International Applicant Information

At MBA@UNC, we are proud to welcome students from around the globe to our world-class MBA program. The online MBA program delivers an education equivalent to our elite U.S. MBA program, but students participate in class sessions, complete coursework and connect with faculty and peers online from anywhere in the world.

"I didn't want to leave my company or leave the country. I looked around for a number of different online programs and I found that MBA@UNC was perfect for me. I consider this program as a passport. It gives me freedom to decide what my future will be, in the same company, or a different situation. The MBA@UNC program is the missing piece that I was waiting for in improving my career."

- Magdy Reda, Rome, Italy, MBA@UNC Class of 2015

Hear more from Magdy about his MBA@UNC experience

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 university degree). Generally this is a four-year degree. However, if you received a bachelor's degree upon completion of a three-year undergraduate programs, you are still eligible to apply to our program.

2. Transcript Evaluation

International candidates may submit an application for admission without an official academic transcript review by the World Education Service (WES), but once they are admitted to the program, their academic transcripts will need to be reviewed by WES. They will compare your education and grades with the U.S. system and help us determine if your credentials meet the UNC Kenan-Flagler qualifications. Due to the length of this process, we recommended you submit your application by the priority deadline of your desired cohort.

The University of North Carolina will cover all costs for students submitting international credentials that require WES evaluation. Submit your request for WES evaluation but do not pay any fees for the service. After you are admitted to the program, contact your Admissions Counselor, who will process any required payments directly with the WES. To learn more about this process, contact a member of the Admissions Team at 888.986.2622 or via e-mail.

3. English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you will be required to take the TOEFL, IELTS 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.

4. GMAT/GRE Scores

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

Global Immersions

MBA@UNC students will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly global

immersion experiences hosted in cities around the world. These three-day weekend immersions are high-impact experiences during which MBA@UNC students learn new business frameworks from faculty, gain on-the-ground perspectives from global corporate leaders and collaborate with classmates to put newly-gained knowledge into practice.

Learn more about global immersion experiences.

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.

Financial Aid for International Students

While international students do not have access to the same federal loans as U.S. citizens, Discover has designed a private student loan for UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School international MBA@UNC students who reside in the United States. You can review the terms and conditions of this loan online.

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