Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are made on complete files only. Once an application is complete, an applicant will receive a decision in approximately four weeks. To begin the process, we recommend verifying your program eligibility before accessing the online application. Candidates applying to the Evening MBA or PhD/MBA program should follow the application instructions and requirements shown below.
|Application Available||September 1, 2019|
|Final Application Deadline**||August 1, 2020|
|Enrollment Begins||late August 2020|
*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.
The Wake Forest University School of Business seeks individuals who have demonstrated achievement through academic coursework, professional experience and community involvement. Wake Forest looks for leadership ability, motivation, focus, enthusiasm, strong values and teamwork skills in its prospective students.
Before you start the application process, we encourage you to check the program eligibility standards shown below to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications. Wake Forest does not refund the application fee for a submitted application, regardless of whether a candidate meets the program eligibility.
For Fall 2020 enrollment, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. All undergraduate majors will be considered.
- Preference for at least 3 years (36 months) of post-graduate work experience prior to the program start date. Exception: Non-traditional applicants who have work experience prior to enrolling in an undergraduate program. Non-traditional applicants may include military officers, religious servants, etc. Others considered on individual basis.
- Must be employed full-time. Applicants not employed full-time must receive approval from the Program Director to be considered.
Application & Application Fee
An online application is required for all applicants. To submit the application, a $100 non-refundable application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard is required. The resume is 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.
A one-page resume or CV is required. A sample format is available for download by clicking the Resume Template.
GMAT / GRE
All applicants must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants can determine which test is better suited for them individually. Scores are valid for five years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration.
Some candidates for the Winston-Salem Evening MBA program may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver based on years of work experience, advanced degree, undergrad GPA, or other criteria. Please contact Enrollment Management for a consult to determine if you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver. For consideration, applicants should request a waiver using the optional essay on the application, indicating reasons they feel they would be eligible for a waiver.
GMAT test registration information is available at www.mba.com. Use the WFU School of Business – Evening MBA Winston-Salem institution code R5F-NS-90.
GRE test registration information is available at www.ets.org/gre. Use the Wake Forest Evening MBA Winston-Salem institution code 4246.
If you are interested in GMAT or GRE test prep sessions, please visit our Events Calendar to view our upcoming no-charge virtual prep trainings.
TOEFL / IELTS
Applicants whose native language is not English and/or whose principal language of university instruction was not English must submit scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Exception: applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an English-speaking college or university are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of a 100 (IBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.0. However, score minimums are guidelines for admission. All official test scores will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and considered in the decision-making process.TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive the TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants who have resided and worked in the United States for an extended period of time.
Information and test registration for the TOEFL is available at www.toefl.org. Use the Wake Forest School of Business institution code B818. Information and test registration for the IELTS is available at www.ielts.org. An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS.
The names and contact information for two references are required as part of the online application. However, online letters of recommendation are NOT required and, if submitted, will NOT be used during the application review process. At their discretion, the Admissions Committee may contact your references directly. References information for an immediate manager is preferred or a former manager, customer/client or colleague.
Note: PhD/MBA candidates should have support from the Director of the PhD program.
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/undergraduate and graduate level. Associate degree transcripts are not required. All enrolled students will ultimately require submission of official transcripts, so applicants may prefer to send official transcripts as part of their application submission.
Official final transcripts will be required following enrollment (or can be sent prior to), which include the name of the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred. To request your transcript, you may use the Transcript Request Form we have provided or use the form provided by your specific college.
- Electronic transcripts (e-Transcript/certified document) should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paper transcripts should be mailed directly from your university in an official, sealed envelope to one of the following addresses:
Regular Mail Express Delivery Wake Forest University School of Business
P.O. Box 7897
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Wake Forest University School of Business
1834 Wake Forest Road
Farrell Hall – Suite 115
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
International Applicants: Your final transcript(s) must be written in English and include the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred. If not listed on your transcript, you must submit your diploma or degree certificate indicating the degree and date of confirmation. If the transcript is not in English, an official transcript evaluation must be submitted using World Education Services (www.wes.org) or International Education Evaluations (www.foreigntranscripts.com).
An interview is required and may be conducted on- or off-campus. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only once the online application is submitted. Once invited to interview, it is your responsibility to schedule your interview. Interviews are typically confirmed within 48 hours after the request has been made, except after application deadlines and holiday breaks when request volume may be high.
To check the status of received official transcript(s), GMAT/GRE score(s), TOEFL/IELTS score(s) and recommendations, 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 Enrollment Management Center at email@example.com.
When mailing official transcripts, it is suggested that you use FedEx or another type of service that provides you with package tracking capability.
If you completed the online application for Fall 2019, you may reapply for the subsequent year. Please verify your program eligibility before beginning the application process. As a reapplicant, you will complete an abbreviated application process; any transcripts or official scores that were previously submitted to the Enrollment Management Center will be automatically transferred to your new 2020 application file. When you complete the online application, please answer yes to the question “Are you reapplying for 2020 enrollment?” on the Additional Information tab, indicating your intent to reapply. If you applied to the School of Business prior to 2019, we maintain official transcripts and official scores for up to three years. You are welcome to contact our office to inquire about previously submitted materials.
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.
All candidates will receive a decision within four weeks after their application is complete. The Evening MBA deposit payment of $1,000 is due one week 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.
In certain cases, the Admissions Committee will grant an extension to the deposit deadline. All extension requests must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.