Student Experience

The way you learn matters just as much as what you learn. As a student—and business leader—you should be able to access coursework, attend classes and build connections in ways that drive professional momentum, not disrupt it.

When it comes to creating exceptional learning opportunities for ambitious leaders, UNC Kenan-Flagler has always been ahead of the curve. In 2011, we were among the first top-20 business schools1 to offer an online MBA program2, and we’ve since welcomed thousands of online students—including over 2,000 graduates—into the Tar Heel family.

As a student, you’ll be exposed to intuitive instructional formats, new business cultures and communities, and the diverse professionals who enrich our Carolina community. And you’ll be able to experience those things without relocating, hindering your progress at work or disrupting your responsibilities at home.

"This is more than just an online MBA; it really is a web-enabled classroom. Weekly live class sessions and periodic in-person events provided ample networking opportunities and perfectly blended the distance and in-residence experience."

Brian Ross, Class of 2018
War Game Director, U.S. Navy

New Student Orientation

Before beginning classes, you’ll complete a series of orientation courses to get acquainted with our cutting-edge technology and the UNC Kenan-Flagler community.

In-Person Orientation Weekend

This optional, on-campus component of your orientation allows you to meet future classmates in person and begin forming valuable personal and professional relationships.

Online Orientation Course

Conducted through our virtual campus, this self-paced course contains helpful information about the university, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and online learning best practices.

Synchronous Group Training Session

This 45-minute live, online session takes a deeper dive into the details and functionality of our online campus, providing the necessary information to attend, create, host and record your own live sessions.

Inside the Online Experience

Based in Research, Built for Leaders

Our approach to online education is made possible by cutting-edge technology, but it’s powered by people.

In partnership with education, technology and business leaders, we’ve designed a research-based online learning model that allows seasoned business professionals to learn from—not just alongside—other accomplished members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. That includes award-winning, on-campus faculty. With years of in-person and online teaching experience, our professors know how to foster meaningful collaboration and ready you for the demands of an evolving business landscape.

  • Online Learning That Connects - Hosted on Zoom, your weekly live classes bring you face-to-face with professionally diverse professors and peers. You can also use the platform to schedule one-on-one office hours with professors or meetings with classmates.
  • Discussion Driven by Experience - Because the average student has 10 years of work experience, you can expect informed discussions that link what you’re learning in the classroom to scenarios you’re encountering in the real world.
  • Immediate Knowledge-Sharing - The online classroom is equipped with live chat, polling and sharing features that make it easy to present and respond to material in real time, simulate business interactions and collaborate in small breakout groups.
  • A Centralized, One-Click Platform - Our online learning platform gives you a comprehensive view of your program—from upcoming live classes, to new assignments and recent grades—so you have all the information you need to keep making progress and building momentum.
  • On-the-Go Access - With the ability to access the online learning platform via mobile, tablet or desktop devices, you’ll be able to complete assignments and review asynchronous course materials on your schedule—no matter where your day takes you.
  • Interactive Learning - Our professors work closely with content developers to transform UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class curriculum into highly experiential lectures, assignments and exercises.

Professional Video

Faculty members bring complex concepts to life using innovative visual techniques, such as role play vignettes or hands-on demonstrations.

Guided Lectures

Professors record dynamic lectures—brought to life with graphs, images and videos—that students navigate at their own pace.

Roundtable Discussions

Professors or guest speakers prompt students to answer a specific question about the material and share their answers with classmates.

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In-Person Learning: Summits and Networking

As a student, you’ll attend at least two Summits—quarterly, in-person immersive experiences—during your time in the program.

"I want to stress the importance of attending Summits to meet your classmates in person. These opportunities made a world of difference for me when I took advantage of as many of them as possible."

Michelle Johnstone, Class of 2018
Director, Marketing and Communications at National Real Estate Advisors

Summits add important depth to your MBA experience, exposing you to new cultures, immersing you in global business hubs and giving you the chance to form even stronger relationships with business leaders, faculty and fellow students.

  • International Summits, held in cities around the world, help you develop global business acumen and connect you with diverse business leaders and perspectives.

    You can even extend the length of your Summit with an optional Global Immersion, giving you more time in key international business centers and hands-on learning experience with UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty and local faculty.

  • On-campus Summits, held in Chapel Hill, immerse you in the Tar Heel community and feature a variety of learning tracks, from leadership development to advanced management techniques to consulting.

Unlike some online MBA programs, Summits and all of their associated course packs are included your total program cost.4

Past Summit destinations include:

  • Chapel Hill
  • Helsinki
  • Lima
  • Taipei
  • London
  • Mumbai
  • Johannesburg
4 Does not include airfareReturn to footnote reference

Upcoming Summit Locations

Upcoming summits
Destination Date
Chapel Hill, NC June 18-20, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia, CA September 17-19, 2021
Chapel Hill, NC December 10-12, 2021


Upon graduation, online students are invited to join classmates and UNC faculty on campus for commencement ceremonies.

Graduation is an exciting opportunity for students from around the world to celebrate their achievements and build on the personal and professional bonds they have formed as they formally join UNC Kenan-Flagler’s expansive alumni community.

Explore a World-Class Online MBA Experience

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