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Personalized leadership development within a high-caliber cohort

The Charlotte Executive MBA offers students who live and work in the Charlotte-area the consistent structure of weekly in-person class meetings, a local cohort with strong connections into the Charlotte business community, and a uniquely collaborative learning culture.

Make powerful connections to business in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Executive MBA offers a substantial advantage over traditional part-time programs: a cohort model that ensures you’ll build significant, valuable relationships across the Charlotte-area business community, as well as engage with local leaders through executive lunches and speaker events. As you move through the program together, the connections you build within your cohort, and across the other Executive MBA programs at Kenan-Flagler, will both broaden and deepen your learning experience. Not only will your connections be an important resource for you, they can also serve as a source for possible clients, investors or talent development. You’ll graduate with the power of a close-knit, sharp-minded group of executives behind you.

Stay on track with weekly class meetings.

The program is designed for students who thrive on regular contact with faculty and classmates. Weekly evening class meetings, and Friday classes featuring executive guest speakers three times each term, will keep you engaged, accountable and making transformative progress. The structured class schedule makes coursework and group projects cohesive and highly collaborative – you’ll find it makes integrating your studies into your busy life manageable.

Chris Bingham and Malcomb ColeyAccess to expert speakers and networking

As an Executive MBA student who lives and works in close proximity to Charlotte, you’ll get access to a deep and passionate local alumni base, and gain access to executive speakers, leaders and founders through Executive Fridays, Impact Weekends, and other UNC Kenan-Flagler events. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of local and virtual professional development programming facilitated by our career & leadership team and other partners.

Executive leaders who have spoken at these events include:
– Hugh McColl, former Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
Jennifer Appleby, Executive Chair, Wray Ward
Darius Adamczyk, CEO, Honeywell
Malcomb Coley, Managing Partner, EY
Todd Herman, President and CEO, Mint Museum
Cathy Bessant, Vice Chair, Global Strategy, Bank of America

The competitive advantage of the UNC Kenan-Flagler culture

Recruiters and employers regularly report that UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates stand out for their ability to meet any challenge with collegiality and an unwavering team focus. You'll find this also means that while your classmates are accomplished and driven, they're also supportive and eager to collaborate. It's this culture that creates outstanding learning and career outcomes, and prepares you for lifelong success.

World-class faculty

UNC Kenan-Flagler's top-tier faculty love teaching Executive MBA students because they bring such a wealth of experience, diversity, dedication and leadership perspectives into the classroom. Executive MBA faculty are known for their engagement, accessibility, and responsiveness inside and outside the classroom and during and after the program. As a student, you'll find that your faculty relationships are ones you can draw on not only during the program, but throughout your career—for advice, help with a business problem, or even a career change.

Core values that guide your growth

Guided by the school's core values of integrity, inclusion, innovation and impact, we create a unique learning environment that insists on intellectual rigor and ambition in partnership with collaboration, support and mutual respect. Our culture encourages you to take chances, stretch yourself and be introspective about your strengths and weaknesses, all in the service of gaining confidence in yourself, your decision-making skills and your ability to lead.

Where you'll learn

Take a tour of our Charlotte campus, home to our Charlotte Executive MBA program, located in the Bank of America tower at Legacy Union in downtown Charlotte.

An MBA that fits into your life

The program is structured to allow you to maintain your work and personal commitments while earning an MBA. If you are someone who works well with regular in-person learning and discussion, and value frequent networking opportunities with other local business leaders, the Charlotte Executive MBA could be the right MBA for you.

Working Professional

Designed for working professionals

As an established business professional, you need to ensure that pursuing your MBA doesn’t disrupt your momentum—not to mention your earnings. The Executive MBA motivates you to keep moving forward in your career while giving you the flexibility you need to manage both work and personal responsibilities.

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Balancing home and work lives

Many of our Executive MBA students have partners and children at home and are managing demanding careers. They will tell you that family and work support is critical. Contact us to arrange to talk with a student who has work or family responsibilities similar to yours and who can talk about how they make it work. We encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about how the Charlotte Executive MBA program can fit into your life.

Balancing school life

The Executive MBA staff takes care of the program details behind the scenes, from pulling together your course materials to booking hotel rooms for immersions. You will find us responsive, accessible and here to support your success in any way we can.

"I really enjoy the hybrid format. I can stretch myself during the self-study portion and refine myself during in-person classes. The cohort structure brings us together in year one to figure out things in the classroom and through study groups, which is a very balanced approach that mimics how you collaborate in the workplace. You have to work toward the same goal and figure out how to be successful together."

Kristerpher Smith Senior Vice President, Strategy & Initiatives Manager, Bank of America
MBA ‘24

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