International Applicant Information
MBA@UNC classes take place entirely online using video conferencing technology that creates a face-to-face virtual classroom experience. The online program features the same rigorous curriculum as our renowned on-campus and top ranked Full-Time MBA program and students are held to the same academic standards. MBA@UNC delivers an education equivalent to an elite U.S. MBA program, the only difference being that you participate in class sessions, complete coursework, and connect with faculty and peers online from anywhere in the world.
At MBA@UNC, we are proud to welcome students from around the world.
"I didn't want to leave my company or leave the country. I looked around for a number of different online programs and I found that MBA@UNC was perfect for me. I consider this program as a passport. It gives me freedom to decide what my future will be, in the same company, or a different situation. The MBA@UNC program is the missing piece that I was waiting for in improving my career."
- Magdy Reda, Rome, Italy, MBA@UNC Class of 2015
As an MBA@UNC student you will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly global
immersion experiences hosted in cities around the world. These three-day weekend immersions are high-impact experiences during which MBA@UNC students learn new business frameworks from faculty, gain on-the-ground perspectives from global corporate leaders and collaborate with classmates to put newly-gained knowledge into practice.
Learn more about global immersion experiences.
On Campus Semester
MBA@UNC students will also have the opportunity to take classes on our campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina along side our full-time MBA students. This opportunity is afforded to you if you're looking to spend some time in the U.S. while furthering your studies within your program.
Doing Business In (DBI)
Doing Business In (DBI) courses give you an opportunity to study abroad and explore another culture during a 1 or 2-week immersion at one of our MBA exchange partner schools.
Learn more about this program.
UNC Kenan-Flagler's is a member of the PIM Consortium (Partnership in International Management). This enriches the range of global programs we offer you as an MBA.
- Study in the United States, on campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s campus and take courses with UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA students.
- Study at another top-ranked business school abroad at no added cost.
- Choose from more than 50 top-ranked business schools in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
- Live and study abroad to gain both career and personal experience.
PIM unites top schools around the world to offer graduate programs of the highest quality. UNC Kenan-Flagler also has exchange programs with many other leading global business schools.
Participation in MBA@UNC does not provide eligibility for a student visa, however, we hope international students will take advantage of the above opportunities for international travel, and to visit the Kenan-Flagler campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
International Applicant Admissions Requirements
Our international applicants are held to the same high academic standards as any domestic student. However, there are certain stages of the admissions process that may be slightly different for international applicants. A full list of admissions requirements can be found here.
International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to an American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first university degree). Generally this is a four-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer three-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor's degree upon completion of one of these three-year undergraduate programs, you are eligible to apply to our program.
International students may submit an application for admission without an official academic transcript review by the World Education Service (WES). Once an International student is admitted to the program, their academic transcripts will need to be reviewed by WES. They will compare the student’s international education and grades with the U.S. system and produce an evaluation report to help us determine if their credentials meet the qualifications of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Due to the length of this process, it is recommended that international students submit their application by the third deadline of the cohort they wish to enroll in.
The University of North Carolina will cover all costs for students submitting international credentials that require WES (World Education Service) evaluation. Students should submit their request for WES evaluation but should not pay any fees for the service. After the student is admitted to the program, they will be required to contact their admissions counselor who will process any required payments directly with the WES on behalf of the student.
To learn more about this process, please contact a member of the Admissions Team at 1.888.9UNC.MBA or OnlineMBA@unc.edu.
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your native language, you will be required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic exam. Our school code for these tests is 5816. You do not need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score if you:
- Earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university
- Conducted your total education in English in a native English-speaking country
- Earned an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from India. We will request test scores from some Indian candidates as needed.
UNC Kenan-Flagler requires either an official GMAT or GRE score report of all applicants as a general policy. However, the Admissions Committee will consider, on a case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests for the MBA@UNC program. Please note that no GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program. To learn more about requesting a waiver, visit our GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy page.
Our school code for the GMAT test is D40.HL.07 and the GRE test is 0024.
Financing the pursuit of a Master of Business Administration in the United States can be an intimidating process for international students. International students do not have access to the same federal loans as American citizens, however, Discover has designed a private student loan for UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School international MBA@UNC students who reside in the United States. You can review the terms and conditions of this loan online. Financial aid opportunities are limited but information about potential opportunities can be found here.
Read articles about international rankings, and earning an MBA from MBA@UNC, abroad.
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