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Poole College of Management – NC State University - Professional Online MBA

NC State Poole College of Management Professional Online MBA Structure

The flexible NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA offers enrolled students the opportunity to complete the degree entirely online, but with additional face-to-face class options at the NC State campus or the Research Triangle campus.

Like the Professional Evening MBA option, students can earn their MBA in just 21 months, or as much as six years, with the option to begin in either the fall or spring. The only mandatory in-person elements of the program are the two separate three-day residencies held at the NC State Poole campus in Raleigh, NC. In total, 40 credits worth of course work are required in order to complete the program.


The curriculum structure of the NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA is similar to the Professional Evening MBA.

Before the program officially starts, students in the Professional Evening MBA program must complete a three-day Virtual Orientation, in addition to online modules. During the program, students must complete two separate three-day residencies at the Raleigh campus (although these can be waived for active U.S. Armed Service members). The first of which is completed in the very first semester, and the second taking place right before graduation. Core courses (19 total credits plus one credit for Critical Thinking/Ethics) are broken down to the following three primary concepts:

• Finance and Markets
• Analyzing the Value Chain
• Managing the Organization

Students typically round out their coursework with electives, the Area of Emphasis requirement, and the Experiential Learning requirement.

Class Profile

A total of 56 students were enrolled in the most recent NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA class, with 54 percent female students and 46 percent male students. These students were around 34-years old and had over eight years of work experience, on average.

Among the class, the GMAT average was 606, the GRE average was 309, and the undergraduate GPA was 3.3.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

In-state tuition for the NC State Online MBA at the Poole College of Management is currently $46,155. Out-of-state rates are currently $81,075. The typical estimated tuition increase per year is around three percent. A more detailed fee-by-fee breakdown can be found here.

Most assistantships and scholarships are awarded to full-time students, aside for the Fails Graduate Fellowship.

All U.S. students taking at least 4.5 credits worth of classes per semester 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 Online 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. At least two years of work experience is required. NC State admissions accepts either the GMAT or the GRE. However, a waiver may be available for select students. One professional recommendation is required for applicants to either the Online MBA or Professional Evening MBA program.

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:

Fall Start

Round One and One Day To MBA Deadline – Feb. 3, 2020
Round Two Deadline – April 1, 2020

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