UNC business school opening new Charlotte MBA program


Dean Doug Shackelford of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in front of Legacy Union in Uptown, where the school’s new MBA program will be housed.

Courtesy of Heather Tamol

UNC Chapel Hill is bringing its Kenan-Flagler Business School to Charlotte this fall, the school announced Wednesday. It’s the school’s first expansion outside Chapel Hill, according to the university.

The business school will open a Charlotte executive MBA program at Legacy Union in uptown this September. Here’s what’s to know about the project:

Who will be there: The program is expected to have 40 students in its inaugural class, spokeswoman Heather Tamol said. Professors from the school’s Chapel Hill location will travel to Charlotte to teach in-person classes.

The program: The curriculum for the MBA program will be the same as at Chapel Hill, with slight Charlotte-specific modifications. Students will have events with their Chapel Hill peers and with business leaders over the course of the two-year program. One element unique to the Charlotte program is a course that will feature Friday lunches with C-Suite executives from businesses based in the city.

For its fall launch, the Charlotte executive MBA program will use existing lecture space within Legacy Union. The full campus build-out will be complete in spring 2023.

Significance: It puts students in the center of a growing business and economic hub, the school said in its news release.

Kenan-Flagler’s dean, Doug Shackelford, said in a statement that the Charlotte program “gives us the opportunity to be a stronger part of this vibrant city where we can immerse ourselves in the region’s industries, create a pipeline of talent for its businesses and empower its next generation of leaders.”

This story was originally published July 27, 2022 11:30 AM.

Gabe Castro-Root is an intern on the business desk at The Charlotte Observer. Originally from San Francisco, he is studying journalism and sustainability at American University in Washington, D.C.

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