Professional Evening MBA Advising

Academic Advising

The academic advisor for all Professional Evening MBA students is Deborah Waller Wilkins. 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 starting Fall 2016 or later. A summary of those changes is provided on the Academic Advising main page and the requirements are listed in the chart below.

Students starting prior to Fall 2016 should adhere to the graduation requirements under which you started the program, also 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: Global Economics for Managers(2 hr) MBA 505: Global Economics for Managers (3 hr)
Finance MBA 520: Managerial Finance (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: Production & Operations Management (2 hr) MBA 540: Production & Operations Management (3 hr)
Organizational Behavior MBA 590 Raleigh Residency #1* (1 hr) and MBA 590 Residency #2 (2 hr)  MBA 530: People Management (3) and MBA 590: Raleigh Residency (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) None
Total Core Hours: 19 hours  25 hours
Area of Emphasis 6 hours None
Analytics/Quantitative Course 3 hours None
Practicum 3 or 4 hours  3 or 4 hours
MBA Electives 8 to 9 hours 10 to 11 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 see how to plan for those courses.

Practicum Requirements

All professional evening students 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 you can access the Course Descriptions 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 credits 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 professional evening program based on their own academic, professional, and personal needs. We encourage students to speak with an 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 3-4 hours per credit hour taken on outside the classroom on reading, coursework, group projects, and studying in a week.

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 students to complete their program in 21 months. The accelerated path is targeted toward Professional 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 and concentration course selection. It is likely that they will have to complete an international course or take a course at the campus that is not their home campus (RTP, Main Campus or online) in order to complete graduation requirements in 21 months. Students should consult a Jenkins MBA academic advisor to confirm the most appropriate course plan.

Example Sequence:

 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3  Term 4 Term 5
MBA 501: Financial Acct. (1 hr) and MBA 520: Finance (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: Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 hr) Analytics Course (3 hr) MBA 590: Residency #2 (2 hr)
MBA 505: Global Economics for Managers (2 hr) and MBA 502 Managerial Accounting (1 hr) MBA 580: Creating Value in Organizations (3) Depth Course #2 (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr) Practicum Course  (3-4 hr)
MBA 510: Critical Thinking For Managers (1 hr) Depth Course #1 (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr) Elective Course (3 hr)
MBA 590: Raleigh Residency #1 (1 hr)*
Total: 8 hours  Total: 9 hours  Total: 7 hours  Total: 9 hours  Total: 7 hours


Course Planning Tips

A few notes to help in course planning:

  • Professional Evening MBA students will complete a mandatory Virtual Orientation and complete modules several weeks prior to the start of classes.
  • Professional Evening MBA students have two in person residency class that is required for Graduation starting in Fall 2016 (only one for those who started Spring 2016). Students should plan to take the Raleigh Residency in their first semester in the program.
  • Customized Format – Beginning with the Spring 2016 registration period, students enrolled in the Professional Evening 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. Professional evening students interested in taking online 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.
  • Elective course sections will be offered for courses where there is enough demand to fill a section and resources are available to offer it in an evening section.