U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School's MBA@UNC program No. 1 in its first ranking of online MBA programs.
"We created MBA@UNC to provide access to a world-class program for people for whom coming to campus isn't a viable option," said Douglas Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler and the first associate dean of MBA@UNC. "It is a new model of online education based on UNC's tradition of excellence, innovation and access."
"MBA@UNC provides an in-person program offered online, combining maximum flexibility without compromising the quality of the classroom experience," said Susan Cates (MBA '98), executive director of MBA@UNC. "Our students are high-potential working professionals who want to earn a world-class MBA from wherever they are in the world without leaving their jobs or moving."
UNC Kenan-Flagler launched MBA@UNC on July 4, 2011, and today more than 630 students are enrolled. They represent 47 states and 35 countries, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Columbia, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, U.K. and across the United States.
"When we announced our plans for MBA@UNC in 2010, we pledged to offer the same quality as our other top-ranked MBA programs: the same world-class faculty, rigorous curriculum and selective admissions standards," said Sridhar Balasubramanian, associate dean of both MBA@UNC and the full-time MBA Program. "Today we are proud that MBA@UNC is recognized for excellence with this No. 1 ranking."
"Our students' commitment to their education, their engagement with the School and their career success are remarkable," said Cates. "They have earned promotions, taken new jobs, made career changes, and moved across the United States or around the globe while enrolled at UNC Kenan-Flagler."
MBA@UNC blends the flexibility of an online program with intensively interactive experiences and the rigor and quality of an on-campus program.
To deliver MBA@UNC, UNC Kenan-Flagler collaborates with technology partner 2U Inc., which provides an advanced online learning platform and support for students and faculty. 2U is a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver high-quality education to qualified students anywhere.
MBA@UNC tied with online programs at Indiana University and Temple University for the No. 1 spot in the U.S. News ranking. U.S. News ranked programs on five categories: