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The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC

Continue Your Education

Sharpen your skills, broaden your knowledge, or earn credit toward a college degree. The Friday Center for Continuing Education serves lifelong learners across North Carolina and around the world.

Through Carolina Courses Online, students earn college credit by taking courses electronically. Carolina Courses Online are offered on a semester schedule in the spring, fall, and over one summer session. Class attendance is not required, but students communicate with classmates and their instructor via e-mail and discussion forums. Courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Students can also earn academic credit from a distance through Self-paced Courses, a distance education program offering courses from eight institutions of the University of North Carolina and administered by the Friday Center. These print-based and online courses are open to anyone who wishes to enroll; there are no admission requirements. You can enroll in a Self-paced Course at any time and begin work on your course immediately after enrolling. You will have up to nine months from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each course has its own set of requirements and learning activities. In general you will read from textbooks and other sources (some available on the World Wide Web), complete written assignments and projects, participate in a electronic discussion group, take quizzes, and pass a final exam. In some courses the final exam must be taken under supervision at an accredited institution of higher education or other appropriate institutional setting. In others, the exam is given online. Some courses also include papers or projects.

Are online courses harder than
classroom courses?

Online courses are a different way of learning. They require self-discipline and motivation in order to meet deadlines and complete required work. Some students enjoy the flexibility of online courses and the opportunities they provide for reflection and independent learning. Other students miss the immediacy of a classroom and its opportunities for communicating face-to-face with classmates and teachers. Most students agree that online courses require hard work and determination, but that the benefits of successfully completing them are great. These are college-level courses, and you should be at least a rising senior in high school to enroll.

How much time will I spend on my course?

Courses taught via Carolina Courses Online and Self-paced Courses are equivalent to those taught on campus, and you can expect to spend at least as much time on an online or correspondence course as you would if you took the class in a traditional setting. You can expect to do a significant amount of reading and writing, and you may need to log in to your course pages or discussion forum daily.

Do I need to know a lot about computers?

Carolina Courses Online and Self-paced Courses are designed to be accessible to people with a wide range of experience using computers, so you don't need to be an expert. You will need to be comfortable sending e-mail and using the Internet. You'll need to become familiar with posting messages to a discussion forum, and it is likely that you will be creating documents and attaching them to e-mail messages.

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Earn your MBA from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC Kenan-Flagler is one of the world's top-ranked business schools. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, you develop the skills that make you a highly effective leader and prepare you for long-term career success. The strength of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA degree comes from a school culture in which members live the business school's core values of excellence, leadership, teamwork, integrity and community.

Our MBA programs are ranked among the best. Publications like BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report all rank our MBA and Executive Development programs among the top 20 programs.

MBA@UNC allows faculty and classmates to interact in a vibrant learning community that sets UNC Kenan-Flagler apart.

MBA@UNC's state-of-the-art technology allows students to reap the benefits of asynchronous and synchronous learning environments. You'll have 24/7 access to interactive course content through which you'll learn how to use analytical models and tools, interpret results from a senior management perspective and gain the insight you need to become a stand-out leader. You will then come prepared to have informed discussions with your professors and high-caliber peers in live classroom sessions. You'll engage in collaborative team-building exercises and study groups, and then apply these skills in a real-world setting.

Each course is designed and delivered by a UNC Kenan-Flagler professor and requires:

  • Preparation outside of class, including teamwork (texts, articles, cases, projects, papers)
  • Lectures and delivery of new information (in an asynchronous format)
  • Weekly virtual classes (in a synchronous format) in small groups (10-15) led by faculty instructors (case discussions, role plays, breakout groups and other discussions to drive learning)
  • Quarterly three-day immersion weekends. Student will be responsible for completing all course work for the immersion weekends, but only will be required to attend two over the duration of the program.

MBA@UNC enables you to:

  • Experience quality interactions with professors and peers. A weekly session with your professors face-to-face in the online classroom with your cohort (10 to 15 classmates) will challenge and develop your business skills as only the faculty and students of a top-ranked school can.
  • Learn in an intimate, team-oriented environment. Smaller teams with whom you complete assignments will strengthen your skills in working as part of a diverse virtual team and will grow your ability to influence and lead others.
  • Be part of a global community with unlimited networking potential. A weekend residency at the end of each quarter will bring you together with teammates and other classmates. These immersion weekends will further grow your leadership potential through corporate speakers, live simulations, mock interviews and other hands-on experiences. Students are required to attend some, but not all, of the immersions. Locations for these immersions will span the globe to meet the needs of our global student body.

Student Reviews

I’m extremely grateful for the experience I had in [UNC Friday Center’s] high quality program. Employers value the credential, and it helped me get a great job.