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Strategic thinking, leadership, and global business are fundamental to the Foster MBA core. Relative to other programs, the Foster MBA Program spends more time on strategy and global business in the core—both directly, in components on competitive strategy, global strategic management, and macroeconomics, and indirectly, in the choice of cases and projects.

Listed below are program highlights:

Preparing for Year One

Starting in July, Foster MBA Career Management provides valuable career workshops and webinars. With guidance from an academic coach, students sketch out a personal study plan for achieving their goals through courses, experiential learning, and career development opportunities. In early September, the program begins with an academic and career orientation (PRIME). Students then prepare for a rigorous curriculum through intensive Jump Start courses in statistics, finance, accounting and mathematics before ending the month with LEAD, a three-day leadership development course.

Year One Curriculum

The first year of the MBA program offers an integrated core of fundamental business concepts, skills and tools. This core wraps modules of varying length together for a solid foundation in the individual subjects—accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and strategy—and an understanding of how they interrelate.

Year Two Curriculum

The second year of the MBA program focuses on your personal career objectives. Develop greater expertise in the areas directly related to your post-MBA degree career, while you increase your ability to take on cross-functional assignments. In addition to elective coursework, you complete final core classes in ethics and macroeconomics.

For detailed information on Full-time MBA course options, visit the course information page.

Academic Calendar

The University of Washington operates on the quarter system. Learn more about the UW 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.