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Masters in Business Analytics (MSBA) Online Admissions Process

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the MSBA online program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum of two years of post-graduate, professional work experience.
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university.
  3. Demonstrated quantitative aptitude.
  4. Successful completion of coursework in calculus and statistics or equivalent quantitative coursework.

The Wake Forest University School of Business seeks individuals who have demonstrated achievement through academic success, professional experience and community involvement. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate leadership ability, motivation, focus, enthusiasm, strong values and teamwork skills.

If you are just beginning the admissions process, we encourage you to schedule an admissions consultation. This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with an Enrollment Advisor about the application process and ask individual program eligibility questions.

For candidates who do not meet the work experience requirement for the MSBA online program and have an interest in pursuing a MSBA degree, we encourage you to explore our top-ranked on-campus MSBA offering designed for students with less than two years of professional experience.

Rolling Admissions Process

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 three weeks through the online application system.

Application Requirements

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 written essay, resume, transcript and references 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.

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.

Applicants are required to submit their most up-to-date, professional resume.

All applicants must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores are valid for five years post exam date. If your score is expiring, you must submit your application prior to expiration.

GMAT test registration information is available at Use the WFU School of Business – Online MS Business Analytics (MSBA) institution code R5F-NS-42.

GRE test registration information is available at Use the Wake Forest MS in Business Analytics-Online institution code 2709.

Applicants with demonstrated quantitative proficiency may apply for a waiver to the GMAT/GRE requirement and be exempt from taking the exam. In order to be considered for the GMAT/GRE requirement to be waived an applicant must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field or a non-STEM field with significant quantitative content completed.

Please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for more information on the GMAT/GRE Waiver application process.

The MSBA online program requires the names and contact information for two references as part of the online application. 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. Please do not submit additional references, as they will not strengthen your application.

If candidates are invited to interview, they will be notified after submitting their applications. Interviews are 45 minutes long and available via Zoom video call or on campus.

Interviews are held weekly during the following hours:

  • Mondays: 11am-1pm ET
  • Tuesdays: 4pm-7pm ET
  • Thursdays: 4pm-7pm ET
  • Fridays: 11am- 1pm ET

Interview times are typically confirmed within 48 hours of an initial request. Exceptions include immediately after application deadlines and during holiday breaks when request volume is high. Applicants will work with their enrollment advisors to schedule interviews.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the review process. When you apply online, you will upload your unofficial transcript as a part of your application. Should you be admitted and enroll in the program, official transcripts must then be submitted prior to the start of classes. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a transcript from any school which you have spent significant time. Associate degree transcripts are not required.

For all admitted MSBA students: Prior to enrollment, official, final transcripts are required from any college or university from which you have earned a four-year degree or higher (i.e. master’s degree). Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the university. If your transcript does not include the degree name and the date your degree was conferred, you must send an official, notarized document from your university that provides this information. To request your transcript, you may use the Transcript Request Form we have provided or use the form provided by your specific college.

  • Sending official, final electronic transcripts: Should your university use an electronic transcript format, it should be emailed directly from your university to the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business Enrollment Management Center at
  • Mailing official, final paper transcripts: Official, final paper transcripts must be sealed in an envelope and mailed directly from the college/university 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 27106

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 in the U.S. or 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 107 (IBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.5. 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 Use the Wake Forest School of Business institution code B818. Information and test registration for the IELTS is available at An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS.

Applicants admitted to the MSBA online program will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission notification. The deposit amount is refunded back to the student at the point of matriculation as a credit towards their tuition.

GRE/GMAT Requirements and Guidelines

Applicants who otherwise meet threshold requirements for consideration for admission but do not have a GMAT or GRE test score often request that the test score requirement be waived. GMAT/GRE waivers are made only by the Associate Dean of Analytics. In considering whether to grant a waiver, careful consideration is paid to whether transcripted academic coursework unambiguously indicates sufficient quantitative KSAs.

  1. B or higher in both Calculus AND Statistics or quantitative equivalent  
  2. Must have application submitted for Online MSBA Program
  3. Must hold 2 years of professional work experience by program start date
  4. Must demonstrate quantitative aptitude

*If Students do not fit this criteria, they will be encouraged to Prep for the GRE/GMAT course and sign up for a GRE/GMAT test before completing the application.