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Policies and Procedures

The Jenkins MBA maintains policies and procedures related to admissions to ensure a clear, consistent and smooth process for all applicants.

Admissions Process

The Admissions Committee will review your application. Interviews are required for all applicants prior to being admitted and we will notify you if you have been selected to interview.

With the exception of One Day to MBA participants, the MBA Admissions Committee will notify Professional Online MBA applicants of their recommendation of admission or denial within 8 weeks after their application is placed under review and Full-time MBA applicants will be notified by the dates listed on our application deadlines page.  You will receive a letter from the Dean of the Graduate School with the official decision. For security reasons, we do not give admission decisions on the telephone.

All admissions decisions are final. If you are denied admission, you may reapply the following admissions cycle. The MBA Office holds all application materials for one year, so you will not need to resubmit transcripts or GMAT/GRE scores unless your scores or transcripts have changed. If you are reapplying to the program, we recommend that you contact our office to discuss your previous application and candidacy.

You must enroll under the program format (Full-timeProfessional Online) for which you applied. If you need to make a change, you must request approval from the MBA Office.

Interview Policy and Process

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. Applicants to the MBA program are selected to interview based on the quality of a completed application. We will not offer admission to a candidate until he/she has completed a personal interview with a member of the Admissions Committee and a completed application has been reviewed.

If you are chosen to interview, we will send you an email message that describes the process for scheduling an interview. Interviews may be conducted in-person at one of our MBA Campus locations (if possible) or virtually through Zoom.

Interviews are typically conducted one-to-one, with the applicant and one Admissions Committee representative. Interviews usually take approximately 30 minutes and include questions focused on teamwork, leadership, career goals, and professional/academic experience. If time allows at the end, applicants are welcome to ask questions about the program and admission process. The suggested attire for the interview is business professional. Unless otherwise notified, applicants do not need to bring any materials with them to the interview.

International Students

International students whose undergraduate transcripts are in a language other than English are required to provide an official English translation.

Applicants with a 3 year bachelor’s degree are required to request a course by course evaluation, as well as a conversion to a GPA on a 4.0 scale.

We accept international credential evaluations from members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services), AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators) or AACRAO(American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). Others may be acceptable as well, but please check with the Graduate School if a question as to the appropriateness of the evaluation arises.

General information about being an international student at NC State University is available at Office of International Services.

The Poole College of Management Career Center will diligently work with international students to help them meet their career goals. Post-MBA employment within the United States is sometimes challenging, so we encourage international MBA students to work early on and as closely as possible with the CMC to create a plan of action.

Foreign nationals will not be granted F-1 and J-1 visa documentation (the I-20 and DS-2019 respectively) based on admission to a Distance Education (DE) or Online program. Additionally, it is a violation of status for an F-1 or J-1 student to change curriculum or major from a traditional course of study to a DE or Online program after arrival to NC State University.

Sponsored F-1 and J-1 students may enroll in Professional Online MBA courses, but restrictions apply and must be discussed with Jenkins MBA Academic Advising. Additional questions may be addressed to the NC State Office of International Services.

Transfer Credits

The NC State Jenkins MBA program can accept up to 12 hours of transfer credit from another AACSB-accredited MBA program for the Professional Online MBA program, but not for the Full-time MBA program. The grade received for a transfer class must be a “B” or better, and the class must have been taken no more than six years prior to the applicant’s projected graduation date from the MBA Program at NC State’s Jenkins Graduate School. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher when they left their previous program in order for transfer credits to be accepted.  Once an applicant has been admitted to the program, the MBA program will determine the number of credit hours and which courses will be transferred.

Admission Deferral

Applicants who are granted admission may defer their enrollment for up to one year. If an admitted applicant decides to defer their admission after paying the required $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit, the applicant may also request for that to be deferred along with their admission for up to one year.


All students are required to attend MBA orientation prior to the start of classes. Specific dates and details are posted on the incoming students website as they become available. Full-time MBA applicants should plan to attend the entirety of a two-week orientation in the beginning of August each year. Professional Online MBA applicants should plan for a multi-week virtual orientation prior to the start of classes, as well as two immersion weekends during the course of the program.

Laptop Requirement

The Jenkins MBA program requires all students admitted to the program own or have access to a laptop computer. For more information about minimum specifications and details on purchasing a laptop, please see NC State Computer Recommendations.

Enrollment Restrictions

The Jenkins MBA program restricts enrollment in graduate management courses to students who are enrolled as degree candidates in graduate programs at NC State University. This rationale for this policy includes:

  • AACSB International accreditation standards require graduate programs in management to be restricted to graduate students.
  • MBA courses are generally at full capacity and cannot accommodate additional students.
  • To maintain academic rigor in the program, all students must be screened and meet required scholastic and professional criteria.