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

Students take an integrated core curriculum, with a focus on technology, business processes, and practical applications in a collaborative online 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.

The NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA program is taught using mainly asynchronous methods with some synchronous methods. This means that 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 and Blackboard Collaborate, streaming video files, and discussion boards.

Students have access to the same resources as our on-campus students, including the Jenkins Career Management Center and excellent technical support through the NC State DELTA Department.

For every hour spent in the virtual classroom, students typically spend two to three hours outside of class studying and working in teams.

Area of Emphasis Requirement

Want your MBA to elevate your marketing management skills? Interested in pairing your current background in technology with business?

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

Students have ample opportunity to customize their MBA through 9 hours of elective courses–apart from those already completed for the area of emphasis, practicum and analytical requirements — in the 40-credit hour program.

Accelerated Path

Students can select from an Accelerated or Flexible program to earn their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years.

The accelerated path (21 months to graduation) was developed specifically for Professional Online MBA students who value time to degree completion above all other factors.

Students on the accelerated path are not typically able to complete an area of emphasis, and it is likely that you will have to take some courses outside of your home campus (RTP, Main Campus or online) in order to complete graduation requirements in 21 months.

Residency Requirements

Professional Online MBA students will complete a mandatory Virtual Orientation and complete online modules prior to the start of classes.

Students are required to attend two 3-day residencies (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2) on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh, NC. The first residency (MBA 531) will take place during the first semester in the program. The second residency (MBA 532) must be completed prior to graduation.

The focus of the Raleigh Residency is to provide important lessons on non-verbal communication, presentation, and networking skills. Active duty military may waive this residency requirement and replace with another elective course.