Foster School of Business
MottoThink differently, make a difference
TypePublic
Established1917
DeanFrank Hodge
Location, ,
U.S.
AffiliationsUniversity of Washington
Websitefoster.uw.edu
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The Michael G. Foster School of Business is the business school at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was founded in 1917. The school has more than 50,000 alumni, and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The school offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Enrollment each year is about 2,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 1,000 working professionals in its executive education seminars and lifelong learning programs.

History

Founded in 1917, the UW School of Business Administration was the second business school in the western United States.[1]

In 1981, American businesswoman and University of Washington alumna Nancy Jacob became the ninth dean of the School of Business Administration, making her the first woman to lead a major American business school.[2]

On September 7, 2007, it was announced that the UW Business School would be named for Michael G. Foster.[3] Michael G. Foster was a University of Washington graduate who went on to become the president of his family’s local investment firm.

Academics

Paccar Hall
Paccar Hall

At the undergraduate level, Foster offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) degree, with 7 formal options of study: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, information systems, marketing, and operations & supply chain management. Students pursue a common curriculum in the lower division and upper division core courses, then specialize in their area of focus.[4] Foster undergraduates can also earn a Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) or participate in the Foster Honors Program. Meanwhile, entrepreneurship and business minors are available for non-business UW students. Non-business UW Students may also earn a Sales Certificate or participate in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program.

At the graduate level, the University of Washington Foster School offers a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, Global Executive MBA program, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Hybrid MBA (online program), Technology Management MBA, and a doctoral program. The school also offers one-year master's programs in entrepreneurship, accounting, information systems, and supply chain management. For the 2015-2016 academic year, there are total of 102 full-time faculty with 44 endowed chairs, professorships, and research fellowships. The Financial Times ranked the Foster School 24th in the world for research in 2014 and 2015.[5]

Foster School of Business also has a PhD Program in Business Administration, a full-time and year-round research-based program.

Admissions

Admission into the Foster School of Business is highly competitive. At the undergraduate level, the majority of students are admitted through Standard Admission. Through Standard Admission, students first matriculate to the University of Washington as pre-major students, then apply to Foster after completing certain prerequisite courses, prior to their sophomore or junior year.[6]

A small number of students are admitted through the Freshman Direct program, directly out of high school. These students are selected from the pool of students admitted into the University of Washington, and exhibit "exceptionally competitive academic records". In 2018, admitted Freshman Direct students had an average high school unweighted GPA of 3.91 (on a 4.0 scale).[7]

Rankings

The Foster School of Business MBA program is ranked 30th in the nation by Bloomberg, 22nd by US News and 8th by Financial Times for "Top MBAs for Women." The Financial Times B-School rankings 2017 ranks the Foster School of Business at #41 in the world.[8] An objective ranking of Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index by Academic Analytics ranks University of Washington #1 in research productivity in Business Administration and #8 in marketing.[9][10] U.S. News & World Report ranked Foster's Evening MBA program 8th among public universities in 2014.[11]

U.S. News ranks Foster's undergraduate program #19 nationwide on their list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs, out of 504 U.S. schools, and #9 among public universities.[12]

Campus

Dempsey Hall
Dempsey Hall

The University of Washington Foster School of Business campus comprises six buildings, five in Seattle, Washington, and one in Kirkland, Washington.

Centers and Programs

Paccar Hall during Fall Quarter
Paccar Hall during Fall Quarter

The following centers and specialty programs are part of the UW Foster School of Business.

Student Life/Foster Community

Interior of PACCAR
Interior of PACCAR

UW students can join over 1,000 registered student organizations. Some registered student organizations include:

Achievements

Some achievements of the University of Washington Business School:

Publication

Notable alumni

Arts and Entertainment

Athletics

Banking/Financial

Beauty/Fashion

Education

Food

Government and Judiciary

Gaming

Healthcare

Real Estate

Travel

See also

References

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