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Belk College of Business

Academics at UNC Charlotte

Why Belk College is the choice for business school in North Carolina

As North Carolina's premier urban research business school and one of fewer than two percent of the world's business schools to achieve and maintain AACSB International accreditation for both business and accounting programs, the Belk College offers outstanding business education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with executive education.


Undergraduate Studies

The Belk College offers nine majors and concentrations. Each area of study provides students with exceptional preparation for a career in commercial banking, financial technology, real estate, risk management and insurance, as well as many other areas of business.

Career Fields:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance

Graduate Studies

Advanced study at the Belk College of Business gives you the lift required to reach senior management, or to pursue teaching or consulting careers.

Career Fields:

  • Marketing Executive
  • Healthcare Business Officer
  • Financial Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Commercial Real Estate Professional
  • Consultant
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operational Officer
  • Business Operations Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Chief Economist
  • Logistician
  • Professor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human Resources Officer

Executive Education

From its Uptown corporate education center, UNC Charlotte delivers North Carolina’s top executive education programs and business insights. UNC Charlotte Executive Education programs are custom-fit for individuals and organizations and taught by faculty with cutting-edge research expertise and cross-industry experience provide real-world best practices that can be used immediately, accelerating career development and boosting business — specializing in Data Science and Business Analytics, Leadership and Communication, and Strategy and Innovation.

America’s Business Data Finance City

As the second largest banking center in the United States, Charlotte relies on the Belk College of Business to supply talent and insights — new financial technology — that will drive the region’s economy. One of the top accredited business schools in North Carolina, Belk College of Business excels across all business areas, including emerging fields such as mathematical finance, computational finance and business econometrics.

Job Growth

A recent study by the World Economic Forum shows that artificial intelligence is changing how financial institutions generate and utilize data insights. All Belk College of Business graduates — whether in accounting, economics, finance or other programs — know that the future of work will involve an increasingly data-driven North Carolina.

As data creates new business models and changes risk dynamics, data-savvy graduates will fill a variety of roles: accountants and auditors, business operations specialists, management analysts, market research analysts and financial/credit analysts.

Job Growth

College Highlights

Belk College of Business faculty expertise and networks of North Carolina business professionals combine to deliver great course and degree offerings. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate Marketing Analytics Concentration that prepares you to manage brand reputation or North Carolina’s only MBA concentration in Financial Institutions/Commercial Banking, our programs answer market needs.

Belk College of Business partners with the School of Data Science to offer the Master of Science degree in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) which is interdisciplinary in approach, at the intersection of business, computer and information sciences, statistics, and operations research.

The M.S. in Real Estate program has been ranked among the 20 most active research institutions in real estate for the past decade.

College Highlights

North Carolina’s Economic Future

While large commercial banking corporations such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America drive the largest share of North Carolina finance and financial technology jobs, other established brands and recent start-ups point to a bright economic future. Charlotte-based financial technology and services companies such as LendingTree, ServiceMac and AvidXchange look to Belk College of Business as one of the top talent producers among all business programs in North Carolina.


Top Regional Employers

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#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities) — U.S. News & World Report (2021)
#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities)
— U.S. News & World Report (2021)
#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities) — U.S. News & World Report (2021)
One of NC's Largest Business Programs
  • 3,900 undergraduate students
  • 800 graduate students
  • Over 100 full-time faculty
  • More than 32,000 alumni
#1 part-time MBA (North Carolina public universities) — U.S. News & World Report (2021)
A leader in the region
  • 1st to offer business programs in Uptown Charlotte
  • 1st to offer graduate business programs in Charlotte region

Charlotte by the Numbers

  • #1
    Cities millennials are moving to by Business Insider
  • #2
    Largest Banking Hub in the Country
  • #3
    Fastest-Growing Big City in United States
  • #5
    Best Big Cities for Jobs by Forbes
  • #7
    Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes
  • #16
    Largest City in the Nation

Programs at a Glance

Accountancy

Accountancy continues to evolve, using new tools of AI and data mining to move beyond historic roles as financial historians and tax experts.

Looking forward, any accounting program in North Carolina must see beyond financial performance and find a much broader measure of value. You will:

  • learn to quantify and analyze environmental impacts and risks
  • lead the shift in understanding from shareholder returns to broad stakeholder equity
  • step into a world of business disruption and change
  • leverage technology, data, and the forces of globalization to find a more sustainable way forward

Business Information Systems and Operations Management

As much as cash, information has become a fundamental business asset. The department of Business Information Systems and Operations Management (BISOM) offers several different programs and angles of approach for students.

