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CLASS SIZE 253
Women 33%
MEAN GMAT 696
MEAN GPA 3.42

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.

FAQ

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

The tuition for Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program is $71,364 for out-of-state residents and $52,552 for in-state residents. With the addition of living expenses, the school estimates that costs climb to $99,928 for out-of-state residents and $82,116 for in-state residents.

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

The acceptance rate for Kenan-Flagler is 39% 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 696.

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 696.

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?

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

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

The average starting salary for Kenan-Flagler MBA graduates is $146,779. 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 16, 2023. The Round 2 application deadline is January 8, 2024. The Round 3 deadline is March 4, 2024. The Round 4 deadline, for domestic applicants only, is April 29, 2024.

What percent of Kenan-Flagler MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Kenan-Flagler that are women is 33%.

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

Kenan-Flagler offers interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be invited to interview either in-person or virtually. The interviews are resume-based. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials.

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Margarita Garcia (MBA '24) reflects on her decision to pursue her Executive MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and talks about the environment and peers that are inspiring her growth.

Admissions

The Class Profile

Kenan-Flagler’s Class of 2025 has 253 students. Thirty-four percent of students are international and women make up 33% of the class. Thirteen percent identify as U.S. underrepresented minorities and 26% as U.S. minorities.

The new Kenan-Flagler class landed a mean GMAT score of 696. During their undergraduate years, they had a mean GPA of 3.42. Altogether the new class averaged 5 years of pre-MBA work experience.

Application Procedures

Kenan-Flagler has four rounds of admissions that occur in mid-October, early January, early March and mid-April.  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 (if applicable), a recommendation, essays and a $150 application fee. Applicants to the Class of 2025 can submit a GRE/GMAT waiver if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants who graduated within the past 10 years (2011 – 2021) with 3.2 GPA or above and coursework in STEM, business, economics or analytical fields from a U.S. institution
  • Earned an advanced or terminal degree from a U.S. institution in JD, MD or a PhD or MS degree within a STEM, business or economics academic field
  • 5+ years of professional experience in a quantitative or analytical field
  • Hold a U.S. CPA or CFA professional certificate
  • Strong test results from the Executive Assessment, LSAT, or MCAT

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. The usual open interview season at Kenan-Flagler has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Interviews are issued by invitation only and are conducted either virtually or on campus. 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
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Residency Form, if applicable

Essay Topic Analysis

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Interview Reports

Kenan-flagler Q&As

UNC Kenan-Flagler LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire

February 26, 2024 4:21pm ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email on January 20, 2024
GPA: 3.7
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
February 26, 2024 8:35am ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email on February 12, 2024
GPA: 3.5
GRE: 309
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
February 20, 2024 12:34pm ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email on February 16, 2024
GPA: 3.71
GRE: 309
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Finance
Application Location: Nigeria
Note:

Received a rejection from Wharton same day

February 19, 2024 5:26am ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email on January 11, 2024
GPA: 2.15
GRE: 327
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Nigeria
February 13, 2024 4:20am ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email
GPA: 3.91
GRE: 311
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: Ghana
Note:

Taking the GRE at least a month before the admission deadline allows for potential retakes if needed. Despite my low score, I applied and received an interview invitation from UNC Kenan-Flagler. Optimistic about securing an offer and scholarship.

February 8, 2024 10:28am ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email February 8, 2024
GPA: 3.03
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: General Management
Application Location: NY
February 6, 2024 11:22am ET
Applied to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via n/a
GPA: 3.03
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: General Management
Application Location: NY
February 1, 2024 3:27pm ET
Interview Invite to UNC Kenan-Flagler
Round: Round 2
Received via email on January 30, 2024
GPA: 2.78
GMAT: 750
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Boston

