The Foster Fit

How do you know which MBA program is the right fit for you?

“Fit” is a complex idea that incorporates elements like culture, location, size, business relationships, student community, and much more.

This page will give you a brief overview of the Foster Fit, as described by our own students.

“The Pacific Northwest is an undeniably inspiring natural playground that balances the thriving tech economy that keeps the city humming during the week. I can’t think of a better place to earn my MBA because nowhere else that I know of can offer me such rich personal benefits so close to so many companies that are meaningfully impacting the way business is done around the world.”

Carly Presho-Dunne, MBA class of 2021

“The MBA Mentor Program was a highlight in my first year. We were exposed to industry players taking time out of their busy schedules to provide support for us in so many ways. My mentor was Dennis Karlinsky, and I was able to grow a relationship with him that extended beyond the program.”

Afa Malu, MBA class of 2019

“Foster is very intentional about providing an experiential learning environment through the Applied Strategy program that’s offered Winter and Spring quarters. Many of the clients participating in this program are firms headquartered in Seattle; some are as large as Amazon and others are smaller family-owned firms with a 100+ year history working in the Pacific Northwest.”

Barbara Lee, MBA class of 2020

“At Foster, my classmates represent an extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. I truly believe that this diversity of experiences represents the most precious opportunity to learn.”

Ammar Ejaz, MBA, MBA class of 2021

“The classes, interview prep with MBA Career Management and my fellow students, and clubs like Foster Consulting Society helped build my knowledge and prepare me to land my job offer. Without an MBA I would never have been given such an opportunity!”

Marshelle Slayton, MBA class of 2019

“My classmates have consistently shown their concern for not only their success but my success as well. I’ve experienced this through our conversations about career trajectory, helping each other prepare for interviews, and simply helping each other meet deadlines. I can confidently say that I am a part of a class that genuinely cares about others.”

Francesca Aba Rosa Essilfie, MBA class of 2021

The Northwest Way

The spirit of the Northwest region permeates the Foster MBA Program—it’s a diverse mix of entrepreneurial thinkers, innovative problem-solvers, egalitarian team players and motivated professionals who thrive in a flexible environment.

Team Driven Difference

From the start of orientation, when you meet your first study team, to the proving grounds of second-year team competitions, you will learn from your colleagues’ experiences, support one another’s accomplishments and develop professional relationships that last long after graduation.

Small Class, Big Impact

Our program is small by design so that each student has an opportunity for impact. Students get more time with faculty and get to know their peers better in a series of small group interactions. They also have the opportunity to create custom programs, tailoring their education to their needs.

“Students helping students—that’s definitely a very Foster thing”

“I was looking around at West Coast schools, and Foster eventually came to be my top choice,” says MBA alumni Jessica Green, “mostly because it was a smaller community, a better environment for me.”

“What ultimately made my decision,” she continues, “was when I visited and met students, faculty and some of the staff at Foster.” Watch the video or read more about Jessica to learn more about why Foster was a good fit for her.

From Amazon to Zulily

Business education is at its best when students get hands-on experience with real businesses. Whether it’s an internship or a mentorship, consider the local companies you’ll connect with as an MBA student when deciding whether a school is a good fit. Seattle’s start-up culture, and our deep relationships with our region’s iconic companies offer our students many opportunities to make a positive impact, benefiting students and businesses alike.

Foster students at Amazon

Guest speaker from Boeing

Foster student intern at microsoft

Foster students at Nike

Foster students at Starbucks

Foster students at Zulily

“I wanted to be in a place that could offer a lot of different options”

For MBA alumni Pedro Del Castillo the most important driver of his decision to come to Foster was “the very friendly and deep network that the Foster school of business has throughout the Seattle community, where you could just reach out to anybody, and they will happily talk to you.”

“Because you’re a student they’re very open, and because you’re a student at Foster you’re immediately part of that community,” he says. Watch the video or read more about Pedro to learn more about why Foster was a good fit for him.

Why choose Foster

Hear from Wendy Guild, Assistant Dean of MBA Programs, on the community and culture that makes the University of Washington Foster School of Business unique.

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