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Michael G. Foster School of Business

School Overview

Jim Jiambalvo
303a Dempsey

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Thomas Lee

303d Dempsey

Men and women embarking on business careers have the opportunity to influence many of the social, political, and economic forces in today's world. The Foster School prepares students for professional careers in management and related disciplines in both the private and public sectors.

The Foster School offers an undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Technology Management Master of Business Administration (TMMBA), Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). An evening MBA program is also offered. Additionally, the Foster School offers a Master of Science degree in Information Systems (MSIS) and a Global Executive Master of Business Adminstration (GEMBA).

Business Administration became an independent unit within the University system in 1917. It has been accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (now known as the International Association for Management Education) since 1921.

Facilities and Services

Most Foster School classes and activities are in four buildings. Dempsey Hall, named for Neal and Jan Dempsey, contains the dean’s office, MBA and undergraduate offices, the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, MBA and undergraduate career centers as well as classrooms and an executive forum. PACCAR Hall offers a combination of U-shaped tiered classrooms, meeting spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, student breakout rooms, faculty offices, and a soaring atrium with a café and a boardroom. It is equipped with a wide range of technology enhancements including web-linked digital monitors and distance conferencing capabilities. Mackenzie Hall, named in memory of Professor Donald Mackenzie, Chair of the Department of Accounting from 1949 to 1955, contains the offices of the Foster School’s Consulting and Business Development Center, the Global Business Center, the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, and the Foster School Advancement and Alumni teams. A fourth building, on the northwest side of Dempsey, has three distinct components: the Bank of America Executive Education Center (which includes the James B. Douglas Executive Forum), the Boeing Auditorium, and the Albert O. and Evelyn Foster Business Library.

To serve the continuing education needs of middle- and senior-level managers, the Foster School offers a number of certificate programs, either University-initiated or co-sponsored with various community and industry organizations. The Executive Development Program, a nine-month, one night per week program, strengthens understanding and skills in all areas of management and provides an opportunity for successful managers to learn from a distinguished faculty and each other. Short courses and seminars are offered throughout the year, focusing on topics such as leadership, finance and accounting for non-financial executives, and negotiation skills. In addition, the School develops and runs custom programs under contract with individual companies and organizations. Information on continuing education programs may be obtained from the Office of Executive Education, (206) 543-8560, fax (206) 685-9236,

International Business Programs

International business programs are coordinated and developed by the Foster School's Global Business Center. These activities include special graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, the Global Business Program, seminars, internships, business foreign-language programs, special guest-speaker programs, and study tours. Although the Marketing and International Business Department offers a general curriculum in international business, each of the five academic departments within the Foster School maintains faculty with special international teaching and research expertise. Internationally oriented courses are offered by each department.

At the undergraduate level, the Foster School offers the Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) program. Students in the program complete the same demanding business curriculum as other students and enhance this training with foreign language study, area studies, and an international experience. The program requires that students have a solid foundation in one of five language tracks: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish; a sixth custom track for other languages is also an option. In addition, there is a U.S. track for international students.

At the MBA level, the Foster School offers opportunities for MBA students to build on the international business foundation that every MBA develops through the first year of the program. In addition to international business electives, the program offers overseas travel through study tours, quarter-long exchange programs, and international internships. MBA students may also participate in the weekly Global Business Forum, which brings top international business leaders to campus to discuss important issues facing their companies and industries.

