MBA@UNC Application Requirements

As a fully AACSB-accredited business school, UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks students from a wide range of backgrounds who will make a positive contribution to the classroom while continuing to excel in their careers. UNC Kenan-Flagler examines an applicant’s career path, academic performance and quantitative experience to determine a student’s potential success in the program.

To be admitted into the program, candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have at least two years of professional experience. While we value advanced degrees as part of an application, they are not a substitute for work experience.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career as a global leader, you can apply online for MBA@UNC.

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Application Checklist

Submit the following elements to be considered for admission into MBA@UNC.

1. Online MBA@UNC Application

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2. Resume or CV

In a current business resume, list any relevant professional experience, including title, dates, and full-time or part-time status.

3. Transcripts

Submit digital or hard copy version of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. We require transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate and graduate level (from all colleges and universities attended). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for the purposes of application review, and official transcripts are required upon admission and matriculation.

E-mail all transcripts to or select University of North Carolina, Online MBA, if listed as an option through a vendor. To mail transcripts, request that they be sent to the below address:

Application Processing Services, MBA@UNC
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

The Admissions Committee requires two professional recommendations, preferably from supervisors. You should choose recommenders who can speak to your professional track record and abilities.

5. Essays

Two essays are required, and one is optional. The essay prompts are available in the online application.

6. Official GMAT or GRETest Scores

GMAT or GRE scores are required for applicants with 6 or fewer years of professional experience. Request a waiver or learn more about the GMAT/GRE policy.

Our school code for the GMAT test is D40.HL.07 and the GRE test is 0024. There are a number of test preparation services available for the GMAT or GRE exam, and MBA@UNC offers aspiring students discounted test preparation resources. Take advantage of MBA@UNC GRE/GMAT resources here. Alternatively, you can take a free GMAT simulation test.

7. Official TOEFL or IELTS or PTE Academic Exam Score for Non-native English Speakers

Our school code for these tests is 5816. You do not need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score if you:

  • Earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university
  • Conducted your total education in English in a native English-speaking country
  • Earned an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from India. We may request test scores from some Indian candidates as needed.

8. Personal Interview Conducted Via Webcam

After you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by an Admissions Counselor to set up a personal interview.

9. MBA@UNC Application Fee of $150

Some applicants may qualify for fee waivers:

  • Candidates who are currently employed by Teach For America, Americorps or the Peace Corps, or who have successfully completed their service within the past three years
  • All U.S. military service members, both active duty and veterans
  • Candidates who attend eligible MBA@UNC networking events

Candidates whose employment or service qualifies them for an application fee waiver must send a formal request to the Office of Admissions along with supporting documentation before submitting the application. Military applicants should submit a copy of Form DD-214 or other proof of service (i.e., Statement of Service or Leave and Earnings statement). A refund cannot be issued for an application fee already paid.

International Applicants

MBA@UNC welcomes international candidates who have a college-level education equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate or baccalaureate degree. Learn more about application requirements and opportunities for applicants who live outside the U.S.

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