University of Washington - Bothell


The University of Washington established two satellite campuses in 1990 to satisfy demand and more fully serve the Seattle and Puget Sound area—Tacoma and Bothell.  UW Bothell shares its campus with Cascadia Community College just Northeast of Seattle.  The UW Bothell School of Business offers a Technology MBA and a Leadership MBA program option.
  Classes for the Leadership MBA are held at the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue.  Both programs are primarily designed for working professionals to attend part-time, evening classes.  Students pursuing their MBA part-time can expect to complete the program in five semesters at a total cost of around $39,000.  However, UW Bothell does have a flat rate, quarterly tuition structure that may allow particularly ambitious students to complete their MBA in less time and at lower cost.  Core requirements are not offered summer semester, so students who are able to transfer two elective courses from other accredited MBA programs may also save time and money toward their degrees. 

The Life:  Though it’s a satellite campus, students at UW Bothell can easily partake in all of the collegiate life that UW’s main campus in Seattle has to offer—arts, sports, lectures, etc.  In fact, one could practically row across Lake Washington to Husky Stadium.  The location is also central to many of the area’s biggest employers, so networking opportunities abound.  Microsoft’s world headquarters is in nearby Redmond.

Cons:  Though there are courses in common with the UW’s Foster MBA, these MBA options are unique to UW Bothell, which may be a good or bad thing, depending how you look at it.  For example, the Foster School also has a Technology MBA that is offered in the evenings in nearby Kirkland.  Prospective students should probe the details to better understand how the Foster and Bothell programs are differentiated.

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