Questions regarding these programs may be directed to (206) 685-3432  or

Entrepreneurship Programs

The focus of the Foster School's entrepreneurship programs is on nurturing skills that generate creative ideas, innovative processes, and new business growth. These skills are developed through special academic certificate programs, internships, a business plan competition, club activities, and consulting opportunities with area businesses.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from the Foster School as well as other University schools and colleges. Through its workshops, events (Entrepreneur Week), and annual competitions (Business Plan Competition, Environmental Innovation Challenge, and Venture Capital Investment Competition), CIE encourages a cross-discipline and collaborative appraoch to business creation, and nurtures overall entrepreneurial thinking in students. The CIE's Lavin Program is a curriculum for entrepreneurially minded undergraduates that provides the core foundational experience, skills, and know how for developing future business ventures. Graduate students may take the Enrepreneurship Certificate program, which offers real-world experience, technology internships with the UW Center for Commercialization, and mentoring from the Seattle entrepreneurial community.  For more information visit, or contact CIE at (206) 685-9868, or

The Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) matches undergraduate and graduate student consulting teams with small-business owners in Seattle's inner city to implement business development projects. Through courses, independent study options, summer internships, and hands-on projects with inner-city entrepreneurs, students explore the challenges faced by central city businesses, while also providing valuable assistance. Questions about the Business and Economic Development Center can be directed to the program office at (206) 543-9327.

Consulting Programs

The Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) matches undergraduate and graduate student consulting teams with small-business owners in Seattle's inner city to implement business development projects. Through courses, independent study options, summer internships, and hands-on projects with inner-city entrepreneurs, students explore the challenges faced by central city businesses, while also providing valuable assistance. Questions about the Business and Economic Development Center can be directed to the program office at (206) 616-1216 or

Business Career Center

The Business Connections Center coordinates all MBA and MPAcc career services. These include career counseling and career management workshops, the administration of special career events such as career fairs, company presentations, on-campus MBA and MPAcc recruitment, and a job-listing service. The Business Connections Center also administers alumni and executive mentoring programs. Questions regarding these programs and services may be directed to the center's office, 202 Lewis, (206) 685-2410.

Undergraduate business-career counseling and on-campus recruitment is provided by the UW Center for Career Services, 134 Mary Gates Hall, (206) 543-0535.

Instructional Resources Office

The Instructional Resources Office promotes excellence in teaching by providing resources in current practice and research in teaching and learning. The office serves faculty and teaching assistants with individual consultations, coordinates a teaching preparation program for doctoral students, and offers assistance with instructional innovations. Questions can be directed to the Instructional Resources Office, 317 Lewis, (206) 685-9608.

The Business Writing Center

The mission of the Business Writing Center is to help undergraduates develop the writing skills essential to professional success. The center offers one-on-one tutoring, workshops and peer feedback for special class projects, and opportunities for advanced students to be peer tutors. Questions can be directed to the center's office, 337 Lewis,

Honor Societies

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national scholastic honor society in the field of business. Election to membership is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in business. Selection is based on outstanding scholastic achievement.

Beta Alpha Psi is the accounting honor society. Membership is based primarily on scholastic achievement, but some community service is also required. Beta Alpha Psi provides a mechanism for students, professionals, and educators to meet on both formal and informal bases.

The goals and interests of graduate students are served by the MBA Association, Business Consulting Network, Challenge for Charity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club, Graduate Consulting Club, MBA Finance Club, Global Business Association, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, MBA Marketing Club, Net Impact, High-Tech Club, MBA Speakeasy, Women in Business, and the Doctoral Association.

Undergraduate Program

202 Dempsey

Associate Dean
Stephan E. Sefcik

Assistant Dean
Vikki Haag Day

Associate Directors
Pamela B. Lacson
Adam Shinn

202 Dempsey, Box 353200
(206) 685-3400

The Foster School offers the following programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with options in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, information systems, and marketing.
  • A minor in entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: English composition, calculus, ECON 200, ECON 201. In addition, classes to fulfill general education requirements which develop strong writing and analytic skills. ACCTG 215, ACCTG 225, MGMT 200, and Q METH 201 are suggested second-year college work.

Department Admission Requirements

The Foster School offers admission to upper division applicants for autumn and winter quarters.  Those UW students who are prepared, as freshmen, to apply for early admission, may do so only for autumn quarter.  Students admitted for autumn may elect to take classes during the prior summer quarter.

