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Master of Science in Management
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Interested students should contact the Director of the Management Program, Prof. Tom Drennen at management@hws.edu.

At HWS, it’s not business as usual.

You’ll design an academic experience that is entirely your own with the support of a caring, expert faculty. Though you won’t major in business, you’ll learn to consider problems from multiple lenses and build creative solutions to emerging challenges. You’ll expand your practical skill sets through experiential explorations in entrepreneurship, leadership, civic engagement and global citizenship. You’ll preview careers, participating in job shadows, a guaranteed internship or research opportunity and networking with those who’ve paved the path before you. You’ll create a springboard to your career in business and, like many of our alums, go on to lead in the industry of your choosing.

Pathways to Careers in Business

Hobart and William Smith students interested in business can major in any field of their choosing, and our alums are proof that no matter what academic discipline you select, you can be successful in the business world. Often, students will choose to major in economics or a related field, minor in entrepreneurial students, and pursue the Master’s of Science in Management program.


A consistently popular major at HWS, the economics department’s forward-thinking approach encourages students to evaluate current policy by actively questioning mainstream thinking.

Entrepreneurial Studies

The most popular minor on campus, Entrepreneurial Studies challenges students to become well-rounded leaders and resourceful innovators who are globally aware and community-centric.

Master’s in Management

This one-year program builds on the value of your undergraduate liberal arts education, providing you with the additional skills, knowledge and insight necessary to build a rewarding career in the business or nonprofit sectors. The Master of Science in Management can be earned in an innovative 3+1 model (students complete a bachelor’s and master’s concurrently in four years) or the more traditional 4+1 (4-year undergrad program followed by a 1-year master’s).

Business Advising

Students interested in pursuing careers in business or business school should contact Professor of Economics, Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies and Director of the Management Program Tom Drennen. Prof. Drennen is eager to assist you in charting a course of study that leads to a successful career and a consequential life.

Where Our Grads Go

HWS alumni and alumnae work in all sectors of banking, finance and accounting. Many of them are highly successful entrepreneurs. These graduates have gone on to pursue positions at many top ranked institutions and firms across the country, including the following:

  • ACLU
  • Bank of America
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CBS Sports
  • Charles Schwab
  • Dell
  • Department of the Treasury
  • DFS Hong Kong
  • Fidelity Investments
  • IBM
  • ING
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MGM Studios, Inc.
  • New York State Health Dept.
  • New York Yankees
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept. of State
  • United States Embassy
  • Wells Fargo

Liberal Arts Leads to Business