Top University in Seattle for a Business Administration Degree

Students interested in studying business administration and management in Seattle, WA, have a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to help you decide the best school for you.

School and Ranking Information

Around 17 community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities within 20 miles of downtown Seattle offer business administration degrees, though only eight offer bachelor's degree programs. Based on program options, student services and rankings, the following is considered one of the top schools in the area with degrees in this field.

  • Winner: The University of Washington's Seattle campus is the only 4-year public institution in the area that offers multiple levels of business administration degrees, including the bachelor's level. This school has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the field of study.

School Info Chart

Category University of Washington
Rankings #48 top national university (2015); #21 for best undergraduate business programs (2014); #25 best graduate business school (2014)*; #14 top public national university (2015)*
Location Seattle, WA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $12,397 (in-state), $31,971 (out-of-state)**
Business Administration and Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Business Administration and Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 445**
Most Popular Business Administration and Management Degree Level in 2013 Master's (392 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 82%**
Noteworthy UW's business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Half of all UW undergraduates graduate with zero debt.

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

University of Washington

  • UW has five business administration research centers
  • Foster School of Business has more than nine student business clubs, including the MBA Diversity in Business club
  • Undergraduate scholarships available for full-time business students

The University of Washington in Seattle is home to nearly 44,000 students annually with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1. This university is made up of 16 colleges and schools, including the Michael G. Foster School of Business, which is home to 2,500 students annually.

The Foster School of Business offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in five specialty areas, including management, entrepreneurship, information systems, international business and accounting. The school also offers several MBA options, including full-time and part-time options. The full-time MBA takes two years to complete, and the typical class size is about 100 students. There is also an evening MBA program that is convenient for working professionals and has a completion time of 2-3 years. The business school's Ph.D. in Business Administration is a full-time program that takes 4-5 years to finish. Ph.D. students have the option to choose from seven primary specialty areas, including management and operations management among them.

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