University of Washington (UW): Foster



  • October 15

  • November 15

  • January 20 - Final deadline for international applicants

  • March 15


Essay One: Goals Statement- This essay is required. (750 words maximum, font size 10, double-spaced)

Applicants with a plan for the future and a good grasp of what is expected of them as MBA students are the most likely to succeed as MBA graduates. We know plans change and that people often pursue an MBA to create new career options. That said, we ask that you give us a clear statement of your current career plans. Your essay should answer all the following questions: What do you expect to do immediately after completing the MBA program? What steps have you taken to assess the viability of your post-MBA goals given your experience to date combined with your intended MBA study plans? what do you anticipate will be the primary challenges to achieving your career goals? What is your lifetime career goal? What unique aspects of the Foster MBA Program would contribute the most towards achieving your short term and long term goals?

Essay Two: Plans for Involvement- This essay is required. (500 words maximum, font size 10, double-spaced)

We consider a high level of involvement in student organizations, networking and career efforts to be a hallmark of the Foster MBA experience. Please describe your anticipated level of involvement as an MBA student beyond the MBA course requirements. In what specific organizations or activities will you participate? Where do you expect to make the greatest contribution to the overall MBA experience at the Foster School of Business? What aspects of your past or current life provide insights into your ability and willingness to consistently deliver more than the minimum effort required?

Essay Three: Choice Essay- This essay is required. (500 words maximum, font size 10, double-spaced)

A. Describe a situation in a work environment that either severely strained your relationship with co-workers or challenged your personal values. How did you resolve the situation?


B. At this point in your career what do you consider your most significant professional accomplishments? How have these particular accomplishments affected the career choices you have made?

Optional Essay- This essay is optional. (250 words maximum, font size 10, double spaced)

Please include any other information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application. For example, applicants have used this essay to explain a stretch of weak grades in college, an unusual job change, travel or time off not explained in the resume, or some particularly interesting or unique characteristic or experience that they were unable to discuss elsewhere in this application.

Re-applicant Essay- For re-applicants only (500 words maximum, font size 10, double spaced)

All applicants reapplying to the MBA Program within the past 2 years must submit a reapplicant essay to satisfy your admission requirements and to pass the application inspector. Your reapplicant essay should discuss what has changed and what you have accomplished since you last applied.


2 letters of recommendation are required.

1. How long have you known this applicant and in what capacity? (Maxlength is 300 characters)

2. In making this evaluation, what group are you using as a basis for comparison? (Maxlength is 300 characters)

3. Please complete the questions below: (word limit not specified)

Your comments provide the committee with a balanced view from which to evaluate the candidate.

- What are the applicant's strengths?

- Discuss areas where the applicant could improve.

- Discuss the applicant's leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, personal motivation and initiative.

- Comment on the applicant's accomplishments, managerial potential and other personal qualities.


MBA applications are retained for two years. If you applied to the program in the past two years, and wish to reapply, submit the following:

  • A new online application

  • An updated resume

  • One essay providing information on what has changed and what you have accomplished since the last year you submitted an application

  • Indicate that you are a re-applicant during the application process.

  • $75 application fee

New recommendations, and official score reports are not required (unless you've completed additional coursework). Of course, you have the option of updating any of these items. And remember, GMAT scores are valid for only five years and TOEFL scores for only two years so new test scores may be necessary.

If you applied to the program more than two years ago, and wish to reapply, you will need to submit a complete application, since application materials are only retained for two years.



MBA Admissions

Michael G. Foster School of Business

University of Washington

Mackenzie 110, Box 353200

Seattle, WA 98195-3200

Telephone: (206) 543-4661

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Electronic application: