North Carolina provides a multitude of traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, as well as a range of Executive and dual MBA programs. These programs vary in length and program format, but all prepare students to be leaders in the business world. Compare and contrast some of the different programs available at a handful of colleges in the state.
Schools in North Carolina with MBA Programs
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a full-time MBA, online MBA and Executive MBA program, as well as a range of dual-degree programs that pair the MBA with degrees in areas like law, medicine, public health and the environment. The full-time MBA program totals 63 credits, can be completed in 2 years and allows students to choose from concentrations in areas such as real estate, healthcare, sustainable enterprise, corporate finance or management consulting. The online MBA follows the same curriculum as the full-time MBA, but can be completed in as little as 18 months online and offers concentrations in strategy and consulting, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing and data analytics and decision-making. The Executive MBA program can be taken as an evening program that can be completed in 24 months or as a weekend program that can be completed in 20 months.
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro offers a 36-credit MBA program. Students can pursue a general concentration or a concentration in accounting, supply chain management or human resource management. The curriculum includes a capstone course and some concentrations may suggest that students take a practicum or internship experience as a part of their electives for hands-on learning experience. Students will have access to state-of-the-art resources in the program and are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Elon University in Elon has a part-time MBA program that is designed for working professionals and allows them to work at their own pace. Students can complete the program in as little as 21 months and totals 39 credit hours. Students must also complete 2 non-credit workshops, one of which is a case competition. The program also offers an international study trip twice a year to allow students to experience international business markets across Europe and Asia.
North Carolina Central University
Durham's North Carolina Central University offers a traditional MBA program and joint Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA and MBA/Master of Information Science (MIS) degree programs. The traditional MBA program is a 33-credit program that requires 12 credits of foundational courses prior to enrollment to core classes. Students in the program can choose from various electives and must complete the program with a course titled 'Management Strategy and Policy Analysis'. The joint MBA programs allow students to earn both degrees faster than taking them separately, but students must still complete requirements for each degree program.
East Carolina University
East Carolina University in Greenville provides a traditional MBA program and a combined Doctor of Medicine (MD)/MBA program. The traditional MBA program can be taken on-campus or online and allows students to work at their own pace to complete the required 54 semester hours. The program does allow students to take elective courses in areas of interests, but also offers graduate certificate programs in various areas of specialization that may add 1 to 2 additional courses to a student's plan of study. The combined MD/MBA program is available to students currently in medical school, resident physicians and practicing physicians.
Common Entrance Requirements
Students applying to MBA programs in North Carolina usually need a bachelor's degree and GMAT or GRE test scores. Many programs may waive the GMAT requirement if students meet other criteria, such as a specific GPA. Some programs also require a specific amount of professional work experience, which tends to be higher, such as 5 years work experience instead of 2 years, for Executive MBA programs. Students may also need to have prior coursework or at least some experience in subjects like statistics, calculus, economics and finance. In general, applicants can expect to include their transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume and personal statement/letter of intent with their application.
Students throughout North Carolina can earn their MBA in about 2 years and may choose from online or on-campus formats. Some programs offer additional areas of concentration and/or other unique learning opportunities, such as international study.