UNC Kenan-Flagler will offer a new UNC Kenan-Flagler Charlotte Executive MBA this fall.
“We are excited to have this special opportunity to bring our Executive MBA program to working professionals in the Charlotte area to serve the business community there,” says Dean Doug Shackelford (BSBA ’80). “We look forward to being more deeply engaged in Charlotte to benefit students as we develop their next generation of leaders.”
During the 24-month program, working professionals will attend in-person classes on Monday nights and on some Fridays when classes will include working lunch sessions with Charlotte business leaders. It is a blended program, with classes divided about equally between in-person and self-directed online coursework.
In September the new class of Charlotte students will gather in Chapel Hill for orientation along with the new entering Evening Executive MBA students. This shared orientation immediately expands the students’ networks in the Charlotte and Triangle areas.
Classes begin in Charlotte in October at a location to be determined in the Uptown/South End of Charlotte. Students will take core courses as a cohort, starting with courses in business communication, analytics, accounting, and strategy. After they complete their required courses, they will have flexibility in taking a wide range of electives.
Included in the innovative curriculum are Impact Weekends. During the two required courses, held over a three-day weekend, students will participate in company site visits and hear from area executive speakers, career and leadership activities, and networking events. The Impact Weekend will be offered alternatively in Charlotte and Chapel Hill, where students with also engage with UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni.
“For many years, the Charlotte business community has been deeply supportive of us offering our program there,” says Shackelford. “We will make the most of being in Charlotte: We don’t just view it as a new location to deliver an MBA program but as way to meet the needs of, engage with and strengthen our connections with the Charlotte business community. We’re also excited to connect more deeply with our 4,437 alumni in the Charlotte region.”
Shackelford and other members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community will spend significant time in Charlotte meeting with alumni, making new connections with business leaders and exploring partnerships. Planning for a series of alumni events is underway, too.
While School leaders were designing the UNC Kenan-Flagler Charlotte Executive MBA program, they used the opportunity to re-think the School’s other programs for working professionals.
They adjusted the schedules for the Charlotte, Evening and Weekend Executive MBA Programs. The number of credit hours (62) are the same for all three programs, with 37 from required classes and 25 from electives. They adopted a consistent calendar across all working professional programs, as well.
The new schedules allow for deep relationships in program cohorts as well as broadening connections across all programs. The results include enhanced networking and learning opportunities across the Charlotte, Evening and Weekend Executive MBA programs, and make it possible for the School to expand access to electives and other resources across programs. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s working professional programs offer a uniquely high number of electives and now students across the programs will have access to even more classes.