Step 2: Requirements
This section describes the requirements you must meet in order to be considered for admission to the Foster MBA Program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, capable computer skills — particularly with word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software — and solid skills in quantitative analysis. When you do submit an application, all aspects of that application, including the fulfillment of these requirements, are subject to verification.
Post-undergraduate professional experience is not required for admission to the program, however, it is highly preferred.
Foster MBA applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants are not required to complete academic courses in any particular topics to be eligible for admission. An academic background specifically in business is not required.
GMAT Requirement for all applicants
All MBA applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). All sub-scores and the AWA score are evaluated. Scores should indicate a strong aptitude for business studies. Scores are valid for five years. If an applicant has taken the GMAT more than once, the highest score will be considered. For more information on the test, visit the GMAT Web site or call 800-GMAT-NOW (800-462-8669).
Quantitative Proficiency Requirement
Foster MBA applicants must meet a quantitative analysis requirement. Each applicant must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with numbers and be able to perform complex quantitative analysis. College transcripts showing courses in advanced mathematics or courses in disciplines such as science, engineering and computer science that require similar quantitative skills may demonstrate this ability. It may also be demonstrated through a combination of a strong GMAT quantitative score, prior course work, and current employment responsibilities that, taken together, indicate to the admissions committee that the applicant has demonstrated college level skills in quantitative analysis.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
All international and permanent resident applicants are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency. This may be satisfied by any one of the following:
- Bachelor's or Master's/Graduate Degree from U.S. institution or English-speaking institution in accepted countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
- Official document from institution stating that medium of instruction is English
- Results from English Language Proficiency Exam (refer to below table for accepted exams and score requirements)
Most test scores are valid for two years. Applicants with scores below the minimum score requirements are highly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application. TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the University of Washington (school code 4854).
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