Applicants are considered in two admission groups: the Freshman Direct Admission Program and the Upper-Division Admission Group (UAG), described below. The following requirements apply to the Upper-Division Admission Group:

  1. A minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all college coursework
  2. A minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all required business courses
  3. A student who has previously attended the UW also must have GPAs of at least 2.50, both UW cumulative and in UW business courses.
  4. Since eligible applicants exceed the space available, acceptance is competitive. Admission is based on evaluation of four factors:
    1. overall scholastic record
    2. grades in pre-application courses, described below
    3. written communication skills
    4. evidence of leadership skills, community activities, and the promise of achievement in a business or professional career.

Consideration is also given to such factors as economic and educational disadvantage, significantly higher recent grades, and exceptional extracurricular activities or work experience.

Admission for UAG is offered twice a year, for autumn and winter quarters. A Foster School application, together with all supporting materials, must be on file by April 5 for autumn quarter admission or October 5 for winter quarter admission. Records of all coursework completed by the deadline must be submitted at the time of application. Admission for Freshman Direct is offered once a year, for autumn quarter only.

Freshman Direct Admission Program

The Foster School enrolls a small number of students each year directly out of high school, prior to completion of any university-level prerequisites. Freshmen applicants to the University listing Business Administration as their intended major are automatically considered. Admission is offered to students with exceptionally competitive academic records, including but not limited to high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores.

Upper-Division Admission Group (UAG)

Students must present a minimum of 60 academic credits at the time of application including the following graded credits: ACCTG 215; ECON 200 or ECON 201; MATH 112, MATH 124,  or MATH 134; an approved English composition course, chosen from C LIT 240, ENGL 104-ENGL 105, ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, or ENGL 281, ENGL 297, ENGL 298, or ENGL 299. In addition, the following courses must be completed prior to admission in autumn quarter: ACCTG 225; ECON 200 and ECON 201; MGMT 200; QMETH 201. Applicants should take general education or elective courses to complete the minimum 60 graded credits.

Students admitted to the UW as freshmen are expected to take ACCTG 215, ACCTG 225; MGMT 200; and QMETH 201 in residence.

Qualified applicants with at least 45 credits and a minimum 2.85 GPA who meet University admission requirements, but not Foster School requirements, are eligible to be placed in the College of Arts and Sciences as pre-business majors.

The University of Washington provides equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran in accordance with UW policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

Graduation Requirements

180 credits as follows:

General Education Requirements: The following must be selected from the University Areas of Knowledge courses: 20 credits in Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; 20 credits in Individuals & Societies, including 10 credits in microeconomics and macroeconomics (ECON 200 and ECON 201); 20 credits in the Natural World, including 5 credits in calculus (MATH 112, MATH 124, or MATH 134); most students need precalculus before taking college calculus (some precalculus courses qualify for the Natural World requirement); 5 credits in English composition.

Students from community colleges in Washington should check the Transfer Guide or consult with their community college adviser for equivalent courses. Students from other four-year schools should see an adviser at their school. Students entering the Foster School under the terms of the Associate Degree Agreement may apply courses selected from the community college's breadth list toward the general education requirements.

Foster School Requirements: ACCTG 215, ACCTG 225; QMETH 201; MGMT 200; B ECON 300; MKTG 301; I S 300; I BUS 300; OPMGT 301; FIN 350; MGMT 300; MGMT 320; MGMT 430; and 300- or 400-level business electives (or area of concentration) to bring the total number of business credits to 72; two writing-intensive courses, one from B CMU 301, B CMU 410, ENGL 281, ENGL 381; one from English composition, or from the remaining three courses listed immediately above, or from any W course. No more than 6 lower-division business elective credits; a minimum of 90 non-business credits, which may include up to 14 credits of economics and up to 9 credits of statistics but not GEN ST 350; a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in all business credits earned at the UW; and a cumulative 2.50 GPA for all UW credits. No more than 8 credits of business independent research coursework may be applied to the degree and no more than 4 credits of business independent research coursework may be applied to upper-division business electives. No more than 8 credits of internship coursework is applicable to the degree. Business internship credit may not apply to the upper-division business elective requirement. Students must complete six of the nine upper-division core courses, including MGMT 430, and 40 of the 53 required upper-division business credits through the UW. Students who have taken more than three of the nine upper-division core business courses at another school should consult an academic adviser in the Foster School Undergraduate Program Office prior to applying.

