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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Kenan-Flagler Business School is housed within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school is well-regarded for its emphasis on leadership development, its numerous international study programs and the variety of careers its graduates enter. Kenan-Flagler offers three Executive MBA programs in addition to its full-time MBA, as well as an online MBA degree option.




What is the tuition for Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

The tuition for Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program is $66,324 per year. The total cost of the Kenan-Flagler MBA program is $91,946 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

How hard is it to get into Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

The acceptance rate for Kenan-Flagler is 38.8% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted. For example the average GMAT score is 702.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Kenan-Flagler is 702.

Does the Kenan-Flagler MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Kenan-Flagler MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

Kenan-Flagler does not publish an average GRE score for its incoming class, but does accept the GRE for admissions.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

Kenan-Flagler does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 5 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program? (or, What is the average age of a Kenan-Flagler student?)

The average number of years of work experience among students in Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program is 5. The average age of a Kenan-Flagler MBA student is 28 years.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the Kenan-Flagler MBA program?

The average starting salary for Kenan-Flagler MBA graduates is $116,543 (median base salary). The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

How long is Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA program?

Kenan-Flagler offers a traditional 2 year MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA program?

The Early Action MBA application deadline is October 14, 2019. The Round 2 application deadline is January 6, 2020. The Round 3 deadline is March 2, 2020. The Round 4 deadline is April 6, 2020.

What percent of Kenan-Flagler MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Kenan-Flagler that are women is 28%.

What type of interview does Kenan-Flagler use for MBA admissions?

Kenan-Flagler offers open interviews. If you do not interview during the open interview period, you may still be invited for an interview. The interviews are blind. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials.


The Class Profile

Kenan-Flagler’s incoming class typically numbers around 280 students, with a median GMAT of 702. Approximately 22% of students come from outside the U.S. Finally, women make up approximately 28% of the class. 


Application Procedures

Kenan-Flagler has four rounds of admissions that typically occur in mid-October, early December, mid-January and mid-March. The first deadline in October is Early Action, reserved for students who are certain that they will attend Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Applicants must submit a one-page résumé, an application form, transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, GRE or GMAT test scores, two recommendations, essays and a $150 application fee. North Carolina residents should submit a residency form for tuition purposes, while international candidates whose native language is not English must submit their TOELF, IELTS or PTE Academic scores. Kenan-Flagler starts the season with an open interview policy, meaning applicants can schedule on-campus interviews before the application deadline. Starting in November, interviews become by invitation only and these may be conducted on-campus or over webcam. An interview is required for admission and a member of the admissions committee or an alumnus conducts them. Applicants with a proven commitment to supporting diversity in business may also apply through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, of which Kenan-Flagler is a member.


Application Checklist

  • Data Forms
  • GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic Score(s)
  • Résumé
  • Application Fee
  • Two Recommendation Letters
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Residency Form, if applicable

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Interview Reports

UNC Kenan-Flagler Interview Questions & Report: R2 / Jim Gray ( Alumnus) / Skype interview

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Mailing Address:
Kenan-Flagler Business School
MBA Admissions Office
The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3490, McColl Bldg.,
Room 2114
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490 USA
Phone: 919-962-3236
Fax: 919-962-0898
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @UNC_MBA

Kenan-flagler LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for UNC Kenan-Flagler

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
September 30, 2019 11:47am
Applied via email.
GPA: 3.5. GMAT: 710.
August 17, 2019 10:26am
Applying via n/a.
GPA: 3.3. GMAT: 630.
July 30, 2019 5:33pm
Rejected via email.
GPA: 3.77. virginia.
July 22, 2019 1:33pm
Rejected from Waitlist via email.
GMAT: 620.
July 22, 2019 1:33pm
Rejected from Waitlist via email.
GMAT: 620.

