UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

About the School

The UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School was founded in 1919 and is accredited to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, this school offers several courses like Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, MBA for Executives, Master of Accounting, Ph.D., a business certificate program, as well as many executive education programs.

An Overview


Class Size

Course Fee ($)

Course Duration (months)

Average GMAT Score

Average GRE Score

Average Age 28
International Participants 17%
Gender 29% (Women)
Average Work Experience 4.5 Years
Average Salary $125,000

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers five MBA programs and they are:

Full-time MBA: This full-time course of 24 months combines a rigorous and flexible curriculum with opportunities for career growth.

Online MBA: This 18 months online program offers amazing networking opportunities with customizable curriculum options that offers great outcomes for students.

Evening MBA: This course is suited for working professionals who wish to accelerate their career, develop business acumen and their leadership skills.

Weekend Executive MBA: This weekend program offers a transformational leadership experience designed to provide minimum disruption to one’s work.

Dual Degree: Some students pursue a dual degree program that combines business education with another graduate program. A dual degree program helps students earn two degrees in much lesser duration.

For more information, visit: https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/

Students in the UNC Kenan Flagler are awarded fellowship who showcase a superior academic record, diverse experience, strong interpersonal skills with leadership potential. Applicants do not need to apply separately for these fellowships as they are automatically considered during the admissions process.

Some of the fellowships are given below:

Premier Fellowships: This is the most prestigious award for students in the Full-Time MBA Program where they are provided full annual tuition and fees, with a stipend of $5,000 and inclusion in a fellows-only resume guide.

Full Tuition Fellowships: UNC also awards fellowships covering full tuition and fees. UNC considers academic distinction and other qualities both personal and professional.

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Some of the figures about 2019 batch are given below:

  • $125,000- Median base salary
  • $25,000- Median signing bonus

UNC also helps students in their career in the following ways:

Chart the course: By defining the long and short-term plan of students, they get to take an introspective look at their skills, interests and passions and also understand where they will fit best professionally. Students will also meet with company recruiters by refining their resume, perfecting their interview skills and building industry-specific knowledge.

Career Coaching: UNC offers expert Career & Leadership coaches who have a vast knowledge about the industry and recruiters. Students will work with the team of career coaches to explore various opportunities across industries and functions to determine their right career move.

Career & Leadership Workshops: These workshops include informative sessions and training to provide valuable career insight for navigating student’s career search.

Industry Workshops: Those students who are interested in a career in finance, marketing, or consulting, UNC industry-specific professional development programs to supplement what students will learn in classrooms and ensure their holistic learning.

Career Mentors: Second-year MBA students serve as mentors to first-year students, where they share their experiences and offer advice and mentorship through the career search process.

The History of UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

Notable Alumni

Gary Parr

Deputy Chairman, Lazard Frères & Co.

Hugh McColl Jr.

Former Chairman and CEO, Bank of America Corporation

Julian Robertson

Chairman, Tiger Management

UNC Kenan Flagler Business School MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School MBA admission office are described below.

Applicants need to submit two compulsory essays and one optional essay. The questions are listed below:

Essay 1: What are your immediate career goals? How will you benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler? As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change that can guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?
Word limit: 500 words

Essay 2: What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020? Please share your experience and what you learned about yourself as a leader. Tell us how you changed or would like to change your leadership style? If you were not leading a team, tell us what you learned at your level about diversity, equity and inclusion. How do you expect to continue that growth in the MBA program?
Word limit: 300 words

Optional essay

  • Is there any additional information not presented elsewhere in your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider? Optional areas to address include:
  • If you have not had coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
  • Inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores
  • Interest in pursuing an MBA prior to obtaining post-graduate work experience
  • Choice of recommenders
    (150 words maximum)
Rounds Application Deadlines
Round 1 Oct 13, 2020 (Early Action)
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021
Round 3 Mar 1, 2021
Round 4 Apr 12, 2021

Want to know more about the MBA Application Deadlines for Top B-Schools? Here’s the entire list of top B-Schools along with their deadlines – MBA Application Deadlines 2020-2021

Applicants need to submit two professional recommendations, preferably from supervisors. Applicants need to assign their recommender, and an email will be sent to them with specific instructions and a link to the recommendation form. We use the Common Letter of Recommendation developed by GMAC to save your recommenders time and effort.

Kindly note that recommendations are due on the same date as your application. However, UNC offers a 10-business-day grace period after the application deadline to receive the recommendations. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the recommenders of this deadline.

Here are some tips for the letter of recommendation:

Who can give a recommendation: You will have to provide details of one recommender who can be your reporting manager/ previous manager/ senior colleague/ current client/ previous client/ business partner/ supplier/ auditor etc.

How a letter of recommendation should be written: The recommender should add specific instances/examples of the candidate’s professional work together.

How to send the letter of recommendation: The recommender should send the recommendation from the official email id only. If the recommender does not have an official id – then proof that you reported / or was supervised by this person should be attached.

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