Business school represents a critical inflection point in our professional lives, a time when so many variables are up in the air and so much is at stake in terms of the enormous investment of time and effort in earning an MBA. It makes sense, therefore, to look for ways to minimize risk and to improve one’s overall chances of success.

In our experience, students who succeed in achieving their business school goals rarely do so because they have more raw talent than their peers, or because they’re able to outwork their classmates. It’s a given that one’s classmates in business school are all extraordinarily talented and incredibly hard-working. More often, the decisive factor is a student’s relative skill-set and level of preparedness at the start of business school.

Practice MBA® was envisioned as a way to level the playing field … to allow ‘non-traditional’ students from backgrounds as varied as military service, teaching, sports, the arts, medicine, law, government, and nonprofit work, for example, as well as international students who are bridging a cultural and linguistic divide as part of the MBA learning curve, to be able to compete on an equal footing with their peers in business school.

By spending the summer together in a period of intensive study and preparation prior to the start of business school, Practice MBA® Summer Forum students are able to make better decisions about how to allocate their time and energy once in school, and to execute their plans with greater purpose and efficiency.


  1. Addresses individual student learning requirements during the relatively free period of time prior to the start of business school (when opportunity costs, performance demands, and overall stakes are lowest)
  2. Provides a hands-on, high-quality immersive learning experience hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of Washington in Seattle
  3. Offers broad scope and in-depth coverage of topics intended to transform baseline knowledge and capabilities (rather than merely serve as an introduction or a refresher)
  4. Allows international students to transition more smoothly to a new academic, social, and professional environment, focusing on specific needs at the country-of-origin level
  5. Allows ‘non-traditional’ students to compete successfully for private sector jobs and to absorb MBA educational content at an accelerated pace
  6. Affords all students a chance to build an additional global network of friends and future colleagues at leading peer MBA programs
  7. Boosts newly-admitted students’ ability to maximize engagement with the unique opportunities, people, and experiences available in business school