MBA DecisionWire for UNC Kenan-Flagler

Enrolled: U. Washington / Foster
Admitted: Georgetown / McDonough, UNC Kenan-Flagler, U. Washington / Foster
GRE: 315
Post-MBA Career: Consumer Goods
Enrolled: UNC Kenan-Flagler
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson, Emory / Goizueta, Georgetown / McDonough, UNC Kenan-Flagler
GRE: 322 GPA: 3.4
Post-MBA Career: Undecided
Enrolled: Toronto / Rotman
Admitted: Toronto / Rotman, UNC Kenan-Flagler
GMAT: 720
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
Enrolled: Duke / Fuqua
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua, UNC Kenan-Flagler
GMAT: 660 GPA: 3.48
Post-MBA Career: Investment Banking



Kenan-Flagler employs more than 150 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, adjunct professors and lecturers across its seven academic areas. These professors also contribute to the business school’s 15 research centers, which vary in focus from real estate to urban investment strategies.



Courses at Kenan-Flagler emphasize learning through case studies and small group activities. For their first year, students are assigned to groups of 70 to 75 people who take the same required courses together. 

Kenan-Flagler breaks each semester into two seven-week periods of instruction called “modules,” with breaks for holidays and fall, winter and spring vacations. Two pre-term summer sessions called the Analytical Skills Workshop and Tools of Financial Markets are available to first-year students who wish to review key analytical and financial skills prior to beginning their degree. First-years begin formal classes in the second week of August, while second-year classes start a week later. All classes finish for the year at the beginning of May, with graduation occurring a week later. 

Kenan-Flagler students are required to complete 14 core courses their first year along with a Core Case Competition. Topics for core courses cover business fundamentals such as finance, microeconomics, marketing, accounting, ethics and business strategy. Kenan- Flagler offers almost no waivers for its core courses; only those holding CPA designations may waive the accounting-related course. 

To complete their business degree, students must take 62 credits worth of classes. Each core course is worth 1.5 to 2.5 credits, and the remaining credits are fulfilled through elective courses. Students may begin taking electives in the spring semester of their first year, and the second-year curriculum is comprised entirely of electives. The school reports that at least 10% of elective courses are new each year in order to keep class material current with faculty research. There are no required majors at Kenan-Flagler, but there are six suggested concentrations for students who wish to demonstrate their interest and proficiency in subjects such as real estate or operations management. Typically, each concentration requires students to complete five or six elective courses.

Kenan-Flagler also encourages students to design their own independent study or practicum project in which students apply theory to real-world business situations. Students interested in gaining international experience may study abroad for a semester at one of Kenan-Flagler’s more than 50 MBA exchange partner schools or spend one to two weeks abroad as part of a “Doing Business In” immersion course. Alternatively, students can pursue a Global Immersion Elective, a semester-long course that teaches students about a particular region’s culture and history and concludes with a 10- to 14-day tour of that region.


Other MBA Degree Options

Along with the full-time MBA program, Kenan-Flagler offers eight dual degree programs, two of which are run in conjunction with schools at Duke University. Through the dual degree programs, students may earn an MBA in addition to an advanced degree in areas ranging from Public Health to Information and Library Science. Students also have the option to design their own dual degree programs. 

Kenan-Flagler recently launched an online MBA program, through which students complete 62 credits over an 18- to 36-month timeframe. The school’s Executive MBA, meanwhile, can be completed either in the evenings or on the weekends at Chapel Hill. The evening program takes 24 months to complete, and the weekend program takes 20 months.


Concentrations at Kenan-Flagler

  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Capital Markets and Investments
  • Consulting
  • Real Estate


Enrichment Concentrations

  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Data, Digital Analysis and Technology
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare


Degree Offerings at Kenan-Flagler

Full-time MBA Program

Online [email protected]

MBA for Executives

Dual Degrees
Law, Public Health, City and Regional Planning, Information and Library Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, Environment, and Public Policy

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

Kenan-Flagler students play an active role on the UNC campus, participating in more than 45 clubs as well as five student-led advisory boards. These groups range from clubs focused on careers paths such as consulting and private equity to affinity-based clubs like Carolina Women in Business or the Alliance of Minority Business Students. There are also a number of athletic clubs focused on sports like basketball or running. In addition to offering resources on career opportunities and professional development, Kenan-Flagler’s clubs regularly pair with companies to organize other events. For instance, the Consulting Club organizes career treks to Atlanta to visit companies including Deloitte, BCG, and Bain. 

