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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 help you prepare your resume, hone your networking skills, and explore business careers. These workshops provide a critical start to your personalized career search, which begins in August as classes begin.

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.

The Analytical Skills Workshop will be held from August 10 – 28, 2020.

"The career matching and leadership assessment tools we did in ASW helped me understand why I was interested in the roles I wanted to pivot to after business school. As a career switcher, that was an immense help in crafting my story!"

Guneet Thakral MBA Class of 2020

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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