Foster jumps three spots to #17 in Poets&Quants 2023-2024 MBA Ranking

The UW Foster School of Business has ascended three spots to claim the #17 position in the Poets&Quants 2023-2024 MBA Ranking. These rankings by Poets&Quants are an amalgamation of scores from nationally recognized business school rankings, including U.S. News & World Report, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, as well as the newly incorporated Princeton Review and LinkedIn’s inaugural MBA ranking.

“We are proud that Foster continues to be recognized as an elite MBA program,” says Erin Town, Assistant Dean of the Full-time, Evening, and Global MBA Programs. “This particular ranking is especially meaningful as it demonstrates that multiple trusted sources count Foster as among the strongest programs in the country. Our students have excellent career outcomes, and graduate with a commitment to improve their communities as well as themselves.”

Upward trajectory across multiple rankings

Foster’s Full-Time MBA program’s upward movement over the past year is attributed to improvements in all three of the publications featured last year. In the U.S. News Ranking and Financial Times rankings, Foster advanced two places in each, securing a spot in the top 20 on both lists. Additionally, Foster climbed one spot compared to the previous year in the Businessweek rankings.

Each publication employs a distinct proprietary formula for its rankings, but common factors often include student outcomes, return on investment, and dedication to diversity and inclusion goals. Foster excels in all three of these criteria. For instance, the Full-time class of 2024 boasted a 99% employment rate, even in a challenging job market, particularly within the technology industry. The program offers multiple resources to help students finance their education, resulting in lower debt burdens than those found at competing institutions. Furthermore, Foster has established the position of Associate Dean for Inclusion & Diversity, whose role is to advance the school’s mission of creating an inclusive environment and uplifting communities of traditionally marginalized populations.

“At the Foster School, we challenge our students to consider how they, and the organizations they work for, can contribute to society in positive ways,” says Frank Hodge, the Orin and Janet Smith Dean of Foster. “Doing so requires that we provide students the technical skills they need to succeed, but also, perhaps more importantly, the mindset to always be looking to make things better. To innovate. To improve. If we’re teaching a mindset that starts with the question how can I help you? — we’ll find ways to make our communities better.”

Learn more about the Foster Full-Time MBA program here.