Foster School of Business

An innovative city perched on the Pacific Rim is home to the top-ranked business school in the world, UW Foster. The world’s most talented leaders are present, using their ingenuity to advance humanity. They collaborate, invent, and we refer to them as neighbours as we celebrate our deep and distinctively fostered partnerships with illustrious businesses. Foster students work to make their biggest impact in everything from world-class businesses to entrepreneurial endeavours.

The Foster School is ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Businessweek, Forbes, Princeton Review, Financial Times, Economist, Review, and Poets & Quants as the top public business school in the Northwest. As a public business school, they are dedicated to access, community involvement, and giving students a life-changing educational experience.

MBA Class of 2024 Snapshot

  • Total number of students: 96
    • Men: 58% & Women: 42%
    • International: 43%
  • Average age: 29
  • Average work experience: 6 Years
  • Average Undergrad GPA: 3.35
  • Average GMAT: 710 (Range: 660-740)
  • Average GRE: 320
  • Countries Represented: 29

Our Background :

With a new gift of $36.5 million in 2007, The Foster Foundation in Seattle increased its total contributions to the University of Washington. Business School to $50 million. On September 20, 2007, the Board of Regents of the University of Washington renamed the U.W. Business School the Michael G. Foster School of Business to recognize this gift and the life of Michael G. Foster, co-founder of the Foster Foundation.

Top Employers:

  • Accenture
  • Infosys Limited
  • McKinsey Company
  • Kosmos Management 
  • West Monroe Partners
  • Lenati
  • Strong- Bridge Consulting 
  • Deloitte Consulting 

Application Essay Questions:

The University of Washington Foster School of Business requires applicants to submit two average-length essays. Still, applicants may submit two more, allowing them to expand on what they believe to be the most compelling aspects of their application.

Short answer essay question

Essay on an Inspirational Experience (500 words maximum) – Tell us about a situation that helped you pursue an MBA or that helped you make that decision.

TIP: This essay expands on the “why do you need an MBA?” and you have to explain why you need to do an MBA. In your first essay, you must explain to the admissions committee what you hope to gain from the experience of pursuing a degree to position yourself for success in the job market once you graduate. In other words, the underlying message is that you understand that you need certain skills or knowledge to be successful in what you want to do professionally and that the MBA is a great way to quickly and completely acquire them.

First essay question

Post-MBA Plans (maximum of 750 words) – Share your thoughts about your career goals in the future. What are the weaknesses or gaps preventing you from wanting to pursue these potential career paths at the moment? How do you intend to fill these gaps and advance your career during your time in the Foster MBA program?

TIP:  Although the wording in Foster’s prompt is different, the overall essay the school is essentially asking for here covers many of the major topics covered in a conventional personal statement—what your goals are, why you want an MBA to achieve them, and why you need the degree from the school you are applying to. The best approach is to write honestly and authentically.

Second essay question 

Essay on an Inspirational Experience (500 words maximum) – Tell us about a situation that helped you pursue an MBA or that helped you make that decision.

TIP:   The best way to place yourself for success in the job market after graduation is to explain to the admissions committee in your initial essay what you expect to gain from the experience of pursuing a degree. In other words, the underlying theme is that you realize that the MBA is a wonderful way to quickly and thoroughly acquire the skills or knowledge you need to be likely to succeed in what you want to do professionally. 

Optional essay

Include this essay, which has a word limit of 500. If you have additional information, you think the admissions committee will find useful in evaluating your application.

TIP: If necessary, use this opportunity to address any concerns an admissions officer might have regarding your candidacy, including a low GRE or GMAT score, an unexpected gap in your employment history, an unusual recommendation form, weak academic areas, or a disciplinary or legal matter. Do not merely try to fill this space because you fear that not doing so would somehow count against you, even though Foster does not specify that this essay is purely for explaining potentially problematic aspects of your profile, opening the door for you to share other types of stories and information. Write a brief piece about it if you genuinely need to draw attention to or share a significant aspect of your resume that would make your application insufficient if included. Refrain from being excessively verbose or sharing more information than is necessary because submitting an optional essay asks the already overburdened admissions readers to put more effort into reading your application.

Upcoming deadlines

The application deadline for the Full-Time MBA Class of 2023 is 

  • Full-time MBA- 4th October 2022 ( Decision 3rd January 2023 (International)14th March 2023 (US) 
  • Evening MBA- 14th February 2023 11th April 2023 ( Decision 13th June, 2023)
  • Executive MBA- 1st December 2022 1st February 2023 ( Decision 1st April , 2023)

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