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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 (U.S.); 17 (Global)
• Forbes: 30
• Financial Times: 48
• 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 headquarter’s 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 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 campues, is a 135,000 square-foot building that features classrooms, faculty offices, a 250-seat auditorium, 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 738 MBA students in the Foster School of Business.

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.

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