MBA for a Challenging Market

UNC-Chapel Hill offers an MBA for new graduates.  

THE KENAN-FLAGLER Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill has launched NC Business Next, an opportunity for new college graduates to enroll in an MBA program directly after completing their bachelor’s degrees.

“Students who graduate from college during an economic downturn struggle not just to get jobs, but also to build the capabilities they need for long-term career success,” explains Brad Staats, associate dean of MBA programs and an operations professor. “In the unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we have the ability to help develop a new generation of talented leaders for North Carolina.”

NC Business Next is open to individuals from all undergraduate majors. The pilot program will enroll a small group of graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as graduates from other universities within the UNC System, and North Carolina residents from other universities. Because most of them will have limited job experience, students will participate in Kenan-Flagler’s Analytical Skills Workshop to bolster their knowledge of critical business topics before starting classes. They will be partnered with MBA Dean’s Fellows, receive peer mentorship and guidance for success in the MBA program, and work with career and leadership coaches.

According to Doug Shackelford, dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler, “We view this as part of our school’s service to the state: educating our best and brightest in a field that fuels the state’s economic engine and innovation.”