The Wake Forest School of Business MBA program focuses on entrepreneurial approaches to business problems. Because of the integrated nature of the core curriculum, every student is required to take all first-year courses.
All students must choose a primary career concentration, which requires 12 to 15 credit hours of study from pre-approved lists of courses.
The school’s career concentrations build on the foundation of functional skills developed during the first year of the program and focus on preparing students for their careers.
Students may choose to pursue two primary concentrations if they prefer, or they may choose one primary concentration and one secondary. A secondary concentration requires nine credit hours of study.
On October 22, 2014, Charles Iacovou, the school’s dean, announced that they would be shutting down the full-time MBA program. In its place, Wake Forest plans to to expand enrollment in other programs and to add more executive education, pre-experience and specialized master’s in business.
Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:
Poets&Quants (2014): 45
BusinessWeek (2014): 46
Forbes (2013): 43
U.S. News & World Report (2015): 58
Financial Times (2014): 47
The Economist (2014): 37
MBA Program Consideration Set:
Stretch Schools: University of Washington, Brigham Young, Southern Methodist, Rochester, Maryland
Match Schools: Boston University, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State, Boston College, Tulane,
Safety Schools: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Arizona State, Georgia, Iowa, William & Mary
Program Cost: $83,494
Median GMAT: 652
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 580-704
Average GPA: 3.33
Acceptance Rate: 37%
Full-Time Enrollment: 94
Mean Age: 28
Median Base Salary: $84,911
Median Signing Bonus: $13,323
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 74%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 93%
Where the Class of 2014 Went to Work:
Consumer Products — 41%
Financial Services — 27%
Petroleum / Energy — 10%
Other — 8%
The Top Employers for the Class of 2014:
Hanesbrands — 5
PepsiCo — 4
Bank of America — 3
Ernst & Young — 2
Estimate of Total Pay Over a 20-Year Career*: $2,101,000
* 2014 PayScale estimate for Poets&Quants
Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores, your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.