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Important Information

The MS in Business Analytics program DOES NOT allow Macintosh computers.  

All students must have a Windows-based computer. Please review the computer requirements for more information.

Accessing your myDeacNet account

Once your tuition deposit is processed (allow 5-7 business days), a MyDeacNet account will be created for you. You will receive an activation e-mail from to the personal e-mail account you listed in your application.

Account Activation

You must activate your MyDeacNet account within 10 days of receiving this e-mail.  For your security, you will be required to enter your account activation code as well as provide information from your initial application.

  • Haven’t received your activation e-mail yet? Please check your spam or junk mail folder for an email from
  • Need assistance activating your account? Please contact the Support Desk at  or (336) 252-2099 or

Your MyDeacNet account will allow you to access many Wake Forest resources such as G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education), WebEx, Wake Information Network (WIN), and Sakai.

System Access Prior to Orientation

Prior to Orientation, you have access to the following WFU systems:

  • WFU Google Mail  | – Your Wake Forest University Google Mail account will be your official e-mail address that the University will use to communicate with you. Use your full email address and password to log in.
  • WIN (Wake Forest Information Network) | – WIN provides students with a variety of tools to view their grades, access online bills and search directories for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Use your full email address and password to log in.  Please log out of your personal gmail account prior to logging in.

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Computer Requirements 

The School of Business has standardized on the Windows operating system for two primary reasons: 1) to ensure compatibility with required course software and 2) the Windows operating system is the predominant operating system used in business. The specifications listed below will meet your computing needs during your tenure at Wake Forest University.

The MS in Business Analytics program DOES NOT allow Macintosh computers.  


Minimum computer requirements for the MSBA graduate program are:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB Minimum
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 or 10
  • Hard Disk Drive: 512 GB Minimum
  • Display: 12.5 inches or larger
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (MUST support the WPA-2 security protocol)
  • Software (more details in software section):
    • Microsoft Office
    • Valid anti-virus/anti-malware  software
    • Warranty: A 2-3 year standard hardware warranty. Additionally, we highly recommend an “accidental damage protection” warranty that covers damage from spills, drops, electrical surges, etc.

How do I check my PC specifications?

What about Macintosh computers?

The MSBA graduate program does not allow Macintosh computers.  All students must have a Windows-based computer to run curriculum based software of which some there is no Macintosh based counterpart.  

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Getting FREE Software

As a student, you have access to free or discounted software.  Students can access software through software@wfu or OnTheHub, an online software distribution partner.

 Software available prior to Orientation:

  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (visit software@wfu for installation instructions)
  • Anti-virus/malware software

Note: Additional software will be provided during Orientation.

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