Next Application Deadline
July 24, 2017
An Online MBA Specializing in Management Consulting
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Management Consulting concentration is designed to teach foundational skills in an experiential environment. Students who pursue an MBA concentration in management consulting will emerge prepared to have an immediate impact in consulting roles within organizations by applying their enhanced problem-solving skill set.
Through a series of tailored courses and real-world client engagements, the Management Consulting concentration improves students’ analytical and strategic thinking abilities, team leadership and client management skills.
Career Outlook for Consultants
As businesses continue to evolve alongside new technologies and ideas, skilled consultants are in high demand to help businesses become more efficient. This demand has helped drive new job openings and increased salaries for consulting professionals.
Consulting Job Market
Projected consulting jobs by 2024
Projected industry growth by 2024
Median annual salary in 2015
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Careers in Consulting
Students who earn an MBA concentration in consulting develop the skills to thrive in a number of consulting roles, including:
- Generalist Consultants — These individuals help businesses in a wide range of fields improve big-picture concepts, such as project management, team communication and operational efficiency.
- Specialist Consultants — These consultants develop expertise in a specialized field and act as mentors to businesses looking to gain a competitive edge in their industry.
- Freelance Consultants — These professionals may consult for businesses full or part time and can often consult for multiple clients simultaneously.
- Internal Corporate Consultants — These individuals typically work with numerous departments throughout a single business, helping to devise strategy or implement change.
- Boutique Consulting Firm Owners — These entrepreneurs develop and manage teams of business consultants that assist small businesses in accomplishing specified goals.
Additional Consulting Job Titles
In addition to careers as consultants, students who select this concentration will develop the skills to move into a range of strategic business roles, including:
- Business Analyst
- Research Associate
- Engagement Manager
- Change Management Consultant
- Implementation Consultant
- Consulting Advisor
Consulting Education at UNC Kenan-Flagler
At UNC Kenan-Flagler, we prepare our students for success in the field of consulting through our unique consulting curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities, personalized career and leadership services, and connections with the UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni network.
Management Consulting Curriculum
- Business Strategy
- Marketing Strategy, Analysis and Development
- Corporate Strategy
- Information for Decision Making, Incentives & Strategy
- Managing Innovation
- Project Management
Our consulting concentration is led by faculty members who have extensive experience with some of the world’s leading consulting firms. Our faculty leverage their direct experience in consulting and advising to lead collaborative classes and design practical coursework exercises.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR)
The STAR program allows students to actively serve as consultants to leading corporations and nonprofit organizations. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, students are tasked with developing comprehensive recommendations and actionable strategies. Learn more about the STAR program.
Students in the STAR Global program actively serve as consultants to clients based in China, India or Brazil. As with STAR, students are tasked with working side-by-side with clients to develop recommendations and actionable strategies. We complete more than 15 high-impact, action-oriented global consulting engagements each year. Learn more about the STAR Global program.
Global Immersion Consulting Tracks
Each year, MBA@UNC holds four Global Immersion outings in major business cities worldwide. Consulting is frequently offered as an optional learning track in which students compete in a live case competition held over the course of a weekend. Under the guidance of consulting faculty, students develop the problem analysis framework used in the consulting world and work in small teams to present their recommendations to global business executives.
Career & Leadership Consulting Services
Virtual Company Info Sessions
MBA@UNC offers live Virtual Company Information Sessions hosted by executives and alumni from companies in a wide range of industries. These virtual sessions mirror traditional in-person recruiting sessions, giving employers direct access to MBA@UNC students using the same face-to-face online platform used to host MBA@UNC classes.
During virtual sessions, guest speakers from leading corporations provide students with an inside look at their companies’ goals, culture and hiring needs. After each session, student resumes are compiled for submission to the company’s recruiting team. Speakers have included executives from consulting companies such as:
Targeted Career Search Guidance
The Career & Leadership Services team works with students one-on-one to create an individualized career management strategy designed to maximize each student’s return on their investment. Learn more about the services available to students.
MBA@UNC students who selected the Management Consulting concentration have gone on to achieve success at some of the top consulting firms in the world, including:
Learn More About MBA@UNC
Learn how UNC Kenan-Flagler’s #1-ranked online MBA can help you advance your career in the field of consulting by downloading our comprehensive program brochure.