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Global Executive MBA

Accelerate your development as a global leader in 12 months

This one-year MBA program is for individuals who have strong international experience and a drive to make a difference in their organizations. Participants expand their knowledge and organizational leadership skills to solve complex business problems and develop as future executives.

Applications expected to open for a NEW Global EMBA Program starting January 2022 for Class starting in June 2023
We are in the process of revamping the curriculum content, services, and delivery mode of the program to provide a unique one year MBA program experience that leverages University of Washington’s global centers, Seattle’s iconic companies, and world-renowned Foster School faculty.

If you are interested in getting updates on the June 2023 class start, please fill out our form to join our mailing list or contact Jean Choy, Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives at [email protected].


  • A curriculum optimized for global participants
  • Accelerated pace for one-year completion
  • Engaging ways to learn: in-class lectures, case studies, interactive classroom experiences, executive speakers, visits to area companies
  • Advanced courses cover numerous topics including global strategy, cross-cultural communications, finance, leadership, operations, and management

Top Reasons to Earn an MBA at the University of Washington

Reputation – The University of Washington Foster School of Business consistently ranks among the top business schools in the U.S.A. Foster School faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their teaching experience and scholarship.

Culture – Participate in an intimate MBA program that fosters individual attention, encourages teamwork, and empowers students to actively participate in their MBA experience.

Global Perspective – Gain a global business perspective and grow your ability to communicate across business cultures. The program attracts diverse business professionals with significant global management experience. Each GEMBA cohort is typically 80% international students.

Business Connections – Enhance your international contacts by joining the Foster School alumni network of more than 50,000 graduates. Surrounding yourself with key international connections and a growing network is critical to the success of your career and your company.

ROI – Individuals and sponsoring organizations realize a strong return on investment. The Global Executive MBA program continuously improves to respond to the needs of global business.

Location and Lifestyle – Seattle’s strategic west coast location and strong connections to Asia, the Americas, and beyond has created a thriving business environment. Enjoy Seattle’s cultural diversity and natural beauty. This cosmopolitan city attracts professionals from all over the world.

Career Growth – The Global Executive MBA equips graduates for career growth. We provide career coaching and guidance in seeking positions.

Watch videos

Hear from GEMBA students why they chose to participate in the GEMBA program at University of Washington.

Kenji Urabe shares the benefits the Global Executive MBA Program is bringing to his career.

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