Admissions FAQ

What are the requirements for admission?

UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks students whose academic background, professional experience and leadership abilities meet the rigorous demands of our top-ranked programs. We look for candidates with strong professional and academic backgrounds who can thrive in our collaborative, team-based environment.


Is work experience required?

We require MBA@UNC applicants have a minimum of two years professional work experience. We value advanced degrees, but they are not a substitute for work experience.


Is an undergraduate degree required?

You must have a bachelor's degree. 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 4-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer 3-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor's degree upon completion of one of these 3-year undergraduate programs, you are eligible to apply to our program.


Do I have to take the GMAT?

MBA@UNC's testing requirement is based on the applicant's number of years of professional full-time work experience as a general policy. However, the Admissions Committee will consider, on a case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests for the MBA@UNC program. Please note that no GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program. To learn more about requesting a waiver, visit our GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

Our school code for the GMAT test is D40.HL.07 and the GRE test is 0024. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic is required for applicants for whom English is not the native language. 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
  • You total education was conducted in English in a native English-speaking country
  • You earned an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from India. We will request test scores from some Indian candidates as needed


Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to or select University of North Carolina, Online MBA if listed as an option through a vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.


Is an interview required?

An interview is required for admission into the program. Interviews will be conducted via video conference, using a basic webcam like the type integrated into most laptop computers.


Are there any prerequisite courses?

Basic business knowledge is required. You will need to understand basic accounting, statistics, finance, and economics principles. You also need to be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


What is required in the application?

The application for MBA@UNC is available for completion online. In addition to basic information, you will be required to submit essays, professional recommendations, all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts and your test scores. The online application instructions will guide you through this process, and our admissions counselors are available to answer your questions.


Do you accept transfer credits?

All UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA programs require students to complete the entire program; transfer credits are not accepted.


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