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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
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DeanDouglas A. Shackelford
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Coordinates: 35°53′59″N 79°02′45″W / 35.8998°N 79.0457°W / 35.8998; -79.0457 The Kenan–Flagler Business School is the undergraduate and graduate business school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA for Executives, Master of Accounting, Ph.D., a business certificate program, as well as many executive education programs.


Established in 1919 as the Department of Commerce of UNC Chapel Hill's College of Arts, the School was renamed the Kenan–Flagler Business School in 1991 to honor two American business families and benefactors of the School: philanthropist Mary Lily Kenan Flagler and her husband, Henry Morrison Flagler. The renaming was in recognition of a generous gift from Frank Hawkins Kenan, another Kenan family member and benefactor of the School's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

In 1997, the McColl Building opened at Kenan-Flagler to complete today's campus. With 191,000 square feet (17,700 m2), the McColl Building has more than tripled the space that the school occupied at Carroll Hall.

The Kenan and Flagler Families[edit]

Mary Lily's brother, William R. Kenan, Jr.,[1] discovered acetylene gas, which led to the creation of Union Carbide. Her husband, Henry Morrison Flagler, co-founded the Standard Oil Co. with John D. Rockefeller and is responsible for the development of Florida's eastern coast. Prior to his arrival in Florida, the state was virtually inaccessible except by ship. Flagler founded what eventually became known as the Flagler System Companies made up of railroad, shipping, real estate, and hotel development and utility companies. The system's flagship was the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

In the 1790s, Mary Lily's great-great-grandfather, James Kenan, served on UNC's first board of trustees and contributed to the construction of Old East, the oldest public university building in the United States. Mary Lily's maternal great-great-grandfather, Christopher Barbee, donated more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) of his Orange County farm to the University, then about one-fifth of the campus.

Gifts to the University by the Kenan family total some $50 million to date and include such buildings as Kenan Stadium and the Kenan Center. The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust contributed $10 million to the Bicentennial Campaign for UNC to be used for the Kenan–Flagler Business School's new state-of-the-art building, $10 million for the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont, and $1 million for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Venturing.


Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[2]20
Financial Times[4]41
Bloomberg Businessweek[5]17
U.S. News & World Report[7]16
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[9]10
U.S. News & World Report[10]7

MBA Full-time Program Rankings (additional to chart)

  • US News and World Report
    • 7th in undergraduate business
  • The Vault's Ranking of Best MBA programs[11]
    • 16th in the United States
  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes (Aspen Institute)
    • 7th in the United States[12]
  • PrivateEquityBlogger.com
    • 5th of the best business schools for private equity[13]
  • Princeton Review and Entrepreneur
    • 11th for graduate programs in entrepreneurship[14]

MBA for Executives Programs

MBA@UNC Online

MAC Program (Master of Accounting)

  • Public of Accounting Report: 7[19]

Executive Development (Non-Degree Programs)

Program and Curriculum[edit]

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA degree program requires 63.0 credit hours and leverages a variety of learning environments and methodologies, including:

  • Case-study method
  • Interactive lecture
  • Small group activities
  • Live simulation
  • Real-world business partnerships

A number of different MBA program are available, including full-time, online,[21] and evening/weekend offerings.[22] MBA@UNC delivers the same MBA program but in a virtual environment. The online MBA program can be completed in 18–36 months.[21]

Online MBA[edit]

MBA@UNC started in 2012[23] and includes concentrations in Data-Analytics and Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing and Strategy and Consulting.[24] MBA@UNC has been ranked a top online MBA program by numerous publications.[25][26][27] The curriculum lays a broad business foundation with an emphasis on strategic leadership.[24]

Diversity at Kenan-Flagler[edit]

UNC MBA students represent an array of races, gender, geography, cultures and lifestyles. They enroll with a broad range of functional and industry experience and pursue careers across a wide spectrum of opportunity.

UNC Kenan-Flagler participates in many organizations and events to recruit minority and female students. These efforts include membership to:

Kenan-Flagler organizes and/or participates in the following events and organizations:

  • Inside Kenan-Flagler (preview weekend for pre-screened minority MBA prospects)
  • Minority-themed online chats and discussion groups
  • Minority-themed CRM (customer/client relationship management) email campaign
  • National Black MBA Association (conference participation and print media)
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs (conference participation and print media)
  • Collaboration with UNC Kenan-Flagler student organizations
  • Sponsor of Forté Career Lab for undergraduate women




See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The 50 best business schools in the world 2015". Business Insider. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Full time MBA ranking". Economist-. 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2019". Financial Times. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Best Business Schools". Vault.com. 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
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  12. ^ "Beyond Grey Pinstrips".
  13. ^ "PrivateEquityBlogger.com".
  14. ^ "Princeton Review and Entrepreneur".
  15. ^ "The Wall Street Journal". 29 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Bloomberg BusinessWeek".
  17. ^ "Executive MBA Ranking 2016". The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  18. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". 25 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Public of Accounting Report".
  20. ^ a b "Financial Times". The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  21. ^ a b "2018 Top-Ranked Online MBA Degree | MBA@UNC". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  22. ^ "An Unmatched MBA Portfolio". The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  23. ^ "UNC brings rarity to online MBA programs: Credibility". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  24. ^ a b "2018 Top-Ranked Online MBA Degree | MBA@UNC". Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  25. ^ "Top 25 Online MBA Programs | The Princeton Review". www.princetonreview.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  26. ^ "MBA Rankings". U.S. News.
  27. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-29.