Online Admissions Process

Program Eligibility

The Wake Forest University School of Business seeks individuals who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and who have demonstrated achievement through academic success, professional experience, and community involvement.

While an applicant’s past academic performance is important, our admissions committee bases its decisions on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. An applicant’s personal and professional goals and how they align with our program’s capabilities.
  1. Working professionals with a minimum of two years of postgraduate, professional work experience beyond the completion of their bachelor’s degree. We will consider applicants who are non-traditional students who have completed their undergraduate degree as an adult with significant professional experience. Non-traditional applicants may include military officers, religious servants, etc.
  1. Applicants who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for complex quantitative analysis. All applicants are required to have taken both Calculus and Statistics, and should include coursework that covers Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Probability and Distribution Theory, Statistical Inference and Regression, Discrete Math, and Linear Algebra. (The Admissions Committee is seeking applicants who have earned a B or better in these topics)
  1. Taken either the GRE or GMAT with strong performance on the mathematics components of either exam.
  1. Applicants who demonstrate maturity, self-initiative, and leadership ability
  1. Preference given to those applicants who have experience with one or more coding languages. Note: students are welcome to access these skills through a number of free or low-cost online resources

We require all applicants we are considering offering admission to complete an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are by invitation only. Once an application is completed, we begin reviewing your application and will contact you regarding an interview.

Before you start the application process, we encourage you to check the program eligibility standards shown 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 candidates who do not meet the work experience requirement for the MSBA online program and have an interest in pursuing an MSBA degree, we encourage you to explore our top-ranked on-campus MSBA offering designed for students with less than two years of professional experience.

Rolling Admissions Process

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 weeks through the online application system.

Application Requirements

An online application is required for all applicants. To submit the application, a $100 non-refundable application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard is required. The written essay, resume, transcript and references 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.

Required: A requirement of the online application includes a written essay question: “Why are you pursuing your MSBA degree and what do you hope to do with this degree?” Responses are limited to 500 words.

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.

Applicants are required to submit their most up-to-date, professional resume.

All applicants must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 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 www.mba.com. Use the WFU School of Business – Online MS Business Analytics (MSBA) institution code R5F-NS-42.

GRE test registration information is available at www.ets.org/gre. Use the Wake Forest MS in Business Analytics-Online institution code 2709.

Applicants with demonstrated quantitative proficiency may apply for a waiver to the GMAT/GRE requirement and be exempt from taking the exam. In order to be considered for the GMAT/GRE requirement to be waived an applicant must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field or a non-STEM field with significant quantitative content completed.

Please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for more information on the GMAT/GRE Waiver application process.

The MSBA online program requires the names and contact information for two references as part of the online application. 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.

Upon completing an application, candidates will be notified if invited to interview . For candidates invited to interview, either a WebEx video call or an on-campus interview will be available.

Interviews are typically confirmed within 48 hours after the request has been made, with exceptions after application deadlines and holiday breaks when request volume is high and our office may require additional time.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the review process. When you apply online, you will upload your unofficial transcript as a part of your application. Should you be admitted and enroll in the program, official transcripts must then be submitted prior to the start of classes. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a transcript from any school which you have spent significant time. Associate degree transcripts are not required.

For all admitted MSBA students: Prior to enrollment, official, final transcripts are required from any college or university from which you have earned a four-year degree or higher (i.e. master’s degree). Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the university. If your transcript does not include the degree name and the date your degree was conferred, you must send an official, notarized document from your university that provides this information. To request your transcript, you may use the Transcript Request Form we have provided or use the form provided by your specific college.

  • Sending official, final electronic transcripts: Should your university use an electronic transcript format, it should be emailed directly from your university to the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business Enrollment Management Center at busapply@wfu.edu.
  • Mailing official, final paper transcripts: Official, final paper transcripts must be sealed in an envelope and mailed directly from the college/university to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail

Wake Forest University School of Business
P.O. Box 7897
Suite 115
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Express Delivery

Wake Forest University School of Business
1834 Wake Forest Road
Farrell Hall – Suite 115
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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

Applicants admitted to the MSBA online program will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission notification. The deposit amount is refunded back to the student at the point of matriculation as a credit towards their tuition.

GRE/GMAT Requirements and Guidelines

All applicants must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores are valid for five years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration. 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.

Some candidates for the Online MSBA Program may be eligible for a test waiver. Please see the program eligibility requirements above, with special attention to the expectations surrounding quantitative coursework.