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Student Experience

Immersive Weekends. Meaningful Relationships. Transformative Learning.

The Weekend Executive MBA offers an intimate cohort, intensive weekend learning experience and an innovative academic culture.

The Perfect Size

Our small-cohort model of 50 students is the ideal size to ensure inclusion of a diversity of professional and personal backgrounds while allowing you to foster meaningful relationships with peers and faculty. You’ll move through the program with other seasoned, driven professionals who want to accelerate their careers and augment their leadership capacities—and who want to help you do the same. Your cohort will both broaden and deepen your learning experience, and will give you a core network of sharp-minded executives you can collaborate with for life.

Full Weekends Dedicated to Your Transformation

Immersive weekend meetings every three weeks give you the distraction-free time you need to really devote yourself to the work of the program. You’ll spend your days on campus fully engaged in collaborative, participatory coursework grounded in real-world business challenges. Guided by top UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty, you and your cohort will brainstorm, problem solve, urge each other out of comfort zones, share knowledge and leadership perspectives and gel into a cohesive, collaborative team. The Weekend Executive MBA is a transformative program—by the time you graduate you will know things about yourself, your capabilities and your leadership potential that you weren’t aware of when you began.

Foster Relationships to Last a Lifetime

The residential aspect of the Weekend Executive MBA program gives you ample time to socialize with your cohort and take discussions beyond the classroom. You’ll find yourself easily setting up study groups, team discussions and social activities at the Rizzo Center, the classroom and residential hub of the program. Cementing relationships over drinks or dinner, sharing industry knowledge over lunch, or just getting to know one another free from the standard workplace hierarchies are some of the most valuable experiences you will cultivate in the program. The people you meet are the ones you want on your team, now and in the future. Not only will your connections be an important resource for you, but they may provide your organization with valuable new resources as well, as possible clients, investors or suppliers.

The Competitive Advantage of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Culture

Employers regularly report that UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates stand out for their ability to meet any challenge with collegiality and an unwavering team focus.

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World-Class Faculty

UNC Kenan-Flagler's top-tier faculty love teaching Executive MBA students because they bring such a wealth of experience, diversity, dedication and leadership perspectives into the classroom. Executive MBA faculty are known for their engagement, accessibility, and responsiveness inside and outside the classroom and during and after the program. As a student, you'll find that the relationships you build with faculty are ones you can draw on not only during the program, but throughout your career—for advice, help with a business problem, or even a career change.

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Core Values Guide Your Personal and Professional Growth

Guided by the school's core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork, we create a unique learning environment that insists on intellectual rigor and ambition in partnership with collaboration, support and mutual respect. Our culture encourages you to take chances, stretch yourself and be introspective about your strengths and weaknesses, all in the service of gaining confidence in yourself, your decision-making skills and your ability to lead.

An MBA that Balances Work, Home and School

The Weekend Executive MBA provides a structure that allows you to maintain your work and personal obligations while earning an MBA. If you are someone who works well in intensive multi-day bursts of focused work, the Weekend format could be the right MBA for you.

Working Professional

Designed for Working Professionals

As an established business professional, you need to ensure that pursuing your MBA doesn’t disrupt your momentum—not to mention your earnings. The Weekend Executive MBA allows you to keep moving forward in your career while giving you the flexibility you need to manage both work and personal responsibilities.

Balancing life

Balancing Home and Work Life

Many of our Executive MBA students have partners and children at home and are managing demanding careers. They will tell you that family and work support is critical. Contact us to arrange to talk with a student who has work or family responsibilities similar to yours and who can talk about how they make it work. We encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about how the Weekend Executive MBA program can fit into your life.

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Balancing School Life

The Executive MBA staff takes care of the program details behind the scenes, from pulling together your course materials to booking your rooms for overnight stays. You will find us responsive, accessible and here to support your success in any way we can.

Ryan Hart

"It was an exceptional experience to be onsite with the cohort during class and to be able to connect after class. The cohort represents peers from a significant variety of industries, which is a major plus because it provides for better diversity of thought. Class sessions were rich with experiences and perspectives, and I enjoyed how the Executive MBA programs merged during electives to expand networking opportunities."

Ryan Hart Territory Services Manager, Red Hat
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Outstanding Facilities

Classrooms and overnight accommodations are provided at the beautiful UNC Kenan-Flagler Rizzo Center, located a short drive from the main campus. This facility is designed for executive residential education with tiered classrooms, multimedia technology and hotel-quality accommodations. At the Rizzo Center you’ll find full recreational facilities, including a weight and aerobic room and outdoor pool. Our dedicated culinary team prepares high quality, seasonal and locally sourced meals to keep you fueled throughout class weekends.

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