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Important Information

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

All students must have a Windows-based laptop. 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 School of Business Help Desk at 336-758-4126 or

You will NOT receive an account activation e-mail.  Please continue to use the same username and password that you used as an Undergraduate student.

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.
  • Sakai | – Sakai [sah-kahy] is Wake Forest’s online Collaboration and Learning Environment.  Many instructors will use Sakai to post announcements, assignments, and quizzes. Use your username (without and password to log 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 laptops.  


Minimum laptop requirements for the MSBA graduate program are:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB Minimum
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, 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 Professional Plus 2016
    • 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 laptops?

The MSBA graduate program does not allow Macintosh laptops.  All students must have a Windows-based laptop 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 for your PC

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