MBA@UNC: An Online MBA for Executives

UNC Kenan-Flagler's Online MBA and Executive MBA Programs

Which MBA path is right for you? It's a very real question for many working professionals considering options for accelerating their career with an advanced business degree.

Jamie DeMaria headshot Take for example Jamie DeMaria, a recent MBA@UNC graduate. Having cultivated a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, he recognized that in order to continue advancing his career, he needed to expand upon what he already knew about business.

My goal wasn't to leave my job, I wanted to do my job better.

DeMaria researched his options, looking at Full-Time, Part-Time, and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs all over the country. Like many in his position, he couldn't afford to put his career on hold for a full-time master's program — nor did he want to.

His search ended with UNC Kenan-Flagler's MBA@UNC . Designed with working professionals in mind, both the innovative online MBA@UNC program and UNC's on-campus Executive MBA program offered the flexibility, advanced curriculum, leadership development and global perspective he was looking for.


The MBA@UNC program format is uniquely designed to empower students with the business knowledge and relationships they need to advance their careers, regardless of where they live and work. Its interactive platform makes it possible to learn, study and engage with professors and fellow classmates from anywhere around the globe.

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With a lower opportunity cost and increased flexibility, MBA@UNC removes the barriers that prevent busy working professionals from pursuing an advanced degree. MBA@UNC students can attend classes online from anywhere via webcam, and even access assignments and coursework using MBA@UNC's mobile application. This provides students with the freedom to travel, work and earn their degree without relocating. Commuting to campus can take up valuable time for some students, time saved in a program like MBA@UNC. Through this unique online MBA option, students can successfully balance work, family and school obligations — without putting their life on hold.

MBA@UNC provided me with an opportunity to attend class from anywhere in the world. It's a rigorous program that is geographically flexible — but not academically.

Advanced Curriculum

MBA@UNC courses are taught by the same world-class faculty who teach in UNC Kenan-Flagler's other top-ranked MBA programs, and the curriculum is built around the same curriculum presented on campus — the key difference being how it's delivered. MBA@UNC allows students to attend live weekly online classes from the convenience of home, anywhere in the world. Students interact face to face with their professor and a small class of 10 to 15 students through an online platform that creates a unique, highly engaged learning experience. As classes are hosted online, students maintain the freedom to travel and continue working while still getting a face-to-face classroom experience.

classroom content shown on laptop The advanced curriculum features a combination of self-paced lectures, faculty-designed video content, interactive case studies and collaborative projects. Through the use of innovative technologies and in-person immersion experiences, students learn alongside other global managers and professionals, gaining strategic insight and management skills to lead top organizations around the world.


MBA@UNC appealed to me because it was a top-20 school known for its leadership development and its highly ranked faculty. I never questioned whether or not it would be a great program.


UNC Kenan-Flagler has a history of integrating both leadership development and career management into the MBA student experience. The MBA@UNC program is no exception.

The Leadership Initiative provides unparalleled opportunities for students to expand their leadership skills through case competitions, consulting opportunities, executive coaching, self-assessments and coursework. By applying what they learn in class at work the next day, students can experience immediate benefits that lead to life-changing outcomes.

Global Perspective

MBA@UNC offers a global perspective that is unique in MBA education. The online program attracts professionals from all over the world. In any given class, MBA@UNC students will find themselves in a live virtual classroom, on their web cam with students in a multitude of locations across the globe. Add in a diverse faculty who bring unique experiences and backgrounds to the classroom, and you create a true global learning environment.

city skyline Another high-impact feature are the MBA@UNC Global Immersion weekends . Held in select cities around the world, these three-day gatherings provide MBA@UNC students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and collaborate in person with classmates, faculty and global business leaders. Past Immersions have taken place in Singapore, São Paulo, San Francisco, Istanbul and Johannesburg, with future immersions being held in, locations such as Mumbai, London, New York, Shanghai and more.

In addition to studying with professionals from around the world and participating in Global Immersions, MBA@UNC students have access to a number of programs and opportunities targeted at developing global networks and perspectives. Learn more about these global opportunities.

I didn't have to choose between an MBA or an EMBA — with MBA@UNC I got it all.

The MBA That Fits Your Lifestyle

Graduates from MBA@UNC demonstrate the transformative results that are possible through the rigorous online program. Seventy-one percent of graduates have received promotions while still in the program, prior to graduation. Since its launch in July 2011, MBA@UNC students have collectively averaged over one promotion a week while enrolled in the program. By empowering students to quickly advance their careers, MBA@UNC provides a strong return on investment expected from an advanced business degree.

With world-class faculty, the prestige of a top-20 MBA program, and all the resources of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School available, MBA@UNC offers an ideal platform to pursue your passion and grow as a leader.

The Executive MBA From UNC

UNC Kenan-Flagler also offers an on-campus Executive MBA (EMBA) in an evening, weekend or global format. The EMBA programs feature the same renowned faculty and rigorous curriculum as the online MBA@UNC program, and offers working professionals the opportunity to develop leadership skills needed to advance their career. Both the evening and weekend EMBA programs are held on campus at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School, while the global format, known as OneMBA, holds classes in Washington, D.C.

U.S.News & World Report ranked the UNC EMBA program No. 9 in the United States, while Bloomberg Businessweek ranked UNC No. 12 among EMBA programs worldwide. Each of these specialized degree programs focus on helping established professionals develop high-level business management skills that can be applied to their every day work environments. Students also gain the same access to UNC's global alumni network of accomplished business leaders.

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