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North Carolina has the kind of active business climate that MBA grads need to thrive. In fact, the state was ranked fourth in the nation among America’s top states for business 2012 by CNBC, which gave the state high marks for its workforce, business friendliness, technology and innovation, and infrastructure and transportation. The state is also home to some prominent schools of business, many of which offer online MBA programs in North Carolina. For example, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business became the first business school considered a top 15 program to launch a fully-online MBA degree program. Research-triangle neighbor North Carolina State University soon followed suit, designing an online MBA in North Carolina that centers on technology. Both online programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), acknowledged by many to be the gold standard in business education.

MBA programs in North Carolina aim to prepare students to take up leadership positions in the state’s most promising industries. These key industries include aerospace and aviation, defense, automotive, financial services, software/information technology, and more, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. MBA programs cultivate core competencies in financial accounting, marketing management, managerial finance, ethical leadership, and project management that are highly valued by employers in all of these industries. In particular, top North Carolina employers like Cisco, NetApp, and SAS will continue to need accounting analysts, financial managers, software developers, technical marketers, product managers, and more.

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Gardner-Webb University
Campus: Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Type: Private, Faith Based
Accreditation: ACBSP
Base Program Cost: $16,020
Per Credit Hour: 445 (Includes fees)
Minimum Credit Hours: 36
GMAT Required: Yes
Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives
On Campus Requirements: No
School Site: Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid
OnlineMBA.com School Profile: Gardner-Webb University Online MBA Program

East Carolina University
Campus: Greenville, North Carolina
Type: Public
Accreditation: AACSB
Base Program Cost (NR): $49,080
Per Credit Hour (NR): $818
Base Program Cost (R): $17,340
Per Credit Hour (R): $289
Minimum Credit Hours: 60
GMAT Required: Yes
Minimum Time Commitment: 30
Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives
On Campus Requirements: No. But students will need to work with administrators to locate a mutually agreeable proctoring location for at least one exam per course.
School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid
OnlineMBA.com School Profile: East Carolina University Online MBA Program

North Carolina State University
Campus: Raleigh, North Carolina
Type: Public
Accreditation: AACSB
Base Program Cost (NR): $53,685
Per Credit Hour (NR): $1,193
Base Program Cost (R): $37,485
Per Credit Hour (R): $833
Minimum Credit Hours: 45
GMAT Required: Yes
Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives (Technology Emphasis)
On Campus Requirements: Yes. A three-day residency in Raleigh in October and 10-day study abroad trip.
School Site: Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid
OnlineMBA.com School Profile: North Carolina State University Online MBA Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Type: Public
Accreditation: AACSB
Base Program Cost: $91,225
Per Credit Hour: $1,382
Minimum Credit Hours: 66
GMAT Required: Yes
Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives
On Campus Requirements: Yes. Four weekend residencies, two are required.
School Site: Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid
OnlineMBA.com School Profile: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Online MBA Program


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