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

NC State Poole College of Management Professional Evening MBA Structure

The flexible, AACSB-accredited Professional Evening MBA program at the NC State University Poole College of Management is a part-time program with open schedule options, allowing students to earn their degree in as little as 21 months (same length as the full-time MBA) or as long as six years.

Classes take place one night per week at either the NC State campus or Research Triangle Park, held from 6 to 8:50 p.m., or 6 to 9:30 p.m. Unlike the full-time offering, those in the Professional Evening MBA complete a six-credit Area of Emphasis, rather than a specific concentration. Certificates are also offered for certain study fields. In total, students must complete 40 credit hours of courses, with nine credits dedicated to electives, 19 dedicated to core courses, six to an Area of Emphasis, a 3-4 credit Experiential Learning experience, and two residencies. Those taking the accelerated track path (21 months) are suggested to complete the optional International Immersion: a 7-8 day international trip, with locations changing year-to-year, taking place in either the spring or summer semesters.


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.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 57 (tie)

Class Profile

The NC State part-time Professional Evening MBA program at the Poole College of Management features 44 students, 70 percent of which are male, 30 percent of which are female, and 32 percent of which are international citizens. The class was, on average, 34-years old and had 10.75 years of prior work experience.

This class had a GMAT average of 622, a GRE average of 318, and an undergraduate GPA of 3.28.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The NC State part-time Professional Evening MBA at the Poole College of Management is between $46,155-$60,000 for in-state residents. Out-of-state costs may vary. Costs are related to how many courses are completed per semester and time taken to complete the program. The typical estimated tuition increase per year is around three percent.

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 part-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. 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:

Professional Evening Deadlines for Spring 2022

The Professional Evening MBA programs fall classes start in January of 2022.

Round Application Deadline Materials Deadline Decision Notification
One Day to MBA Aug. 1, 2021 Aug. 8, 2021 Aug. 20, 2021
Round 2 Sept. 1, 2021 Sept. 8, 2021 Oct. 29, 2021
Deadline Extension Oct. 1, 2021 Oct. 8, 2021 Oct. 29, 2021

Professional Evening Deadlines for Fall 2022

The Professional Evening  MBA programs fall classes start in August of 2022.

Round Application Deadline Materials Deadline Decision Notification
One Day to MBA Feb. 1, 2022 Feb. 9, 2022 Feb. 25 2022
Round 2 Apr. 1, 2022 Apr. 11, 2022 June 6, 2022

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