Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed and delivered by UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class research and teaching faculty.

Your challenging coursework prepares you to become an exceptional leader with the ability to effectively analyze problems, think strategically and build strong global organizations. Because the online format is designed for working professionals, you can begin applying your knowledge now, not later—and build the career momentum you need to advance in your current role or pursue new opportunities.

Online students have access to the wider UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA portfolio, and may take elective courses on campus through our Full-Time, Evening and Weekend formats as well as our Master of Accounting (MAC) program.

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Our curriculum helps you develop the technical business acumen and leadership skills you need to achieve your most ambitious goals.

Core Courses

These required courses help students build essential skills in areas such as business strategy, economics and management.

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Elective Courses

Elective courses give students the opportunity to advance their knowledge of specialized topics, competencies and skills.

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Additional Course Offerings

Students can also take elective courses offered through other UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA formats and UNC programs.

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Sample Course Schedules

To help professionals with varying commitments customize their MBA education and meet their goals, we offer several pacing options.

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Core Courses

These courses help students establish a strong foundation in the concepts, topics and principles they’ll need to understand as a business professional.

Core courses
Course Credit Hours
Analytical Tools for Decision Making 4 Credit Hours
Business Communication 4 Credit Hours
Business Strategy 2 Credit Hours
Leading and Managing 4 Credit Hours
Strategic Economics 4 Credit Hours
Financial Accounting 4 Credit Hours
Finance 4 Credit Hours
Marketing: Analysis and Development 4 Credit Hours
Operations 4 Credit Hours

Elective Courses

Elective courses—which make up almost half of your total credits—allow you to customize your curriculum and develop focused knowledge in the subjects that align with your personal interests and career goals.

In addition to options that bolster students’ core business knowledge, we offer courses like Python for Business Analytics, which equip you with important tech-focused skills.

We also offer five concentrations for students who want to focus on a particular field or discipline.

Elective courses
Course Credit Hours
Advanced Consulting Skills and Frameworks 2 Credit Hours
Business Modeling 2 Credit Hours
Consulting Skills and Frameworks 2 Credit Hours
Corporate Financial Strategy 2 Credit Hours
Corporate Strategy 2 Credit Hours
Data Analytics 4 Credit Hours
Derivatives 2 Credit Hours
Financial Statement Analysis 4 Credit Hours
Global Brand Strategy 2 Credit Hours
Global Finance & Emerging Markets 2 Credit Hours
Global Supply Chain Management 4 Credit Hours
Information for Decision-Making, Incentives, and Strategy 4 Credit Hours
Information, Technology and Analytics 2 Credit Hours
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies 2 Credit Hours
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2 Credit Hours
Leading Diverse and Inclusive Organizations 2 Credit Hours
Leading in the Middle 4 Credit Hours
Managing Innovation 4 Credit Hours
Managing Modern Customers and Markets 2 Credit Hours
Mergers and Acquisitions 4 Credit Hours
Negotiations 2 Credit Hours
New Ventures Discovery 2 Credit Hours
Pricing 2 Credit Hours
Project Management 2 Credit Hours
Python for Business Analytics 2 Credit Hours
Real Estate Finance and Investments 2 Credit Hours
Sales 2 Credit Hours
Services Marketing 2 Credit Hours
Taxes and Business Strategy 2 Credit Hours
Technology Strategy and Business Innovation 2 Credit Hours

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Additional Course Offerings

MBA@UNC students are able to complement their online MBA coursework with a variety of alternative courses.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Electives

Residential MBA courses—including those featured in our Full-Time or Weekend and Evening Executive programs—provide an opportunity for online students to attend in-person courses, network and learn from students across the UNC Kenan-Flagler portfolio. Students may also take classes from UNC’s top-ranked1 Master of Accounting program. Course offerings are on a space-available basis and subject to change.

