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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 rate Does not disclose  Does not disclose
GMAT Average: 697
Range (mid 80%): 650-750
GRE Does not disclose
GPA Average: 3.4
Range: Does not disclose
Age/Experience Age: 28 years
Work Experience (years): 5
Diversity Women: 29%
International: 17%
Pre-MBA Industries Does not disclose
Undergraduate Majors Does not disclose

The data above is from 2019 and represents the UNC Kenan-Flagler class of (yet to add information here).*
See the full report: UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Employment Report & Careers

Offers & Compensation
Average Salary + Signing bonus: $153,565
% Offers upon Graduation:   Does not disclose
% Offers at 3 months: 88%
Post-MBA Industries
Technology: 21%
Financial Services: 20%
Consulting: 17%
Real Estate: 12%
Healthcare: 11%
Post-MBA Locations
United States: 100%
Mid-Atlantic: 10%
Midwest: 4%
Northeast: 22%
South: 38%
Southwest: 8%
West: 19%
Post-MBA Companies UNC Kenan-Flager Employer's List
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The data above is from 2019 and represents the career statistics of the UNC Kenan-Flagler class of 2019.*
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

Majors

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.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Kenan-Flagler 2019-2020 application:

  • Essay 1: Please respond to the questions below that will assist us in learning more about you:
    a) Tell us what your immediate career goals are and how you will benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School.
    b) As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change and guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore? (500 words maximum)
  • Essay 2: Please select one topic below and respond to the prompt:
    Topic 1: What is one thing that we do not know about you that you want us to know? Topic 2: Provide us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Did you achieve the results you were looking for? Topic 3: Tell us about a time when you felt or witnessed someone being marginalized. How did you feel? What did you take away from the experience and how has it encouraged you to be an inclusive leader? (250 words maximum)
  • Optional Essay: Is there any additional information not presented elsewhere in your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider? Optional areas to address include: a) If you have not had coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself? b) Inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores c) Choice of recommenders (150 words maximum)

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2019-2020 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.