The MBA Program at UNC Charlotte offers students the opportunity to invest in themselves and their careers by earning a highly respected MBA. As an MBA student at the Belk College of Business, you will learn more than management, finance and marketing. Our program is distinguished by its full and engaging curriculum, taught by our outstanding resident faculty. It is designed to teach you to think strategically, to communicate effectively and to work productively as part of a team giving you the tools to succeed in today's complex, fast paced business environment. The MBA is offered in both a full-time and flexible evening format. The full-time MBA is a highly selective 17-month program. Students enter this program as a cohort following a set schedule that begins in August and concludes the following December. Core courses are offered at the UNC Charlotte campus during the day with concentration courses taken at UNC Charlotte Uptown in the evening. Students are also extended the opportunity to participate in professional internships or study-abroad programs during the summer term. The Flexible MBA is self-paced evening program, allowing students the option of completing the degree in as few as 18 months although students with full-time careers generally take 24-36 months to finish All Flexible MBA courses meet one evening per week, allowing students seeking a balance between work, graduate school, family and other commitments maximum flexibility. You may concentrate your MBA in one of nine defined academic areas (business finance, information & technology management, international business, management, marketing, economics, real estate finance and development, financial institutions / commercial banking, supply chain management) as well as the option to define your own. These choices allow you to customize your MBA to help you achieve your individual career goals and develop additional depth in an area of particular interest. The MBA program at UNC Charlotte is fully accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for programs in business administration and accounting. This prestigious distinction is achieved as a result of the world-class faculty and highest caliber students that make up the Belk College of Business.
Students are very happy with the “very hands on” and “extremely flexible” administration. There is a “strong commitment from administrators to help students succeed at scholastic and career goals,” and “administrators will bend over backwards to help you in any way they can,” such as “constantly making you aware of internships and available jobs.” The administration is particularly quick at “answering questions or fixing problems.” “I have not had an issue yet that they haven’t fixed quickly,” one student says. “Overall they are friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable.” “The business school staff is very helpful and always available.” Students do feel the administration should do more for students outside of normal weekday work hours. There are “not many ‘after-work-hours’ networking opportunities” and not enough “night/weekend class offerings for graduate studies.”
Students are also proud of their professors, who “really care about their students” and whose “doors are always open.” “My professors for the most part seem engaged, very intelligent, and reasonably demanding. The professors don’t want cookie-cutter answers and encourage depth in responses.” “A majority of the professors are top-notch,” and the ones who aren’t are “subject matter experts at worst.” Although most professors “are really great,” others “miss the mark and just teach the syllabus.” “Like any academic institution, it’s bureaucratic, but not so much.” One student explains the school “is accessible, and you can always be pointed in the right direction.”
Students do feel that the “social aspect of the school” is lacking. “I feel that there really isn’t a strong connection with graduate students and campus life. There aren’t many graduate-level activities and clubs, which is quite the opposite environment from what I am used to,” explains one student. A stronger social aspect could also improve the “brand” and make it “even stronger in the surrounding areas.” There could also be more “family involvement in the MBA program, such as weekend activities. This will allow spouses and children to feel good about their loved ones being away from home twice a week for two years.” That said, “emphasis on student life has been increasing with the construction of the new Student Union and the fact that a new football program is coming to the school.” “We know it’s a business school,” one student laments, “but a little less formality to actually make it fun and worthwhile would be great!”