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Requirements & Deadlines

We encourage you to start your application to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA Program today. It takes just a few minutes to get started.

Through our holistic admissions process, we’re seeking bright, motivated students who aspire to make an impact in the business world. Typically, students enter with an average of five years of work experience, but we encourage all competitive applicants to apply. There are also no prerequisite courses; however, you should have a working knowledge of financial accounting, statistics, economics, and calculus.

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2019-2020 Application Deadlines

Submission Deadline Decision Release Deposit Deadline
Early Action October 14, 2019 December 9, 2019 January 10, 2020
Round 2 January 6, 2020 March 2, 2020 April 6, 2020
Round 3 March 2, 2020 April 14, 2020 May 8, 2020
Round 4 April 6, 2020 May 18, 2020 June 1, 2020
Round 4 (extended) July 13, 2020 Rolling, within 2 weeks of submission Rolling, within 2 weeks of decision release

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the application date.

All candidates who are admitted on a rolling basis after May 18 will have a two-week time period to submit their $1,500 enrollment deposit. 
More information on the Round 4 extension can be found on our COVID-19 admissions update page.

Early Action

If you are certain that you’ll attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if you’re admitted, Early Action is an excellent option because you’ll receive your admission decision by mid-December. The non-refundable enrollment deposit for Early Action (round 1) is $3,000. This is a non-binding enrollment deposit.

Rounds 2, 3, and 4

After the Early Action (round 1) deadline, subsequent deadlines for rounds 2, 3, and 4 are additional opportunities for you to be considered for admissions into the program. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to maximize your chances for admission and to receive a fellowship. We encourage international applicants to apply no later than the round 3 deadline to ensure adequate time for visa processing. The non-refundable enrollment deposit for rounds 2, 3, and 4 is $1,500.


If you applied last year and you’d like to reapply, you will need to start a new application, with new essay responses, recommenders, and an updated resume. However, your transcripts will rollover to the new application, as will your test scores, if they are still valid. There is also a re-applicant essay that you’ll need to complete in addition to the standard essays.

Consortium Applicants

UNC Kenan-Flagler is a proud member school of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Each year, we enroll strong, active, and engaged students from the Consortium community. Take note that the application process and deadlines for Consortium applicants differ from the standard UNC Kenan-Flagler process and deadlines.

  • Early Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
  • Round 2 Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2020

Learn more about The Consortium at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Application Requirements

To apply to the Full-Time MBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler, simply complete your application online. Setting up an account is the first step to applying and it takes just a few minutes. You’ll be able to take a peek at the information you’ll need to provide, and you can return to work on your application at your convenience.

Our application is robust, but it’s not difficult. More importantly, it’s a great way for you to showcase your credentials, demonstrate your communications savvy, and tell us why you’re a good fit for UNC Kenan-Flagler!

These are the items you’ll need to provide:

Campus Visits and Interviews

We have temporarily cancelled all in-person events and transitioned many to an online webinar format, including admission interviews, which will be held via Skype or videoconference. We encourage you to register for an upcoming webinar to learn more about UNC Kenan-Flagler and  take advantage of the opportunity to have your questions answered by our MBA program and admissions teams.

Our Campus Visit Program will resume in the fall for 2021 applicants. You’ll have the chance to meet current students, sit in on a live class, and speak with a member of the admissions committee. Candidates will also have two interview options: the Campus Open Interview Season and the Invitation-Only Interview Season.

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