UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Application Requirements

Admission to the UNC Kenan-Flagler full-time MBA program requires the completion of our online application.

The application consists of the following components; additional details are available within the application itself and in our FAQs:

Personal Information

The personal information includes contact information, citizenship, areas of interest and affiliations.


We typically expect the resume to be one page in length, two pages maximum. Include educational and employment history with titles and dates, in reverse chronological order.


We require transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate and graduate level. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for the purposes of application review, with official transcripts required upon admission and matriculation.

International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to an American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first university degree). Generally this is a 4-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer 3-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor's degree upon completion of one of these 3-year undergraduate programs, you are eligible to apply to our program.

International applicants are required to submit copies of both your academic record and the diploma, degree certificate or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree. If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified literal (not interpretive) English translation must accompany the original document. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received.

Test Scores

We require the GMAT or GRE from all applicants. Our school code for GMAT D40-HL-72 and GRE is 5046

IELTS or PTE Academic is required for applicants for whom English is not their native language. Our school code for these tests is 5816. Applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score if:

  • They earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university.
  • Their total education was conducted in English in a native English-speaking country.
  • They earned an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from a university in India. We will request test scores from some Indian candidates as needed.

Applicants should self-report test scores on their application. Official scores are not required until after admission to the full-time MBA program. Our application processing team will attach your official scores during processing. Please disregard any "awaiting score report" warnings on your Application Checklist. If your official test scores are missing after you are admitted to the program, we will contact you via email.


We have two required essays and one optional essay. The essays for the 2018-2019 application season are:

Question 1:  Required
(500 words)
Please respond to the questions below that will assist us in learning more about you:.

  • Tell us what your immediate career goals are and how you will benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School.
  • As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change and guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?

Question 2:  Required
(250 words)
The UNC Kenan-Flagler community lives by its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork.

  • Pick a core value that resonates most deeply with you.
  • Identify the most challenging situation that you have encountered and how you responded while upholding that core value.

Question 3:  Optional
(300 words)
Is there any additional information not presented elsewhere in your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider? Optional areas to address include:

  • If you have not had coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
  • Inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores
  • Choice of recommenders


The Admissions Committee requires two professional recommendations, preferably from supervisors. Applicants designate their recommenders within the application which triggers an e-mail directly to the recommender with specific instructions and a link to the recommendation form. We use the Common Letter of Recommendation developed by GMAC to save you and your recommenders time and effort.

Recommendations are due on the same date as your application. It is your responsibility to notify your chosen recommenders of this deadline. We offer a 10 business day grace period past the deadline to receive recommendations, but this will delay the processing of your application.


All candidates who are offered admission to the MBA program will have a completed admissions interview on file.

UNC Kenan-Flagler's full-time MBA program offers two windows of opportunity to interview. During the Campus Open Interview Season, candidates are able to self-register for an interview to occur between September 10, 2018 and October 31, 2018. Candidates who do not interview during this time will be considered for an interview after their application has been submitted, during our Invitation-Only Interview Season (starting November 1, 2018).

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Campus Open Interview Season since this is the only way to 100% guarantee an interview. On-campus interviews can be combined with our Campus Visit Program—an excellent way to get to know the UNC Kenan-Flagler community and MBA program. More information about registration for on-campus interviews and visits can be found here.

Residency Form (only if NC resident)

If you believe you qualify for in-state residency for tuition purposes, please review the Residency Information page for detailed information.

Application Fee

$150 non-refundable fee can be paid by credit card. You may qualify for an application fee waiver if you meet one or more of the following conditions: active duty U.S. military or veteran; active participant in Peace Corps or AmeriCorps; Teach for America. Fee waivers are dependent on responses you provide in your application and will be applied when you submit your application. Supporting documentation may be required in order to receive a fee waiver. A refund cannot be issued for an application fee already paid.


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