Program Overview

The Charlotte MBA program offers an outstanding educational experience for aspiring managers and leaders. With a comprehensive course format, distinguished resident faculty, and ability to specialize in a variety of business administration domains, our Charlotte MBA program offers a top-quality graduate education in one of the most dynamic business climates in the United States.

More than 50 years ago, UNC Charlotte launched the first graduate program in the region for working business professionals. Today, Belk College’s nationally ranked part-time MBA has more than 4,200 alumni. The Belk College’s oldest and largest graduate program, the Charlotte MBA has continued to grow to serve the Charlotte region and beyond.


The Charlotte MBA program is comprised of 36 graduate credit hours: a core curriculum that immerses students in critical areas like finance, marketing, management, and operations (24 hours) and a concentration or elective courses (12 hours). With many concentrations available, you can customize your MBA to accomplish your career goals.


The Charlotte MBA program is designed to meet your individual needs. Belk College of Business offers the flexibility to complete your degree full-time or part-time. On average, full-time MBA students complete the program in two years and part-time students in three years. The program is exclusively offered through evening courses that are conveniently offered at The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City, located in Uptown Charlotte. Classes are held year-round, during two 15-week semesters (fall and spring) and two 5-week summer sessions. 

MBA Niner Shares Insight on the Program

Al Minter ‘05 
Business Development Executive

Recalling his decision on an MBA concentration:

“The Belk College offered a number of MBA disciplines that were more comprehensive than many comparable institutions. UNC Charlotte’s business finance discipline captured both large and small management challenges and provided more well-rounded applicability.” 

Kelly Lorton ‘20 
Business Initiatives Consultant

On relationships and diversity in the MBA:

“My favorite aspect of this experience so far is the relationships I have formed with both faculty and other students. I enjoy being part of a diverse student body and learning from varying personal backgrounds and experiences.

Verl Purdy

Shamala Connor ‘21
Agile Transformation Leader

On the program’s approach to diversity:

“It is like a family here. It is a place that truly understands the many dynamics of diversity and truly supports diverse lifestyles, thought processes, and cultures.”

Lauren Shoaf ‘19
Events Manager

On the value of her MBA:

“I feel like I have such an advantage in my industry, since the MBA program has taught me to think in a way many others don’t. The MBA degree is an asset in all industries because of its versatility.”

Manuel Zapata ‘72
Founder, Zapata Engineering

Remembering his student experience in the early days of the MBA:

“We were divided into small groups of about 20 students per class. The students were very cohesive, very intense, and we were very dedicated to studying and learning all we could. The faculty sensed this and made every effort to push us."

Sona Spencer ‘16
Legal Services Professional

Remembering her MBA decision process:

“At the time we were applying to schools (my husband and I), we were both in full-time jobs.  We would need to attend a local school that gave us the flexibility to complete the degree over time.  We also wanted a reputable and rigorous education. UNC Charlotte was the logical choice.”

Verl Purdy ‘73
Business Leader, Entrepreneur

Referring to his student experience while working full-time: 

“In Charlotte, there were no other part-time programs to get an MBA, so it was a really special thing for all of us.”

On the impact of the MBA program:  “We’re a feeder school for the prosperity of the Charlotte Mecklenburg area.”

Gary KohutGary Kohut
MBA Program Director

Our program has a 50-year history of engaging working professionals as they bring their industry knowledge into the classroom environment.  This rich discussion has helped MBAs gain a holistic understanding of business, address the challenges of new ideas, and network with a variety of diverse audiences.”


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