Professional Online MBA Advising

Academic Advising

The academic advisor for all Online MBA students is Vilma Mueller.  You can find contact information and instructions for scheduling an advising session on the Academic Advising main page.

Curriculum Requirements

The Jenkins MBA Program announced new curriculum requirements for students beginning Fall 2016 or later.  Students starting prior to Fall 2016 should adhere to the graduation requirements under which you started the program, outlined below. One exception is the way Core Courses will be delivered moving forward. Please refer to this document for clarification on what your options are for meeting these requirements.

Course Requirements

Below is a list of the required courses broken down in the two different requirement lists, based on your entry date into the program.

Subject Fall 2016 and Later Pre-Fall 2016
Accounting MBA 501: Financial Acct.(1 hr) AND

MBA 502: Managerial Acct. (1 hr)

MBA 503: Accounting for Managers (3hr)
Economics MBA 505: Essential Economics for Managers(2 hr) MBA 505: Global Economics for Managers (3 hr)
Finance MBA 520: Financial Management of Corporations (2 hr) MBA 520: Managerial Finance (3 hr)
Marketing MBA 560: Marketing Management & Strategy (2 hr) MBA 560: Marketing Management & Strategy (3 hr)
Operations/Supply Chain MBA 540: Principles of Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 hr) MBA 540: Production & Operations Management (3 hr)
Organizational Behavior MBA 531 Leading People 1 (Raleigh Residency #1*) (1 hr), MBA 532 Leading People 2 (Raleigh Residency #2)(2 hr)  MBA 530: People Management (3) and MBA 531 Leading People 1 (Raleigh Residency #1) (1 hr)*
Statistics  MBA 506: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 1 (1 hr)  AND

MBA 507: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 2 (1 hr)

 MBA 504: Statistics and Quantitative Methods (3)
Strategy MBA 580: Creating Value in Organizations (3) MBA 580: Global Strategy (3) OR MBA 550: Mgmt of Technology
Writing and Critical Thinking MBA 510: Critical Thinking For Managers(1 hr) MBA 590: Critical Thinking and Writing (1 hr)
 Total Core:  19 hours 26 hours
Area of Emphasis 6 hours None
Analytics/Quantitative Course 3 hours None
Practicum 3 or 4 hours  None
MBA Electives 8 to 9 hours 13 hours
Total Program Hours 40 hours 39 hours

Students serving on active duty in the military may substitute another MBA course in place of the Raleigh Residency, after first consulting with their academic advisor.

Area of Emphasis

Students will complete an area of emphasis and focus on a particular topic area. This requirement is required of all students entering the program starting in Fall 2016. Students should work with their advisor to plan for those courses.

Practicum Requirements

All online students starting in Fall 2016 and after are required to complete at least one practicum course for graduation. Practicum courses vary between 3 to 4 credit hours per course. These hands-on courses are designed to provide you an experiential learning opportunity by working on real company projects. For a list of practicum courses please access the Course Descriptions link below – all practicum courses are notated with *P.

Elective Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to complete electives (the amount of hours depending on the credit hours of your practicum course). These electives may vary in topic area or focus on a special area of interest.  The MBA program provides many 3 hour and 1 hour electives from which students can choose to fulfill those elective hours.

Creating Your Plan for Completion

Students can choose the best format and timeline for completing the online program based on their academic, professional, and personal needs. We encourage students to speak with their advisor to determine the best path toward completion based on their own circumstances.

When deciding on a track, students should expect to spend at least 4-5 hours per credit hour taken on watching lectures, reading, coursework, group projects, and studying in a week.  Some classes may include synchronous sessions and team meetings that students need to factor into deciding what their capacity is to devote to their MBA classes.

Flexible Track

The flexible track allows students the ability to create a plan that accommodates the many obligations they may have as a working professional student. This means that some semesters they may take 3 or 4 credit hours while other semester they may take more. Students must complete the program within 6 years and maintain the requirements for continuous enrollment as per the Graduate School’s policy. Flexible track students should consult with an advisor to make a plan to finish within those requirements.

Accelerated Track

The accelerated track is an intensive plan that allows online students to complete their program in 21 months. The accelerated path is targeted toward Professional Online MBA students who value time to degree completion above all other factors.

Students on the accelerated path are more limited when it comes to elective selection and they may not be able to focus their electives on a specific topic area. It is likely that you will have to complete an international course or a face-to-face course at the Main Raleigh Campus or the RTP Campus in order to complete graduation requirements in 21 months. Students should consult a Jenkins MBA academic advisor to confirm the most appropriate course plan.

Below is an example of a Professional Online MBA Accelerated Track course sequence by semester.

Example Sequence:

 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3  Term 4 Term 5
MBA 501: Financial Acct. (1 hr) and MBA 520: Financial Management of Corporations (2 hr) MBA 560: Marketing Management and Strategy (2 hr) and MBA 506: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 1 (1 hr) MBA 507: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 2 (1 hr) and MBA 540: Principles of Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 hr) Analytics Course (3 hr) MBA 532 Leading People 2 (Raleigh Residency #2) (2 hr)
MBA 505: Essential Economics for Managers (2 hr) and MBA 502 Managerial Accounting (1 hr) MBA 580: Creating Value in Organizations (3) Area of Emphasis Course #2 (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr) Practicum Course  (3-4 hr)
MBA 510: Critical Thinking For Managers (1 hr) Area of Emphasis Course #1 (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr)
MBA 531: Leading People 1 (Raleigh Residency #1) (1)*
Total: 8 hours  Total: 9 hours  Total: 6 hours  Total: 9 hours  Total: 8 hours


Course Planning Tips

A few notes to help in course planning:

  • Professional Online MBA students will complete a mandatory Virtual Orientation and complete modules several weeks prior to the start of classes.
  • Professional Online MBA students have two in-person residencies (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2) that are required for graduation beginning in Fall 2016 (only one for those who started Spring 2016). Students should plan to take MBA 531 Leading People 1 (Raleigh Residency #1) in their first semester in the program. MBA 532 Leading People 2 (Raleigh Residency #2) must be completed prior to graduation.
  • Customized Format – Beginning with the Spring 2016 registration period, students enrolled in the  Online MBA program will be able to participate in the MBA Customized Option, which allows for courses to be taken outside of your base campus/format.  Each semester seats will be saved in some core classes for students who wish to take classes outside of their base program/format. Online students interested in taking face-to-face classes can now do so. However, available seats may be limited so interested students should sign up earlier in the registration process before the seats are filled.
  • Students should refer to the NC State University Calendar for important registration/drop/add/start dates.