  • The (STEM designated) Business Analytics programs provide the quantitative analysis and other computational and data-focused abilities that support integrated business planning, data visualization, real-time shipment tracking, supplier collaboration and risk analytics and demand forecasting
  • Management Information Systems (MIS) programs involve the technology required to transition from traditional supply chain interventions (improved materials flow and production optimization) to more integrated, complex and adaptive networks that hold both far greater risk and opportunity for companies.
  • The Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) programs covers more of the strategic role along the full span of activities from sourcing to production planning to marketing, delivery and customer service.

Economics

Whether in business, law, medicine or other specialty, people trained in economic ways of thinking are trained to find innovative solutions to novel problems. Economics programs can be tailored to any of these career tracks, and many emphasize the integration of economic analysis and advanced quantitative methods.

In the past, economic research relied heavily on theory and simulations. More and more, lab-based and natural experiments, fueled by varying sets of real-world customer and market data, are causing people to rethink timeless economic questions of pricing, incentives, and market/consumer behavior. Access to data speeds the pace of business and behavioral change, and economists focus on smaller trends across shorter time frames.

  • Will changes in global supply chains lead to more innovation in self-driving cars?
  • Will the experience of a global pandemic impact health care labor markets long-term?
  • Are default rates lower for consumers who secure a mortgage through an on-line app?
  • What causes someone to adopt a streaming service, but then switch when another free-trial offer comes along?

Finance

Study of finance is one of the core areas of business knowledge at every level, from undergraduate to doctorate. MBA concentrations include Business Finance, Financial Institutions/Commercial Banking, Applied Investment Management, and Real Estate Finance and Development.

A top-20 nationally ranked Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program serves financial institutions, investment banks, and commodities firms that apply sophisticated mathematical models to identify, measure, and manage risk. The Master of Science in Real Estate offers one of only two student-managed real estate investment funds in the U.S. to give students experience in the analysis, investment and management of private real estate securities.

Career paths for finance graduates vary:

  • Corporate finance careers emphasize day-to-day financial operations and supporting short- and long-term business goals.
  • Investment banking careers focus on advising corporate clients on financial decisions, raising capital through both public and private placements and conducting merger and acquisition deals. Responsibilities include brokerage services, financial analysis, financial planning, underwriting, venture capital, and portfolio management.
  • Government finance roles inside the U.S. Federal Reserve, Department of the Treasury and other agencies include trade representatives, financial and budget analysts, tax examiners and auditors and bank examiners.

Management

Leadership, in business, government and organizations of all kinds, requires a mix of quantitative and qualitative judgments. Management education at the Belk College of Business, joins fundamental disciplines of business (i.e., finance, management, marketing, etc.) with strategic thinking, effective business communication, and various global competencies.

Concentrated study in International Business at the undergraduate level explores the complexity of business transactions across national borders. At the doctoral level, Organizational Science is an interdisciplinary program focusing on employee and organizational health, well-being, and effectiveness.

On the people side of the management equation, leaders must attract, develop, motivate and retain human capital. You will learn to build and sustain strong talent pipelines. Trends and challenges that your company will day face include:

  • How to keep that “always-on” mode of work anywhere/anytime from overwhelming people.
  • How to embrace new levels of transparency and build trust with current and prospective employees.
  • How to apply data and analytic tools used to identify top talent for the purpose of retaining talent and investing in future leaders.

Marketing

Both undergraduates and MBA students concentrating in marketing learn product management, promotions management, retailing, sales, advertising, research, strategy, and consumer behavior.

Data and technology continue to change the role of the marketer, and the speed of everything—from market analysis to product and brand strategy—has increased. While traditional positions such as brand management, public relations, and personal selling remain popular, new marketing jobs such as digital marketing, marketing analytics, and content management experience rapid growth.

New marketing career scenarios could include:

  • Digital Advertiser for a startup e-bike/micro mobility company where you market models on websites like Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., and track the sales to determine the best promotion strategy.
  • Content Manager for an emergent consumer brand such as Warby Parker where you design, create, and manage posts, pictures, and videos across all social media platforms, and engage consumers regularly.
  • Marketing Analyst for a streaming company such as Disney+ where you team with data and other specialists to archive and mine years of stored digital content, looking for cyclical trends in viewing habits and changing tastes and sensibilities.
  • Innovation Specialist for a children’s publishing company such as Highlights where you work with a diverse team of people to create meaningful value in customers lives.
  • Customer Relationship Manager for a retailer like Sephora where you track purchasing data and customer satisfaction both online and in store, and work to streamline every customer-store interaction.

Alumni Across the Carolinas

UNC Charlotte alumni live, work, teach and support communities throughout the state.

North Carolina
  • Asheville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Concord, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC

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