Foster’s 95% online Hybrid MBA ranks in top 10 degrees for career outcomes, academic experience, alumni satisfaction, faculty quality, and admissions standards
Foster’s Hybrid MBA at the University of Washington has again been recognized by Poets & Quants as a Top 10 Online MBA program for 2023. Since inception, the UW Hybrid MBA has committed to fostering individuals who seek to better humanity through leadership and takes pride in student satisfaction with their rigorous academic, leadership, and professional development experience.
Poets & Quants online MBA rankings uses three categories: Academic Experience, Admissions Standards, and Career Outcomes. Foster’s Hybrid MBA scored a cumulative 95.5 out of 100 overall points, a 2-point increase from 2022.
Top 10 Satisfaction Ratings by Alumni
Hybrid MBA alumni also rated the program ‘top 10’ in quality of faculty as well as both faculty accessibility and responsiveness. Hybrid MBA’s recognized excellence beyond the classroom is evidenced in a top 10 rating of satisfaction with the work of student-run organizations, program offerings that extend the learning and community experience to other personal and professional domains.
“I’m thrilled with the purpose-driven, rigorous approach that the Foster community has taken in accelerating student learning and growth in Hybrid MBA … The UW-Foster Hybrid MBA was the only program in the nation to earn a ‘top 10’ satisfaction rating by alumni for all three modes of learning important to leadership development in the online MBA space… synchronous online, asynchronous online, and in-person sessions. I’m grateful for the contributions of students, staff, faculty, and our alumni and business community stakeholders in building a comprehensive and transformational development experience, and I am happy to see that work recognized.”
– Dan Turner, Associate Dean of Master’s Programs.
An Engaging Academic Experience
Recognition by Poets & Quants as the #6 program for Academic Experience (an almost 8-point increase from last year) solidifies Foster Hybrid MBA’s position as a leader in online education, helping its students accelerate their leadership development while benefiting from engagement with faculty, fellow students, alumni, and corporate partners. The dedicated online production and curriculum design team ensures a dynamic and evolving online learning experience. The program blends stimulating Foster Live synchronous sessions and quarterly in-person immersions, with interactive student teams; robust academic and social activities; and personalized career coaching and professional development.
“One of the most powerful aspects of the Foster Hybrid MBA program is the ability for students to directly shape their own learning experiences. As Student Council Curriculum Representative, I had the opportunity to take academic feedback from my peers directly to staff and faculty. The HMBA staff and faculty implemented real-time changes to meet the needs of students while still providing robust and rigorous academic content. The transparency in communication and quick response to feedback allowed for students to engage in self-advocacy and authentically drive their learning experiences.”
– Dave Reid, Hybrid MBA Alum ’22
Building High Performing Teams
Teamwork is a core element at Foster, and all Hybrid MBA students participate in small group study teams for the duration of the program. Hybrid MBA teams create space for collaboration and diversity of thought and skills. 100% of alumni reported they developed a network due to the program.
“Since starting the HMBA program, it has only reinforced my choice to attend UW for business school. Foster lives their values in all aspects of the program. One of the strongest aspects of the program is your core team. From learning how to correctly build a cohesive team early on through this process, to navigating a strenuous program with them knowing that you trust, can learn from, push your educational boundaries, and lean on them over the two years together, it stands out as one of the most unique and positive parts of the program design.”
– Anne Kertson, Hybrid MBA Student ’23
Career Outcomes – More than 80% of Graduates Changed Jobs
The program provides robust career management offerings including 1:1 and group career coaching, an opt-in mentoring program, employer networking opportunities – including onsite and virtual career treks, professional development workshops and the program’s signature Executive Essentials program.
“We’re proud to celebrate the incredible career transitions made by our recent graduates, both during and after the program. Over 80% changed jobs at least once. Within this, almost half of the graduates changed companies and nearly one third changed industries. Our career resources are designed to support all types of career pathways.”
– Mikaela Boyd, Career Coach
The Foster Hybrid MBA was also recognized 6th in admissions standards which speaks to the credentials of the applicants. Foster was near the top of the rankings for gender parity, with 45% female students.
“The benefit of completing a Foster Hybrid MBA is the strength of its genuine connection building with other business professionals from different companies and industries across the U.S. Hybrid MBA draws students who represent a range of different social, ethnic and gender backgrounds, enhancing the cohort team experience – approaching problem solving through a global lens. We are committed to programming that supports six quarterly in-person immersive experiences. During the Immersions, engaged and collaboratively driven academic sessions are intentionally coupled with professional and social networking events.”
– Jodey Farwell, Hybrid MBA Director