Our MBA programs for Working Professionals are designed for managers, small business owners and entrepreneurs with strong job performance who want to advance into mid- and upper-level management. Three to five years of professional work experience is preferred. Our MBA programs will build upon your career experience to sharpen general management skills.
In the programs for working professionals, students are assigned to self-directed study teams of five or six individuals who represent a range of educational and professional backgrounds. This team structure provides the foundation for a collaborative learning environment.
Unlike traditional entrepreneurship programs, which focus on preparing students to launch their own businesses, Wake Forest takes a broader view. We include new business ventures, corporate ventures within existing companies, service providers who work with new ventures (venture capitalists, consultants, and attorneys), social entrepreneurship within the nonprofit sector, and family and closely held businesses in our definition of entrepreneurship.
Compete and Learn
Our students are competitive, but they’re also cooperative leaders. Our students organize and run national competitions like the Wake Forest Marketing Summit and the Elevator Competition. They recruit nationally known speakers, oversee logistics and scores of necessary details, and manage significant budgets. It's all part of learning through experience.
Our Career Management Center provides career and life planning strategies for the MBA working professional students at both the Winston-Salem and Charlotte campuses focusing on identifying the Four P's - Purpose, Passion, Preparation and Performance. Career coaches at each campus work closely with students to assess career options, refine goals, sharpen interviewing and negotiating skills, and provide networking opportunities with well placed corporate contacts and alumni.
Students develop teamwork skills from the very start of the program as a member of a study team. The real business world operates in teams of people from diverse backgrounds, and so does Wake Forest.