University of Washington Bothell

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Focusing on Managing in Technology-Oriented Business

Technology-oriented businesses face many challenges, including rapid change and global competition. The MBA Program at the University of Washington, Bothell, prepares managers to meet these challenges head-on by providing them with the business, analytical, team, and communication skills needed for personal and organizational success.

This AACSB-accredited, evening degree program was developed in collaboration with representatives from leading regional software, telecommunications, biotechnology, and high-tech manufacturing companies. The program is built on a core of traditional business courses such as finance, marketing, and organizational behavior, and is augmented by specialized courses focusing on issues of particular concern to technology-oriented organizations.

UWB's MBA Program provides an exceptional learning environment. Students are challenged and supported as they strive to develop their management expertise. With the right degree of commitment, program participants can look forward to graduating with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to manage successfully in the 21st Century.


Graduate Faculty

P.V. Sundar Balakrishnan, Ph.D., 1988, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School; marketing

Karen Brown, Ph.D., 1983, University of Washington; operations management, new product development and project management

James Burton, Ph.D., 2001, University of Washington; human resource management and organizational behavior

Paul Collins, Ph.D., 1986, Rutgers University; technology and innovation management and organization and management theory

Walter Freytag, Ph.D., 1981, Pennsylvania State University; industrial and organizational psychology

Steven Holland, Ph.D., 1983, Michigan State University; economics and finance, Director, Business Program

Juan Camilo Gomez, Ph.D., 2003, University of Minnesota; economics

Timothy Hargrave, Ph.D., 2005, University of Minnesota; organizational management

Manuela Hoehn-Weiss, D.B.A., 2006. Boston University; strategic management

Ufuk Ince, Ph.D., 2000, Georgia State University; finance

Patricia Kelley, Ph.D., 1988, Boston University; management policy

Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., 1996, University of Arizona; marketing

Kevin Laverty, Ph.D., 1993, University of California, Los Angeles; business policy and organizational studies

Alan Leong, MSE, 1997, University of Washington; process management, operations and information systems

Yuanfang Lin, Ph.D., 2006, Washington University in St. Louis; marketing

Jim Miller, Ph.D., 1992, Purdue University; finance

Peter Nye, Ph.D., 1992, Duke University; marketing

Gowri Shankar, Ph.D., 1991, Syracuse University; finance



Admission Requirements

The MBA Program at the UW Bothell is open to professionals who have an undergraduate degree in any field.  Prior courses in business are not required.  However, all applicants accepted into the program must complete the following prerequisites:

  • GMAT. Applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) prior to applying to the program. A prior GMAT score is valid for 5 years.
  • Software. All students must have a working knowledge of spreadsheet software.
  • TOEFL. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to applying to the program. A prior score is good for two years from the date of the exam.

Additionally, there is a Quantitative Methods (QM) course.  Newly admitted students are encouraged, but not required, to take a QM Workshop during the summer prior to enrollment.  The QM course builds the appropriate quantitative competences (i.e., principles of algebra, calculus, and statistics) to position the student for success in the MBA program. Instructors will assume knowledge of these principles in their classes.

Program participants should be highly motivated and have a personal record of achievement and responsibility. Duration and type of professional work experience will figure prominently in the evaluation of applicants. To ensure a dynamic and productive learning environment, participants should also be adept at managing their time, challenging themselves, and combining their business experience and coursework in meaningful ways. In addition, students are expected to adhere to the UW Bothell Academic Conduct Code. Acceptance of admission into the program constitutes acceptance of this code.

Approximately 40 students are admitted to the MBA Program annually for Autumn Quarter.

Graduate School Requirements

In assessing your application to the MBA Program, the admission committee will consider:

  1. Previous work experience including type, duration, level of responsibility, career progression, and recent community service;
  2. GMAT scores;
  3. Previous academic performance;
  4. Response to two essay questions; and
  5. Recommendations from two professional references.

To learn more about the MBA admissions prerequisites and other requirements such as essays, letters of recommendation, etc., please go to: http://www.uwb.edu/business/mba/admissions/ .

The Curriculum

The MBA Program at UW Bothell combines coursework with field experience in a team-based environment. MBA courses emphasize case studies and projects that challenge students to apply and extend what they learn in class to real-world business situations.

First year courses focus on key management functions and activities, including strategic management, financial and managerial accounting, economics, managerial statistics, marketing management, managing individuals and teams, financial management, leadership, and decision-making.

The second year builds on this foundation by introducing the functions of operations management, organizational management, and project management. In addition, the second year emphasizes the management of technology and innovation, new product marketing, and legal and global dimensions of technology-oriented business.

The program concludes with an integrated business practicum designed to integrate knowledge from all of the functional areas of business.  A limited number of electives are offered in the summer.

The program is designed to be completed in 22 months of evening study. As a cohort, each class takes the common set of courses in sequence, except for electives, and graduates together. Students will complete a total of 74 credit hours.

Throughout the 22-month program, students learn from their peers who possess rich and diverse backgrounds in business, technology, and other fields. Students also sharpen skills in group communication, problem solving, and presentation as they work together to accomplish their goals. Additionally, guest lecturers from local businesses bring their insight and experience to the classroom to discuss the challenges and opportunities managers face today.

Please contact the MBA Program office at 425-352-3275, or mba@uwb.edu, if you have questions about meeting the admission requirements or the MBA Program.

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