Hybrid MBA Class: Pre-Work Assignments & Textbooks 

Incoming Student Survey (required)

Please fill out the Incoming Student Survey (coming soon) – this asks details about you as a professional, as well as it has a section for you to fill out that gives you an idea of where you are in terms of academic preparedness – the boxes you don’t check on the assessment will give you a starting place for some to-do’s to get yourself fully prepared prior to the semester start.

Quantitative Methods (highly recommended — information coming soon)

“Business Analytics I & II are challenging courses. To get a jump start on your preparation, we strongly encourage all students, especially those with weaker math backgrounds, to complete the Harvard Business School (HBS) Quantitative Methods Online Course. The HBS course is a fun, self-paced way to learn the fundamental skills you’ll need to be successful. Putting the time in before class starts will pay huge dividends in time (and frustration) later on.”
-Derrick Boone, Quantitative Methods Professor

The Quantitative Methods course is an online, self-paced course that serves as an introduction to using statistical methods to solve business problems. The course teaches statistics from the management perspective and places special emphasis on developing the skills and instincts needed to make good decisions and become a more effective manager. The course includes pre-and post-assessments. The estimated time to completion is 20 to 50 hours, depending on your experience with the material. More details to be shared soon.

Financial Accounting (highly recommended — information coming soon)

The Financial Accounting course is an online, self-paced course that will provide an overview of the business transactions and reports used in financial accounting and will set you up for success in your Financial Accounting course in the first semester. Estimated time of completion is 20 hours. More details to be shared soon.

Management Communications Online Course (recommended, as needed — information coming soon)

The Management Communications Online Course provides students with the skills and guided practice necessary to master fundamental concepts in business communication. The course is organized into three core topics of planning, writing, and presenting. A special emphasis is placed on influencing action in the workplace by leading more effectively through well-organized and successfully-executed business communication strategies. Seat time is between 18-22 hours. More details to be shared soon.

Pre-Orientation LCA and SDI Assessments (coming soon)

New Student Agreements & Tasks (coming soon)

New Student Agreements & Tasks will be available ~1 month prior to Orientation.

An individualized set of required, new student tasks and checklists will be embedded in your Canvas orientation course and will be viewable about a month before Orientation. This course contains important student agreements and other tasks that are required for new students at the School of Business, such as reviewing the Graduate Student Handbook and photo submission for your Deacon OneCard (student ID card).

Excel Tutorial

Excel will be used extensively in Business Analytics and other courses. Please review the following learning collection, Excel for Students on LinkedIn Learning.  This learning collection was developed specifically for the Wake Forest MBA programs. Students can log into LinkedIn Learning using their WFU credentials to gain access to this learning collection and TONs of other free training.


All textbooks are required and included with your tuition. Books for your first two courses will be provided at Orientation.

Academic Calendar

The most current academic calendar is available online on the Academic Services page. Your class-by-class schedule for the spring semester will be shared in December.

Pre-Work Assignments

The Wake Forest University MBA faculty may require preparatory coursework to be completed prior to the first day of class. If so, you will receive information directly from your professor.


Matt Ganderson, Executive Director, MBA Program Administration, (704) 365-0278 or ganderms@wfu.edu