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A Business Administration degree provides a liberal arts curriculum along with a full spectrum of the many areas of business. Students can take a variety of upper division electives or choose to specialize in one area of business by declaring a formal option.

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202 Dempsey Hall
206-685-3400
bizinfo@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Major: Business Administration


Program Overview

A Business Administration degree provides a liberal arts curriculum along with a full spectrum of the many areas of business. Students can take a variety of upper division electives or choose to specialize in one area of business by declaring a formal option.

This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Finance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Operations and Supply Chain Management
Recommended Preparation

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.

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.


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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree


Credential Overview

The Bachelor or Arts in Business Administration is a general business degree that allows students to customize their business specializations to fit their own interests. Students will have the opportunity to choose upper division business to complete the general version of the degree.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Human Resource Management


Credential Overview

Human Resources Management draws on the study and practice in psychology, sociology, and organizational behavior to thoughtfully examine human performance within organizations. Students gain skills in recruiting and retaining talented people, understanding corporate responsibility and ethics, and building effective negotiation and decision-making practices. The Human Resources Management option provides students with opportunities to explore the laws and regulations surrounding the employee structure and performance. Students learn to develop selection systems and criteria to recruit and retain successful hires. Human resources is a critical business function in managing people and work satisfaction for employees in all types of organizations.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Accounting


Credential Overview

Accounting involves the development and communication of financial and operational information necessary for decision-making in both private industry and public sector organizations. Accounting practices are comprehensive, measuring the result of an organization’s economic activities and conveying this information to others. The curriculum provides students with the tools to create and organize financial information, identify and apply accounting principles, and communicate the economic and legal implications of financial transactions. Utilizing research, interpersonal communication, and problem solving, accounting students will be equipped to think critically about financial transactions and the implications for an entire financial management system.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Entrepreneurship


Credential Overview

Entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, finance, management, and marketing. The curriculum offers real-world experience, with connections to Foster students, faculty, staff, and the greater UW and Seattle community. Entrepreneurship is an all-encompassing option, transforming a vision of business ownership into a step-by-step achievable process. Students create business proposals, draft financial and marketing plans, and execute ideas through business clubs, case competitions, and real-world practice. Students take the lead or partner with others to utilize expertise in finance, marketing, accounting, information systems, management, or operations. The combination of hands-on learning and practical experience ensures students in the Entrepreneurship option graduate with the knowledge, skills, and connections to achieve entrepreneurial goals.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Finance


Credential Overview

Finance and business economics covers four interrelated areas: Corporate Finance, Investments, Financial Markets, and International Finance. The curriculum provides students with the mathematical and valuation skills to understand the economy’s capital markets and investigate problems facing financial institutions. Finance studies the management of funds and how the flow of capital affects the management of firms and the decisions of investors. Through case studies and critical analysis, students utilize theory and financial management tools to succeed in making key managerial decisions.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Information Systems


Credential Overview

Information Systems provides students with coursework emphasizing technical tools to design, develop, and manage information technologies. Students learn to interact and interface with various business applications and assess which program or information technology meets the organization’s tactical and strategic needs. Information Systems allows students to be innovative, assess information technology needs in an organization, and strategically plan and coordinate websites or new systems. The curriculum focuses on computer programming and database management as well as managing the development and use of information technology. Students will discuss database design and administration, examine data mining concepts and techniques, and develop solutions for problems in interactive business programs.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Marketing


Credential Overview

Marketing studies advertising, consumer behavior, marketing management, product development, social media, retail and sales management. It focuses on the consumer and utilizes many creative skills in advertising, data collection, and communication. The curriculum is broad, providing opportunities for students to learn more about the buying and selling of products and services, learning how to think strategically and make a difference in any industry. Marketing students explore theory and concepts from economics, sociology, psychology, and statistics to critically analyze case studies and use research data to come up with an achievable solution.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree: Operations and Supply Chain Management


Credential Overview

Operations and Supply Chain Management covers the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. It improves the efficiency and effectiveness of both large and small scale operations. Using analytical and empirical strategies, students gain skills in project and database management, managing logistical systems to control how goods and services are moved within an organization, and determine if these transactions add or subtract value. The curriculum highlights methods and tools to effectively plan and implement complex projects with operations research, programming, and analysis of production and inventory models in the US and abroad.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

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.

