Academics Overview

Program Format

Through the use of innovative technologies and real-world immersion experiences, MBA@UNC blends the flexibility of an online program with the rigor and quality of an on-campus experience. MBA@UNC is structured so that faculty and classmates get to know one another in ways that shape the vibrant learning community that sets UNC Kenan-Flagler apart. View more videos about the Kenan-Flagler experience.

World-class faculty and curriculum

MBA@UNC leverages the same world-class faculty who teach in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s other top-ranked MBA programs, and the curriculum is based on the curriculum delivered in those programs.

MBA@UNC is designed to provide aspiring leaders with the strong general management and leadership curriculum required to propel them to the next level in their careers. Following a foundation of required core courses, MBA@UNC students can customize their studies by concentrating in one of six business disciplines.

Innovative approach to distance learning

Each course is designed and delivered by a UNC Kenan-Flagler professor and requires:

  • Preparation outside of class, including teamwork (on texts, articles, cases, projects, papers). Outside of class, students can create sessions in exactly the same way a professor does and work together on the platform, seeing each other’s faces, working collaboratively on documents, creating video presentations, working on simulations together and so on.
  • Lectures and delivery of new information (in an asynchronous format)
  • Weekly virtual classes (in a synchronous format) in small groups (10-15) led by faculty instructors (case discussions, role plays, breakout groups and other discussions to drive learning)
  • Quarterly three-day immersion weekends. Students are responsible for completing all coursework for the immersion weekends. Although they are only required to attend two over the duration of the program, we are finding that most students are attending as many as their schedules permit.
2015 Academic Calendar January Quarter April Quarter July Quarter October Quarter
First Day of Class 1/5/15 4/6/15 7/6/15 10/5/15
Last Day of Class 3/15/15 6/14/15 9/13/15 12/13/15
Exams 3/13/15 – 3/16/15 6/12/15 – 6/15/15 9/11/15 – 9/14/15 12/11/15 – 12/14/15
Immersion 3/20/15 – 3/22/15 6/19/15 – 6/21/15 9/18/15 – 9/20/15 12/18/15 – 12/20/15


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