From the School

Within the NC State Jenkins MBA program, we think and do, working hand-in-hand with the university and business communities to prepare professionals to effectively lead in a technology-rich, global marketplace.

The high-value, top-ranked NC State Jenkins MBA program delivers hands-on learning that anticipates the demands of today's global marketplace, teaming up with industry leaders to immerse students in real-world projects that combine nimble thinking with innovative solutions. The NC State Think and Do approach translates into real-life success.

Part of AACSB-accredited Poole College of Management and designed to meet the needs of full-time students, working professionals and military personnel, the NC State Jenkins MBA offers a full-time MBA, as well as flexible part-time and online programs for working professionals. Rankings organizations have taken note of our innovative approach to business education, which emphasizes applied learning opportunities in addition to top-notch academics. We're ranked among the top-30 best MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek, and No.15 among online MBA programs, according to US News & World Report.

Overview

From The School


Applicants
168
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.35
Years Work Experience
5.1
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
620 - 650
GPA
3.14 - 3.61

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 10

Regular Application Deadline
March 2

Rolling Admission Deadline
March 1

Round 1
October 10

Round 2
January 9

Round 3
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
36:1
Total Faculty
97

89
Full-time
28
Female
11
Part-time
3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The Jenkins MBA at NC State University’s Poole College of Management places a large emphasis on skills that will tie directly into the strengths of the region. With its main campus located in the state capital of Raleigh and a satellite location in Research Triangle Park, “a focus on technology and innovation” with “a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences.” For future-oriented students, the “emphasis on real world projects and technology focus in many classes” makes NC State “one of the best values for a full-time MBA in the country.” This “emphasis on real world, hands-on learning differentiates it from the other programs in the area,” especially the “focus on technology and innovation.” Indeed, one student notes, “This is a program for people who want to lead teams and stay on the cutting edge of technology.”Though high achievement is expected, cutthroat academics are not. Here the “atmosphere is congenial but focused,” and “teamwork is highly emphasized.” Because most classes take place in the same building, “there is a great deal of interaction with other students.” Students who are “focused on career success and money” may be disappointed that “that is not the case at NC State,” but others will be pleased to find that educators here “care a lot about sustainability” and showcasing how business fits into the larger world. School administration shows “an almost fanatical focus on improvement and a willingness to experiment.” The result is that despite its relative newness, “some elements of the program are already receiving national attention (Supply Chain, the Entrepreneurship Program) and some will soon (the Consumer Behavior initiative).”

Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration

Certificate Programs

Entrepreneurship
Finance
Marketing
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Accounting
Entrepeneurship
Marketing
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
Our Business Sustainability Collaborative drives the incorporation of sustainable business topics into all MBA courses. In addition, all students are required to take a Critical Thinking Course, within which the topic of business sustainability is a significant portion of the course. Finally, many elective courses are offered on the topic and are listed on this page: https://bsc.poole.ncsu.edu/sustainability-academics/

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
https://bsc.poole.ncsu.edu/

School's environmental commitment 1:
Establishment of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, an academic initiative that connects students, faculty, and the business community through experiential learning, career development, academic and applied research, and partnership opportunities.

School's environmental commitment 2:
B Corporation Clinic: NC State’s B Corp Clinic is designed to connect students to aspiring B Corporations to help them improve their environmental and social impact.

School's environmental commitment 3:
"BSC Conversations" -- a speaker series featuring executives and faculty members delivering talks or facilitation discussions around the topic of business sustainability: https://bsc.poole.ncsu.edu/about-bsc/bsc-conversations/

Career Overview

From The School


Average Starting Salary
$93,016
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
19%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
52%
Graduate Facilitated
48%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

32%
Marketing
21%
Other
18%
Finance/Accounting
11%
Consulting
4%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

57%
South
11%
Midwest
7%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
Northeast
4%
West

Students Say

“The promise of working on real world projects for companies in co-ordination with normal academic activities” is not only a major draw for students here, it gives them an opportunity to get hands-on experience with many of the same corporations that may later recruit them. There is a “long-term culture of industry partnerships that is expanding to startups” at NC State which helps the school “stay abreast of events and networking opportunities.” MBAs will benefit from the services of a dedicated Career Resources Management which not only aids in networking and recruitment, but which also provides workshops on resume writing and cover letters, interviewing skills, and job search strategies.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 32% $100,000 $100,400 $75,000 $125,000
Other 21% $91,355 $84,618 $60,000 $100,000
Finance / Accounting 18% $82,500 $81,250 $70,000 $90,000
Consulting 11% $110,000 $108,333 $100,000 $115,000
Human Resources 4% $0 $0 $0 $0

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 29% $100,000 $101,214 $90,000 $125,000
Manufacturing 18% $87,250 $91,125 $80,000 $110,000
Consulting 14% $86,500 $90,750 $75,000 $115,000
Other 14% $86,600 $92,050 $70,000 $125,000
Financial Services 7% $0 $0 $0 $0
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 7% $0 $0 $0 $0
Consumer Products 4% $0 $0 $0 $0
Non-profit 4%
Real Estate 4% $0 $0 $0 $0

Prominent Alumni

Tony O'Driscoll
Executive Director & Regional Managing Director - Asia, Duke Corporate Education

Joydeep Ganguly
VP and Head, Corporate Engineering, Facilities & Operations, Gilead Sciences

Stephanie Trunzo
COO, Chief Digital Officer & Partner, PointSource

Sam Matheny
CTO and EVP, National Association of Broadcasters

Jeff Ward
Chief Strategy Officer, First Citizens Bank

Overview

From The School


Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 9

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$27,279

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$20,993

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
86%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
85%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
76%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
76%

New Students Receiving Loans
18%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$23,220
Tuition (Out-State)
$41,031
Fees (In-State)
$2,578
Fees (Out-State)
$2,578

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$13,038
Academic Expenses
$854

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
96
Part Time
86%

In State
67.0%
Out of State
33.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

22.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
21.80%
International

36% female
64% male

Campus Life

From The School

Students Say

Those accepted to NC State should expect to find an “extremely diverse” group of “intelligent, friendly people who work hard during the day and still have energy and enthusiasm to continue learning and make class fun in the evenings.” Those hoping to immerse themselves in ambition will find it among the student body. Attendees say it is “great to work with other students committed to their goals and aspirations.” Students at NC State are in the business of learning about business, and they are serious about it. “They push us in our studies, and encourage us to work hard.”

Life here centers around a “very collaborative environment,” one in which objectives, either within or outside of the classroom, are “based centrally around team activities.” Those who see business as a ruthless, individual pursuit will instead find a “program … trying to develop a different mindset from traditional MBA programs.” This is aided by the MBA Student Association, which “works to provide social activities and community service projects for the students outside of class.” The goal is to provide both full-time and part-time students an opportunity “to network with each other, as well as providing opportunities to positively impact the community.”

Outside of class and class projects, MBA students spend a lot of time brainstorming. One student explains, “There’s always a few of us throwing plans at each other. These aren’t all Silicon Valley plans either—we’ve got fashion designers, textile inventors and others all listening to each other. It’s a very stimulating environment.” There are also many clubs, cultural activities, and of course Raleigh’s nightlife to distract from the relentless pursuit of knowledge and experience typical among those in the MBA program.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Jen Arthur
MBA Admissions Director

Address
MBA Program Office /Campus Box 8114
Raleigh, NC 27695-8114
Raleigh, NC 27695-8114
United States

Phone
919-515-5584

Fax
919-515-5073

Email
mba@ncsu.edu


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