Accounting Option: The notation "Accounting" is indicated on the permanent record, or transcript, of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA: ACCTG 301, ACCTG 302, ACCTG 303, ACCTG 311, ACCTG 320, ACCTG 321, ACCTG 411, ACCTG 440, and at least one 400-level accounting elective, excluding ACCTG 490, ACCTG 495, and ACCTG 499. Students who have completed ACCTG 505 may not apply to the accounting option. The accounting option requires 186 credits for graduation.

Entrepreneurship Option: The notation “Entrepreneurship” is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA: ENTRE 370, FIN 457/ENTRE 457, MKTG 455/ENTRE 455; 8 credits from an approved list of electives. See advisor for approved list.

 Finance Option: The notation "Finance" is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50: one course from FIN 450, FIN 453, FIN 454, or FIN 457; either FIN 460 or FIN 461; four additional courses chosen from the 400-level FIN courses, B ECON 301 or ECON 301, or the 400-level B ECON courses, excluding FIN 490, FIN 495, FIN 499, B ECON 490, and B ECON 499.

Human Resources Management Option: The notation "Human Resources Management" is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA: MGMT 311, MGMT 411, MGMT 412, and two of the following courses: MGMT 323, MGMT 401, MGMT 402, MGMT 403, MGMT 404, or MGMT 413.

Information Systems Option: The notation "Information Systems" is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA: I S 320, I S 410, I S 445, I S 451, and I S 460.

Marketing Option: The notation "Marketing" is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA: MKTG 450, MKTG 460, and three additional MKTG electives, excluding MKTG 490, MKTG 495, and MKTG 499. It is recommended that students take MKTG 450 and MKTG 460 before they take the other electives.

Operations and Supply Chain Management Option: The notation “Operations and Supply Chain Management” is indicated on the transcript of a student who graduates with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and who completes the following courses with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA: QMETH 450, OPMGT 443, OPMGT 450, I S 451.

Admission to the options: Students can apply to one option at the same time they apply to the Foster School. Continuing Foster School students can apply during publicized application periods. If demand for the option exceeds the number of spaces available, students are considered based on the factors identified for admission to the Foster School and on their GPA in all previous option-specific courses.

Continuation Policy

All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, contact the departmental adviser or refer to the School website.



Admission is competitive, based on evaluation of three factors: (1) overall scholastic record; (2) grades in lower division prerequisite coursework; (3) evidence of entrepreneurial activities or the promise of achievement in an entrepreneurial business career. Application deadlines and requirements are available in the Foster School Undergraduate Programs Office or at

