Guest Blog – Table Talk Topic: After Graduation

Today’s Daily Deac is a guest post from Norma Montague, Associate Dean, Master of Science in Management Program, Associate Professor of Accounting

Having your children home for the holidays is one of life’s great joys! I know you must all be excited about spending time with your college kids as they take a much-deserved break from their classwork.

For those of you who are parents of graduating seniors (and of underclassmen getting an early start), the conversation around the dinner table is almost certainly going to include some time spent talking about what comes next after graduation.

Norma MontagueIf those plans are still in the making, I would like to invite you and your student to consider their spending an additional ten months on campus to earn their Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree at the School of Business.

Wake Forest MSM applicants are eligible for several distinct benefits through the Double Deac Advantage.

The MSM experience is designed specifically for non-business majors (minors are welcome) seeking to build upon their undergraduate degree by acquiring critical business skills and technical experience. As one of the most innovative and highly ranked programs in graduate business education, the MSM prepares students for a broad range of careers.

Some things worth noting about the Wake MSM:

  • #1 in the U.S. for Career Opportunities; #3 Ranked MSM Program in the U.S.*
  • Hands-on learning environment
  • Team-based consulting projects with real-world clients
  • Personalized, 1:1 career coaching from staff, faculty and professional connections
  • Networking opportunities to connect with innovators and industry thought-leaders

Kristen Merlo '16, MS '17Kristen Merlo, who was a ’16 graduate of Wake Forest with a BA in Communications/Media Studies and a ’17 graduate of the WFU Masters in Management, had this to say about the program:

“Ten out of ten – would recommend to a friend! It’s really hard work so it requires a lot of commitment.”

Her proud father, Larry Merlo (P’16, MS ’17), CVS Health President & CEO, reflected on Kristen’s experience in the Masters in Management:

“I think it’s given her a different level of confidence as she moves into the business world.” 

For more information, please contact Norma Montague, at 336.758.4302 or, or John White at 336.655.7058 or

*(The Economist, 2019)


—  by Norma Montague, Associate Dean, Master of Science in Management Program, Associate Professor of Accounting.

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