MSA Application Process and Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are made on complete files only. Once an application is complete, an applicant will receive a decision in approximately three to four weeks through the online application system. To begin the process, we recommend verifying your program eligibility before accessing the online application. Candidates applying to the Masters in Accounting (MSA) program should follow the instructions and requirements shown below.

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MSA Application Deadlines for Fall 2021 Enrollment:


Domestic applicants*

Application Available August 17
Early App Deadline (nonbinding) November 1
Final Application Deadline August 1 for those not requiring foundational coursework
Enrollment Begins** May-August 2021


International applicants

Application Available August 17
Early App Deadline (nonbinding) November 1
Final Application Deadline extended to April 1
Enrollment Begins** May-August 2021


*Includes U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.
**If applicable, foundational courses begin in May/June on the Wake Forest campus; and in August for all other students.

NO SEPARATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIRED. Qualified applications submitted earlier receive admission and scholarship award priority.


Program Eligibility

The Wake Forest University School of Business seeks individuals who have demonstrated achievement through academic coursework, professional experience and community involvement. Wake Forest looks for leadership ability, motivation, focus, enthusiasm, strong values and teamwork skills in its prospective students.

Before you start the application process, we encourage you to check the program eligibility standards listed below to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications. Wake Forest does not refund the application fee for a submitted application, regardless of whether a candidate meets the program eligibility.

For Fall 2021 enrollment, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    1. Earned or pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. All undergraduate majors will be considered.
    2. Required foundational courses for all applicants (including WFU seniors who are not pursuing the 5-year MSA program). Individuals who will complete an undergraduate degree by spring 2021 can enroll in the MSA program. Students who enter the program do not need to have an accounting background, however, students without an accounting background are required to successfully complete select foundational courses prior to enrollment. For more information on all required foundational course offerings, as well as details on dates and locations offered, click here.
    3. WFU School of Business juniors only: Wake Forest students can apply to the integrated MSA program and earn both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with five years of coursework at Wake Forest. These students apply to the School of Business in their sophomore year and then apply to the MSA program in their junior year of study. To apply as a junior to the MSA program, Wake Forest students must have been admitted into the Wake Forest undergraduate business program and be in the process of taking junior-level accounting coursework within the School of Business. For additional information regarding eligibility and application requirements for WFU juniors, please contact Tyler Burrows at 336-758-5917 or You can also refer to the instructions tab of the WFU Junior Fall 2022 application.

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Application Requirements

Application & Application Fee

An online application is required for all applicants. To submit the application, a $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card is required. The resume and unofficial transcript are part of the online application.

As part of your application, you are required to respond to questions in the Legal Disclosure section of the application. All applicants are encouraged to be forthcoming when disclosing this information. If required, candidates may be asked to provide additional information to complete a background check.


A one-page resume or CV is required. A sample format is available for download by clicking the Wake Forest Resume Template. Applicants who are pursuing the three-semester option are encouraged to reformat their resume using this template.

Written Assessment

Required: A requirement of the online application includes a written assessment comprised of three short-answer questions designed to share experiences and collect additional information. All applicants are required to complete the assessment. As a guide, responses to the questions should be limited to one paragraph (approx. 250 words max.).

Optional: Applicants may use the optional short-answer question on the online application to discuss anomalies that exist in their application/transcript or address aspects that may be concerning to the Admissions Committee. This question is optional and not required.


Unless otherwise directed, all applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants can determine which test is better suited for them individually. Scores are valid for five years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration.

GMAT test registration information is available at Use the WFU MS in Accountancy code R5F-NS-06.

GRE test registration information is available at Use the Wake Forest MS Accountancy institution code 1155.

If you are interested in GMAT or GRE test prep sessions, please visit our Events Calendar to view our upcoming no-charge virtual prep trainings.


Applicants whose native language is not English and/or whose principal language of university instruction was not English must submit scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Exception: applicants who have or will complete their undergraduate work in the U.S. or at an English-speaking college or university are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of 107 (IBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.5. However, score minimums are guidelines for admission. All official test scores will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and considered in the decision-making process. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive the TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants who have resided and worked in the United States for an extended period of time.

Information and test registration for the TOEFL is available at Use the Wake Forest School of Business institution code B818. Information and test registration for the IELTS is available at An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS.

Two References

The names and contact information for two references are required as part of the online application. However, online letters of recommendation are NOT required and, if submitted, will NOT be used during the application review process. At their discretion, the Admissions Committee may contact your references directly. Please do not submit additional references, as they will not strengthen your application.


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the application review process and may be uploaded as a part of your online application. We require transcripts of all academic work completed (or currently in progress) at the baccalaureate/undergraduate and graduate level. Associate degree transcripts are not required.

Official final transcripts will be required following enrollment (or can be sent prior to), which include the name of the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred. If you have not graduated, please wait to order an official copy of your transcript until after graduation. To request your transcript, you may use the Transcript Request Form we have provided or use the form provided by your specific college.

