The Wake Forest University Schools of Business welcomed 96 students in the Master of Arts in Management program this year, an increase of 738% since the program began in 2006. The new class includes 46% women (up from 42% last year), and 59% from traditionally underrepresented groups (up from 44% last year).
“These are significant increases over last year which shows that Wake Forest’s MA program is gaining traction for students who want to broaden their education beyond the focus of their undergraduate studies and gain a competitive edge before launching their career.” said Derrick Boone, Ph.D., director of the M.A. program. “What’s unprecedented is that we have international students this year, representing eight percent of the class, from countries such as Uganda, Lebanon and Vietnam. That’s a powerful indication of what’s to come, not just in the classroom, but in the business community.”
The students arrived for orientation on July 19 from 62 different undergraduate institutions, compared to 37 last year. Some of the schools represented are Harvard University, Duke University, Boston College, Howard University, Yale University, University of Virginia, Jinan University in China, and Wake Forest University.
The 2011 class also includes 14 MA in Management Corporate Fellows. The Corporate Fellowship was founded by Dean of Business Steve Reinemund, as part of his vision for diversity and inclusion within the Schools of Business. Students receiving fellowships, which cover full tuition and a stipend for living expenses, are also matched with mentors from the sponsoring companies.
The 14 Corporate Fellowship sponsors are: American Express, Duke Energy, ExxonMobil, Flow Companies, Frito-Lay, Hanesbrands, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, PepsiCo, Reynolds American, VF Corporation, Wachovia/Wells Fargo, and Walmart.
The Wake Forest MA in Management is a 10-month graduate business program designed for recent liberal arts, sciences and engineering graduates. Courses cover business concepts related to finance, information technology, marketing and operations.