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Graduate Programs

Lifelong learners can choose from a portfolio of graduate degree programs, graduate certificates and executive education programs that will help you advance or change your career.

Rising to the Next Challenge

Poole College of Management graduate programs share an emphasis on applied learning, which attracts top faculty widely recognized for their research and industry experience. Alongside these professors and our diverse community of leading industry partners, you’ll learn to tackle real-world challenges and gain vital career-building skills.

Degree Programs

Master of Accounting (MAC)

The Jenkins Master of Accounting (MAC) program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of accounting and business practices, as well as a rigorous technical accounting education. Students choose between two tracks, public accounting or business & industry, to meet the needs of their career goals in the accounting profession.

Credit hours: 31 (Public Accounting Track); 30 (Business and Industry Track)
Format: Online or in-person, part-time or full-time
Ideal for: Individuals interested in excelling and differentiating themselves in the field of accounting via a top-ranked master’s program. Open to non-accounting majors.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Jenkins Master of Business Administration (MBA) program takes a hands-on learning approach that immerses you in the real world and prepares you to compete in today’s global marketplace. The curriculum focuses on technology, business processes and practical applications in a collaborative learning environment.

Credit hours: 54 (full-time); 40 (online)
Format: Online or in-person, part-time or full-time
Ideal for: Students seeking unrivaled leadership potential through a holistic understanding of business administration. Open to non-business majors.

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Master of Management, Marketing Analytics (MMA)

The Master of Management, Marketing Analytics concentration (MMA) teaches students advanced techniques in leveraging meaningful marketing insights through data analysis to increase ROI and drive growth. Having this critical practical knowledge can be a tremendous asset in a workforce that is investing in analytics more than ever before.

Credit hours: 30
Format: Online, part-time
Ideal for: Individuals interested in a career in marketing founded in a strong, analytical skill set that leads to optimal strategic decision-making. Open to those without analytics background.

Master of Management, Risk and Analytics (MRA)

The Master of Management, Risk and Analytics concentration (MRA) prepares students to meet the recent demand for enterprise-wide expertise in managing and mitigating risks. This program lays a foundation in data analytics and enterprise risk management, supported by real-world, hands-on experience.

Credit hours: 30
Online, part-time
Ideal for:
Individuals interested in a specialized degree in an emerging field with a strong analytical focus. Open to those without analytics background.

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Master of Economics

Poole College offers two master’s degrees in economics: the Master of Science in Economics, which involves a research project culminating in a thesis, and the Master of Economics, a coursework-only option. Students can choose to concentrate in one or multiple of four fields.

Credit hours: 30
Format: In-person, part-time or full-time
Ideal for: Individuals interested in careers in economic consulting, analysis or research; or pursuing a doctor of economics.

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Doctor of Economics

The economics PhD program is a quantitatively rigorous program in which students can choose from the following fields of specialization: Agricultural Economics, Development and Labor Economics, Econometrics, Environmental and Resource Economics, International Economics, Macro/Monetary Economics and Microeconomic Theory/ Industrial Organization.

Credit hours: 36 (coursework) + 36 (dissertation research)
Format: In-person, full-time
Ideal for: Individuals interested in applying economics in academia, research, government, and in private industry as consultants and analysts.

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Non-degree programs

Graduate Certificates

Featuring a selective mix of courses in your field of choice, a certificate program is an outstanding way to differentiate yourself professionally. Students graduate having spent significant time learning specific business knowledge that will help them excel. Choose from certificates in finance, supply chain, entrepreneurship, analytics, leadership and more.

Credit hours: 12
Format: Online or in-person, part-time
Ideal for: Students and professionals seeking graduate level expertise in a specialized field.

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Executive Education

NC State Executive Education provides short-term, non-degree programs that integrate subject matter expertise with applied learning activities. Program participants learn how to successfully address, manage and overcome challenges in leadership, analytics, innovation or any of the many topics covered by our experts.

Format: Online or in-person
Ideal for: Professionals or organizations looking to improve expertise in leadership, analytics or innovation in a shorter, non-degree format.

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Graduate Programs Comparison Chart

ProgramDegree typeCredit hoursFT/PTProgram lengthDelivery formatStart dates
MAC: On-CampusMaster’s30 or 31Full-time 1 yearOn campus August, January
MAC: OnlineMaster’s30 or 31Full-time or Part-time1-6 yearsOnlineAugust, January
MBA: Full-TimeMaster’s54Full-time2 yearsOn campusAugust
MBA: OnlineMaster’s40Part-time21 months-6 yearsOnline or HybridAugust, January
Master of Management, Marketing Analytics (MMA)Master’s30Part-time
2-3 yearsOnlineAugust, January
Master of Management, Risk and Analytics (MRA)Master’s30Part-time
2-3 yearsOnlineAugust, January
Master of Economics (MAE)Master’s30Full-time or Part-time
1 year FT
2-3 years PT
On campusAugust, January
PhD (Economics)PhD36 (coursework) +
36 (dissertation research)
Full-time5-6 yearsOn campusAugust
Graduate CertificatesN/A12Part-time1-2 yearsOn campus, OnlineAugust, January

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