MSBA 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 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. Demonstrated maturity, self-initiative, and leadership.
  1. An applicant’s personal and professional goals and how they align with our program’s capabilities.
  1. Be currently employed. Postgraduate, professional work experience is desired but not required of applicants. (We will consider applicants who are non-traditional students who have completed their undergraduate degree as an adult and have significant professional experience prior to completing their bachelor’s degree. Non-traditional applicants may include military officers, religious servants, etc.)
  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  1. Demonstrated, strong aptitude for complex quantitative analysis through previous coursework. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken both Calculus and Statistics. Other coursework could include 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. Strong performance on the mathematics components of either the GRE or GMAT exam.  The admission committee may waive the test requirement for applicants who fully meet the requirements of item 5 above. Applicants are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor regarding questions about GRE/GMAT waiver eligibility.
  1. Preference is given to 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.

Prior to receiving an admission decision, we require that all applicants complete an individual interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.  Interviews are by invitation only. Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed and we will contact you regarding an interview.

Please Note:  Before you submit your application, we encourage you to check the program eligibility criteria to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Wake Forest does not refund the application fee for a submitted application. If you have any questions about your eligibility and want to discuss your qualifications, please call John Montana at (336) 758-5025.

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.

Important Fall ’24 Term Dates

Application OpensSeptember 8, 2023
Priority Application DeadlineJuly 12, 2024
Final Application DeadlineAugust 16, 2024
First Day of ClassesSeptember 2, 2024

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.

Resume

A one-page resume or CV is required. A sample format is available for download by clicking the Resume Template.

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

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.

You may use the optional essay for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Address anomalies that may exist in your application or additional information you would like to share with the Admissions Committee.
  • Request a GMAT/GRE waiver. Test waivers require candidates to demonstrate strong academic performance and/or have advanced degrees to support confidence in the candidate’s quantitative aptitude and general ability to successfully perform the requirements of the program.
  • If you are a re-applicant, address why you are reapplying, as well as how you are a more competitive applicant since your original application. The essay is required for re-applicants to the program.

Please note that it is not a requirement to complete the optional essay unless you are reapplying to the program.

Upon completing an application, candidates will be notified if invited to interview. For candidates invited to interview, either a Zoom 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.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will be required for all applicants whose transcripts do not show a demonstrated strong quantitative ability through past, graded coursework, as decided by the program’s Admission Committee. Coursework should include Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Probability and Distribution Theory, Statistical Inference and Regression, Discrete Math, and Linear Algebra. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken both Calculus and Statistics. (The Admissions Committee is seeking applicants who have earned a B or better in these topics.)

Candidates who can show strong quantitative ability based on their past academic coursework may be eligible for a test waiver. To find out if you may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver or if you have questions about the process, we strongly suggest that you call or email John Montana at (336) 758-5025, montanjs@wfu.edu.

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.

Note: GMAT/GRE test scores are valid for five years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration.

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 studies at an English-speaking college or university.

The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.0. However, score minimums are guidelines only; all scores will be reviewed in the admissions process and minimums may be waived for applicants who have resided and worked in the U.S. for an extended period of time.

For more information, visit the TOEFL or IELTS websites. (Our TOEFL institution code is B818.)

Applicants admitted to the Online MSBA program will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission notification. The enrollment deposit will be applied to first semester tuition upon matriculation.