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Analytical Skills Workshop

Before you officially kick off the pursuit of your MBA, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in activities that will prepare you for success in the program. First, we host our Analytical Skills Workshop, followed by two extension sessions. Then, you’ll participate in an Orientation Week where you’ll meet your new classmates, professors, and key support staff.

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Analytical Skills Workshop

Analytical savvy and a working knowledge of microeconomics, probability and statistics, finance, and financial accounting have become essential skills for those who wish to succeed in the business world. The same is true for students pursuing an MBA in a high-caliber program.

Our optional Analytical Skills Workshop (ASW) gives you the opportunity to refresh your skills and bolster your knowledge of these concepts in an intensive, three-week session.

The ASW curriculum includes:

  • Academic courses in Analytical Tools (Statistics), Financial Accounting, and Finance. You’ll need to take at least two of these, though most students complete all three. These courses meet daily.
  • Workshops on microeconomics, case analysis, presentation skills, Excel and PowerPoint. You’ll also be exposed to the systems and communication platforms our MBA students use. Workshops are offered periodically throughout ASW.
  • Career workshops that increase your knowledge of career opportunities in areas of interest, develop your understanding of what employers are seeking, and offer early access to your first career coaching session.

Outside of the classroom, ASW will provide you opportunities to network and socialize with your classmates prior to Orientation and time to comfortably transition to the Chapel Hill community before classes start in August.

Analytical Skills Workshop is typically held in July, just prior to orientation. This year’s workshop is scheduled for July 12 – July 28, 2021 (dates are subject to change, and information will be sent by email to all admitted students).

“After 7 years away from a classroom, ASW gave me the opportunity to knock the rust off. It was great to resharpen these skills in the classroom, taught by the same professors that we had in the first semester, in a less formal setting. The MBA core [curriculum] moves so quickly that I’m thankful I had time to readjust to the classroom in a low pressure atmosphere.”

Dave Shevlin MBA Class of 2019

Extended ASW Content: Tools of Financial Markets

Those attending the Analytical Skills Workshop can also participate in Tools of Financial Markets, an optional three-day event that will introduce you to content that enhances your ASW experience.

Tools of Financial Markets introduces the financial technology tools used daily by Wall Street professionals. You’ll have access to — and will receive training on — Bloomberg and FactSet in a pressure-free setting devoid of competing demands or distractions. You’ll also complete a competitive valuation exercise in these applications that will prepare you for your coursework, interviews, internships, and future job opportunities.


Orientation is the culmination of our on-boarding activities and kicks off our fall semester. Required for all incoming students, it provides substantial preparatory material to ensure success in the program. It’s an important event and one that our students find enjoyable, useful, and inspiring.

Orientation also includes academic coursework to establish your foundations in leading and managing, as well as sessions focused on diversity, team building, leadership, and self-assessment.

Additionally, you will initialize your career search through interactive and dynamic sessions that will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in your internship search and beyond. You will continue to learn about the outstanding career support you’ll receive from our Career & Leadership Team. and the extensive resources available to you at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Finally, Orientation provides you with numerous opportunities to network with your fellow classmates and MBA faculty and staff.

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