Business Administration - Online and Distance Education

Business Administration

Master's Degrees | Business Administration

Business Administration

Entrance Exam: Not Required

Our AACSB International-accredited program is a powerful, affordable investment in your future that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. Log into classes when and where you like and complete the most of the program online, with the option to take face-to-face courses in Raleigh or Research Triangle Park (RTP).

The Jenkins Professional Online MBA Experience

Taught by our same award-winning faculty as our on-site classes, our top-ranked Professional Online MBA is one of the best values in management education today. And we have built in optimal flexibility:

  • Students can select from an Accelerated or Flexible program to earn their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years.
  • Our online program can be started in either the fall or spring semester depending on what best fits your academic goals and schedule.
  • Online courses can be completed at a location and time convenient to you within the deadlines set by each professor.
  • Two required 3-day residencies on NC State’s Main Campus in Raleigh, NC. Active duty military may replace the residency course with another MBA elective course.

Our Professional Online MBA offers only the best. We integrate proven technology strategies to help connect you with your professors, guest speakers, and fellow students, using podcasts, videos, and online presentations. Students should expect to work with virtual teams during discussions and on group projects. Professors also provide office hours through a virtual collaborative space, phone, email, and online chat.


Students are admitted to the program twice a year, for Fall and Spring semesters. An application check of required materials and upcoming admission deadlines and events is available on the MBA Admissions webpage

For more information on application deadlines, please click here to visit the program website.


The Online MBA graduate program requires 40 credits. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $1,154 per credit for North Carolina residents and $2,027 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $46,160 for North Carolina residents and $81,080 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

Our 40-credit hour Professional Online MBA program offers the utmost flexibility in an MBA program. You may earn a top-ranked MBA on your own time from anywhere in the world. You may review more information about degree requirements on the Professional Online MBA curriculum webpage.

Top-ranked Online MBA

Our core curriculum focuses on technology, research, business processes, and practical applications in a collaborative learning environment. Students can complete the course requirements at a time and location convenient to them, within the deadlines set by each professor. 

Students access courses through WolfWare, NC State’s online learning management system featuring educational tools such as:

  • Moodle 
  • Zoom
  • Streaming video files
  • Discussion boards

Core Courses

Core courses are organized into three blocks to maximize faculty collaboration and the application of foundational business concepts:

  • Finance and Markets
  • Analyzing the Value Chain
  • Managing the Organization

The Core is comprised of 19 credit hours, which includes a required 1-hour course in Critical Thinking/Ethics.

Experiential Learning

All students must complete a practicum course, providing a real business challenge. Practicum courses are typically 3- or 4-credit hours

Analytical and Quantitative Skills

All students will complete at least one advanced 3-hour quantitative course to ensure Jenkins MBA graduates master a level of analytical and quantitative skill demanded by industry.

Raleigh Residencies (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2)

All Professional Evening MBA students will complete a Virtual Orientation (MBA Launch) and related online modules before the first day of class. Students are also required to complete two residencies, MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2 during the program.

Each is a credit-bearing 3-day course with students completing their first residency (MBA 531) in the first semester of the program and the second residency (MBA 532), before graduation.

Residencies enhance networking and enable hands-on leadership development. Active duty military may waive substitute the residency  requirement for other MBA elective courses.

Elective Courses

Professional Evening MBA students will select from a wide variety of elective courses to round out their Jenkins MBA education. Students will typically complete 9 credit hours of elective courses — above and beyond the depth, practicum and analytical requirements — providing both a depth of knowledge and a broad understanding of general strategic business management.

Career Prospects

The NC State Jenkins MBA Career Resources staff is committed to helping you take a proactive approach to launching your career. On your behalf, we are continually building relationships with companies seeking graduates in the areas of expertise that correspond to your education.

Whether you attend MBA classes in the Evening or Online, the Jenkins Career Management Center (CMC) understands career management needs for working professionals are unique and varied. Our flexible format, customized approach and commitment to all Jenkins MBA students are directly tied to your career success.

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