Online Curriculum

Our 40-credit hour Professional Online MBA program offers the utmost flexibility in an MBA program. You may earn a top-ranked MBA on your own time from anywhere in the world.

Top-ranked Online MBA

Our core curriculum focuses on technology, research, business processes, and practical applications in a collaborative learning environment. 

Through a mix of coursework, virtual simulations, and team-based projects, students connect with a supportive community of peers and faculty, forming a network with lifelong benefits. 

Students can complete the course requirements at a time and location convenient to them, within the deadlines set by each professor. 

Students access courses through WolfWare, NC State’s online learning management system featuring educational tools such as:

  • Moodle 
  • Zoom
  • Streaming video files
  • Discussion boards

While online, students still have access to the Jenkins Career Management Center and receive technical support through the NC State DELTA Department.

Area of Emphasis Requirement

Professional Online MBA students do not declare a concentration but do complete an  Area of Emphasis, comprised of 6 credit hours of study in a particular business area. This requirement mirrors the concentration areas for Full-time MBA students. You may also choose to earn a certificate in a specific field of study. 

Students also have ample opportunity to customize their MBA through 9 hours of elective courses– above and beyond the depth, practicum, and analytical requirements — within the 40-credit hour program.

Accelerated Path

The accelerated track is an intensive plan that allows students to complete their program in 21 months. The accelerated path is best suited for Professional Online MBA students who value a timely degree completion above all other factors.

Students on the accelerated path are not likely able to complete an area of emphasis. You will also have more limitations when selecting electives. You will need to register for an international course or take a class in another platform (RTP campus or online) to meet your graduation requirements within the intended timeframe.

Residency Requirements

All Professional Online MBA students must complete a Virtual Orientation (MBA Launch) and related online modules before the first day of class. Students are required to complete two residencies, MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2. 

Each residency is a credit-bearing 3-day course held in Raleigh, NC. Students completing their first residency (MBA 531) in the first semester of the program and the second residency (MBA 532) before graduation.

Residencies provide important lessons in communication, presentation, and networking skills. Active duty military may waive their residency and substitute the requirement for other elective courses.

Course Sequence

Professional Online MBA students can complete the 40-credit hour program in as few as 21 months or create a six-year plan. Click the link below to view a standard course sequence.