All You Need Know about the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA

UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business

The real estate program in Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina is truly top-notch. If you’re interested in real estate programs, you owe it to yourself to look into what UNC Kenan-Flagler has to offer in this regard. They currently place 12% of their students in real estate, the highest rate of any major MBA program.

In addition to real estate, Kenan-Flagler also has great placement in investment banking in both the regional center of Charlotte, NC, and in New York. Through UNC’s Finance Development Program, you can choose to develop the skills needed to succeed in a career in investment banking or any other area of corporate finance.

A third factor to keep in mind when considering UNC Kenan-Flagler is that they have been generous in giving out merit-based scholarships in recent years. Approximately 30% of their students receive merit-based fellowships to cover part or all of their tuition. Some of these fellowships are also open to international students.

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Class Profile

Acceptance Rate51%
Class Size 344
GMAT Average 694
GPA Average 3.40
Average Age Does not disclose
Avg. Years Work Experience 4.5 years
Diversity Women 31%
Diversity Intl. 8%
Pre-MBA Industries Does not disclose
Undergraduate Majors Does not disclose

The data above is from 2020 and represents the UNC Kenan-Flagler class of 2022.*
See the full report: UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Employment Report & Careers

Salary Average$156,545.00
Offers At 3 Mos. 86%
Post-MBA Industries Financial Services: 19%
Technology: 18%
Consulting: 16%
Healthcare: 13%
Real Estate: 11%
Energy: 5%
Consumer Packaged Goods: 4%
Retail: 3%
Transportation & Logistics Services: 2%
Manufacturing: 2%
Other: 7%
Post-MBA Locations United States: 99%
Mid-Atlantic: 12%
Midwest: 5%
Northeast: 18%
South: 37%
Southwest: 11%
West: 16%
Non-US: 1%
Post-MBA Companies

Does not disclose

Career Development Resources

UNC Kenan-Flagler Career

The data above is from 2021 and represents the career statistics of the UNC Kenan-Flagler class of 2020.* (Note: Salary Average is a total of Salary + Signing Bonus.)
See the full report: UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Employment Report

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Academic Programs

MBA Curriculum

The UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA curriculum is distributed across four modules over the fall and spring of years one and two. Each module contains seven weeks of instruction. By following the core curriculum, students build a strong foundation in several business areas, including Data Analytics and Decision Making, Global Economics, Ethics, Corporate, and Individual Responsibility, and Business Strategy. Students choose from a wide range of electives starting in module three of the first year of the MBA. Each year, Kenan-Flagler changes 10% of its elective course offerings in order to maintain a focus on current business topics. Some of the subject areas with regular course offerings are Family Business, Real Estate, Capital Markets and Investments, Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship.

See the full offering of courses: Kenan-Flagler MBA Course Catalog


UNC Kenan-Flagler does not require students to declare an official major as part of their degree. However, the program offers the following 12 concentration areas for students to choose from to help them shape their elective coursework.

  • Capital Markets and Investments
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Data, Digital Analysis and Technology
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Enterprise
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sustainable Enterprise

Experiential Learning Programs

The experiential learning program at Kenan-Flagler provides a variety of ways in which students can gain experiences outside of the classroom during the two years of their MBA. Students can implement their consulting skills through the Student Teams Achieving Results group. In addition, students can also get involved with student-managed funds or the Nonprofit Board Consultants Program.

Research Centers

There are 10 research centers that are part of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The school also hosts four additional centers: the Center for Excellence in Investment Management, the Global Business Center, the Luther H. Hodges Leadership Center, and the Wells Fargo Center for Corporate Finance.

MBA International Study Programs

Besides exchange programs where students can spend time abroad at one of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s partner institutions, the program includes other global opportunities, including the option of participating in a global elective, where students can learn about a different culture and economy in greater detail.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the Kenan-Flagler MBA admissions office are described below.


Here are the prompts for Kenan-Flagler 2020-2021 application:

  • Essay 1 (Required) : Your response should be no longer than 500 words and should address the following questions:
    • What are your immediate career goals?
    • How will you benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler?
    • As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change that can guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?
  • Essay 2 (Required): Your response should be no longer than 300 words and should address the following question:
    • 2020 brought many defining experiences, including: a global pandemic, changes to learning and working environments, and calls for social justice and racial equity. At UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, these experiences propel us to strengthen efforts to increase the diversity in our community, to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment and to teach our students to manage diversity, equity and inclusion. What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020? Please share your experience and what you learned about yourself as a leader. Tell us how you changed or would like to change your leadership style? If you were not leading a team, tell us what you learned at your level about diversity, equity and inclusion. How do you expect to continue that growth in the MBA program?
  • Essay (Optional): (for all applicants) provides an opportunity to share additional information not presented elsewhere in your application with the admissions committee. In 150 words or less, consider addressing any of the questions below:
    • If you have not completed coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
    • What conditions caused you to experience inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores?
    • How have you chosen your recommenders?

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2020-2021 Kenan-Flagler recommender questions are as follows:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (recommended word count: 50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (recommended word count: 500 words)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (recommended word count: 500 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know? (no word limit)

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UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Admissions Interviews

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers two interview options: an open interview option and an invite-only option. Open interviews take place on campus in September and October. All interviews are conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee. For the open interview option, you must schedule your interview at least nine days in advance of the appointment. Although a completed application is not required before the interview, you are required to start your application before the interview appointment. If you choose the invite-only route, you may conduct your interview on-campus, off-campus, or via a webcam. 

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What Makes UNC Kenan-Flagler Unique?

  • Kenan-Flagler’s curriculum has a strong emphasis on experiential learning, including the STAR (Student Teams Achieving Results) program, where you will get the opportunity to work with real companies to help them solve business programs.
  • 12% placement into real estate with a terrific real-estate program.

*All data retrieved from the UNC Kenan Flagler MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.