Pre-Work Assignments & Textbooks 

The MBA curriculum is designed to provide you with the ability to approach and analyze challenges from a wide range of perspectives in order to achieve holistic solutions. The tasks and resources below will prepare you to meet these challenges before and after classes start.

Pre-Work Assignments (required)

MBA faculty may require preparatory coursework to be completed prior to the first day of class. If so, you will receive that information at Orientation.

Orientation Pre-Work Case Study (required)

A Case Study Analysis will be provided prior to Orientation – read the case thoroughly and come prepared with detailed notes and analysis. This is not a graded assignment, but the exercise will familiarize you with the case study methodology that many Wake Forest MBA faculty utilize in class.

Quantitative Methods ($75, Click Here)

“Business Analytics I & II are challenging courses. To get a jump start on your preparation, I strongly encourage all students, especially those with weak 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. The cost is $75, which gives you access to the website for 1 year so you can review it as needed. Click on the link above to create a username and password to get started.

Financial Accounting ($45, Click Here)

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 second semester. The estimated time of completion is 20 hours. The cost is only $45, which gives you access to the website for 1 year so you can review as needed. Click on the link above to create a user name and password to get started.

Management Communications (recommended, as needed)

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. The cost is $55, which gives you access to the website for 1 year to use as needed.

Click here for more information and to create an account and register.

Leadership & Character Assessment (required)

The Leadership & Character Assessment is designed to enhance your self-awareness by providing the opportunity to reflect on various leadership behaviors and character strengths. The feedback report you will be provided will contain information on how you assess yourself on leadership skills and strengths, and also provides normative averages to compare with others. You will receive an email about three weeks prior to orientation with more information and instructions to proceed.

New Student Agreements & Tasks (required)

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 Excel for Students collection on LinkedIn Learning.  This learning collection was curated 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 will be provided prior to the first course starting.

Academic Calendar

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


Contact Courtney Burton, Associate Director, Integrative Student Services at or (336) 758-2569.