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Poole College of Management – NC State University


Nearly a center after the founding of NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, the university transformed its Department of Economics and Business into what is now the Poole College of Management. In 2002, two years after earning AACSB-accreditation, the college offered its first official MBA degree. The entirety of the MBA program at NC State would be named in honor of Ben Jenkins III, after his endowment gift was offered to the school in 2007.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 85 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 47
• The Economist: 93


The Poole College of Management is located at the northwest corner of the North Carolina State North Campus in the city of Raleigh. The campus is about 10 miles southeast of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The school also hosts a satellite campus in Research Triangle Park.


The majority of programs at the Poole College of Management are held at Nelson Hall, which houses the university’s School of Textiles for the majority of the 20th century. Two years after the business school was established, Nelson Hall underwent a series of renovations, updating it for the modern needs of its students. Professional Evening MBA students can take classes at the Research Triangle Park at 1 Park Drive, Suite 130.


An estimated 100 full-time faculty members are employed across the Poole College of Management in four distinct academic departments: accounting; business management; management, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and economics.

Student Body

The school estimates that around 3,500 total students are enrolled in the NC State Poole College of Management, with about 366 students enrolled in the MBA programs.

MBA Degree Offerings

The NC State Poole College of Management offers three different MBA degrees (known as the Jenkins MBA): a full-time MBA; a part-time Professional Evening MBA; and a part-time Professional Online MBA. In addition, the school offers several Master’s options and a Doctorate of Economics program.

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