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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.

Learn what it takes to join the UNC-Kenan Flagler Full-Time MBA program.

Skills to Help you Succeed

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.

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

Summer 2021 Dates
Analytical Skills Workshop will be held July 12 – July 28, 2021
Compass (orientation – required for all new students): August 4 –August 6, 2021
Module I classes begin: August 9, 2021

“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

Academic Curriculum

Over the two-week period, ASW courses meet daily, Monday through Friday. As an ASW participant, you can choose to participate in two to three courses, giving you the chance to focus on the subjects you’ll benefit from the most.

ASW is offered in a blended-learning format, so you’ll learn through self-directed asynchronous coursework and live, online class sessions. Building on 10 years of experience in designing outstanding online learning experiences, this maximizes your opportunity to review content and materials in order to prepare for discussion-based live class sessions.

The ASW experience includes:

  • 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.
  • Academic 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.

ASW Beyond the Classroom

Aside from easing the transition back into being a full-time student, you will benefit from the unique opportunity to build your network. Outside of the classroom, ASW will provide you opportunities to connect and socialize with your classmates prior to Orientation and time to comfortably transition to the Chapel Hill community before classes start in August. You’ll be thankful for this low-stress head start ahead of a rigorous semester.

I recognized the benefits of ASW the most when I walked into day one of Orientation. My classmates who had attended ASW already knew about 65% of our class after having spent the last month together and learning their way around Chapel Hill as a group. Those of us who did not attend ASW were more nervous, unsure of their surroundings and couldn’t get to the nearest gas station without technological assistance. If I had it to do over again, I’d attend ASW!

Sean D’Hoostelaere MBA Class of 2019


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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