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Imagine walking into your first professional interview. Your interviewer greets you with a smile but you can feel your nerves climbing up your spine. You take a seat and the interview begins with the dreaded “what makes you a good leader” question. You take a second, but all you can think about are all the math and science classes you took.  You think back to your engineering lectures or history classes and wonder how they prepared you to answer this question right here, right now. You look around the interviewer’s office and draw a blank. You rush to answer the question with some story about a group project, but you really aren’t sure.

This is a situation you should never have to experience. You wish at this moment for advanced business skills. UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business seeks to fulfill this wish with the new Master of Science in Management (M.S. in Management). The program will begin this summer and is the first of its kind in the UNC System.

In the current workforce, more employers are seeking out well-rounded business professionals. Employers recognize the value in all degrees, such as the arts,  sciences, and engineering. Business acumen simply adds another layer of value for the professional world.

The M.S. in Management program at UNC Charlotte will give new graduates the chance to enhance their business skills and jump-start their professional career. Even better, students are not required to have prior business experience or pre-reqs (unlike the MBA, which requires previous work experience).

This fast-track, 10.5-month program will provide unique learning opportunities through professional development sessions and personalized career coaching.  Students will enjoy networking opportunities with Belk College alumni who represent many industries across the country. Students will leave this program prepared to participate in innovative problem solving, create and present compelling ideas, and engage in dynamic leadership roles.

Now, imagine walking into an interview and having an interviewer ask you “what makes you a good leader?” You look back at your potential employer and smile. You have spent the last 10.5 months preparing for this question. You take a moment and answer with confidence.