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University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: September 25, 2023.

Contact Information

Rizzo Executive Conference Center
150 Dubose Home Lane Campus Box 6400
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27517
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School Data

Tuition: $110,313

Average Class Size: 50

Admissions Requirements: GMAT or GRE Required, Years Minimum Work Experience

Application Deadlines: February 5, 2018 April 9, 2018 June 4, 2018 August 6, 2018

Method of Delivery: Evenings Only, Primarily Weekends

Metro Areas Served: NC, Washington D.C.

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 traditional 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 Xiamen University in China 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, for professionals who live locally within North Carolina. This EMBA is designed to optimally blend weekly face-to-face class sessions and asynchronous, online coursework.. 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.