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Foster School of Business – University of Washington


The business school at the University of Washington was founded in 1917 and named for Michael G. Foster beginning in 2007. The school is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 21 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 16
• Forbes: 23
Financial Times: 49
The Economist: 22


Five of the school’s buildings are located in Seattle, Washington: Dempsey Hall, PACCAR Hall, the Bank of America Executive Center, the Foster Business Library, and Mackenzie Hall. The Eastside Executive Center is located in Kirkland, Washington, and houses the Technology Management MBA. The campus is close to a variety of music and arts scenes, as well as major companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.

The main campus is located less than 20 miles away from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


The aforementioned Dempsey Hall opened in 2012, which is the current headquarters for the dean’s office, MBA offices, Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, MBA and undergraduate career centers, as well as classrooms. The 65,000 square foot building has direct access to the adjacent PACCAR Hall and Bank of America Executive Center.

PACCAR Hall, located in the northern central point of the UW campus, is a 135,000 square-foot building that features classrooms, faculty offices, a 250-seat auditorium, a cafe, and more. It officially opened in fall 2010.

The Bank of America Executive Center is mostly for Executive MBA students, containing offices, classrooms, and lounge spaces.

The The Eastside Executive Center, located in Kirkland, Washington, acts as the official home to the Technology Management MBA program.

Mackenzie Hall, home to the Foster School Advancement and Alumni teams, contains the central offices of the Foster School’s Consulting & Business Development Center.


With 83 faculty members, the Foster School of Business’ professors and lecturers are involved in research–45 percent of them participate in the review process at top academic journals. Their work has been included in publications such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Social Psychology and Personality Science, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Student Body

Roughly 46,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Washington, with over 700 MBA students in the Foster School of Business, and approximately 2,500 students in the business school overall.

MBA Degree Offerings

The school offers full-time, Hybrid Online, Evening, and Executive MBA options, as well as a Technology Management MBA and a Global Executive MBA.


Master’s Degree Offerings

The school offers three one-year evening and weekend master’s programs: Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, and Master of Supply Chain Management.

In addition, there are three full-time master’s degrees ranging from nine months to a year: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, and Master of Science in Taxation.


Foster School of Business Student Profile: Emily Kwong, Full-time MBA

Emily talks about what makes the Foster community stand out — from leadership opportunities to small, intimate class sizes to relatable students who are passionate about something bigger than themselves.

Darcey Estes and Errynne Bell discuss the UW Foster Executive MBA

You have more time for an Executive MBA than you think! Hear graduating students Darcey Estes and Errynne Bell talk about their unique professional backgrounds, balancing work, family and school during the 21 month EMBA program and the unexpected gift of sharing classroom conversations and life with their talented classmates.

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