MBA DecisionWire

Tuc
February 28, 2024 2:17pm ET
Enrolled: Dartmouth / Tuck
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck , Georgetown / McDonough $
$80,000
,
UVA / Darden
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Dartmouth / Tuck, Georgetown / McDonough, Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, UPenn / Wharton, UVA / Darden
Entering Year: 2023
Post MBA Career: Investment Banking, Commercial Banking Companies: Capital One, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, State Street
GMAT: 770
GPA: 3.16
Location: Chicago
Notes:

Applied early for guaranteed interviews at Tuck (early R1 deadline) & Darden (EA); took GMAT two years ago (710) then again in May/June (770); hired a consultant, but didn't feel like I got as much out of it as introspection + forums & podcasts (CA, P&Q, MBA Insider, B-Schooled), recommend finding a consultant who specializes in your dream school

Chi
February 26, 2024 9:02pm ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , Columbia
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting Companies: Bain, BCG, McKinsey
GRE: 324
Location: Europe
Cor
February 25, 2024 3:05pm ET
Enrolled: Cornell / Johnson
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson $
$TBDs
Applied: Cornell / Johnson
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Other
GPA: 5.5/6
Location: Mexico
Wha
February 23, 2024 11:16pm ET
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: NYU Stern , UPenn / Wharton $
$40000
,
Yale SOM $
$50000
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Asset Management, inc. Hedge Funds
GMAT: 770
GPA: 4

Academics

Faculty

Kenan-Flagler employs over 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 14 research centers, which vary in focus from real estate to urban investment strategies.

Curriculum

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. Due to COVID-19, Fall 2020 classes began August 31. All classes finish for the year at the beginning of May, with graduation occurring a week later.

Kenan-Flagler students are required to complete 15 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.

To complete their business degree, students must take 62 credits worth of classes. 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 12 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 nine 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.

Kenan-Flagler recently launched an online MBA program, through which students complete 62 credits over an 18- to 36-month timeframe. The school offers an Executive MBA on the weekends at Chapel Hill, as well as an Evening MBA for experienced professionals. 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
  • Business Analytics and Management Science
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Energy
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Healthcare

Degree Offerings at Kenan-Flagler

Full-time MBA Program
www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba

Online MBA@UNC
onlinemba.unc.edu/

MBA for Executives
https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/evening-executive-mba/
https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/weekend-executive-mba/

Evening MBA
https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/evening-mba/

Dual Degrees
Law, Public Health, City and Regional Plan­ning, Information and Library Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Environment, and Public Policy
https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/full-time-mba/academics/dual-degree-mba/

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

Kenan-Flagler students play an active role on the UNC campus, participating in more than 40 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 2022 featured Willy Walker, Chairman of Walker Dunlop, 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 early October 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

Eighty-nine percent of Kenan-Flagler’s Class of 2023 received job offers within three months of graduation, and 89% of the class had accepted offers by that time. The average salary for this class was $146,779 while the average signing bonus was $34,555.

The most popular industry for recently minted graduates was financial services, which attracted 28% of the Class of 2023. An additional 24% entered the consulting industry. Thirteen percent pursued real estate followed by 12% joining the technology field. Healthcare took in eight percent of recent graduates.

Given the school’s location, Kenan-Flagler graduates unsurprisingly gravitated towards positions in the Southern U.S., with 44% of the class taking a job in that area. Nearly 24 % percent of 2023 graduates headed for the Northeast. Eight percent each found work in the West or Southwest while six percent settled in the Midwest. Ten percent landed in the Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Financing

Tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 academic year come to $72,509 for out-of-state residents and $54,697 for in-state residents. With the addition of living expenses, however, the school estimates that costs climb to $99,928 for out-of-state residents and $82,116 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

Tuition

  • State Resident $52,552
  • Out-of-state Resident $71,364

Books $1,290
Food $5,240
Housing $14,028
Health Insurance $2,616
Miscellaneous $1,820
Direct Loan Fee $262
Grad PLUS Loan Fee $1,934
Travel $1,374

Totals
State Resident $82,116
Out-of-state Resident $99,928

Contact

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: 919-962-9129
Fax: 919-962-0898
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu
Twitter: @kenanflagler