Additional Completion Requirements

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.

 Program of Study: Minor: Business


Program Overview

Open to all undergraduate students not majoring in business, the Minor in Business offers students the opportunity to build a diverse set of career and life skills. Students learn from Foster School of Business faculty members in courses related to financial literacy, accounting, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and information systems. Coursework for the Minor in Business is delivered mostly online with periodic in-person events.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Business

 Minor in Business


Credential Overview

Open to all undergraduate students not majoring in business, the Minor in Business offers students the opportunity to build a diverse set of career and life skills. Students learn from Foster School of Business faculty members in courses related to financial literacy, accounting, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and information systems. Coursework for the Minor in Business is delivered mostly online with periodic in-person events.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 27 credits

  1. Core Courses (23-24 credits): ACCTG 219 or ACCTG 225; FIN 205; MGMT 305; MKTG 305; I S 305
  2. Electives: Refer to Foster School of Business website for list of approved courses (to reach minimum 27 credits)
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses applied to the minor
  4. Minimum of 15 credits at the 300-400 level
  5. Minimum 15 credits completed in residence at UW Seattle

 Program of Study: Minor: Business Administration


Program Overview

Entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, finance, management, and marketing. The curriculum offers real-world experience, with connections to Foster students, faculty, staff, and the greater UW and Seattle community. Entrepreneurship is an all-encompassing option, transforming a vision of business ownership into a step-by-step achievable process. Students create business proposals, draft financial and marketing plans, and execute ideas through business clubs, case competitions, and real-world practice. Students take the lead or partner with others to utilize expertise in finance, marketing, accounting, information systems, management, or operations. The combination of hands-on learning and practical experience ensures students in the Entrepreneurship option graduate with the knowledge, skills, and connections to achieve entrepreneurial goals.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
Admission Requirements

Admission is capacity constrained, 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 foster.washington.edu/undergrad.

 Minor in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship


Completion Requirements

Minimum 29 credits

  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

 Program of Study: Certificate: Business Administration


Program Overview

The nationally-ranked, award-winning Certificate of International Studies in Business Program (CISB) helps Foster students hone the competitive edge needed to succeed in the global marketplace. CISB, an intensive supplement to the BA BA, combines international business courses with advanced language training, study or work abroad, regional specialization and real- world experience. This package of knowledge and skills is ideal preparation for a career in global business. CISB graduates work in a wide range of fields, including international trade, logistics, global marketing, international finance, management consulting and public/nonprofit management in the U.S. and abroad.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Certificate in International Business
Admission Requirements

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 Certificate in International Business


Completion Requirements

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Additional Information

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 the School website
  • 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


Business


 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Business Administration)


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Business Administration)
Admission Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Business Administration)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Business Administration


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Business Administration
  • Master Of Business Administration (evening) (fee-based)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Exectutive Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Global Executive Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Global Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Hybrid) (fee-based)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Management Science)
  • Master Of Business Administration (Technology Management Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (evening) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Exectutive Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Global Executive Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Global Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Hybrid) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Management Science)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Business Administration (Technology Management Master of Business Administration) (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science In Business Administration


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science In Business Administration
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Science In Business Administration


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master of Science in Business Analytics


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (fee-based)
Admission Requirements

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 Master of Science in Business Analytics (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science In Entrepreneurship


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science In Entrepreneurship (fee-based)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Science In Entrepreneurship (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science In Information Systems


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science In Information Systems (fee-based)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Science In Information Systems (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Supply Chain Management


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Supply Chain Management (fee-based)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Supply Chain Management (fee-based)


Completion Requirements

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