International Leaders Program

The Wake Forest International Leaders Program (ILP)* is a two year sequential Masters of Science in Management and Masters of Science in Business Analytics degree experience offering a unique combination of general business knowledge and cutting-edge analytics that sets students apart in the marketplace.

Norma Montague Norma Montague
Associate Dean of MSM Program & Associate Professor of Accounting

“During the MSM experience, ILP students learn business principles through comprehensive coverage of functional areas and subjects like accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategy.

During the fall and spring semesters, student teams work with our corporate partners to solve a significant managerial challenge. These opportunities bring classroom learnings into working on a relevant project with real world business consequences.”

ILP students graduate from the MSM & MSBA with a strong business foundation, ready to utilize their analytical skills in the workplace, and skillfully engage with leaders and peers in major corporations and industry.


MS in Management – MSM (Class of 2022)

  • Learn core business fundamentals
  • Real world experience through Graduate Consulting Project
  • Comprehensive career coaching and support via our Market Readiness and Employment (MRE) team

MS in Business Analytics – MSBA (Class of 2023)

  • Develop cutting edge, core analytics skillsets
  • Learn how to influence corporate decision-making with data
  • Work with real-world, retail data from our Retail Learning Labs

STEM-OPT Certification

  • Opportunity of up to 36 months of U.S. work eligibility
  • Requires successful completion of the STEM-certified MSBA degree for 36-month OPT eligibility in the USA***

*The International Leaders Program is only open to non-business majors. **If you are admitted into and successfully complete the MSM program. ***Contact ISSS for questions regarding individual eligibility.

Jeff CammJeff Camm
Associate Dean of Business Analytics and Inmar Presidential Chair of Business Analytics

“The MSBA program builds on the fundamental business skills that the student receives in the MSM program. The MSBA complements the business skills learned in the MSM program with technical skills such as R and SQL for handling and cleansing data, modeling skills for solving business problems and further study in all three types of analytics: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. The Business Analytics Practicum sequence of courses gives the student real-world experience working with her/his team solving a business challenge faced by one of our partnering clients.”

Zoey Wang

Zoey Wang

Hometown: Chongqing, China
Undergraduate: Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Major/Minor: BEC Mathematical Statistics

How did the MSM experience prepare you for the MSBA experience?

The MSM program was great in that it prepared me with critical business acumen. I learned about marketing, operations, strategy, finance, and legal environments. With the goal of becoming a Business Analyst, I need the knowledge from both business and technology, and the MSM prepared me well in business.

What have you liked most about being an ILP MSM & MSBA student?

It was great to meet people in two different programs and get involved in different cultural experiences. My MSM and MSBA classmates have inspired me a lot in both my personal and professional life.

How has this experience changed you so far?

The ILP experience, the culture of integrity in the business school, and the supportive atmosphere at Wake Forest University have helped me grow and evolve to become a better person. This experience has encouraged me to sharpen my own professional skills, to help my peers and my community, and to help build a better business world.

Yanfu LiYanfu Li

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate:Occidental College
Major/Minor: Mathematics

How did the MSM experience prepare you for the MSBA experience?

My biggest takeaways from the MSM program are teamwork and communication. The two Graduate Consulting Programs have challenged me to overcome many types of difficulties one can face when working in a team. There were also classes and seminars on team-building and business communication, so I got to apply those theories to practice right after I learned about them. Because of the MSM experience, I was able to hit the ground running and form a highly functioning team with my new team members right at the beginning of the MSBA program.

What have you liked most about being an ILP MSM & MSBA student?

I really enjoy the relationships I’ve built with the faculty and fellow ILP students. Knowing that I’ll be back for one more year takes a lot of stress away when I was in the MSM program and allowed me to take time to appreciate Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. It really made my year much better than I expected. As an MSBA student, I also have benefited from knowledge acquired from last year, such as the meaning of professionalism in a business setting and how businesses work in general. I’m more comfortable with myself and my expectation of the year than if I had not spent last year here.

How has this experience changed you so far?

The ILP experience is a huge confidence booster for me. Because of the lack of work experience, I wasn’t sure how I can apply the skills I learned from undergrad. But as I progressed through the MSM program, I realized how I can use my math and econ background to develop skills applicable to make myself marketable to employers. Through the two GCP projects, I also developed a brand new perspective on teamwork and the roles I can play in a collaborative team.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the ILP cost?
    • Each of the two degree programs earned through the ILP has its own tuition/fees – for MSM the total is $49,240 and for MSBA it is $52,872. Visit Beyond Tuition for estimated annual living expenses.
  • How long is the program?
    • Each program is a sequential 10-month experience with 20 total months of academic study.
  • How old is the ILP?
    • The International Leaders Program was begun as a pilot program in July 2018 with our first enrolled cohort. Due to strong demand and interest, we have now made it available to all interested international students.
  • Is there a separate application deadline for ILP candidates?
    • Applicants for the International Leaders Program need to complete their application by April 1.
  • Do I have to complete more than one application?
    • No. You complete just the MSM application and there is a field to notate your application is for the ILP application submission and admissions consideration.

To learn more or to start your application, please contact John White or Neel Brooks:

John White Executive Director, Enrollment Management RecruitingJohn White
Executive Director, Enrollment Management Recruiting
336.655.7058 (Mobile)
WhatsApp: Johnwhitenc or 1-336-655-7058


Neel Brooks Assistant Director, Enrollment ManagementNeel Brooks
Associate Director, Enrollment Management Recruiting
336.701.6367 (Mobile)