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Student Experience

Watch the video above for a look behind the scenes of the first quarter of Foster’s newly launched Hybrid MBA

This engaging Hybrid MBA Program brings together the best of online and in-person learning. Both online and campus experiences are structured to build the skills and confidence to lead and collaborate effectively in a range of real-world and virtual environments. Visit the Curriculum page for the detailed program calendar and course breakdown. View the Class of 2019.

The online experience

The majority of your Hybrid MBA experience will take place online. Here’s the breakdown:

Flexible online

flexible online learning
  • Recorded live streaming lectures
  • Interactive and monitored discussion boards
  • Podcasts
  • Video conferencing
  • Active learning assessments
  • Customized leadership roadmap and coaching
  • Online career coaching with career management staff

Scheduled online

scheduled online learning
  • Weekly 60-90 minute Foster Live sessions with faculty and fellow classmates
  • Virtual team simulations
  • Real-time course discussions
  • Optional reviews sessions on Thursday evenings

Hybrid MBA alum Anish Singhi talks about the program format

The in-person experience

The remaining 5% of your Hybrid MBA experience will take place in-person on campus. Each quarter will kick off with a mandatory 3-5 day intensive, on-campus immersion* that includes:

5% In-person on campus

on-campus learning
  • Interactive classroom discussions
  • Networking and career planning workshops
  • Fun, social events with fellow students
  • Special lectures and networking events with industry leaders
  • All on-site meals provided

Sample immersion schedule

Seattle
  • Day 1: morning class, luncheon with guest speaker, afternoon class, student & faculty dinner
  • Day 2: morning class, luncheon with guest speaker, afternoon class, networking happy hour
  • Day 3: morning class, luncheon, afternoon class, student outing (optional)
  • Day 4: morning class, luncheon, wrap up at 2pm

* The final quarter of the program will have its in-person portion the last week of the term to coincide with capstone presentations and graduation.

Hybrid MBA alum Pierre Della Nave talks about the program immersions

The 100% team-driven difference

Study teams bring together students with diverse backgrounds and industries to support each other during this rigorous program. Study teams offer expanding perspectives, lasting friendships, and professional contacts, and are critical to successfully completing this two-year program. Read the blog post for more information about how study teams work in the Hybrid MBA program.

Hybrid MBA alumni Nathan Chapel, Sushma Rao, and Marta LaCroix talk about teams in the program

Go global on a study tour

To provide first-hand knowledge about business practices, legal, political, historical and economic issues in different countries, the Hybrid MBA Program offers an optional, 2-credit International Study Tour for its second-year students. Foster MBA students have traveled around the world from the Great Wall in China to Machu Picchu in Peru and have met with companies ranging from General Electric in Singapore and BMW in Munich to an e-home automation startup in Dubai. The optional international study tour is an opportunity of a lifetime and highly recommended.

Hybrid MBA alum Marta LaCroix talks about the international study tour

Hybrid MBA Student Council

The Hybrid MBA Student Council is a group of 8 student representatives spanning both first-year and second-year students. These students have the opportunity to build and shape a new initiative and create a positive impact on the Hybrid MBA Program operations. Student Council members will represent their whole cohort and elevate feedback to the program administration while also helping to implement and communicate program ideas to their fellow students. From student socials to social media competitions to meaningful workshops, they bring great energy to the program that is rarely found in blended MBA programs.

Learn more about the Hybrid MBA experience

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