Admissions Process – Wake Forest MBA

Rolling Admissions Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are made on submitted application files only. Once an application is complete, an applicant is notified in approximately four weeks of the decision through the online application system. To begin the process, we recommend verifying your eligibility below and accessing the online application. Details on application components are shown below.

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Application Deadlines for Fall 2024 Enrollment – In-Person Format:

Application AvailableSeptember 1, 2023
Scholarship Deadline*rolling
Final Application Deadline**August 15, 2024
Enrollment Beginslate August 2024

*Scholarships may be awarded throughout the admissions cycle as funds are available. Consult with Admissions Counselor for more information. No separate scholarship application required.

**Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis. 

Application Deadlines for Spring 2025 Enrollment – Hybrid Format (Charlotte/Online):

Application AvailableJanuary 16, 2024
Scholarship Deadline*rolling
Final Application Deadline**January 1, 2025
Classes BeginJanuary 11, 2025

*Scholarships may be awarded throughout the admissions cycle as funds are available. Consult with Admissions Counselor for more information. No separate scholarship application required.

**Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis. 

Application Deadlines for 2024 Enrollment – Online Format:

Summer 2024Fall 2024
Application AvailableJanuary 4, 2024May 15, 2024
Scholarship Deadline*rollingrolling
Final Application Deadline**April 26, 2024August 16, 2024
Classes BeginMay 13, 2024September 2, 2024

*Scholarships may be awarded throughout the admissions cycle as funds are available. Consult with Admissions Counselor for more information. No separate scholarship application required.

**Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis. 

Program Eligibility

The School of Business welcomes applicants who have demonstrated academic achievement, professional experience and community involvement. We look for driven and motivated candidates who work well in teams and whose values parallel those of the Wake Forest University School of Business.

For 2024 enrollment, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (open to all majors).
  2. Preference given to candidates with 2 years of full-time work experience prior to the program start date. (Exception: the work requirement is waived for PhD/MBA candidates). Other exceptions considered on an individual basis.
  3. Applicants not employed full time must receive approval from the Program Director or Associate Dean.

Application Components

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

GMAT/GRE

Some candidates for the In-Person MBA Program – Charlotte may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver based on years of work experience, advanced degree, undergrad GPA, or other criteria. Please contact Enrollment Management for a consult to determine if you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver. For consideration, applicants should request a waiver using the optional essay on the application, indicating reasons they feel they would be eligible for a waiver.

All other candidates 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 – In-Person MBA – Charlotte institution code R5F-NS-78.

GRE test registration information is available at www.ets.org/gre. Use the Wake Forest In-Person MBA – Charlotte institution code 4904.

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

TOELF/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). The TOEFL Essentials exam is also accepted. Exception: applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an English-speaking college or university and/or living and working in a professional role in the United States are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of a 100 (IBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.0. 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.

References/Recommendations

On-Campus and Hybrid MBA Programs

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. Reference information for an immediate manager is preferred or a former manager, customer/client or colleague.

Online MBA Program Only

Applicants are required to provide contact information for two recommenders, at least one of which must be a professional contact, typically a supervisor. Recommenders will be requested to complete a brief recommendation form as part of the online application submission. Formal letters of recommendation are not required and additional recommenders beyond the required amount will not be reviewed. Applicants can submit their application before the recommenders complete the form, but the application will not be considered complete and ready for admissions review until both recommendation forms are submitted.

Transcripts

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. All enrolled students will ultimately require submission of official transcripts, so applicants may prefer to send official transcripts as part of their application submission.

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. 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 busapply@wfu.edu.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed directly from your university in an official, sealed envelope to one of the following addresses:
    Regular MailExpress 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 (www.wes.org) or International Education Evaluations (www.foreigntranscripts.com). Applicants using IEE should use their portal for Wake Forest University.

Interview

Interviews are required and are scheduled by invitation only once the online application is submitted.

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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 Office of 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.

Reapplication Policy

If you completed the online application for 2023, 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; any supplemental materials that were previously submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management will be automatically transferred to your new 2024 application file. When you complete the online application, please answer yes to the question “Are you reapplying for enrollment?” on the Additional Information tab, indicating your intent to reapply. If you applied to the School of Business previously, 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.

Non-traditional Student

A non-traditional student is defined as an applicant who did not enroll in college directly after high school graduation to either pursue a career or enlist in the military and is just now completing an undergraduate degree OR an applicant who withdrew from college to pursue a career and is just now completing an undergraduate degree. Note that the Admissions Committee will evaluate the quality of the work experience obtained during this time.

Deposit Deadlines

All candidates will receive a decision within four weeks after their application is complete. The Charlotte Evening MBA deposit payment of $1,000 is due one week after notification of an admittance. Note: an additional fee is assessed for processing fees 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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