Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis within the eight scheduled rounds outlined below. 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. To begin the process, we recommend verifying your program eligibility before accessing the online application. Candidates applying to the MS in Business Analytics program should follow the application instructions and requirements shown below.
|Completed Application Deadline||Decision Notification||Enrollment Begins|
|Round 1||September 4||September 22||July 2018|
|Round 2||October 2||October 20||July 2018|
|Round 3||October 30||November 17||July 2018|
|Round 4||December 4||December 22||July 2018|
|Round 5||January 1||January 19||July 2018|
|Round 6||February 5||February 23||July 2018|
|Round 7||March 5||March 23||July 2018|
|Round 8||April 13*||May 4||July 2018|
|After May 1**||Rolling admissions||Varies||July 2018|
Application is available beginning August 1, 2017.
*April 15 is the Scholarship Deadline; however, we will continue to consider those who apply after the scholarship deadline for awards as long as funding is available.
**After May 1, we will review applications on a rolling basis until the class is full.
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 2018 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, 2016 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, 2016 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
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 assessment, 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 free-response 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). 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.
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 review process. When you apply online, you will upload your unofficial transcript as a part of your application. Should you be admitted and enroll, official transcripts must then be submitted prior to Orientation in July. 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 admitted MSBA students: Prior to enrollment, official, final transcripts are required from any college or university from which you earned (or will earn) a four-year degree or higher (ie. master’s degree). Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the university. If you have not graduated, please wait to order an official copy of your transcript until after graduation; your official final transcript must include the date the degree was conferred and the name of the degree awarded. 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 email@example.com.
- 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 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
For admitted International MSBA students: All official, final transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the university. Please ensure that your name is spelled out completely in English on your application and transcript. As an example, do not submit your last name as “P”, when it is “Patel”, as it is very difficult to match your transcript to your application. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) at any time during the admissions process. The Admissions Committee will accept either the “WES Basic” or “WES ICAP” evaluation, submitted at the applicant’s expense. If academic transcripts are not in English, please submit your transcripts for evaluation using WES. If transcripts are not in English, a notarized, English translation must be submitted.
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.
Candidates are required to submit the online application and will be notified via email if invited to interview. For candidates invited to interview, both a WebEx video call or an on-campus interview will be available.
Candidates who meet minimum GPA or GMAT/GRE qualifications may schedule an on-campus interview, regardless of application status. Candidates must meet one of the following minimum qualifications: cumulative GPA = 3.25, or GMAT score = 640, or GRE score = 310. Please CLICK HERE to request an interview.
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 Self Service Center and click on the Applications tab to view a summary of your application status and requirements. To access your Self Service Center, 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 Self Service Center. If it has been more than ten days and your Self Service Center 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:
- Please use the same email address and first name throughout the entire application process, including when registering for GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS exams. Using multiple email addresses or first names prohibits our office from matching your official exam score to your application file, thus delaying your admissions decision.
- Please include your full application name in any correspondence with the university.
- Please ensure that your name is spelled out completely in English on your application and transcript. As an example, do not submit your last name as “P”, when it is “Patel”. It is difficult to match your transcript or test scores to your application if names are not complete.
- Do not send videos, financial statements, portfolios or any other materials which are not requested by the Enrollment Management Center.
- STEM and OPT Certified The Wake Forest MSBA program is STEM and OPT certified, providing enhanced employment opportunities for international students. For more details, click here.
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
Four weeks after admission
Two weeks after admission
|After May 1||
One week after admission
*An additional processing fee is assessed if paying via credit card. The initial deposit is $1,000. The additional $500 is due by May 1, 2018. You have the option to pay in two installments, or pay the entire deposit at one time.
In certain cases, the Admissions Committee will grant an extension to the deposit deadline. All extension requests must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.