Kenan-Flagler Business School – University of North Carolina

Online MBA@UNC Program Structure

The University of North Carolina Online MBA, better known as the Online MBA@UNC, offers the full-time MBA curriculum online, as well as opportunities for experiential learning, including global exchange programs, and real-world consulting projects.


The Online MBA@UNC requires fulfilling 66 credit hours and can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months to complete. The academic year is broken down into four quarter terms: July, October, January, and April. Each term concludes with a few days of exams, followed by two days set aside for an immersion. Students may join a class at the beginning of any quarter, and on average, students complete the online MBA in two years by taking two courses per term.

The core curriculum comprises 34 of the 66 credit hours required to graduate. The nine core courses include Analytical Tools, Business Communication, Business Strategy, Developing Management and Leadership Skills, Economics, Financial Accounting, Introductory Finance, Marketing Strategy, Analysis & Development, and Operations Management. MBA@UNC offers nearly 30 electives that can be taken in any combination or grouped to meet the criteria for one of eight concentrations. Concentrations—which are not required—each have a list of recommended electives. Available concentrations include Corporate Finance, Data Analytics and Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Global Supply Chain Management, Investment Management, Management Consulting, Marketing, and Sustainable Enterprise.

In addition to online learning, MBA@UNC requires students to complete two in-person immersions. These may be completed internationally or domestically. Locations have included India, London, Texas, and UNC’s campus. The immersions enable students to connect with business leaders, professors, and classmates, as well as enhance their career preparation and experience local cultures. Immersions are worth one credit hour each. If students choose to do more than two immersions, those credits then count toward electives, up to a total of four immersions. Students are welcome to participate in more than four immersions; however, only credits for the first four will be counted toward graduation.

Other experiential opportunities through MBA@UNC include the Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR) program, a global exchange program, and Doing Business In (DBI). In STAR, students act as consultants for real-world businesses. The global exchange program and DBI allow students to study abroad, whether at another top-ranked business school or an MBA exchange partner school.


The MBA@UNC Career & Leadership team offers post-MBA employment support to MBA@UNC students and alumni. The Career & Leadership team works with students on an individual basis to understand their career goals—whether those goals are to rise internally within their company or to make a larger transition—and work out a customized strategy for them. The Virtual Company Information Session replaces typical “on-campus recruiting,” enabling executives across industries to explain their companies’ cultures and hiring needs to current students. Following each session, the Career & Leadership team gathers the résumés of interested students and passes them onto the company’s recruiting team. Career support continues after graduation, as alumni can access their services as well as take additional MBA courses at any point.

Since the inception of the program in 2011, 76 percent of students were promoted or changed jobs while enrolled. After graduation, students have seen a nearly 30 percent increase in salary on average. Leading employers include Amazon, Bank of America, Google, Lockheed Martin, and other Fortune 500 firms.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition costs $1,728.46 per credit hour, which brings tuition for the full 66-credit program to $114,078. Tuition covers student fees, simulations, assessments, technology use, global immersions, and some academic materials. It does not include textbooks or travel for immersions.

With regard to financial aid, MBA@UNC has partial tuition fellowships based on merit. The program also offers financial benefits for veterans. Additionally, students can secure federal and private loans to cover the cost of attendance.

Admissions Procedures

MBA@UNC requires candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional work experience. The GMAT/GRE requirement is contingent upon an applicant’s work experience. While applicants with seven or more years of work experience are welcome to submit a score, they are not required to do so. Those with under seven years of experience must submit a GMAT/GRE score; however, an exception may be made if a student’s academic or professional work shows sufficient quantitative and analytical skills for the MBA program.

Applicants must submit a completed application form; three essays; two letters of recommendation; official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; an official GMAT or GRE score report (see conditions above); a current résumé; a personal interview; and a $150 application fee. The personal interview will be conducted in English via webcam; the admissions committee will initiate scheduling an interview after candidates submit their application materials.

Since students can begin their studies in any one of four quarters, there are priority and final deadlines assigned to each of them. The priority deadlines allow for early class registration, more time for financial planning, early networking, a meet and greet for admitted students online, and the opportunity to attend a global immersion.

Application Deadlines

April 2018

Priority Deadline: December 18, 2017
Final Deadline: January 22, 2018

July 2018

Priority Deadline: March 19, 2018
Final Deadline: April 23, 2018

Fall 2018

Priority Deadline: June 18, 2018
Final Deadline: July 23, 2018