From the School

Within the NC State Jenkins MBA program, we think and do, working hand-in-hand with the university and business communities to prepare professionals to effectively lead in a technology-rich, global marketplace.

The high-value, top-ranked NC State Jenkins MBA program delivers hands-on learning that anticipates the demands of today’s global marketplace, teaming up with industry leaders to immerse students in real-world projects that combine nimble thinking with innovative solutions. The NC State Think and Do approach translates into real-life success.

Part of AACSB-accredited Poole College of Management and designed to meet the needs of full-time students, working professionals and military personnel, the NC State Jenkins MBA offers a full-time MBA, as well as flexible part-time and online programs for working professionals. Rankings organizations have taken note of our innovative approach to business education, which emphasizes applied learning opportunities in addition to top-notch academics. We’re ranked among the top-30 best MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek, and No. 15 among online MBA programs, according to US News & World Report.


From The School

Admission to the MBA program is competitive. MBA students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Admissions decisions are based on previous academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores (waiver information available at, essays, letters of reference, and previous work experience. Applicants whose native language is other than English, regardless of citizenship, must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (professional program applicants may qualify for a waiver and should inquire with the MBA office). Interviews are required for applicants for both the full-time and professional MBA programs.

Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
Years Work Experience
Average Age

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
635 - 680
3.22 - 3.69


Early Application Deadline
October 12

Regular Application Deadline
March 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
March 1

Round 1
October 12

Round 2
January 15

Round 3
March 1

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Degrees Offered

MBA--Master of Business Administration

Full-time (56 credit hours) and professional/online (40 credit hours) programs.

Concentrations/Areas of Emphasis: Biosciences Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Product Innovation Management, and Supply Chain Management.

Dual degree programs: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine/MBA, Juris Doctor at Campbell University/MBA, Master of Accounting/MBA, Master of Industrial Engineering/MBA, Master of Microbial Biotechnology/MBA.

Academic Programs


Featuring award-winning faculty, innovative curriculum and real business experience, this format is completed in two academic years on NC State’s main campus.

Professional Evening

With convenient evening courses held on our main Raleigh and Research Triangle Park campuses, and a flexible timeframe for completion (21 months - 6 years), working professionals choose the path that meets their needs.

Professional Online

For the ultimate in flexibility, classes may be completed entirely online -- with the exception of two required 3-day residencies in Raleigh, NC -- from anywhere in the world. Flexible timeframe for completion (21 months-6 years).

Customized Option

Students enrolled in Professional Evening or Online MBA can customize their program. Working with the NC State MBA academic advising team, students select the ideal combination of face-to-face and/or online courses, class location(s) and time to completion to ensure academic, personal and career success.


As we often say, this is "not your grandfather's MBA." The NC State Jenkins MBA program has built a faculty rich in technology-related business expertise, management experience and practical research. Our professors have a passion for teaching and a commitment to working closely with industry to solve real-world problems. Our faculty excel in both traditional scholarly pursuits and practical, corporate-sponsored research. We are home to a number of extensively published scholars, and editors and editorial board members of prestigious research journals.

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Students Say

The Jenkins MBA at NC State University's Poole College of Management places a large emphasis on skills that will tie directly into the strengths of the region. With its main campus located in the state capital of Raleigh and a satellite location in Research Triangle Park, "a focus on technology and innovation" with "a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences." For future-oriented students, the "emphasis on real world projects and technology focus in many classes" makes NC State "one of the best values for a full-time MBA in the country." This "emphasis on real world, hands-on learning differentiates it from the other programs in the area," especially the "focus on technology and innovation." Indeed, one student notes, "This is a program for people who want to lead teams and stay on the cutting edge of technology. "A discipline helping this MBA program "dramatically increase in ranking and reputation" despite the program being less than 20 years old is its Supply Chain curriculum. "They are able to provide real projects with real companies allowing students to apply knowledge they learn to real life situations." Other programs of note include a lauded Biosciences Management program, which fits well with the regional presence of several major pharmaceutical and bioengineering corporations, and the Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization program that enables graduate business students to develop startups right from the classroom..

