Professional Online MBA Advising

Academic Advising

All Jenkins MBA students work with a dedicated advisor from the time of admission through graduation. You can find contact information and instructions for scheduling an advising session on the Academic Advising page.

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 for all students entering the program in Fall 2016 and later. Students should work with their advisors to see how to plan for those courses.

Practicum Requirements

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

Elective Requirements

Students are also required to complete electives, which may vary in topic-area, focus, or specialized area of interest. The number of hours depends on the credits hours of your practicum course. The MBA program provides many 3-hour and 1-hour electives to fulfill your elective requirements.

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. When deciding on a track, students should expect to spend at least 4-5 hours per credit hour outside the classroom on reading, coursework, group projects, and studying. Some classes may include synchronous sessions and team meetings that students need to consider when determining their capacity and the demand of the MBA program.

Flexible Track

The flexible track gives students the option to create a plan that accommodates their work or other life demands. Some semesters you may take 3 or 4 credit hours while another semester, you may register for 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 students to complete their program in 21 months. The accelerated path is best suited for Professional MBA students who value a timely degree completion above all other factors.

Students on the accelerated path are more limited when it comes to elective and concentration course selection. You will likely have to complete an international course and/or take a class at another campus (RTP, Main Campus, or online) to complete all graduation requirements within the intended timeframe.

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 must complete a mandatory Virtual Orientation (MBA Launch)and related modules several weeks before the start of classes.
  • It is mandatory that all Professional Online MBA students complete (2) in-person residency classes to qualify for graduation (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2). Students take MBA 531 in the first semester of their program.
  • Students should refer to the NC State University Calendar for registration, drop, add, and start dates.