The Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University has welcomed the first class of students in its new MA in Management program. Designed for recent college graduates who have majored in liberal arts and sciences, the program introduces students to the fundamentals of business and management over a 12-month course of study.
“We created this new management program specifically with the non-business major in mind,” said Ajay Patel, dean of the Babcock School. “It will provide to college graduates a set of solid, marketable business fundamentals, complementing the fine educations they already have in their college majors.”
After earning a Master of Arts in Management, Patel explained, graduates will possess “the kind of business knowledge that employers are actively seeking among young professionals.”
Classes began July 17 with students representing 11 majors including political science, communication, art history, biology, economics, English, music, psychology, sociology and theater. Twelve of the students graduated from Wake Forest University.
“These students bring an interesting and fresh perspective,” says Dan Fogel, executive professor of strategy. “I’m impressed by their willingness to listen, absorb new concepts—one after the other—and engage in honest, open and in-depth conversations that are not easy. For example, we delve into social responsibility and ethical issues. They had interesting and unique perspectives on solving some very difficult problems in business.”
During the first five-week session, which prepares students for graduate-level business courses, the students study accounting, business, quantitative methods, business simulation and professional development. They also participate in several workshops that focus on creativity, teamwork, problem solving, and self-assessment and personality inventories. The curriculum is based on the first-year core MBA classes and is taught by Babcock faculty. Scott Shafer, professor of management, serves as faculty director of the program.
“The admissions office has been thrilled with the quality of the applicants and their compelling reasons for pursuing the MA program,” said Director of Full-time Admissions Stacy Poindexter Owen. “We have been particularly impressed with their accomplishments. While we expect stand-out resumes from our MBA applicants, we have been amazed at what the MA candidates have already achieved during their undergraduate experience.”
The Babcock School also offers five MBA programs, including full-time, evening and Fast-Track Executive MBA programs in Winston-Salem and evening and Saturday MBA programs in Charlotte. All of the school’s programs nurture innovation and entrepreneurship and provide students with the tools needed to assess the risks of pursuing new ideas. An experiential, hands-on learning environment emphasizes teamwork and collaboration. Wake Forest is ranked among the world’s best graduate business schools in surveys by Business Week, the Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal. Information is available at www.mba.wfu.edu.