CHARLOTTE –  The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will now provide a fully online MBA program, beginning in August 2022.

According to a statement, the university chose to offer the program in order to meet “growing demand from working professionals looking to advance their skills.”

The program will be offered with a focus on technology, and enables one of three concentrations: business analytics, digital marketing and financial technology.

“Charlotte’s new online MBA is designed to help business professionals advance their careers by harnessing the power of technology,” said Belk College of Business Dean Jennifer Troyer in a statement shared with WRAL TechWire this week.  “Through meetings with our industry partners and an analysis of employment data, we know that the skills offered through this unique program are in high demand in the Charlotte region and beyond.”

The university already provides online bachelor’s degrees, and a January 2022 U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Charlotte’s online bachelor’s degrees tenth in the nation.

“As this program offers maximum flexibility, we expect strong interest, not only in Charlotte but across the Southeast,” said Troyer.

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Focus and concentrations

UNC Charlotte also said that the institution launched the first School of Data Science in the Carolinas in 2020, with the Belk College as one of five University academic and research partners.

The 36-credit hour program consists of seven-and-a-half week courses that include coursework like:

  • Business analytics: Decision modeling; recency, frequency, monetary value (RFM) analysis and data mining (SAS and Python).
  • Fintech: Cryptocurrency, block chain and fintech regulation.
  • Digital marketing: Social media analytics, search engine optimization (SEO) and product strategy.

Part-time students would earn their MBA in two to three years, the institution’s statement noted.  More than 500 students enrolled in the regular MBA program at UNC Charlotte last fall, an increase of 57% over the past five years and 14% since fall 2020, according to the institution.

UNC Charlotte will also begin offering an undergraduate certificate in entrepreneurship in August, which can be completed regardless of major, and there’s a fintech concentration in the program for the Master of Science in Mathematical Finance under development, the university noted.

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