Designed for those who didn’t major in business as undergraduates, the Wake Forest University School of Business’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) curriculum transforms critical-thinkers with their own specialized skill sets into leadership professionals ready to make a difference from day one. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on experience across a spectrum of industries and roles. It aims to turn your passion into a meaningful, organization-influencing profession and builds upon the knowledge you gained as an undergraduate. Based on the curriculum’s foundation and wealth of experiential opportunities, our MSM degree has been named by The Economist as one of the top management programs in the US.
The MSM curriculum requires students to have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited school by the time they enroll. Coursework begins in summer with a thorough introduction to foundational business knowledge, before proceeding on to advanced concepts in finance, marketing, operations, business analytics, accounting, economics, information technology, ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership.
In the process, selecting a specialization track in Business Enterprise, Marketing, or Healthcare allows you to target your knowledge toward one facet of business operations. For hands-on experience, students work on Graduate Consulting Projects each semester and complete the program with a capstone. In total, the MSM curriculum covers 37 credit hours.
Goal of the MSM Curriculum
The global marketplace moves at a fast pace, and for launching a career, a theory-based curriculum only goes part of the way. The Wake Forest School of Business designed the MSM course offerings and 10-month structure to guide our graduates into a range of careers and industries:
We strive to create a hands-on, immersive learning environment interested in your personal success through small class sizes, career coaching, and close involvement from our corporate contacts and alumni network.
Through Graduate Consulting Projects (GCP), you’ll have multiple chances to gain real-world experience and contribute your knowledge toward existing corporate issues before you graduate, showing you’re ready to excel from the get-go.
We ensure all students acquire a solid base in business concepts from the start, beginning with a five-week introductory module that sets the tone and pace for the rest of the MSM program.
Graduates interested in pursuing additional credentials can apply the knowledge and credits acquired through the MSM program toward earning an MBA in just 12 months through the Wake Forest School of Business MBA Advantage.
Curriculum at a Glance
Students can replace their general electives with an optional specialized pathway with predesignated elective courses that align with their career goals and industry demands. These courses and projects provide networking and mentoring opportunities from business leaders and faculty.
Each pathway includes two predesignated electives that explore topics essential to the area of specialization. When combined with a pathway specific Graduate Consulting Project, students emerge better prepared for their career goals and able to meet industry demands.
Graduate Consulting Projects
In the business world, there’s no substitute for direct experience. Graduate Consulting Projects (GCP) are an integral part of the Master’s in Management curriculum. Designed to provide you with a world-class experiential learning opportunity, these projects give organizations the benefits of fresh ideas and solutions in business. Throughout the experience, you will:
apply and reinforce course concepts;
create actual business solutions in a collaborative, hands-on setting; and
strengthen your skills, confidence, and experience.
The GCP experience is an extension of the classroom that gives you the opportunity to work with a “real-world” project and client. The projects begin at the start of the program with two elective courses, and by the spring semester, your designated team is working directly with a business sponsor-client. As a result, you further develop important professional skills while creating value for one of our corporate partners.
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