funds are still available. The application process requires you to complete the following:

  • Two short-online applications including a short-answer essay detailing your career goals, community activities, examples of leadership, and why you believe you should be selected as a scholarship recipient.
  • Submit a one-page RESUME, which briefly summarizes your work experience, academic history, community activities, and honors. Note: the application includes an upload feature.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship process please email mbaschol@uw.edu

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
For many of the scholarships awarded through this application, at least one of the criteria is that applicants demonstrate financial need. To be eligible for scholarships with financial need as a criterion, you must file a FAFSA form with the College Scholarship Service and request that the results be sent the UW Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). The priority deadline was January 15, 2018 (additional details can be found on their website). Although you may apply after the priority deadline, the later the FAFSA is submitted, the less likely it will be that the information will arrive at the UW Financial Aid Office in time for you to be considered for a need-based scholarship.

  • The FAFSA is available online or in hard copy from the UW Office of Financial Aid (105 Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway; Tel: 206-543-6101) or any financial aid office at your local community college or university.
  • International students are not eligible for UW Financial Aid, and thus cannot complete the FAFSA form. In any case, you can still apply for a non-need based MBA scholarship.

Consulting and Business Development Center Scholarship Opportunities
Foster MBA students can take advantage of financial support through the following the Consulting and Business Development Center to make a difference with multicultural businesses while strengthening business skills and rounding out the Foster academic experience.

African American Heritage Endowed MBA Scholarship – This fund awards an annual scholarship to an African American student at the Foster School of Business. The scholarship recipient becomes a member of the Consulting and Business Development Center where she/he works to support the growth of African American-owned businesses in Washington.

Ernest I.J. Aguilar Endowed MBA Scholarship – The first endowed scholarship for Latino MBA students in the nation, this scholarship is named after the founder of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship recipients become members of the Consulting and Business Development Center where they work to support the growth of Latino-owned businesses in Washington.

Both of these scholarships can be accessed via the 2018-2019 Full-time Scholarship Application.

Notification of Scholarship Awards
The MBA Scholarship Committee begins awarding scholarships as soon as funds are available. Generally, initial awards are made by early June and continue until the start of classes in the fall. You will be notified by email once awards are made.

Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank-you note to the scholarship sponsor before the money is distributed to their student accounts.

Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS), Research Commons, Allen Library
Looking for more ways to fund your MBA education? UW Libraries’ GFIS is a great resource for you. Check out their website for a lot of great tips and resources, or contact them at gfis@uw.edu for drop-in hours or one-on-one appointments.

International Student Funding
We realize it can be tough for International Students to fund their MBA as they are not eligible for U.S. financial aid. Here are some great ways to find funding for your education.

International funding resources list

Internal (UW)

  1. MBA program scholarships
  2. Graduate Student Assistantships
  1. GO-MAP Funding (Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program)
  2. UW Research Centers & Institutes
  3. Graduate School Fellowships & Awards

External

  1. Online databases (log in through UW Libraries)
  2. Other schools’ websites – Harvard, UCLA
  3. Non-profit organizations

Building hours are only applicable during the academic quarters: Autumn-Spring. Closed on Holidays.

PACCAR Hall
While you can use your Husky Card to access PACCAR Hall as well as the MBA Lounge 24/7, the hours below indicate when the building will be open for access without your card:

Monday-Thursday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Dempsey Hall
Floors 0 and 1 (Classrooms)

Monday-Thursday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Floors 2 and 3 (MBA Program and Career Management Offices)

Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Foster Business Library Hours
Operating Hours on Sept 24 & 25: 9:00am-5:00pm. Normal operating hours below (beginning Sept. 26)
Click here to reserve a Foster Business or UW Library study room.

Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Team Room Information
Rooms are Open 24/7

The Foster School of Business uses the EMS system for Foster facility reservations. MBA students can book team rooms on this system here. Current MBA students can find information on Canvas.

Team Room Scheduling Guidelines:

  • You can reserve team rooms up to 7 days in advance.
  • These rooms are to be reserved only for group study, not for individual use. Groups have priority to use the room over individual students. Individual students should use the Foster Library study carrels.
  • On weekdays, there is a 2-hour time limit per group reservation. Note that teams should NOT book a room for back-to-back time blocks.
  • On weekends, there is no time block restriction. Only book what you honestly think your team needs (1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 10 hours, etc.). If your team is having trouble getting a room, send an email to mbaweb@uw.edu.
  • 3rd floor PACCAR team rooms are unlocked 24/7: you should still make reservations for these rooms. Note that you may be approached by the building managers to verify you are indeed an MBA student. Please comply by giving your name and showing your Husky card.
  • If you do not arrive at your room by 10 minutes after your scheduled start time, your reservation may be cancelled and the room used by walk-up customers.
  • MBA students have priority access to the 3rd-floor PACCAR team rooms. However, if the rooms are not reserved for MBA student use, other students (e.g., undergraduates) are allowed to use the rooms on a walk-up basis. You are also allowed to use unreserved 2nd-floor PACCAR and 1st-floor Dempsey team rooms on a walk-up basis.

Lose your name tag or name tent? Order another one here. Please be advised that we only order name tags at the beginning of each month, so it may take a few weeks to receive your name tag.

Opportunity:
The MBA Program Office will pay the student membership fees in a club-related professional organization for one representative per academic year. If there is not a student membership (or other discounted member rate) and the fee is higher, the MBA Program Office will consider paying some portion of the membership on a case-by-case basis.

Responsibilities of the Student Representative:

  • Regularly attend the local professional organization meetings
  • Report back once per quarter to the MBA club officers and members and the MBA Program Office Liaison the following information:
    • Upcoming events and training opportunities
    • Information regarding industry trends, analysis and opportunities
    • Networking opportunities
  • Represent Foster School of Business and the related club at professional organization events, meetings
  • Be a resource to interested students in the offerings of the professional organization
  • Utilize the connections of the professional organization to provide speakers and/or event ideas for the club
  • Obtain membership information to pass along to subsequent Foster club members

Eligibility:
This opportunity is open to club members at any time during their first academic year through Oct. 15 of their second year.

Procedures for Joining a Club-related Professional Organization:

  • Contact Club President to see if an MBA student is currently enrolled as the representative to the association; if not, with the club president’s consent.
  • Make an appointment with the Director of Student Affairs to discuss the responsibilities of membership and fill out the necessary membership forms. The MBA Program Office will pay your fee (or agreed upon portion).
Click here to view the University of Washington’s Student Guide.
Students may access the Foster MBA Program Honor Code as a PDF.
The University of Washington’s Student Conduct Code is also available for online review.

Click here for instructions on how to use the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).