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GEMBA Student Experience


Watch three GEMBA alumni explain what drew them to Seattle, the University of Washington, and this particular MBA program.

One of the key differentiating factors of the Foster GEMBA program is that each cohort is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with significant global management experience. On average, a cohort is comprised of 80-90% experienced international participants, whereas most other MBA programs have about 30-40% international students. The program tends to attract managers seeking the opportunity to study alongside other global leaders, individuals planning on returning to careers overseas, and those wishing to embark on a career abroad. During the GEMBA program, students not only share their knowledge with one another, but also learn from some of the most successful global business leaders.

Nationally ranked. Globally recognized.
The 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. In 2018 University of Washington was ranked #1 as the World’s Most Innovative Public University. The UW Foster also ranked #1 for Research Productivity in the Management Department Productivity ranking.

Location and Lifestyle
Seattle has always ranked among the best cities in many areas. To name a few, Forbes recently ranked Seattle the #1 best places for business and careers. U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle #6 among “Best Places to Live in the U.S” (2017); and Geekwire (2018) named Washington State the 2nd most innovative state in the U.S. With an inclusive culture and safe environment, Seattle is an ideal city to live and study with your entire family.

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.

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

June 22 – August 21, 2020 Summer Quarter
September 30 – December 18, 2020 Autumn Quarter
January 4 – Mar 19, 2021 Winter Quarter
Mar 29 – June 4, 2021 Spring Quarter
June 7, 2021 (TBC) GEMBA / Foster School Graduation Commencement
Jun 12, 2021 UW Commencement (optional)

More Info

Learn more at an info session

Jakarta info session: September 25, 2019



Can’t make it to an info session?  Watch a recorded info webinar to learn more about the program

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