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Online MBA 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.

Course Sequence and Requirements

Professional Online MBA students can complete the 40-credit hour program in as few as 21 months (Accelerated Path) or create a six-year plan (Flexible Path).

The accelerated track is an optional intensive plan that allows students to complete their program in 21 months.

To complete the program within this time frame, students will have a reduced selection of elective courses and will need to register for an international course or take a class on campus to meet their graduation requirements.

The flexible track gives students the option to create a plan that accommodates their work or other life demands. In some semesters, you may take 3 or 4 credit hours; in other semesters, you may register for more. Students must complete the program within six years and maintain the requirements for continuous enrollment as per the Graduate School’s policy

Core Requirements

MBA 501: Financial Accounting1
MBA 502: Managerial Accounting1
MBA 505: Essential Economics for Managers2
MBA 506: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions I1
MBA 507: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions II1
MBA 510: Critical Thinking for Managers1
MBA 512: Ethical Thinking for Managers1
MBA 520: Financial Management of Corporations2
MBA 531: Leading People 1 (Raleigh Residency)1
MBA 532: Leading People 2 (Raleigh Residency)2
MBA 540: Principles of Operations & Supply Chain Management2
MBA 560: Marketing Management and Strategy2
MBA 580: Creating Value in Organizations3
Total Core Requirement20

Other Required Courses

MBA Analytics/Quantitative Course3
MBA Practicum3
MBA Electives14
Total Program Hours40

Online MBA Experience

Our core curriculum focuses on technology, research, business processes, and practical applications in a collaborative learning environment. 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 Career Management Center and receive technical support through the NC State DELTA Department.

Raleigh Residency

Online students are required to complete two in-person three-day residencies in Raleigh (MBA 531 and MBA 532). You will gain essential leadership skills, network and earn course credits in a dynamic, in-person environment.

MBA students sit at tables during Raleigh Residency