Economist ranks Foster MBA #20 in the world, #1 for job placement in U.S.

Foster School Dean Frank Hodge with students

Foster School Dean Frank Hodge with Board Fellows students. The Board Fellows program gives MBA students executive leadership experience serving on nonprofit boards that impact the lives of more than 2.5 million people.

The Foster School moved up two more spots to rank #20 in the world and #17 in the U.S. in The Economist’s Which MBA 2019 ranking. Rated #1 in the U.S. for job placement at 3 months, Foster’s higher ranking was driven by competitive results in career advancement, salary increases, faculty quality, and student and employer satisfaction.

“At Foster, we strive each and every day to be better together, better tomorrow,” emphasizes Frank Hodge, Orin and Janet Smith Endowed Dean of the Foster School of Business. “The Economist rankings reflect our success in doing so on the dimensions that are most meaningful to students and employers.”

#3 of top U.S. schools for increased salaries

The Economist showed that Foster had the highest job placement rate in the U.S., with 99% of MBAs securing positions within three months of graduation, earning an average salary of $118,355 and $38,695 bonus. Graduating alumni reported their incoming salaries had increased more than 101%, a greater rise than all but two top-20 schools. The Foster MBA had the highest post-MBA salary to tuition ratio, with graduates earning a salary more than $21,000 higher than two years of out-of-state tuition.

Top 10 Career Services connect graduates to Seattle’s vibrant business community

Alumni showed high satisfaction with the career opportunities they were able to secure with a Foster MBA, rating the Career Management team #10 in the U.S. Foster has become a magnet for companies recruiting technology-savvy MBAs with leadership and analytical skills, and a high percentage of graduates choose careers in technology, consulting, and financial services. Top recruiters include Amazon, Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, T-Mobile, Google, Accenture, PwC, McKinsey & Company, and Goldman Sachs.

Foster’s remarkable job placement rate starts with a remarkable learning experience

An emphasis on improving the quality of the learning experience – with classes of diverse and capable students, excellent faculty, and deep connections to practice – led to students’ #14 rating of the professional and educational experience. What makes the learning experience at Foster remarkable?

  • Active learning with world-class faculty connecting evidence-based theories, tools, and frameworks across disciplines needed to build and run high-performing organizations
  • Leadership Labs that develop students transactional and transformational leadership skills
  • A design thinking approach to personalized career planning, supported by student networking with alumni, Foster stakeholders, and the business community
  • Foster Advantage immersions on high-demand topics, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Partnerships with employers to teach cutting-edge skills and concepts needed in fast-moving, global firms

Faculty quality highest of top 20 U.S. schools

Scholars, master teachers, thought leaders, mentors. Foster faculty have proven the impact of their research, ranking #7 in the world for research productivity in The Financial Times. Their impact in the classroom shines through in The Economist rating of faculty quality by students, where Foster faculty ranked #9 in the world and #1 of all top 20 schools in the U.S.

Students and alumni give high marks for satisfaction

Foster MBA studentAn increased focus on student and alumni priorities resulted in rising scores, especially for the potential to network, which rose from #20 to #10 and the alumni rating of career services, which moved up from #16 to #14.

“Foster has prioritized the needs of the students – driving innovation and allocating resources to the opportunities and experiences that serve them best,” explains Assistant Dean of MBA Programs Wendy Guild. “Foster has world-class Career Management to ensure students are prepared for some of the most coveted jobs, and we have been wildly successful placing students in those jobs. We invest in the culture and carefully considered student services. And our academic experience is top-notch due to the excellent faculty and deep connection to practice that is a part of the learning experience at Foster.”

Which MBA Ranking highlights – UW Foster School

Job Placement at 3 months #1 of U.S. schools, #3 in world
Faculty quality #1 of top 20 U.S. schools, #9 in world
Salary Increase % #3 of U.S. schools
Opportunity to Network #10 of U.S. schools
Alumni Rating of Career Services #10 of U.S. schools
Personal Development/Educational Experience #14 of U.S. schools
Quality of Facilities #6 in world

Learn more about the Full-time MBA Program and Career Management at the Foster School of Business.

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