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Business Administration

Michael G. Foster School of Business

A Business Administration degree provides a liberal arts curriculum along with a full spectrum of the many areas of business. Students can take a variety of upper-division electives or choose to specialize in one area of business by declaring a formal option.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Accounting, Accounting for Business Professionals, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship , Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Certificate of International Studies in Business

Topic(s): Business

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Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Business Administration is a capacity-constrained major. While the majority of students enter this major by submitting an additional application once they are enrolled at the UW, you may be considered for direct admission as a freshman by listing Business Administration as your first-choice major on the freshman application. Admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: April 5 (autumn or summer); October 5 (winter)
Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Transfer students must submit two applications – one to the Foster School of Business and one to the UW.

Additional requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 including transferable coursework
  • A minimum cumulative business GPA of 2.0 including transferable coursework
  • Students must present a minimum of 60 academic credits at the time of application including required pre-application courses.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • ACCTG 2151 – Intro to Acctg. & Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 225 – Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 2002 SSc RSN – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 2012 SSc RSN – Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MGMT 200 3 SSc – Introduction to Law
  • QMETH 2014 NSc RSN – Intro to Statistical Methods
  • One from:5 MATH 112 NSc RSN – Appl of Calculus to Bus & Econ MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calc Analyt Geom I
  • English Composition 5

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 2425
Total from Washington community colleges: 235

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 157
3.50 – 3.74: 24
3.25 – 3.49: <5
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: 5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes


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