Below is a recent sample of campus-based courses accessed by MBA@UNC students:

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Property Decisions
  • Health System Mergers & Strategic Transactions
  • The Business of Renewable Energy
  • Strategy of Project Finance
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Leveraging Human Capital for Global Competitiveness
  • Design and Delivery of Healthcare Systems
  • Leading Organizational Change

UNC School of Government Electives

MBA@UNC students may also complete select elective courses from MPA@UNC, the top-ranked2 online Master of Public Administration program from the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Weeklong Intensive Courses at the Washington Campus

The Washington Campus—a nonprofit institution that provides management education focused on the relationship between business and the public policy process—offers intensive, weeklong courses in Washington, D.C., for MBA students from its member universities.

During these courses, participants gain firsthand exposure to the public policy process and its impact on corporate management and have the chance to speak directly with:

  • Members of Congress
  • Top executive agency officials
  • Lobbyists
  • The press
  • Other key participants in the government

To learn more, visit the Washington Campus Web site or contact one of our Admissions Counselors.

Sample Course Schedules

You’ll complete this 62-credit degree—the most in-depth offered by any top-ranked online MBA program—at your own pace, in as few as 18 or as many as 36 months. Students generally take two classes per quarter in order to complete the program in 24 months.

Students can pursue an accelerated course schedule, scale back or increase their course load, and even pause their education if unexpected personal or professional obligations arise.

The charts below reflect sample suggested course sequences for the most common program completion schedules:

Standard 24-Month Track: Suggested Course Sequence

Core courses
Quarter Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Quarter 1 Analytical Tools for Decision Making (4 credits) Marketing: Analysis and Development (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 2 Financial Accounting (4 credits) Leading and Managing (4 credits) Summit I* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective.
Quarter 3 Strategic Economics (4 credits) Operations (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 4 Finance (4 credits) Business Communication (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 5 Business Strategy (2 credits) Electives (6 credits) N/A
Quarter 6 Electives (8 credits) Summit II* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective. N/A
Quarter 7 Electives (6 credits) N/A N/A
Quarter 8 Electives (6 credits) N/A N/A

Accelerated 21-Month Track: Suggested Course Sequence

Core courses
Quarter Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Quarter 1 Analytical Tools for Decision Making (4 credits) Marketing: Analysis and Development (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 2 Financial Accounting (4 credits) Leading and Managing (4 credits) Summit I* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective.
Quarter 3 Operations (4 credits) Strategic Economics (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 4 Finance (4 credits) Business Communication (4 credits) Business Strategy (2 credits)
Quarter 5 Electives** (8 credits) Summit II* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective. N/A
Quarter 6 Electives** (10 credits) N/A N/A
Quarter 7 Electives** (8 credits) N/A N/A

Extended 27-Month Track: Suggested Course Sequence

Core courses
Quarter Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Quarter 1 Analytical Tools for Decision Making (4 credits) N/A N/A
Quarter 2 Financial Accounting (4 credits) Marketing: Analysis and Development (4 credits) Summit I* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective.
Quarter 3 Strategic Economics (4 credits) Leading and Managing (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 4 Operations (4 credits) Business Communication (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 5 Business Strategy (2 credits) Finance (4 credits) N/A
Quarter 6 Electives (6 credits) Summit II* (1 credit) The Summit course (1 credit) can be taken in any quarter and must be taken twice to graduate. Students can take up to 6 hours for credit: two Summits and two Global Immersion electives, or four Summits and one Global Immersion elective. N/A
Quarter 7 Electives (6 credits) N/A N/A
Quarter 8 Electives (6 credits) N/A N/A
Quarter 9 Electives (6 credits) N/A N/A

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** Not all electives are offered in every quarter. Student Support Advisors can help plan course schedules in advance.

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1 UNC Kenan-Flagler’s online MAC program was top-ranked in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com/education/online-education/business/rankings) Return to footnote reference
2 UNC School of Government’s Public Affairs program was top-ranked in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-affairs-rankings). Return to footnote reference
3 UNC Kenan-Flagler's online MBA program was ranked #1 in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-north-carolina-at-chapel-hill-199120/rankings). Return to footnote reference