Is an MBA Worth It?

Rethinking the Value of an MBA Degree

As you consider earning an MBA degree, it is important to think of all the factors that contribute to the return on your investment (ROI) in the program.

How do you weigh the cost of a program against projected career growth? How will the program improve your professional network and opportunities? How do total costs compare to those of different options, and what unique benefits does the program provide?

The Financial ROI of MBA@UNC

The online MBA@UNC program provides the same MBA degree earned by students who attend classes on campus and maintains the same high standards for both its curriculum and its students.

The online nature of the program, combined with the tremendous outcomes it has provided for students, greatly enhances the ROI our students can expect. Students continue working while in the program, meaning they don't forgo career progression or earnings. With no gap in their employment history, students can often repay any financial aid sooner and see a faster return on their tuition expenses.

Online MBA Benefits After You Graduate

Connections to the worldwide alumni network

While MBA@UNC classes are hosted online, the connections and professional relationships that our students forge are one of the most valuable elements of our program. Not only does the face-to-face learning and interactive structure facilitate high-level collaboration, but you will also enter into both the UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School alumni networks when you graduate from MBA@UNC.

The UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni community is more than 37,000 strong and is made up of some of the most accomplished professionals in the world. Our alumni have access to professional resources and continue to form relationships throughout their careers.

300,000+ UNC alumni community
1,500+ MBA@UNC graduates
1,728 alumni in UNC's Alumni Career Advisors Network
1,349 alumni in C-level positions
4,580 alumni in Fortune 500 companies
479 CEOs

This data is self-reported by alumni of both the on-campus and online graduate and undergraduate business programs from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The data was pulled and calculated in October 2018.

"The network I've been able to build is a diverse group of top-notch professionals from many industries, backgrounds and locations. It's amazing how close you can get in an online program; classmates who live across the globe I now consider friends as well as professional resources."

Samuel Barron
MBA@UNC Class of 2015

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What Makes MBA@UNC Unique?

While finances obviously play a major role in selecting an MBA path, the value of the degree can also be found in the less quantifiable aspects, such as professional networks, class size and leadership development.

Online MBA Benefits While You’re Enrolled

Small, collaborative classes

Most MBA@UNC classes feature a student-to-teacher ratio of roughly 15:1. This is in stark contrast to many other MBA programs, in which class sizes often exceed 50 students per faculty member.

This intimate learning environment means that there is no back row, facilitating unparalleled personal connections between peers and faculty, and ensuring that all students are active participants in their education.

A team-based teaching model

The MBA@UNC faculty comprises experts in their given fields who bring a wealth of diverse experience to the online classroom. Faculty members not only lead classes but also meet with students one-on-one for personal guidance outside of class.

Along with expert faculty, the online nature of the program creates a classroom made up of a diverse group of students from all over the world who are business leaders in a wide range of fields. This innovative teaching model ensures that our students have access to faculty attention around the clock and around the world. Through exercises like simulations, group projects, case discussions and negotiations—all completed in teams through our virtual campus—students learn critical practice and reflection skills in a face-to-face environment.

Global immersion experiences

Students have the opportunity to travel to major business centers around the world to study with influential industry leaders four times per year. Hosted in cities such as Johannesburg, London, Singapore and New York, these in-person learning experiences will help you gain a global perspective and give you the chance to expand on the personal connections made in the classroom as you collaborate with classmates in a whole new setting.

Immediately apply your learning at your current job

The curriculum that you will complete throughout each week is designed to develop key business skills, which can be implemented immediately in your day-to-day job. Be it leadership, strategy, project management or even technical expertise, the newfound skills our students bring to the workplace are getting them noticed.

Lifelong learning well beyond graduation

Your connection to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School does not end with earning your degree. As members of both the UNC alumni network and UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni network, MBA@UNC graduates have access to a number of benefits to help continue their education. These include lifelong access to MBA@UNC course content, the ability to take any future MBA@UNC courses at cost and alumni discounts on Kenan-Flagler's Executive Development and Executive MBA elective courses.

So, Is an MBA Worth It to You?

MBA@UNC helps make the decision to pursue a top-ranked MBA easier than ever. By combining a world-class curriculum, interactions with renowned business leaders and a learning environment that allows you to earn your degree without putting your life on hold, MBA@UNC is helping tomorrow's business leaders succeed today.

You can learn more about MBA@UNC by contacting an Admissions Counselor at 888-986-2622 or via e-mail.

1 Reported salary statistics and promotion statistics are based on exit surveys of all MBA@UNC graduates from January 2015 to June 2018, with an average response rate of 62 percent. Return to footnote reference