Though high achievement is expected, cutthroat academics are not. Here the "atmosphere is congenial but focused," and "teamwork is highly emphasized." Because most classes take place in the same building, "there is a great deal of interaction with other students." Students who are "focused on career success and money" may be disappointed that "that is not the case at NC State," but others will be pleased to find that educators here "care a lot about sustainability" and showcasing how business fits into the larger world. School administration shows "an almost fanatical focus on improvement and a willingness to experiment." The result is that despite its relative newness, "some elements of the program are already receiving national attention (Supply Chain, the Entrepreneurship Program) and some will soon (the Consumer Behavior initiative)."


JD/MBA - Dual Degree
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Business Administration

Certificate Programs

Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Supply Chain Management


Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

Our Business Sustainability Collaborative drives the incorporation of sustainable business topics into all MBA courses. In addition, all students are required to take a Critical Thinking Course, within which the topic of business sustainability is a significant portion of the course. Finally, many elective courses are offered on the topic and are listed on this page:

Research Opportunities in Sustainability


School's environmental commitment 1:
Establishment of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, an academic initiative that connects students, faculty, and the business community through experiential learning, career development, academic and applied research, and partnership opportunities.

School's environmental commitment 2:
B Corporation Clinic: NC State’s B Corp Clinic is designed to connect students to aspiring B Corporations to help them improve their environmental and social impact.

School's environmental commitment 3:
"BSC Conversations" -- a speaker series featuring executives and faculty members delivering talks or facilitation discussions around the topic of business sustainability:

Career Overview

From The School

The NC State Jenkins MBA Career Management team takes a customized approach, providing education, resources and coaching around leadership development, job search, internal career advancement, and entrepreneurship. Our team of career coaches and specialists works one-on-one with each MBA student to build an Individualized Career Management Plan (ICM) -assessing strengths and interests, building a brand and developing marketing documents, identifying target industries and employers or entrepreneurial endeavors, networking with advocates, interviewing, and negotiating.

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

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Students Say

"The promise of working on real world projects for companies in co-ordination with normal academic activities" is not only a major draw for students here, it gives them an opportunity to get hands-on experience with many of the same corporations that may later recruit them. There is a "long-term culture of industry partnerships that is expanding to startups" at NC State which helps the school "stay abreast of events and networking opportunities." MBAs will benefit from the services of a dedicated Career Resources Management which not only aids in networking and recruitment, but which also provides workshops on resume writing and cover letters, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. During the course of their study, students can expect to work hand-in-hand with entities such as Caterpillar, Lenovo, IBM, Bank of America and Lenovo. Graduates from NC State's Graduate School of Management have in recent years been recruited by firms such as American Airlines, BB&T, Chevron, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Eaton Corporation, Ericcson, Glaxo Smith Kline, Lab Corp, Net App, Novartis Animal Health, Novozymes, Progress Energy, Red Hat, Research Triangle Institute, SAS, and Siemens Medical.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Operations / Logistics 41% $76,000 $76,438 $65,000 $90,000
Marketing / Sales 27% $91,500 $86,873 $60,000 $110,000
Consulting 18% $76,500 $78,250 $75,000 $85,000
Finance / Accounting 5% $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000
Other 5% $78,000 $78,000 $78,000 $78,000
General Management 5% $90,000 $90,000 $90,000 $90,000


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 36% $75,000 $75,429 $60,000 $90,000
Technology 27% $82,750 $84,290 $60,000 $108,240
Consulting 14% $75,000 $78,333 $75,000 $85,000
Consumer Products 9% $105,000 $105,000 $100,000 $110,000
Financial Services 5% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Non-profit 5%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5% $78,000 $78,000 $78,000 $78,000

