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Poole College of Management – NC State University - Full-Time MBA

NC State Poole College of Management Full-Time MBA Structure

The AACSB-accredited 21-month full-time Jenkins MBA at the NC State Poole College of Management features classes both in the daytime and the evening at the NC State main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The program officially begins in the fall with classes held over four separate semesters. In total, the program consists of 54 credits.


After completing the two-week-long pre-MBA portion of the program, consisting of career management prep and pre-orientation assignments, students begin the fall semester of year one with core courses. Year two features the remainder of the required coursework, plus the start of courses chosen by the student for the specific concentration and electives. The five concentrations offered at NC State Poole are: financial management; innovation management; marketing management; supply chain management; and entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

Prior to the start of year two, 100 percent of Poole Jenkins MBA students undertake a summer internship. After completing the internship, year two consists mostly of elective and concentration coursework, with the final (spring) semester of year two also featuring a practicum course.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

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

Class Profile

A total of 34 students joined the most recent full-time Jenkins MBA program at NC State, with 65 percent female students and 35 percent male students. Among the class, 6 percent are international citizens, and 35 percent represent a U.S. minority group.

The GMAT average of the class was 606, the GRE average was 307, and the undergraduate GPA was 3.45. The average student joins the program with just over five years of prior work experience.

Career Statistics

Among the most recent NC State full-time MBA class, about 83 percent accepted a job offer within three months of graduating. The average salary of these graduates was $103,500, with an average signing bonus (for those offered) of $17,100.

The majority of these graduates were employed in the tech industry (25.6 percent), followed by manufacturing (11.6 percent), and consulting (9.3 percent).

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The current in-state tuition rate for the NC State full-time MBA at the Poole College of Management is $51,595. Out-of-state comes to $87,217. The typical estimated tuition increase per year is around three percent.

Graduate assistantships and scholarships are awarded to full-time students only, aside for the Fails Graduate Fellowship. Those who wish to qualify for these rewards are suggested to apply by the January deadline. Qualifying grad assistants may be able to cover full-tuition, health insurance costs, or earn a stipend of $3,000 per semester. These roles require working an extra 20 hours per week, on average.

Scholarship offerings include the Entrepreneurship (HiTEC) Scholars Program, the National Association of State Procurement Officials Scholarship, the Supply Chain Graduate Research Assistants Program, and more, which can viewed here.

All U.S. students taking at least 4.5 credits worth of classes per semester (semesters in the full-time program require at least 11 credit hours of classes) qualify for federal loans. Private loan options are also available for domestic and international students. Select students may also qualify for employment sponsorship to help fund their education.


Those wishing to apply to the NC State full-time MBA program must have earned an accredited undergraduate degree and have taken a statistics-related course and maintained a GPA of at least a “C” average. No work experience is required for the full-time program, but it is highly suggested, considering most students enroll with at least five years of prior experience. NC State admissions accepts either the GMAT or the GRE. However, a waiver may be available for select students. In addition, full-time applicants must provide three professional recommendations with their application.

International applicants, if they come from a country where English is not the first language, or have not graduated from an accredited institution where English is the predominantly spoken language, may have to take TOEFL/IELTS tests to prove their English-speaking acumen. A nonrefundable $75 is required to apply. Strong candidates are subject to interviews with the admissions team.

Applications can be filled out here.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Full-time Deadlines for Fall 2022

Admission to the Full-time MBA program is granted for the fall term only.

Round Application Deadline Materials Deadline Decision Notification
One Day to MBA Sept. 15, 2021 Sept. 23, 2021 Oct. 8, 2021
Round 1 Nov. 1, 2021 Nov. 9, 2021 Week of Dec. 13, 2021
Round 2 Jan. 15, 2022 Jan. 25, 2022 Week of Mar. 7, 2022
Round 3 Mar. 1, 2022 Mar. 9, 2022 Week of Apr. 11, 2022

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