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You have many paths to choose from at Wake Forest School of Professional Studies. Enroll in one of our next-level Master’s degree, non-credit, or certificate programs to elevate your skills and achieve your goals.

Admission Criteria

The School of Professional Studies was built for adult learners who have different backgrounds, educational history, and aspirations, which is why our admissions criteria is a little different from other universities.   

We do not require any of the following for admission: 

  • Standardized test scores such as the GRE
  • Writing samples 
  • Letters of recommendation 

SPS wants to be accessible to anyone who wants to earn a high-quality graduate degree from Wake Forest University.

We offer ‘rolling admissions’ – meaning we invite candidates to apply on an ongoing basis until approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of a term (fall, spring, or summer). 

How to apply

At the School of Professional Studies, the application process is streamlined for busy working professionals like you. 

To apply to a Master’s or certificate program, you must submit:

  • Completed online application
  • Updated resume 
  • Bachelor’s degree transcript*
  • Interview with Student Success Manager: Virtual or Self Completed
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee 
*An unofficial transcript is acceptable for admission; an official transcript is due by the start of the first course. 

After we have received all your application materials and completed your interview, we work to issue a decision within 2 business days unless additional information is needed. 


After completing your application, you will need to submit an official transcript from the college or university where you completed your Bachelor’s degree.

You the following options for sending your transcript:

  • Electronic (e-transcript/certified document) sent directly to
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed directly from your university in an official, sealed envelope to the following address:
Wake Forest University
School of Professional Studies, ATTN: Admissions
200 North College Street
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202
*An unofficial transcript is acceptable for admission; an official transcript is due by the start of the first course. 

If you earned your degree outside the United States, we will require a foreign credential evaluation. Candidates can use the SPS Portal through IEE or a similar NACES member agency.

Your Purpose. Our Programs.

Today’s world calls for a new kind of leader equipped with the skills and credentials to level up in business while making an impact in their community. Through our degree, certificate, and non-credit programs, you’ll gain expertise that will prepare you for your growing career.

Affordable to be Accessible

The School of Professional Studies prides itself on being one of the most affordable programs available at Wake Forest. Graduate degrees are $35,000 with no student fees because we believe a quality education should be attainable for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to do to prepare for the interview?

    The virtual interview is conducted by Wake Forest Student Success Managers. It provides an opportunity for you to talk about your interest in the program, your professional goals, your motivations and more. The interview takes about 30 minutes to complete.

  • What if I am unable to start in the term I was admitted for? Can I defer my application?

    Yes, you are able to defer to an upcoming term. Please contact your Student Success Manager with your request.

  • Upon acceptance, is there a deposit required?

    Yes, applicants who accept their offer of admission pay a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit to secure your seat in your program. The deposit is applied to your first tuition statement minus the processing fee of 2.3%.

  • Is Financial Aid available for the program?

    Financial aid is available in the form of Federal loans for masters programs and private educational loans for both masters and certificate. Payment plans are also available.

  • How flexible is the program?

    We understand the needs of adult learners and have built flexibility into our core values as a school. This means that students can take a term off if needed or work with their Student Success Manager to plan out their course schedule around their other commitments.

    In addition, our curriculum is structured in such a way that once you return, you are able to pick up where you left off.

  • Does the School of Professional Studies issue F-1 Visas for degree programs?

    No, the delivery of our graduate and professional programs is fully online and as a result F-1 visas are not granted for instruction.

  • What if I earned my degree outside of the US?

    Students who earned a Bachelor’s outside of the US are required to submit a Credential Evaluation. If your final transcript is not in English or your degree was earned at an institution outside of the U.S., an official transcript evaluation must be submitted using a service such as International Education Evaluations (IEE). Applicants using IEE should use the portal for Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies. Additional evaluators can be found at

  • Does the School of Professional Studies require an English Proficiency Test?

    For international students who have completed their undergraduate studies at an accredited English-speaking college or university, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is not required.

    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 or IELTS.

    The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or an official IELTS score of 7.0. However, score minimums are guidelines only; all scores will be reviewed in the admissions process and minimums may be waived for applicants who have resided and have 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.

“I had been looking for a program like Wake Forest for years. Wake Forest is well respected and the program is aligned with my professional goals.”

— Project Management Student, Class of '24