The UNCG MBA program consists of 45 credit hours. Students can enter in the Fall or Spring semester and work toward their MBA year-round by taking summer courses. Depending on their circumstances, students may be able to finish the program in as few as 21 months.

Whether fully online or on-campus with online options, the program’s coursework allows students to tailor their education to their schedule. On-campus courses are offered Monday through Thursday with classes meeting one night per week, usually from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. Online courses are entirely asynchronous, meaning they can be accessed at any time.

Students can customize their MBA by selecting from more than 30 elective courses. Students can use the required 9 elective hours to complete one of our seven concentrations. With 3 additional hours a student can add a separate graduate certificate in most of the concentration areas.

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Core Curriculum

From foundational business courses to your Capstone project and every elective in between, our advisors will help you map out the path that’s best for you. Learn from the Bryan School’s nationally-recognized MBA faculty as you work toward your personal and professional goals.

*Note: Applicants with an appropriate undergraduate degree in business may be allowed to waive up to nine credit hours of specific MBA courses based on academic coursework taken in the last five years. Waivers are determined when a completed application is reviewed.

Experience-based tracks

The Bryan School offers two experience-based tracks: an Early Career Professional Program as well as an Experienced Professional Program for those with more than five years of professional work experience.

Integrative-level Courses

MBA-706: Marketing Management
MBA-707: Financial Management
MBA-708: Operations for Competitive Advantage
MBA-712: Strategic Management
MBA-714: Business Analytics or MBA 750: Negotiations for Management or BUS 615: Global Business
MBA-717: Innovation
MBA-718: Global Business in Practice
MBA-741: Capstone Consulting Course
MBA-742: Organizational Internship*

*Note: MBA-742 will be waived for students in the Experienced Professionals track.

Curriculum Breakdown

Credit Hours
Basecamp, Mentoring, & Internship*3 hours
Core Classes**30 hours
Electives9 hours
Capstone Consulting Course3 hours
Total45 hours

Note: Applicants in the Early Career track, regardless of their study format, will be required to complete a two-day in-person orientation.

Sample Curriculum

Electives and Concentration Options

The MBA program features nine to twelve hours of elective credit for you to focus on your area of interest. A minimum of nine credit hours of electives is required for the program. Nine credit hours are also required for concentrations. Certificates can be completed in twelve credit hours.

Choose from electives in Conflict Resolution, Consumer Apparel, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Gerontology, Global Business, Information Technology, Marketing and Nonprofit Management.

*Other courses may count towards concentrations as approved by the MBA Program Director.

Required Courses:

  • ISM 645 Principles of Predictive Analytics
  • ISM 646 Visualizing Data to Design Strategy

Choose 3 credits from the following:

  • ECO 643 Econometric Methods
  • ISM 671: Organizing Data for Analytics
  • ISM 688: Projects in Business Analytics
  • MBA 730 Marketing Research

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • ISM 665 Principles of Cyber Security
  • ISM 666 Blockchains and Cryptography
  • ISM 667 Global Cyber Threat Analysis
  • ISM 670 IT Driven Disruptive Innovation Management

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • MBA 720 Investments
  • MBA 721 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • MBA 724 Financial Institutions
  • MBA 744 Real Estate Investment

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • ISM 645: Principles of Predictive Analytics
  • ISM 665: Principles of Cyber Security
  • ISM 671: Organizing Data for Analytics
  • ISM 672: Application Design and Programming
  • ISM 673: Designing Secure Networks and IOT for Business

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • BUS 617: International Strategy
  • BUS 622: Cross-Cultural Management
  • BUS 623 International Marketing OR MBA 733 International Marketing Management
  • BUS 695 Special Topics in International Business

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • MBA 730 Marketing Research
  • MBA 731 Brand Management
  • MBA 732 Consumer Behavior
  • MBA 733 International Marketing Management

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • SCM 650 Principles of Supply Chain Management
  • SCM 651 Analytics for Logistics and Distribution Management
  • SCM 652 Strategic Cost, Design, Procurement, and Contracts
  • SCM 678 Project Management for Dynamic Environments

* Or other appropriate courses as approved by the MBA Program Director.

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
  • Graduate Certificate in Economics of Health Analytics
  • Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Fashion Industry Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership and Strategy
  • Graduate Certificate in IT Development
  • Graduate Certificate in IT Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Business Economics
  • Graduate Certificate in Retail Consumer Data Analytics
  • Graduate Certificate in Retail Merchandising Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Taxation

*Certificates can be attained by adding one course (three credit hours) to the MBA curriculum.

Preparing You for the Global Marketplace

Study Abroad

To better prepare you to compete in the global marketplace, the UNCG MBA offers several opportunities to experience business in foreign cultures. Study abroad improves communication skills, enriches cultural understanding, and increases self-confidence and adaptability. If you are interested in developing your international business skills, you may participate in one of the MBA program’s one-week courses abroad, or may opt for a more significant international experience by studying for a semester at one of the Bryan School’s partner institutions abroad. For more information please visit the International Programs Center.

Doing Business Abroad

Because it can be difficult to devote an entire semester to study abroad, the MBA program has developed MBA 745: Doing Business Abroad, a course designed to expose you to foreign business practices and cultures. This popular one-week course is a faculty-led trip abroad to tour cultural, business and government sites as well as to attend lectures and roundtable discussions with local business leaders and scholars. MBA 745 takes place during Spring Break, and you will receive 3 hours of academic credit for your participation.

Student Consulting Project

In your final semester of the program, you will enroll in MBA 741. This course will be the culmination of your UNCG MBA experience.

In this course, you are organized into consulting teams and assigned to local organizations to develop strategic solutions designated by your capstone client. At the completion of the course, your team formally presents your research findings and recommendations to the client and stakeholders.

This consulting project is led by experienced executive mentors, providing you with significant real-world experience and a coach committed to your success.

From Our Capstone Partners

“As a leading multinational company, the Volvo Group has the opportunity to recruit from the best universities around the world. We have worked with students and faculty from the Bryan School over the past several years and have been very pleased with their knowledge, professionalism and work ethic. The projects they have handled for us have brought immense value to the organization. As a result, we have recruited several Bryan School graduates into my organization.”

Jay Das, Director Business Controlling
Americas Projects & Operations Purchasing, Volvo Trucks Technology


If you still have questions regarding our MA in Applied Economics program please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Jennifer Kiger Chapman

Jennifer Kiger Chapman

Assistant Director Graduate Recruitment
Phone: 336-256-1432
Bryan 301K

Savannah Martin

Savannah Martin

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 336-334-4657
Bryan 301F

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