  • Electronic transcripts (e-Transcript/certified document) should be sent directly to
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed directly from your university in an official, sealed envelope to one of the following addresses:
    Regular Mail Express Delivery
    Wake Forest University School of Business
    P.O. Box 7897
    Suite 115
    Winston-Salem, NC 27109
    Wake Forest University School of Business
    1834 Wake Forest Road
    Farrell Hall – Suite 115
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106

International Applicants: Your final transcript(s) must be written in English and include the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred. If not listed on your transcript, you must submit your diploma or degree certificate indicating the degree and date of confirmation. If the transcript is not in English, an official transcript evaluation must be submitted using World Education Services ( or International Education Evaluations ( Applicants using IEE should use their portal for Wake Forest University.


All interviews for the MSA program are by invitation only, after a candidate has submitted the application.  Candidates will receive notification the week following application submission regarding their interview status.  We offer two options for interviewing: 1) an on-campus interview, or 2) a Zoom video interview.  On-campus interviews include the opportunity to attend class and have lunch with a current student, tour Farrell Hall, and have optional consultations with an MSA career coach and student services representative.

For prospective MSA students who have not completed an application, the School of Business is pleased to offer campus visits. You can attend a class with a current student, tour Farrell Hall, and if your schedule permits, have lunch with a current student. An optional 15-minute consultation to review the admissions process is also available. Please use the campus visit request form to request your campus visit.

InitialView Interviews (optional)

International applicants are encouraged (but not required) to participate in a third-party, unscripted interview with InitialView. If you are participating in or have completed an InitialView interview/writing sample, we hope you will consider providing your InitialView materials to Wake Forest. This is an additional way for us to get to know you better and for you to further demonstrate your English language proficiency. For more information about InitialView, please visit

Receipt of Transcripts & Scores

To check the status of received official transcript(s), GMAT/GRE score(s) and TOEFL/IELTS score(s), please login to your Applicant Portal and choose your application to view a summary of your application status and requirements. Enter the same username and password that you use to login to your online application.

Our office processes a large volume of application components daily, so check back often for new updates as this is the best method to check the receipt of your supplemental materials. Once materials are received by our office, it can take up to ten business days to update your Applicant Portal. If it has been more than ten days and your Applicant Portal is not properly updated, please contact the Enrollment Management Center.

When mailing official transcripts, it is suggested that you use FedEx or another type of service that provides you with package tracking capability.

Reapplication Policy

If you completed the online application for Fall 2020, you may reapply for the subsequent year. Please verify your program eligibility before beginning the application process. As a reapplicant, you will complete an abbreviated application process, but are required to submit a new application. Any transcripts or official scores that were previously submitted to the Enrollment Management Center will be automatically transferred to your new 2021 application file. When you complete the online application, please answer yes to the question “Are you reapplying for 2021 enrollment?” on the Additional Information tab, indicating your intent to reapply. If you applied to the School of Business prior to 2020, we maintain official transcripts and official scores for up to three years. You are welcome to contact our office to inquire about previously submitted materials.

International Applicants

If you are applying as an international candidate, please review the following tips and guidelines for an efficient application process:

  • Use the same email address and first name throughout the entire application process.
  • Ensure that your name is spelled out completely in English on your application and transcript.
  • Include your full application name (that matches your passport) in any correspondence with the university.
  • Do not send any materials which are not requested by the Enrollment Management Center.
  • Please note that the required foundational courses (Principles of Finance, Intermediate Accounting I & II, Introductory Tax and Intermediate Financial Management) must be taken at a four-year, U.S. AACSB-accredited school. Otherwise, students are expected to take them on the Wake Forest campus during the summer.

Deposit Deadlines

All candidates will receive a decision within three to four weeks after their application is complete. Deposit due dates vary by admit date according to the chart below:

Admit Date Deposit Due Date MSA Deposit*
Before Jan. 31 4 weeks after admission $1,500
Feb. 1 – March 31 3 weeks after admission $1,500
April 1 – May 31 2 weeks after admission $1,500
June 1 or later 1 week after admission $1,500

Deposit Amounts

The $1,500 Enrollment Deposit can be paid in total upon acceptance of admission offer or in two payments according to the chart below:



Due Date*

1st payment


upon offer acceptance

2nd payment


April 1 (international)

May 1 (domestic)

*IMPORTANT NOTES: If an offer is accepted after the 2nd payment deadline, then the entire deposit of $1,500 is due immediately. Students may choose to pay the entire fee at any time prior to the deadline. Please note that the entire enrollment deposit will be applied to first semester tuition upon matriculation. An additional processing fee is assessed if paying via credit card. Enrollment deposit payments are non-refundable.

Deposit Extension

In certain cases, the Admissions Committee will grant an extension to the deposit deadline. All extension requests must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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