UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Gaining Corporate Support

Pursuing an executive MBA can be of tremendous benefit to you and your organization. Therefore, we have developed resources to help you gain employer support.

Gain employer support guide

With extensive research, we developed this guide to provide you with a step-by-step process to help you gain employer and managerial support. This guide includes everything you'll need to consider.

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Plan ahead

The approval process may take longer than you expect, so allow plenty of time.

Evaluate yourself

You will be most successful if you:

  • Demonstrate motivation and senior management potential.
  • Plan a career path within your company.
  • Identify skills and knowledge you need to assume more responsibility at work.

Do your homework

Research your company's education policy and approval process. Find out when you should present your proposal. For many companies, the best time is before the annual budget review process.

Ask around

Talk to other managers who earned an MBA while working. Ask them how their MBA advanced their careers. Ask managers in your company for advice on developing and presenting your proposal.

Write a formal request

Prepare a written request for support to demonstrate your motivation and desire to contribute at a higher level. Remember that the final decision-maker may not know you, so include a personal profile highlighting your accomplishments.

Anticipate objections and concerns that you may encounter, such as:

  • How you will manage time away from the office.
  • How costs will be paid.
  • How you will continue to excel on the job.
  • Why UNC offers greater value than other MBA programs.

Help inform with our program brochures

Supplement your request for corporate support with supporting program information, including UNC Kenan-Flagler Executive MBA program brochures.

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Prepare to negotiate

Think through the concessions you are willing to make. Include them in your proposal or be ready to discuss them in person. Some common negotiation points include:

  • Foregoing raises or bonuses while in school.
  • Committing to staying with your company for a specific number of years in exchange for financial support. (A two-year commitment is common.)
  • Using vacation days for attending classes and residencies.

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