Minor requirements – 29 or more credits as follows: (1) ACCTG 219, or ACCTG 215 and ACCTG 225, or equivalent; (2) ECON 200, or equivalent; (3) ENTRE 370; (4) ENTRE 472 and ENTRE 473; (5) additional ENTRE electives at 300 level or above, selected from a list maintained in the Foster Undergraduate Programs Office to achieve a minimum of 29 credits; (6) Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses applied to the minor.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: A business education develops important communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to express an idea, negotiate a settlement, motivate others, manage time, and build collaborative networks distinguishes the most successful business people. UW Foster School students learn to recognize and define problems, examine data, and persuasively communicate their ideas to achieve results in organizations and people's lives. Regardless of post-graduation path - be it climbing up the corporate ladder, starting a company, joining the Peace Corps, entering law school, or becoming a doctor - a business education helps immeasurably.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Paccar and Dempsey Halls boast a wide range of technology enhancements including web-linked digital monitors and distance conference capabilities as well as 25 team rooms for student use, and direct access to the library. The Foster Business Library houses an extensive collection of books, reference tools, and journals necessary to the study of business. The Buerk Center Innovation Laboratory represents a new paradigm for integrating entrepreneurial education with technology development and hands-on experience.
  • Honors Options Available: Honors students benefit from a sense of community generated by Honors seminars, as well as from the academic challenge associated with more rigorous study. The program requirements are flexible, challenging students to explore business topics in greater depth. Students entering the Honors program become candidates for the degree "With College Honors" or "With Honors."
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: The Foster School encourages student participation in internships to supplement in-class learning experiences. For more information about internship guidelines and a list of undergraduate internship opportunities, visit
  • Department Scholarships: The Foster School awards approximately 90 undergraduate scholarships. Some are general scholarships while others are specific to options or areas of concentration. Only students admitted to both the UW and the Foster School are eligible to receive awards. Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they meet the minimum qualifications and specific criteria. Although financial need is not a requirement for all business scholarships, most are awarded on the basis of need. (The FAFSA must be filed with the Office of Student Financial Aid.) The Foster School scholarship application is due April 5.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Chapters of Alpha Kappa Psi, Association of Black Business Students, Beta Alpha Psi, Business Ethics Association, Delta Sigma Pi, International Association of Students in Economics and Business (AIESEC), American Marketing Association, Business Information Technology Society, Hispanic Business Association, Husky Sales Club, Husky Traders, Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting, National Association of Black Accountants, Society for Human Resources Management, Startup UW, Undergraduate Management Consulting Association, University Sales Club, and Undergraduate Women in Business provide opportunities for undergraduate students to meet informally and to participate in a variety of projects and events.

Double Baccalaureate and Second Baccalaureate

Students who wish to earn more than one baccalaureate degree should consult an academic adviser in the Foster School Undergraduate Program Office, either during or before their junior year. Persons seeking a second baccalaureate should apply at the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To be considered, applicants must complete by quarter of entry the same prerequisites for admission as applicants for the first baccalaureate degree. Since the number of eligible applicants exceeds available space, acceptance is competitive, based on the criteria listed above for selection of first baccalaureate degree applicants. The Foster School uses the GPA for the last 90 credits earned.

Undergraduate Diversity Services

Recruitment, admission counseling, advising, and support services are available for minority students underrepresented at the University, and students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Special scholarships are also available for underrepresented minority students. Academic advisers have information on this program.

Graduate Programs

Associate Dean for Master's Degree Programs
David Burgstahler


GPA, Graduate Management Admission Test score, work experience, educational and professional objectives, and other factors are considered. Applicants to graduate business programs submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test. Those admitted must demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts of calculus. Inquiries concerning details of admission should be made to the specific degree program of interest, University of Washington, Foster School of Business, Mackenzie Hall, Box 353200, Seattle, WA 98195.

Application Procedure

Admission to the MBA, EMBA, and PhD programs is for autumn quarter only. Admission to the Technology Management MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems program is for winter quarter only. Candidates for the full-time MBA program may apply by any of the following deadlines: October 15, November 15, January 15, or March 15. Preference is not given to applicants who choose an earlier deadline. Applicants receive a decision about two months after the deadline they have chosen. (January 15 is the final deadline for international applicants.) Deadlines for application to other graduate programs are February 1 for the PhD program; April 1 for Evening MBA; and April 15 for the Executive MBA and MPAcc programs. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The Foster School of Business offers programs of study leading to the advanced degrees of Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems, and Doctor of Philosophy. Four programs can lead to an MBA degree: the full-time program, the evening program, the Technology Management (TMMBA) program, and the Executive MBA program.

Master of Business Administration

Executive Director
Dan Poston
110 Mackenzie Hall, Box 353200
(206) 543-4661

Degree Requirements

96 credits (80 credits for evening MBA)

The full-time MBA program is designed for students preparing for a professional career in management. Two academic years are required to complete the program. The first year consists of 48 credits of required courses: B A 500, B A 501, B A 502; three of the following bridge elective options: EBIZ 509 (required for EBIZ certificate), ENTRE 509 (required for CIE certificate), FIN 509 (prerequisite for most finance electives), I BUS 509, MGMT 579, or MKTG 509. The second year is 48 credits of elective courses. Students take no more than 24 credits in any one elective area.

