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 Business Analytics (MSBA) on-campus program should follow the application instructions and requirements shown below.
|Application Available||July 15|
|Early App Deadline (nonbinding)||Nov. 1|
|Final Application Deadline||June 15|
|Enrollment Begins**||July 2020|
|Application Available||July 15|
|Early App Deadline (nonbinding)||Nov. 1|
|Final Application Deadline||March 1|
|Enrollment Begins**||July 2020|
*Includes U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.
NO SEPARATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIRED. Qualified applications submitted earlier receive admission and scholarship award priority.
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 shown 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. If you are just beginning the admissions process, we encourage you to schedule an admissions consultation. This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with an admissions counselor about the application process and ask individual program eligibility questions.
For Summer 2020 enrollment, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Earned (or pursuing) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Majored in business, engineering, mathematics, economics, computer science or liberal arts. Successful completion of coursework in calculus and statistics is required.
- Graduated from college on or after May 1, 2018 and have limited or no full-time, post-graduate work experience. On a selective and case-by-case basis, we will consider candidates who graduated prior to May 1, 2018 and have limited or no work experience. To be considered for this exemption, please submit a request for a consultation regarding program eligibility.
- NOTE: Applicants who have been enrolled in an academic program as a full-time student since college graduation are eligible to apply.
Application & Application Fee
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 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.
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.
A one-page resume or CV is required. A sample format is available for download by clicking the Resume Template.
GMAT / GRE
All applicants must take either 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 www.mba.com. Use the WFU School of Business – MS Business Analytics (MSBA) institution code R5F-NS-27.
GRE test registration information is available at www.ets.org/gre. Use the Wake Forest MS in Business Analytics institution code 7181.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
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 (www.wes.org) or International Education Evaluations (www.foreigntranscripts.com).
TOEFL / IELTS
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 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.
All interviews for the on-campus MSBA program are by invitation only, after a candidate has submitted the application. For candidates invited to interview, both a Zoom video call or an on-campus interview will be available. On-campus interviews include the opportunity to attend class, have lunch with a current student and tour Farrell Hall.
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.
To check the status of received official transcript(s), GRE/GMAT 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 used to create 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 Center for Enrollment Management.
When mailing official transcripts, it is suggested that you use FedEx or another type of service that provides you with package tracking capability.
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.
A non-traditional student is defined as an applicant who enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. Law School) directly after college graduation and has maintained full-time student status from college graduation until present. Note that the Admissions Committee will evaluate non-traditional applicants as part of the regular application process.
All candidates will receive a decision within three to four weeks after the completed application deadline. Deposit due dates vary by admit date. Please refer to the chart below:
Deposit Due Date
|Before Jan. 15||
Four weeks after admission
|Jan. 15 – April 30||
Two weeks after admission
|After May 1||
One week after admission
The $1,500 Enrollment Deposit can be paid in total upon acceptance of admission offer or in two payments according to the chart below:
upon offer acceptance
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.
In certain cases, the Admissions Committee will grant an extension to the deposit deadline. All extension requests must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.