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NC Business Next

Your journey into the business world begins in Chapel Hill

NC Business Next

UNC Kenan-Flagler is proud to announce the launch of the NC Business Next program, a unique opportunity for graduating seniors or recent graduates to enter the school’s top-ranked Full-Time MBA Program.

Starting your MBA now will help you prepare to make an immediate impact when you launch your career. You’ll make important connections that link your undergraduate studies to new skills in leadership, communications, analytics, and business strategy. You’ll collaborate with your peers and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class faculty in unique experiential learning exercises. Working with career and leadership coaches, you’ll explore paths that reflect your interests, strengths, and aspirations. In two years, the leadership skills, knowledge, and acumen you’ll gain in the program will have prepared you to take on the challenges of the business world.

Open to students from any major, the NC Business Next program features:

  • NC Business Next fellowships: When you apply, you will be automatically considered for a fellowship.
  • NC Business Next mentorship: While you’re in the program you’ll partner with an MBA Dean’s Fellow and receive peer mentorship and guidance that can help you succeed in the program.
  • Analytical Skills Workshop (ASW): As part of the NC Business Next program, you’ll participate in our intensive Analytical Skills Workshop prior to starting your MBA coursework, which will bolster your knowledge of critical business topics.

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Selection Criteria

We’re looking for bright, motivated students who aspire to make an impact in the business world and in the communities they serve. The program is open to students with less than two years of professional experience from all undergraduate majors and there are no prerequisite courses. Students with proven quantitative skills, internship and leadership experience, and an analytical mindset are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

It’s easy to get started, and you’ll apply using our standard Full-Time MBA application (Round 4, 2020 entry).

For tips on applying and to learn more about the application process, simply complete the form above or contact us at

Recognizing that your ability to prepare for the GMAT or GRE may have been reduced, you can request a GMAT/GRE waiver. As part of the waiver process, you may submit an alternative standardized test score (e.g. SAT or ACT) for consideration. To request a testing waiver, please start your application and navigate to the “GMAT/GRE Waiver” tab. You will receive a decision on your waiver request within two business days.

The program’s priority application deadline is June 15, with admissions decisions made on a rolling basis. Meeting the priority deadline will maximize your opportunities for fellowship consideration. The final application deadline is July 13.

For more information, review our application requirements.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Investing in yourself now is a smart decision that will pay dividends throughout your career. We provide several options for funding this investment. In addition to NC Business Next fellowships, we also offer reduced-rate tuition for North Carolina residents and student loan programs.

If you’re interested in the program, we encourage you to join one of the upcoming webinars below. You’ll meet our admissions team and get answers to questions you have about UNC Kenan-Flagler, the NC Business Next program, and our application process. We look forward to meeting you!