The evening MBA program is for fully employed college graduates seeking a management degree that can be earned outside regular working hours. Instruction is two evenings per week; students typically take two courses per quarter. The program consists of 80 academic credits, with normal completion in ten quarters. Course requirements are as follows: ACCTG 500, ACCTG 501, B ECON 500, B ECON 501, FIN 502, I S 504, MGMT 500, MGMT 502, MGMT 505, MKTG 501, OPMGT 502, QMETH 500, QMETH 501, 34 credits of electives.

Special Programs

Options for special study: global business program; e-business program, and the program in entrepreneurship and innovation. Concurrent degree programs are also available: MBA/JD with the School of Law, MBA/MAIS with the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, MBA/MSE with the College of Engineering's Program in Engineering and Manufacturing Management, and MBA/MHA with the School of Public Health.

Executive Master of Business Administration

Louise Kapustka
(206) 685-1333

The EMBA provides an intensive executive-development experience to a select group of midcareer managers who continue to work full-time while pursuing the degree. Candidates for this two-year program should have seven or more years of increasingly successful work experience including three to four years in management, and currently hold mid- or top-level management positions. They are typically sponsored by their organizations and have been identified as employees with high potential to advance as general managers. Students are selected to ensure diversity of industry, functional areas, and organizational size.

The Executive MBA program offers two scheduling options. Both run for two academic years, September through June. (1) The Regional Program meets for a full day once a week, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, students attend spring and fall residence sessions each year. (2) The North America Program meets once a month, generally for three consecutive days, Thursday through Saturday. Between monthly sessions, students interact with faculty and classmates online via the Internet and interactive groupware. This format is designed for individuals from the greater Northwest as well as those from the Puget Sound area whose schedules preclude weekly attendance.

While the scope of the curriculum is comparable to that of the regular MBA program, the pace is more intense and the perspective is that of a general manager. There are 21 required courses and no electives.

Admission Requirements

  1. Letter of Endorsement: Candidates must be sponsored by their employing organizations and endorsed by senior management as potential general managers. In sponsoring EMBA candidates, organizations agree to release them on class days and, in some cases, to cover the program fee. Individuals not sponsored by a company need to submit an additional letter of recommendation in place of the letter of endorsement.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores
  4. Two sealed copies of official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with an application deadline of April 15 for the class beginning each autumn. Late applications are handled on a space-available basis.

Degree Requirements

68 credits

Required courses: EMBA 502, EMBA 503, EMBA 504, EMBA 505, EMBA 506, EMBA 510, EMBA 511, EMBA 512, EMBA 520, EMBA 521, EMBA 529, EMBA 530, EMBA 531, EMBA 532, EMBA 533, EMBA 534, EMBA 540, EMBA 551, EMBA 552, EMBA 558.

Technology Management Master of Business Administration

(206) 221-6995

Designed for professionals employed in technology companies or work in technology jobs in more traditional businesses. The curriculum, combining the essential components of management education with a specialized focus on high-tech industries, is structured for individuals who want to play a broader role in management and are seeking the necessary management skills and business knowledge. The program focuses on real-world projects and analyses, collaborative learning in study groups, and extensive participant interaction in the classroom. Candidates for this 18-month program have technology experience and upward career progression.

The program, which provides an intensive educational experience to professionals who continue to work full-time while pursuing their degree, runs six consecutive quarters, beginning every January and ending the next year in June. Three-hour sessions are held once a week on a mid-week evening and six-hour sessions are scheduled two Saturdays per month. Two residential sessions are offered. Candidates may be sponsored by their organizations or apply on their own.

