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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

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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