UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Forbes ranks MBA Program No. 11 for ROI


Forbes ranked the MBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 11 in its eighth biennial ranking of U.S. business schools.

That ranking is a five-spot jump for UNC Kenan-Flagler compared to the last Forbes ranking of 16 in 2011.

It surveyed alumni and compared their earnings in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity costs (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees); adjusted the median “5-year MBA gain” for cost of living expenses and discounted their earnings gains using a rate tied to the discount rate used by large companies in their pension funds. It discounted tuition to account for students who pay in-state rates and for the non-repayable financial aid.

The 5-year MBA gain represents the net cumulative amount that typical alumni would have earned after five years by getting their MBA versus staying in their pre-MBA careers. The schools are all ranked based on their 5-year MBA gain.