Admission Requirements

  1. Professional position with a minimum five years of work experience. Career trend of increased responsibilities or promotions. Supervisory or management experience not required, but applicants should demonstrate leadership potential. Candidates' work accomplishments and letters of recommendation should provide evidence of their potential for senior management.
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Personal statement
  4. Three letters of recommendation and evaluations
  5. Resume
  6. Interview
  7. GMAT scores
  8. Two sealed copies of official transcripts
  9. International applicants: Graduate Admissions Application, Proof of Financial Ability form, photocopy of current visa (if applicable), notice of action (if applicable), proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  10. Permanent residents: proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

Each year approximately 50 students are accepted into the TMMBA Program. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Contact the TMMBA office for application deadlines.

Degree Requirements

68 credits, as follows:

TMMBA 500, TMMBA 501, TMMBA 502, TMMBA 503, TMMBA 505, TMMBA 507, TMMBA 510, TMMBA 512, TMMBA 515, TMMBA 516, TMMBA 517, TMMBA 520, TMMBA 521, TMMBA 522, TMMBA 528, TMMBA 530, TMMBA 551, 6 credits of electives

Master of Professional Accounting

Managing Director
Francine Shafer
231 Mackenzie
(206) 616-4964

The MPAcc prepares students for high-level careers with major accounting and consulting firms, governmental agencies, and industry. Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting may complete the program in three quarters. Students with no prior business background take an expanded version of the program. Enrollment is limited to 25 to 30 students in each of two tracks - Accounting  and Assurance (A&A) and Taxation. MBA students with a strong interest in accounting and taxation may earn a joint MBA/MPAcc degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses (see website)
  2. Scores from the GMAT exam
  3. International TOEFL scores
  4. Well written essays
  5. Work experience
  6. Volunteer and student activities

Degree Requirements, Auditing and Assurance Pathway

48 credits, as follows:

  1. ACCTG 521, ACCTG 523, ACCTG 527, ACCTG 566, ACCTG 576, ACCTG 577, ACCTG 579
  2. Internship: ACCTG 575. If no internship, complete four approved elective classes: ACCTG 420, ACCTG 524, ACCTG 525, ACCTG 562 ACCTG 564

Degree Requirements, Taxation Pathway

48 credits, as follows:

ACCTG 530, ACCTG 531, ACCTG 533, ACCTG 534, ACCTG 535, ACCTG 536, ACCTG 537, ACCTG 538, ACCTG 539, ACCTG 541, ACCTG 541, ACCTG 543, ACCTG 547

Master of Science in Information Systems

Program Director
Sarah Garner
(206) 543-4587

Provides professionals the tools needed to bridge the gap between business and technology. The four-quarter program trains IS students to identify the appropriate technology solution – to either solve an existing business problem or create a new business opportunity. Students learn how to critically analyze business situations and use innovative approaches that suit those situations in a manner consistent with overall organizational strategy.

This full-time, 12-month program holds classes on two weeknights and on some Saturdays, allowing professionals to earn their MSIS degree while working. The program starts in summer quarter (June). Candidates should have an information systems background.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Past academic experience
  2. General intellecutal ability
  3. Managerial potential
  4. Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly, and persuasively

For a detailed list of admission requirements, visit the MSIS website.

Degree Requirements

44 credits, as follows:

  1. MSIS 501, MSIS 502, MSIS 503, MSIS 504, MSIS 510, MSIS 511, MSIS 512, MSIS 521, MSIS 522, MSIS 523, MSIS 524, MSIS 526, MSIS 547, MSIS 550
  2. 4 credits of electives from: MSIS 541, MSIS 542, MSIS 543, MSIS 544, MSIS 545, MSIS 546

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Coordinator
Jaime Banaag
102 Mackenzie
(206) 543-4111

The PhD program is research-based and designed to train scholars interested in academic careers, although this training is also useful for individuals seeking research positions in business and government, as well as in consulting firms.

PhD students complete a program of formal coursework (minimum of 18 courses) and participate in doctoral seminars, independent study, and research. Students select one major area of specialization and complete requirements in two or three additional minor areas (including areas outside the Business School, such as economics, psychology, and mathematics).

