How to Get In: University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

The Foster M.B.A. Program has four application deadlines, each with a specific admission decision notification date. Generally candidates receive a decision within about two months after the application deadline. Interviews are by invitation only, so candidates will be contacted after their application has been submitted if the admissions committee wishes to conduct an interview.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Foster attracts an extremely diverse set of employers, from small startups, to non-profit organizations, to big-name companies like Microsoft and Starbucks. Our program provides highly personalized career coaching, and we strive to help each student find the company and the job that best complements their interests and goals. For this reason, the list of hiring companies each year is quite long relative to the size of our program.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Be sure to put your best foot forward by carefully following the application instructions and making sure to proofread your entire application. While small mistakes here or there won't bar you from admission, your application will appear less polished overall. Submitting all of your documents correctly and on time makes a great first impression.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

The Foster M.B.A. program admits a widely diverse class each year, but there are some common characteristics among the students. Foster M.B.A.'s are driven to succeed but care deeply about their community. They believe that leadership comes in many different forms, including effective team collaboration, innovative thinking and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to make a difference. And they develop strong, lasting relationships with one another that stretch well beyond their years as M.B.A. students.