Master of Science in Management Program

MSM Rankings

Wake Forest University’s Master of Science in Management degree is designed specifically for non-business majors and business minors who want to excel in today’s marketplace. This is a 10-month, STEM certified/OPT eligible program offered through our innovative School of Business. As a highly-ranked program in graduate business education, our curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge gained in your undergraduate studies, which prepares you for a broad range of fields and careers.

In less than a year, students can earn an M.S. and begin their careers in a management position. The Masters in Management program starts in July with a five-week module to prepare you for graduate-level business courses.

Management Curriculum

Our experienced and accessible professors help contribute to our success as a program. Students benefit from hands-on, one-on-one instruction that emphasizes both managerial skills and solutions to real-world challenges. Classes in this program include Managing People and Organizations, Macroeconomics, and Business Communications.

The fall and spring semesters include a combination of semester long courses and half-semester modules where you’ll build a foundation in finance, marketing, operations, business analytics, accounting, economics, information technology, ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership. As part of the curriculum, students work with real businesses through our Graduate Consulting Projects (GCP).

Why earn an M.S. in Management?

Wake Forest students learn from prominent guest speakers and network with innovators and industry thought-leaders. This program was ranked #5 in the United States by The Economist in 2021. Our Center for Market Readiness and Employment provides coaching, recruitment, and more resources to make sure graduates are prepared for successful careers.

The MBA Advantage

As an additional benefit of the Masters in Management program, Wake Forest MSM graduates have a head start with the potential to complete their Wake Forest MBA degree in as few as 12 months as part of the MBA Advantage. Graduates will receive credit for program courses that are substantially equivalent to Wake Forest MBA coursework when they return. Typically, candidates return to complete their MBA degree within five years of graduating from the Masters in Management program.

STEM Certified – OPT Extension Eligible

The Wake Forest MSM program is STEM and OPT certified, providing enhanced employment opportunities for international students. The STEM and OPT certifications can allow students to work for three years in the U.S. while working with companies to obtain a work visa. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 Visa status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted to work for one year in the U.S. on a student visa with the goal of gaining practical training to complement their education. STEM Certification allows a 24-month extension of the post-completion OPT, and is available to graduates of the Wake Forest Masters in Management program.

International students always have the option to use their training to pursue career opportunities within their home countries, or find U.S. companies seeking to fill positions overseas with MSM graduates. The Wake Forest Market Readiness & Employment Center is available to all MSM students to help define career objectives, improve interviewing skills and explore opportunities to launch the career you want.

Earn your Management master’s degree at Wake Forest!

To be eligible to apply for the Masters in Management program, you must hold or be pursuing a non-business bachelor’s degree (business minors may apply) from an accredited institution and if you have already graduated, you must have limited post-graduate work experience.

Wake Forest’s Master of Science in Management degree provides the resources and proven curriculum to lead you towards a successful career in business management. Interested in learning more? Request information today!