Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Ranked as one of the top 20 graduate business schools in the nation by Bloomberg, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report, UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School continues to build upon its nearly century-long history of excellence. Founded in 1919 as one of the first business schools in the country, Kenan Flagler has grown to establish itself as a leading academic institution dedicated to providing its student with a comprehensive, innovative education in preparation for a successful career in the world of business — and the success of its alumni, including Michele Buck, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer of Hershey, and Brent Callinicos, VP and Treasurer at Google, and the accomplishments of its faculty illustrate Kenan-Flagler’s commitment to providing a first class graduate education.
MBA@UNC: A Groundbreaking Online Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Launched in 2011, the cutting-edge MBA@UNC places an emphasis on flexibility while maintaining its commitment to academic excellence, offering concentrations in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, investment management, marketing and sustainable enterprise. The program brings Kenan-Flagler’s MBA online, allowing people who were previously unable to pursue advanced business degrees due to constraints of time and geography to obtain a world-class education from an esteemed school with global recognition.
Within the MBA@UNC, each year is divided into four academic quarters, and students can elect to embark on the two-year track, in which they take two courses per quarter, or they can enroll part-time in some quarters and complete the program in three years. Classes are intimate, averaging between 10 to 15 students, and meet weekly via video chat through the program’s innovative platform.
In addition to class footage, faculty upload videos to supplement their lessons and offer virtual office hours for students. Recognizing that the experiences one has outside of the classroom also shape a student’s academic experience, the platform promotes interaction and teamwork amongst the students: Students can engage in conversation on course-related wall posts and form online study groups, as well as other clubs related to their academic and professional interests. All of these options allow students to study and complete assignments on their own time, ensuring that they’re able to get the best out of their education.
Perhaps the most interesting and distinguishing element of MBA@UNC is the in-person immersion weekend. A three-day weekend in a city (past locations have included Sao Paulo, London, San Francisco, and Chapel Hill), the immersion weekend gives students the opportunity to interact face-to-face with each other, faculty and business leaders. Attendance of two weekends is required of all students, but students are able to attend more immersion weekends if they wish. Essentially intensive workshops, immersion weekends consist of seminars led by professors and working professionals on myriad topics related to the business world and live case projects, in which students apply their skills and the knowledge they’ve obtained over the course of the weekend.
The weekends, just like the other features of the MBA@UNC program, place an emphasis on Kenan-Flagler’s core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork, and help students gain useful, instantly applicable skills that they can use to address pressing issues that they will encounter or may have already encountered in the business world.