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Wake Forest Online MSBA Admissions

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Admissions Requirements for the Online MSBA

For enrollment in the online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have at least two years of postgraduate work experience prior to the program start date. (Nontraditional applicants who have work experience prior to enrolling in an undergraduate program may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Nontraditional applicants may include anyone that has served or is serving in the U.S. military, regardless of rank, religious servants, etc. Others considered on an individual basis.)
  • Have demonstrated, strong aptitude for complex quantitative analysis through previous coursework. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken both calculus and statistics. Other coursework could include statistical methods, regression analysis, probability and distribution theory, statistical inference and regression, discrete math, and linear algebra. (The Admissions Committee is seeking applicants who have earned a B or better in these topics.)


Preference is given to applicants who have experience with one or more coding languages.

See below for details about the application process.

GMAT/GRE Waivers Available

Applicants meeting GPA and work experience parameters may be eligible to waive the standardized test requirement. Contact a Student Success Manager for information.

All applicants are required to submit an online application. As part of the application, you must:

  • Pay a $100 nonrefundable application fee payable by credit card.
  • Submit a one-page resume or CV. Use our Resume Template if needed.
  • Provide two references (name/contact information only).
  • Respond to questions in the Legal Disclosure section of the application. All applicants are encouraged to be forthcoming when filling out this section. If required, candidates may be asked to complete a background check or provide additional information.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) will be required for all applicants whose transcripts do not show a demonstrated strong quantitative ability through past, graded coursework, as decided by the program’s Admissions Committee.

Coursework should include statistical methods, regression analysis, probability and distribution theory, statistical inference and regression, discrete math, and linear algebra. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken both calculus and statistics. (The Admissions Committee is seeking applicants who have earned a B or better in these topics.)

We require transcripts of all academic work completed (or currently in progress) at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the admissions process and may be uploaded as a part of your online application.

Official final transcripts are required for all students. You can either submit them after enrollment or they can be sent as part of the online application process. Transcripts must include the name of the degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred.

You can use our Transcript Request Form, or use the form provided by your prior institution.

  • Electronic transcripts (e-transcript/certified document) should be emailed from your prior school to busapply@wfu.edu.
  • 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.

Applicants whose native language is not English and/or whose principal language of university instruction was not English must submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Exception: applicants who completed their undergraduate education at an English-speaking institution.

The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of 107 (iBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.5. However, score minimums are guidelines only; all scores will be reviewed by the Committee and minimums may be waived for applicants who have resided and worked in the U.S. for an extended period of time.

For more information, visit the TOEFL or IELTS websites.

Our TOEFL institution code is B818.

Interview

An interview is required for admission to the Wake Forest MSBA.

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 interview. They will provide three date/time options. It is then your responsibility to schedule the interview within 48 hours of receiving the invitation.

Once you confirm your interview time and date, the Student Success Manager will send you a Google Hangout invitation for the interview. You are not required to have a Gmail account to join the Google Hangout.

Note: Interviews may be requested prior to taking the GMAT/GRE.

Essay

Required: A requirement of the online application includes a written essay question: “Why are you pursuing your MSBA degree and what do you hope to do with this degree?” Responses are limited to 500 words.

Optional: Applicants may use the optional short-answer question on the online application to discuss anomalies that exist in their application/transcript or address aspects that may be concerning to the Admissions Committee. This question is optional and not required.