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Emerging Leaders Program

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The Emerging Leaders Program is a 34-month sequential degree program in which students first earn an MA in Management from the Wake Forest University School of Business (10 months) and then earn an MMS in Physician Assistant Studies within Wake Forest School of Medicine (24 months).

The Emerging Leaders Program seeks to create a future generation of leaders for the PA profession. Its mission is to produce highly capable, entrepreneurial physician assistants equipped with the business competencies to succeed in a complex health care environment. Graduates will be character-driven leaders who are prepared to transform the delivery of health care, promote its responsible use, and provide compassionate, high quality patient care while continually advancing the PA profession. The core tenets of the program are

  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Problem-based and action-oriented learning
  • Interprofessional education.  

Candidates who wish to be considered for admission to this sequential degree program should complete the CASPA application and indicate their interest on the supplemental portion of the application. Those who have expressed interest and have also met the admission criteria for the PA Program will be invited to interview for the Emerging Leaders Program.  

All candidates considered for admission to the Emerging Leaders Program will be considered for scholarships. Scholarship offerings are merit based. For more information, contact Ian Smith, Chair of the Admissions Committee for the PA Program, at, or John Montana, Associate Director, Enrollment Management, Wake Forest University School of Business, at


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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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