Kenan-Flagler hosts a variety of conferences each year on areas ranging from real estate to diversity. Since 2010, for example, the school has hosted their own annual healthcare conference, which has focused on innovation, analytics and most recently, rising costs The most recent real estate conference in 2018 featured Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments, as the keynote speaker. The school has also founded a number of business competitions, including the Venture Capital Investment Competition, the Alpha Challenge, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Real Estate Development Challenge, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Marketing Case Challenge, and the Invest for Impact Competition.


Campus Spaces

Nearly all classes at Kenan-Flagler take place in the McColl Building, located on the south end of the University of Carolina, Chapel Hill campus. Along with 18 classrooms, a 500-seat auditorium, a café and a computer lab, the building also houses classes for the evening MBA for Executives program. The weekend MBA for Executives program, meanwhile, primarily takes places in the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center, located approximately three miles from the school. While there are housing options available on campus for full-time MBA students, those can be difficult to secure, so most students live in one of 10 apartment complexes near the school.

MBA Careers

Career Services

Kenan-Flagler’s Career Management Center (CMC) offers students guidance on their careers through options such as one-on-one coaching with a career search expert, peer counselors trained to review résumés and conduct mock interviews, and training sessions on job search and recruiting basics. With more than 100 companies presenting on campus each year, the CMC organizes career fairs and résumé books starting in September. On-campus interviews for full-time positions begin in late September for second-year students, and first-year students start interviewing for summer internships in early January. Students may also go on club-sponsored career treks to different major cities to tour companies in their area of interest.


Career Statistics

Ninety-four percent of Kenan-Flagler’s Class of 2018 received job offers within three months of graduation, and 92% of the class had accepted offers by that time. The average salary for this class was $116,543 while the average signing bonus was approximately $28,130.  Thirty-five percent of graduates entered finance functions, while 26% went into consulting and 18% into marketing. Another 14% of the class accepted general management positions, with operations/logistics roles following at 5%. 

The most popular industry for recently minted graduates was technology, which attracted 21% of the Class of 2018. An additional 20% entered the financial services industry, 15% to consulting, 11% in real estate, 9% in healthcare, and 6% in energy. Consumer packaged goods and retail drew 4% each, and manufacturing claimed 2%. 

Given the school’s location, Kenan-Flagler graduates unsurprisingly gravitated towards positions in the Southern U.S., with 33% of the class taking a job in that area. Another 14% of 2018 graduates left for the West, while 19% found work in the Northeast. Thirteen percent of the class went to the Mid-Atlantic, while 7% left for the Midwest and 10% chose jobs in the Southwest. Two percent of graduates accepted positions based outside of the U.S. 


Tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year come to $66,324 for out-of-state residents and $51,202 for in-state residents. With the addition of living expenses, however, the school estimates that costs climb to $91,946 for out-of-state residents and $76,824 for in-state residents. Each year, Kenan-Flagler helps students defray the cost of their education by offering a limited number of merit-based fellowships that award funding ranging from partial tuition to full tuition and a stipend. All applicants are automatically considered for the fellowships. Students looking to finance their MBA degrees with loans may consider federal loan programs, extended only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or private loan options. International students may apply for a loan through Discover, which does not require a co-signer.


Cost of Attendance



  • State Resident $51,202
  • Out-of-state Resident $66,324
  • Books $972
  • Food $4,716
  • Housing $13,620
  • Health Insurance $2,588
  • Miscellaneous $1,876
  • Federal Loan Fee $254
  • Travel $1,596



  • State Resident $76,824
  • Out-of-state Resident $91,946

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