UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

The focus on experiential learning has paid off for UNC MBA with the median base salary at a respectable $110,000 taking the total salary to $132,500. Financial Services, Technology, and Consulting were the three popular industries bringing in salaries in the $133,000 to $155,000 range.

UNC MBA Salary by Industry

Other industries that were chosen by less than 10% of the class but hovered above the 5% mark include Healthcare, Real Estate, Manufacturing, and Consumer Packaged Goods.

UNC MBA Salary by Function
Finance was the clear favorite for the latest UNC MBA class with a third of the class choosing the job function while Consulting was the second popular, both taking in above $134,000 in total median salary. Marketing and General Management were the other two popular job functions, represented by over 15% of the class. Consulting job function earned the highest base salary - $117,500.

Reference: UNC MBA Employment Report

Duke Fuqua MBA vs UNC MBAThe rivalry between UNC and Duke is not limited to College basketball; the competition as a favorite MBA destination is much fiercer. While the casual researcher favors UNC for the good-looking crowd, serious applicants should consider five factors: ranking, curriculum, location, class profile, and post-MBA jobs.


According to US News, Duke is at #14 while UNC is just behind at #19 for the best Business School. The surprise however was with the 2014 BusinessWeek ranking where Duke Fuqua was ranked #1 in the 2-yearly ranking, rising five positions from the 2012 position. In terms of ranking parameters, BusinessWeek considers Student Satisfaction and Employer Survey on equal weightage (45%), validating further on Duke’s edge over UNC, which was ranked #12th in the top 100 rankings.


UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA’s core curriculum is comprised of 13 core courses, majority of which (10) are completed during the first-year fall semester. The spring of second year is mostly devoted to elective courses with students getting the opportunity to pick from over 125 courses every year. The electives are clustered into 10 concentrations:...

UNC Kenan Flagler MBA Essay TipsUNC Kenan-Flagler Business School has released the essays for 2013-14 MBA admission season. There are three required and two optional essays this year. The required essays have word limit of 500 words each and the optional ones at 300 each.

Essay One (Required)

What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

When you think about personal strengths and characteristics, several traits come to our mind but for Business Schools, there are strengths that are more relevant. Here is a list of strengths and characteristics that would be relevant for the essays:

• Accountability
• Bravery
• Calmness
• Clarity
• Commitment
• Confidence
• Consistency
• Decisiveness
• Determination
• Efficiency
• Ethics
• Flexibility
• Honesty
• Humility
• Integrity
• Leadership
• Open-mindedness
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Sincerity
• Teamwork
• Volunteering

Pick two or three strengths that are complementary and balances your...

There are three required essays and two optional essays. The essays for the 2012-2013 application season are:

Essay One (Required): What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

Essay Two (Required): Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

Essay Three (Required): What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

Essay Four (Optional): If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

Essay Five (Optional): Is...

UNC Kenan-Flagler has released its MBA Application Deadlines for 2012-13. Here are the important dates.                        

                        Deadline 1         Deadline 2       Deadline 3    Deadline 4

Application           Oct 19               Dec 7               Jan 11            
Mar 15
Interview By         Dec 3                Jan 25              Mar 11             Apr 12...

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