Major areas of concentration include accounting, finance, human resource management and organizational behavior, marketing, information systems, operations management, operations research, and strategic management. Students must have research methods as one of the minor areas.

Students are admitted autumn quarter only. Most candidates require four to five years to complete the program. Financial aid is available, in the form of research and teaching assistantships, to all doctoral students. Also, fellowships are available on a competitive basis to support students engaged in their dissertation research.



Accounting involves development and communication of financial and operational information for business and nonprofit economic entities. The curriculum includes understanding accounting information systems, using accounting information in managerial decision making, preparing and auditing financial statements under generally accepted accounting and auditing standards, and understanding the fundamental aspects of personal and corporate taxation. Elective courses provide in-depth instruction in managerial and financial accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and taxation. Courses provide a foundation for careers in accounting (public, industrial, private, or governmental), for a general business career, or for other professions such as law.

For more information, see the Department of Accounting website.

Finance and Business Economics

Finance and Business Economics address the financial and economic aspects of business decision making. The finance curriculum focuses on financial management and the financial markets within which firms and individual investors operate. Business economics courses concern the economic behavior of firms, including factors that determine costs and prices, and real and monetary forces (such as government policies) that affect the national and international economic environment.

For more information, see the Department of Finance and Business Economics website.

Management and Organization

Management and Organization provides an understanding of the processes and structures of organizations through three distinct programs. The Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior (HRMOB) courses address personnel and industrial-relations topics such as selection, performance appraisal, compensation, and negotiations, as well as behavioral topics such as leadership, motivation, and group dynamics. They prepare students for managing an organization's human resources effectively. The Organization and Environment (O E) courses examine organization theory, organization design, and management of technology and innovation, as well as the social, political, legal, and ethical environments in which organizations operate. They give students the knowledge, perspective, and analytical tools to deal effectively with organization-environment interactions. The Business Policy (B POL) courses focus on organizational effectiveness from the viewpoint of top management. Emphasis is placed on an integrated view through strategic management and control, planning, decision making, and entrepreneurship.

For more information, see the Department of Management and Organization website.

Information Systems and Operations Management

The Department of Information Systems and Operations Management consists of three sub-areas: Information Systems (I S), Operations Management (OPMGT), and Quantitative Methods (QMETH). The information systems area focuses on the management of computer-based information systems. The I S curriculum is designed to give students a basic understanding of I S technology and its impact on all phases of an organization. Specific areas of study include telecommunications and network design, systems analysis and design, database management, expert systems, and applications programming. The operations management area of study refers to the functional area of management which produces goods or services in an organization. Specifically, the OPMGT curriculum focuses on the many changes which have occurred in the past ten years in the way that managers think, plan, and operate manufacturing and service facilities. The area includes courses in logistics, quality, inventory and supply-chain management, project management, and waiting lines, among others. The quantitative methods area focuses on the theory and application of mathematical and statistical tools in the modeling and analysis of business problems. The QMETH curriculum includes courses in statistics and data analysis as well as courses in operations research (e.g., linear programming, forecasting, and using spread-sheets to construct decision support models).

For more information, see the Information Systems and Operations Management website.

Marketing and International Business

Marketing (MKTG) provides knowledge of concepts and relationships in the areas of consumer behavior, channels of distribution, measurement and analysis of markets, pricing, physical movement of goods, product development, promotion, and sales administration. Marketing careers may involve specialization in Internet marketing, product or brand management, advertising, selling, sales management, marketing research, retailing, wholesaling, and international marketing for a wide spectrum of firms and industries. International Business (I BUS) includes trade, payments, and multinational corporate systems and activities. The area prepares students for international responsibilities in domestic business firms, governmental agencies, and overseas business. Courses in Business Communications (B CMU) stress writing in organizations to accomplish goals, oral reporting, business plan presentation, and the use of computer graphics in communication.

For more information, see the Department of Marketing and International Business website.