Our 2023 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Washington. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
|1||University of Washington||Seattle|
|2||Washington State University||Pullman|
University of Washington (UW) is home to Michael G. Foster School of Business, which serves more than 2,500 students. This AACSB-accredited school has a Hybrid MBA Program that allows students to complete 95% of the curriculum online through synchronous and asynchronous learning. Consisting of 62 credit hours, the Hybrid MBA is the first program of its kind at UW Forter.
The in-person component for the program includes a three- to five-day intensive, on-campus immersion at the beginning of each quarter. During immersions and other activities, students will have opportunities to network, participate in workshops, attend speaker events and networking events with employers, and engage in one-on-one coaching sessions.
The online component for the program consists of a combination of guided independent work supplemented with virtual teamwork, Foster Live sessions (60-90 minute interactive sessions with Foster faculty and Hybrid classmates for weekly class), and optional Thursday evening online review sessions.
Students have the opportunity to complete 12 credits of electives that are exclusive to the Foster Hybrid MBA program. Examples include Digital Strategies & Systems; Sustainable Design of Global Supply Chains; Foundations of Entrepreneurship; Marketing Analytics; Leading Organizational Change; Successful Negotiations; Product Management; Real Estate Finance; Building Effective Teams; and the International Study Tour (IST).
Students that choose the International Study Tour will travel to places such as Singapore, Munich, and Dubai to meet with companies ranging from General Electric to BMW. The UW Foster IST course is worth two credits and offered Quarter 4 or Quarter 6, depending on the year and travel advisories/restrictions.
The Hybrid MBA at University of Washington can be completed in just two years. Graduates are prepared to pursue leadership roles in areas such as General Management, Marketing and Sales, Consulting, Operations and Logistics, Finance, and Accounting.
Recent hiring companies for Foster MBA graduates include Apple, Deloitte, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Liberty Mutual, Nike, PwC, BMO, Ecolab, Starbucks, eBay, Accenture, Walmart, Dell, Cisco, Abbott Laboratories, and Zillow.
Founded in 1861 as the Territorial University of Washington, University of Washington is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions on the West Coast. The school serves approximately 60,080 students enrolled in more than 550 programs across three campuses (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma), and 15 academic colleges and schools. University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The school is also a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Washington State University (WSU) is home to Carson College of Business, which has five AACSB-accredited MBA options for professionals seeking a flexible graduate business program. Students may enroll in the General, Hospitality & Tourism, International Business, Marketing, or Financing Track. All options require 36 credit hours for students with a Bachelor’s degree. The GMAT is not required for qualified applicants and the programs may be completed entirely online in as few as 22 months.
The WSU Carson Online MBA features several in-person events throughout the year, in which all students have the option to participate. An optional international field study is also part of the program. This study abroad experience allows student to engage with local professors and experts, meet classmates in person, and network with business professionals. During a recent field study in the Czech Republic, the experience covered a wide range of topics specific to Prague, with tours of cultural landmarks.
In addition to earning an MBA, Carson students will receive a Graduate Certificate upon completion of their specialization area. Graduates of the program are prepared for leadership roles such as Operations Manager, Financial analyst, Public Relations Manager, Marketing Manager, Human Resources Manager, and Sales Manager.
Some of the top hiring companies for graduates of the MBA programs at Washington State University include Goldman Sachs, Google, Apple, and Amazon. Program alumni have also been hired at Marriott International, Inc., Boeing, The Vanguard Group, Intel, The Ritz-Carlton (Dubai), Bank of America, Hitachi Data Systems, MGM Resorts International-Bellagio Resort Las Vegas, Hyatt, Nordstrom, and Silver Creek Capital Management.
Established in 1890, Washington State University began as Washington State Agricultural College and School of Sciences. In 1905, the name changed to State College of Washington, and finally to Washington State University in 1959. Serving approximately 27,540 students, Washington State provides more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and nearly 150 graduate and professional degree programs across six campuses and 11 academic colleges. Washington State University WSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).