International students are vital members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive learning experience that thrives on diversity of perspective and challenges students to expand their worldview.

Our online format, which we’ve delivered since 2011, makes it possible for international students to earn a top-ranked MBA from a globally recognized brand—all without relocating from their home country.

International Application Requirements

Our international applicants are held to the same high academic standards as our domestic applicants. However, there are certain stages of the admissions process that may be slightly different for international candidates. 

A full list of required application materials can be found here.

1. College Transcripts

International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to an American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first-level university degree).

Generally, this is a four-year degree. However, if you received a bachelor’s degree upon completion of a three-year undergraduate program, you are still eligible to apply to MBA@UNC.

We require transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate and graduate level. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for the purposes of application review. Official transcripts are required upon admission and matriculation.

If you are an international applicant, you must submit copies of your academic record and the diploma, your degree certificate or another official document indicating the date your degree was conferred. If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, you must submit a certified literal (not interpretive) English translation with the original document.

If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received.

2. English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you will be required to take the TOEFLIELTS or PTE Academic exam. Our school code for these tests is 5816.

You do not need to submit these scores 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.

3. GMAT/GRE Scores

Our school code for the GMAT is D40.HL.07. Our school code for the GRE is 0024.

The MBA@UNC Admissions Committee will consider test waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. No GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic, and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

Learn more about requesting a waiver.

Global Program Opportunities

The online MBA program offers a variety of in-person learning opportunities that allow students to network, consult and apply new skills firsthand in the global community.

Participation in MBA@UNC does not provide eligibility for a student visa; however, we hope international students will take advantage of opportunities for international travel and visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


MBA@UNC students will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly global Summits hosted in cities around the world.

These immersive, three-day experiences give MBA@UNC students the opportunity to learn new business frameworks from faculty, gain on-the-ground perspectives from global corporate leaders and collaborate with classmates to apply their knowledge and coursework.

Learn more about Summits.

Doing Business In (DBI)

Doing Business In (DBI) courses give students an opportunity to study abroad and explore another culture during a 1- or 2-week immersion at one of our MBA exchange partner schools.

Learn more about this program.

Get Started Now

If you are ready to get started, apply now to join our next cohort.