Admissions Process – Online MBA

Rolling Admissions Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are made on submitted application files only. Once an application is complete, an applicant is notified in approximately four weeks of the decision through the online application system. To begin the process, we recommend verifying your eligibility below and accessing the online application. Details on application components are shown below.

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Application Deadlines for Fall 2023 Enrollment – Online MBA :

Application AvailableMay 11
Scholarship Deadline*rolling
Final Application Deadline**August 22
Classes BeginSeptember 11

*Scholarships may be awarded throughout the admissions cycle as funds are available. Consult with Admissions Counselor for more information. No separate scholarship application required.

**Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis. 

Program Eligibility

The School of Business welcomes applicants who have demonstrated academic achievement, professional experience and community involvement. We look for driven and motivated candidates who work well in teams and whose values parallel those of the Wake Forest University School of Business.

For Fall 2023 enrollment, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (open to all majors).
  2. Preference given to candidates with 2 years of full-time work experience prior to the program start date. (Exception: the work requirement is waived for PhD/MBA candidates). Other exceptions considered on an individual basis.
  3. Applicants not employed full time must receive approval from the Program Director or Associate Dean.

Application Components

An online application is required for all applicants. To submit the application, a $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card is required. The 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.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the application review process and may be uploaded as a part of your online application. We require transcripts of all academic work completed (or currently in progress) at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

Official final transcripts will be required following enrollment (or can be sent as part of the application process), which include the name of the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred. To request your transcript, you can use our Transcript Request Form or the form provided by your specific college.

  • Electronic transcripts (e-transcript/certified document) should be sent directly to
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed directly from your university in an official, sealed envelope to one of the following addresses:
    • Regular Mail: Wake Forest University School of Business, P.O. Box 7897, Suite 115, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
    • Express Delivery: Wake Forest University School of Business, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Farrell Hall—Suite 115, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Note: If your final transcript is not in English, an official transcript evaluation must be submitted using World Education Services or International Education Evaluations.

A resume or CV is required. A sample format is available for download by clicking the Resume Template.

You may use the optional essay for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Address anomalies that may exist in your application or additional information you would like to share with the Admissions Committee.
  • If you are a re-applicant, address why you are reapplying, as well as how you are a more competitive applicant since your original application. The essay is required for re-applicants to the program.

Please note that it is not a requirement to complete the optional essay unless you are reapplying to the program.

An interview is required for admission to the Wake Forest MBA program.

The interview will be scheduled by invitation after the online application is submitted. A Student Success Manager will contact you with an invitation to schedule the phone interview.

Applicants for the Online MBA program are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE test score. Applicants may choose to submit a test score if they have taken or plan to take either exam. If you submit test scores, we will consider them as part of your overall application package. Scores are valid for five years past the exam date. If submitting scores, please use the codes listed below.

GMAT test registration information is available at Use the Wake Forest – Online MBA institution code R5F-NS-89 for GMAT.

GRE test registration information is available at Use the Wake Forest – Online MBA institution code 4793 for GRE.

Applicants are required to provide contact information for two recommenders, at least one of which must be a professional contact, typically a supervisor. Recommenders will be requested to complete a brief recommendation form as part of the online application submission. Formal letters of recommendation are not required and additional recommenders beyond the required amount will not be reviewed. Applicants can submit their application before the recommenders complete the form, but the application will not be considered complete and ready for admissions review until both recommendation forms are submitted.

Applicants admitted to the Online MBA program will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission notification. The enrollment deposit will be applied to first semester tuition upon matriculation.

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Receipt of Transcripts & Optional Scores

To check the status of received official transcript(s), or optional GMAT/GRE score(s), please login to your Applicant Portal and choose your application to view a summary of your application status and requirements. 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 Applicant Portal. If it has been more than ten days and your Applicant Portal is not properly updated, please contact the Office of 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.

Non-traditional Student

A non-traditional student is defined as an applicant who did not enroll in college directly after high school graduation to either pursue a career or enlist in the military and is just now completing an undergraduate degree OR an applicant who withdrew from college to pursue a career and is just now completing an undergraduate degree. Note that the Admissions Committee will evaluate the quality of the work experience obtained during this time.

Deposit Deadlines

All candidates will receive a decision within four weeks after their application is complete. The Online MBA deposit payment of $1,000 is due two weeks after notification of an admittance. Note: an additional fee is assessed for processing fees if paying via credit card.  Enrollment deposit payments are non-refundable.

Deposit Extension

In certain cases, the Admissions Committee will grant an extension to the deposit deadline. All extension requests must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
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