No.1 part-time MBA program in NC continuously evolves to serve working professionals

4.27.2021 MBA, News Release, School News

The Wake Forest University School of Business continues to optimize the part-time MBA program experience. Over the last year, program refinements and additions have helped to better equip students for career growth, and now students can complete the program in under 2 years.

School of Business representatives reviewed ways to condense the program, while still providing market-relevant business skills. A refined curriculum for fall 2021 highlights a shortened degree completion time from 24 months to 20 months without compromising the rigor and quality of the program, providing working professionals additional flexibility to pursue their education while continuing their careers.

Concentration options within the program allow students to pursue a path that best fits their professional goals. In 2020, the program added a business analytics area of focus, adding to the previously developed strategy and leadership concentration and the finance concentration.

There is also an opportunity for students to customize their MBA to match their career goals by electing to not choose a concentration and instead select various elective courses from each area. In September 2020, the Wake Forest School of Business launched an online MBA program that expands the opportunity for business professionals to reach their educational goals.

“The refined curriculum builds on our strong reputation of preparing passionate, performance-ready industry leaders who elevate organizations and help companies find valued solutions,” said Michelle Roehm, Interim Dean and Peter C. Brockway Chair of Strategic Management. “The program allows students to strengthen their capabilities and advance their careers.”

Another addition aimed at assisting students in navigating their career journey is the newly launched career ambassadors initiative. Designed to give students an exclusive lead to connecting with alums of both the MBA program and beyond, the initiative provides one-on-one access to industry experts for resume reviews and advice sessions.

“Our revised curriculum and program enhancements reinforce our commitment to providing opportunities for working professionals to fast-track their careers while managing the demands of their career and personal commitments. Fifty-nine percent of students report earning a promotion while in the program,” said Mark Johnson, Associate Dean for Wake Forest MBA programs. “The program will continue to highlight practical learning opportunities and innovative coursework that aligns with the needs of the market.”

The updated curriculum for the on-ground MBA program will take effect in fall 2021 at the Charlotte and Winston-Salem campuses.

The Wake Forest MBA program historically ranks among the best programs in the nation and state. For 12 consecutive years, Wake Forest has ranked as the No. 1 part-time MBA program among North Carolina business schools.

Those interested in Wake Forest’s MBA program can find details and enrollment information on the MBA website.

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