|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|North Carolina State University
|East Carolina University
|Fayetteville State University
|Queens University of Charlotte
Our 2019 rankings of the Top 5 Online MBA Programs in North Carolina. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) offers an online MBA program that balances asynchronous learning with weekly face-to-face classes with Kenan-Flagler faculty. An important component of the 66 credit hour program is the opportunity to participate in domestic and international immersions. Students are required to attend at least two immersions, which will take them to major business centers in the U.S. and around the world. Past international immersions have included London, Johannesburg, Singapore, Istanbul, and others. Many students participate in more than the two required immersions.
MBA@UNC students may select from five concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Consulting, and Data Analytics and Decision Making. In addition, students may participate in several other programs to gain additional hands-on business and international experience. Optional programs include Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR) and Doing Business In (DBI).
STAR students "learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies,” says the school. Doing Business In (DBI) "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."
The AACSB-accredited MBA@UNC program can be completed in as few as 18 months or as many as 36, depending on the student’s schedule and other commitments.
2. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University (NC State) offers a 40 credit hour Professional Online MBA that features six “Depth Areas,” comprised of the same functional area options as concentrations, but with fewer credit hours required to graduate. Known as the Jenkins MBA, areas for the program include Biosciences Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization, Financial Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management. This AACSB-accredited program also offers the opportunity to earn Decision Analytics or SAP Certification. SAP is the world's largest enterprise applications software company, with a wide range of software used by more than 38,000 firms in over 120 countries.
Students in the Jenkins Online MBA program may choose the Accelerated Path, which takes as few as 21 months to complete, or the Flexible Path, which allows students to complete their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years. Students in both online programs will interact with one another and instructors through WolfWare, NC State’s online learning management system featuring educational tools such as Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate, email, streaming video files, discussion boards (message boards, instant messaging, etc.), and telephone conferencing.
The Jenkins Online MBA requires two three-day residencies on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh. In addition, students are encouraged to complete an optional International Immersion that lasts for seven to eight days. Per the school, “the focus of the trip is to provide global business and cultural awareness skills.” For 2019, travel experiences include France: MBA, Art & Science of Negotiation in Paris and Germany: MBA, Innovation & Marketing Systems in Munich.
Study abroad trips take place during the Spring and Summer semesters, (usually mid-March or mid-May).
3. East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
The College of Business at East Carolina University (COB at ECU) offers an AACSB-accredited MBA program that may be completed entirely online or in hybrid format. There are no residency requirements for the 100% online MBA and students can create a schedule that works with theirs, with the support and guidance of a dedicated advisor. Student set their own pace throughout the program – taking between one to five courses each semester. Students can take a semester or more off if needed, and courses may be taken in any order, provided prerequisites are met.
The customizable ECU MBA is designed for both business and non-business undergraduates. Per the school, the degree is “completely self-contained, requiring no prerequisite business experience or coursework.” The program consists of a maximum of 18 courses, or 54 semester hours, and “provides an engaging and flexible education in the theory and practice of business management – exposing students to a range of subjects,” including accounting, finance, economics, information systems, marketing, operations management, strategy, and supply chain management. Courses are divided into three categories including seven foundation courses, eight common body of knowledge courses, and three electives/graduate certificate courses.
Students can choose from more than 30 different electives to customize their MBA experience to their career goals or opt for one of 12 COB-affiliated graduate certificates to satisfy the elective requirement. Most certificates require four or five courses, which will add one or two additional courses to the program. Certificates are designed to provide students “with meaningful insight into the issues of a specific industry from colleges or departments both inside and outside the College of Business.”
Certificates are awarded from the respective colleges or departments in conjunction with the degree and successful completion of a certificate is reflected on the graduate’s transcript.
4. Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
The Broadwell College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University (CBE FSU) offers an online MBA program that highlights industry-best software tools, live lectures and fully recorded lectures. Known as the MBA@FayState, the program consists of 36 credit hours, with students taking two classes per semester, in order to complete the program in 24 months. However, the school says that, “the flexibility of the program allows students to take classes at their own pace, enabling an MBA to be earned in as little as 12 months or a maximum of 72 months.”
Students will begin the program with foundation courses to provide the basics needed to succeed in the MBA program, if the student’s background does not include “exposure to key concepts.” Completion of all five foundation courses with a GPA of 3.0 or above will result in a Graduate Certificate in Business.
Of the 36 credit hours required for the program, 27 are core requirements, followed by 9-12 elective credits, which can be used to complete a concentration in one of eight areas. They include Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, International Business, Marketing, Management, and Project Management. A General Management focus is available and a Capstone Project is also part of the program.
Fayetteville State University’s Broadwell College of Business and Economics is AACSB-accredited.
5. Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte offers an MBA program that may be completed online, on-campus or a combination of the two. The program allows students to pursue a concentration in concentrations in four areas including Executive Coaching, Finance, Healthcare Management, and Leadership and Change. Students will also engage in face-to-face teambuilding exercises, leadership development, and networking with faculty members, executives, and fellow students at several required residencies.
Per the school, during the on-campus residencies, students will have the opportunity to “gain high-level insights from powerful guest speakers such as Hugh McColl, retired CEO of Bank of America.” Students will also explore their “leadership strengths and weaknesses through the HBDI, 360° Feedback, and Actualized Leader Profile.” As a McColl Online MBA student, you will have the opportunity to “network and expand peer relationships through dynamic team-building activities, meet McColl School mentors, executive coaches, faculty and classmates.”
A second on-campus residency takes place halfway through the program. During the residency, students will apply the leadership skills they’ve learned “during thought-provoking exercises” and continue their “transformational experience on the journey to earning” their MBA.
The AACSB-accredited McColl Online MBA may be completed in as few as two years.