Executive Development Program


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Program Description

The Executive Development Program (formerly The Management Program) at the Michael G. Foster School of Business explores each facet of business enterprise from an executive's top-level view. Taught by the University of Washington's nationally ranked Foster School of Business faculty, the Executive Development Program examines fundamental management topics in a nine-month format that focuses on practical business applications.

Program Overview

Created for busy senior managers and executives, the Executive Development Program, formerly The Management Program, is a nine-month, part-time certificate program. The program covers essential business subjects, including finance, accounting, economics, marketing, international business, operations, leadership and strategy.

Study at a nationally ranked business school
Learn from the Michael G. Foster School of Business's MBA faculty. The University of Washington full-time MBA Program is ranked 11th among public schools and 29th among all national business schools by U.S. News & World Report (Best Graduate Schools 2008).

Become a more effective leader
Learn new tools and techniques that address your company's current challenges and expand your management abilities. Examine the relationships between business functions from marketing to finance, information systems to supply chain management. The Executive Development Program curriculum emphasizes strategic planning and the impacts of macroeconomics, globalization and culture on business.

Fit your study into the work week
Classes meet weekly on Monday evenings (4:30 -- 9:00 p.m.) for nine months (September -- May). Parking, meals, books and materials are provided so you can make the most of your time on campus. Enhance class sessions with online resources -- you can download course materials and log onto student discussion groups between Monday classes.

Develop a network of experienced professionals
Exchange best practices with a diverse group of managers and executives from a broad range of industries. Gain confidence in your decision-making abilities by discussing challenges and solutions with knowledgeable peers. Expand your network of business contacts.

Organizational Benefits

The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Starbucks Coffee Company, Safeco Insurance Company... these Northwest leaders are among more than 440 companies that have sponsored their most talented managers in the Executive Development Program. For the past 37 years, both large and small companies, such as Hos Bros. Construction, Puget Sound Energy and Group Health Cooperative, have discovered that the Executive Development Program is an effective way to provide leaders with advanced business education without demanding substantial time away from work and family.

EDP participation results in better decision-making and evaluation methods, a more enterprise-wide perspective, and out-of-the-box thinking that comes from sharing best practices with leaders in other industries. Managers have an opportunity to learn innovative strategies and processes from top MBA faculty members at the University of Washington Business School and a group of experienced peers.

Since 1970, the business community has sponsored nearly 2,000 participants by underwriting full or partial tuition, ensuring release time one afternoon a week, and supporting their application of new learning at work.


Offering a broad overview of core business topics, the Executive Development Program integrates leadership and strategy skills throughout the curriculum. Teaching focuses on tools and knowledge that you can use to become a more effective manager, analyst and decision-maker. Our curriculum provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts and current issues of general management and gives you an integrated view of business enterprise.

Last updated Apr 2018

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About the School

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, ranks among the top business schools in the United States. Founded in 1917, the School has more than 46,00 ... Read More

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, ranks among the top business schools in the United States. Founded in 1917, the School has more than 46,000 alumni. Each year about 2,500 students enroll in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and over 1,000 participate in Executive Education. Mission Statement We are an entrepreneurial learning community dedicated to the creation, application, and sharing of knowledge that places special emphasis on dynamic and global business environments. Read less
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