Prominent Alumni

Tony O'Driscoll
Executive Director & Regional Managing Director - Asia, Duke Corporate Education

Joydeep Ganguly
VP and Head, Corporate Engineering, Facilities & Operations, Gilead Sciences

Stephanie Trunzo
COO, Chief Digital Officer & Partner, PointSource

Sam Matheny
CTO and EVP, National Association of Broadcasters

Alex Gelinas
Country CFO, IBM Vietnam


From The School

The estimated total tuition for full-time MBA students beginning in the 2017-18 school year is approximately $50,302 for North Carolina residents and $82,222 for non-residents. More detailed tuition and financial aid information can be found on at

More than half of NC State full-time MBA students receive funding in terms of assistantships and/or merit scholarships. Graduate assistantships are available to full-time students. Graduate assistantships cover full or partial tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. Grants and loan programs are available through the Graduate School and the University's Financial Aid Office.

Application DeadlinesMarch 1st

Financial Aid Statistics
Average Aid Package: $20,197
Average Scholarship/Grant Aid Package: $16,166
Students receiving some form of aid: 72%
All students receiving scholarships/grants: 52%
New Students receiving some form of aid: 77%
New Students receiving scholarships/grants: 59%
New students receiving loans: 27%

Tuition Full-time (Per Year)
Tuition (in-state): $25,151
Tuition (out of state):$41,111
Fees (in-state):$2372
Fees (out of state):$2372

Expenses per academic year
Estimated room and board off-campus: $13,038
Academic expenses: $854


Application Deadlines
Mar 1

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34% female
66% male

Campus Life

From The School

Whether taking classes full-time or part-time on Main Campus, at our RTP location or online, NC State Jenkins MBA students can always access activities that fulfill specific interests and academic pursuits. Make the most of your time at NC State by getting involved and staying connected. From student organizations to leadership development opportunities, the more you participate, the more doors you’ll open. Active student organizations include our MBA Student Association and the Professional MBA Leadership Board.

Students Say

Those accepted to NC State should expect to find an "extremely diverse" group of "intelligent, friendly people who work hard during the day and still have energy and enthusiasm to continue learning and make class fun in the evenings." Those hoping to immerse themselves in ambition will find it among the student body. Attendees say it is "great to work with other students committed to their goals and aspirations." Students at NC State are in the business of learning about business, and they are serious about it. "They push us in our studies, and encourage us to work hard."

Life here centers around a "very collaborative environment," one in which objectives, either within or outside of the classroom, are "based centrally around team activities." Those who see business as a ruthless, individual pursuit will instead find a "program … trying to develop a different mindset from traditional MBA programs." This is aided by the MBA Student Association, which "works to provide social activities and community service projects for the students outside of class." The goal is to provide both full-time and part-time students an opportunity "to network with each other, as well as providing opportunities to positively impact the community."

Outside of class and class projects, MBA students spend a lot of time brainstorming. One student explains, "There's always a few of us throwing plans at each other. These aren't all Silicon Valley plans either—we've got fashion designers, textile inventors and others all listening to each other. It's a very stimulating environment." There are also many clubs, cultural activities, and of course Raleigh's nightlife to distract from the relentless pursuit of knowledge and experience typical among those in the MBA program.

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Campus and Location

The NC State Jenkins MBA offers the best of all worlds: a top MBA program, a nationally-ranked research university and one of the country’s best places to live and work. A top-five emerging tech hub internationally, Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle, a world-renowned center of research, industry, technology, culture and education. Both are home to hundreds of tech startups and established powerhouses that want to hire Jenkins talent--companies like GSK, Lenovo and Red Hat.


The Poole College of Management is located in Nelson Hall, featuring state-of-the-art with tiered seating and multimedia facilities. We also have a campus in Research Triangle Park, which is convenient to many of our working professionals.

Jen Arthur
MBA Admissions Director

MBA Program Office /Campus Box 8114
Raleigh, NC 27695-8114
United States




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