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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive MBA Programs

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Kenan-Flagler offers a full menu of MBA options for managers and executives, all consistently ranked among the best EMBA programs in the world. There is the traditional weekend Executive MBA program, which meets on campus every three weekends, a standard part-time evening option, and a innovative global partnership with several other premier universities. If that’s not enough, UNC also offers an online program option, MBA@UNC.

Think leadership when you consider any of  UNC’s Kenan-Flagler’s MBA degree programs. The school puts a heavy emphasis on the case-study method and group activities, emphasizing extraordinary leadership at the core of almost everything.

The school’s stats on the latest incoming weekend MBA class are impressive. Kenan-Flagler enrolled just 41 students, with an average age of 36 and a dozen years of work experience. Some 35% of the students already boasted advanced degrees, 15% were international and 29% were women.

The program begins with a residential immersion week during which newbies launch into core course classes and get to know their study teams. Partners are invited Friday evening through Saturday for special partner activities and social events.

Most weekend MBA classes are held Friday and Saturday, every three weeks, with an occasional Sunday. Friday classes start at 9:30 a.m., so most students fly or drive in Friday morning. Saturday classes end at 4 p.m., so you will travel home that evening. In addition to classes, most students spend 12 to 20 hours a week in individual study or team meetings. To meet the demanding lives of ambitious professionals, some 15% of the coursework is delivered via so-called asynchronous technology-enabled modules.

Core courses are arranged so that exams are staggered, which makes managing study time easier. During the final eight months, you will attend elective courses. You may choose weekend electives or join Evening MBA students for electives during the week. You also may choose global immersions lasting approximately 10 days.

Another highly innovative option is the school’s Global OneMBA program. UNC joined with four other top universities around the world, in Asia, Europe, Mexico, and South America. The schools include the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands to put together a unique international MBA.

The OneMBA curriculum integrates perspectives and best business practices from developed and emerging economies. Global residencies are held in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. Faculty and students from the region host the residencies, providing an insider’s view of the local business environment. English is the language used for all OneMBA courses and communications.

UNC’s OneMBA classes are held once a month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 21 months. Most classes are held at the Lansdowne Conference Center, which is near Washington, D.C., and Dulles International Airport.

The latest entering OneMBA class had 39 students, with an average age of 35 and 13 years of work experience. Some 18% had advanced degrees and 18% were international students. There were eight women out of the 39 candidates.

Then, there is the evening offering, a more typical part-time option for professionals who live locally within North Carolina. This EMBA is designed to optimally blend weekly face-to-face class sessions and technology-enabled modules. Classes meet in person one evening per week over 24 months.

Finally, the online MBA@UNC, while not an executive MBA format, offers working professionals the ultimate flexibility associated with a part-time, online MBA program. The school’s innovative online option was launched in the fall of 2011 with an inaugural class of 19 students. UNC enrolls a new group of candidates into this program every quarter.

While online MBA degrees have been proliferating like daisies in an open field in recent years, Kenan-Flagler’s program is significantly different because it is the first time a top 20 school has put together an online effort with the publicly stated goal of making it the world’s best MBA program delivered over the Internet.

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Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599
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From Kenan-Flagler Business School:

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for experiential learning in leadership, superior teaching, innovative research and a collaborative culture. Our commitment to developing socially responsible, results-driven leaders distinguishes our programs, which educate people at every stage of their careers. Our innovative programs prepare business leaders to manage successfully in the global business environment. We offer five MBA programs:  Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, global OneMBA®, and online MBA@UNC.

Find out more about UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Executive MBA Programs

Real Return on Investment & Real Impact

In today’s business world, both are equally important to accomplished professionals.  You’re looking beyond the bottom line, seeking to also contribute to the greater good.

Success in the new global economy starts with UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Executive MBA Programs.  Rising executives gain real-world insights, as well as access to a powerful, professional network that helps careers flourish.

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks us #11 among EMBA programs in the world, and #1 in student support.
  • UNC EMBA graduates reported a 44 percent average salary increase just three years after graduation, and 69 percent of graduates increased their strategic responsibilities during that time.

Contact us to learn more about our Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and Global OneMBA® Programs.

Three Unique EMBA Programs

UNC offers three Executive MBA program formats to meet your career and lifestyle needs.

Evening MBA

A convenient option for experienced professional in close proximity to main campus in Chapel Hill, NC. Choose from a large variety of available electives to customize your degree.  Career coaching and networking.  Classes meet face-to-face one evening per week over 24 months, plus some virtual learning.

Weekend MBA

The ideal option for ambitious professionals who often have business travel or personal commitments during the week, and who value an immersive, face-to-face MBA experience.  Choose from a large variety of available electives to customize your degree.  Career coaching and networking.  Classes meet once every few weekends for 20 months, plus some virtual learning.

Global OneMBA

The truly global MBA for aspiring executives.  Learn from several premier universities across the globe, including UNC.  Classes are held over a three-day weekend near Washington, D.C. once a month for 21 months.  The curriculum emphasizes global management and features four residency weeks, offering leadership opportunities and international networking.

While not part of the Executive MBA portfolio, UNC Kenan-Flagler also offers the Online MBA@UNC for working professionals who prefer the maximum flexibility of an online MBA program.


Active, Relevant Learning

At UNC Kenan-Flagler, we that believe the best business education includes knowledge gained from practical, action-based learning experiences with real consequences. Our dynamic hands-on simulations, business projects and capstone courses provide numerous opportunities to learn by doing, giving you strategies you can apply at work from the start.

The Weekend and Evening MBA Programs begin with 12 core courses, providing a common business foundation for you and your peers. You will work with your core study team to complete course projects, mirroring real-world work teams.  You will then take your MBA education to the next level, wrapping up your initial studies with the Advanced Core, an integrated set of course that challenge you to apply your newly-gained knowledge and skills.

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