U.S. News Reports Foster’s #1 Student Outcome Results, Ranking Full-time MBA #22 & Evening MBA #14

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Design concept of Foster’s innovative Founders Hall, slated for an early 2022 opening. (LMN Architects)

Foster recognized for continued excellence

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Foster MBA #22 of more than 364 business programs in the nation in the Best Business Schools 2022 rankings. Foster’s Full-time MBA Program led the pack among top 40 schools with a 94.2% job placement 3 months after graduation, yielding outstanding career results for graduates who reported an average salary and bonus of $151,683.

Utilizing the rich curriculum, student experience, resources, and Foster community shared with the Full-time MBA program, the Evening MBA Program was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #14 program in the Part-time MBA ranking.

Foster’s other Top 25 MBA programs in the ranking include Executive MBA Program at #21 and Hybrid MBA Program at #10 (reported in January’s Online MBA Rankings).

Performance rooted in purpose

The Foster School of Business is a purpose-driven organization with continued excellence in delivering business education. Our purpose, that together we foster leaders, we foster insights, and we foster progress to better humanity, demanded that we meet the challenges of the last year by expanding access and delivering a quality experience to our students. Our commitment to our students is evidenced in our strong career outcomes.

We believe our performance with respect to student outcome metrics that matter reflect that we are successfully putting our purpose and priorities into action.

– Wendy Guild, Assistant Dean of MBA Programs

Metrics that matter

Foster continued to outperform top schools in student outcomes for the 5th year running, with 94.2% of graduates securing jobs within 3 months of graduation in top sectors like technology, consulting, financial services, and consumer packaged goods. U.S. News featured Foster among the top schools that delivered high job placement results despite the challenging economic conditions. U.S. News wrote, “There are just 20 business schools that meet this standard of excellence” (placing more than 88% of graduates when the average rate across ranked business schools was 78%), “demonstrating the exceptional employability of their student body.”

Foster’s innovative MBA Career Management team, a group of veteran industry professionals that works with both Full-time and Evening MBAs, continues to deliver world-class, relevant professional development services – empowering students with design thinking and creative collaboration – competencies that produce high impact problem-solving and critical thinking. Accordingly, recruiters continue to rank Foster MBAs highly.

This rigorous preparation, coupled with Foster’s rich employer connections with Seattle business, make a winning combination for students. Our team of industry–experienced career coaches has spent years of listening to what is important to students and recruiters alike, providing a high-touch experience that helps students unlock their full potential and fosters favorable results. Our relationships with students are key to this ongoing success.

– Naomi Sanchez, Assistant Dean of MBA Career Management

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Hands-on learning

Central to strong student outcomes is Foster’s quality learning experience. Students learn from the world’s top faculty – talented researchers who bring their field’s evidence-based insights to life, connecting them to practice in an inclusive hands-on learning environment for students.

In terms of learning by doing, Foster builds this into the curriculum at every turn. From case studies in classes to the applied strategy project, Foster will provide several hands-on opportunities that will allow me to gain experience in areas I haven’t worked in before. Also, with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Starbucks, and other top global companies just ten minutes down the road, we have incredible access to networking opportunities.

– Kate Leuba, Class of 2022


One of Foster’s key drivers of success is the strong, cohesive and values-driven community, a clear differentiator that provides tremendous advantage to students. Foster’s tight-knight MBA community shined in bold ways during the tumult of the last year – from students engaging in a learning journey together about race and identity, to helping each other prepare for interviews and leverage the insights of industry professionals from student club events. Regardless of the challenge, Foster MBAs live the value of we>me, recognizing that leadership is not a zero sum game but rather one in which we can all win together.

My classmates have consistently shown their concern for not only their success but my success as well.

– Francesca Aba Rosa Essilfie, MBA Class of 2021

Expanding student access

In alignment with Foster’s commitment to students, the school prioritized access in the Evening MBA program in the last year, growing the class by almost 12%. Greater access means more students taking advantage of Foster’s distinctive environment during a challenging time in the economy. Each member of the diverse cohort contributed their unique voice toward generating innovative ideas and actions that are a hallmark of the Seattle business sector.

Fostering leaders, fostering the future

The MBA programs at Foster combine academic, professional, and leadership development for students in a supportive community. By putting our purpose into action in all that we do, we position our graduates to lead with impact, address tomorrow’s challenges, and make the world a more sustainable, more just, more equitable place for all.

We strive each and every day to develop leaders who have a growth mindset and who have the courage and conviction to find ways to better humanity through action. This mindset defines both who we are and how we operate.

– Frank Hodge, Orin & Janet Smith Dean & Professor of Accounting

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Ranking MBA programs by fit

To help MBA applicants identify programs that best fit their priorities, Foster created the MBA Rankings Calculator. MBA candidates can access rankings data from U.S. News, Businessweek, Financial Times and Forbes to create their own custom ranking. This free tool leverages school performance data, including salary and placement, student selectivity, faculty research, low average debt, return on investment, and more.

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