Moore School expands in Charlotte

For 10 years, the Darla Moore School of Business has made earning a top-ranked MBA easier for Charlotte, N.C., working professionals.

The Moore School is expanding yet again in the Queen City, moving to a larger location in uptown Charlotte, to accommodate a growing Professional MBA program and the addition of three graduate certificate programs.

In June, the Moore School will move to the ground level of the BB&T Center, located at 200 S. College St. There, the business school will have three classrooms and multipurpose space for instruction of its Professional MBA program, as well as graduate certificate programs in international finance, global strategy and human resources that will launch in the fall. The certificate programs will be offered through the Moore School’s Executive Development Program.

Additional space for increasing enrollment in Charlotte led to the Moore School’s decision to move from its existing location at the Charlotte School of Law to the BB&T Center location.

The allure of the Professional MBA program is the result of its academic stature, a faculty that combines scholars with top executives in the field, a vibrant alumni network and affordability.

The Moore School’s International MBA is ranked No. 1 nationally, and the Professional MBA is a top 25-ranked program nationally in the recently released 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings. Also, Professional MBA students who are North Carolina residents pay the same in-state tuition as students from South Carolina.

“We are excited to expand our executive development footprint and support in the Charlotte business community. Over the past decade, many business managers and executives have attended our highly ranked Professional MBA program in Charlotte,” said dean Peter Brews. “This new facility enables us to expand this program as well as offer new programs in Charlotte. The three new graduate certificate programs to be launched this fall will support current and new business partners in the region.”

Tim Carroll, associate dean for executive development, says the trio of graduate certificate programs reflect a market demand for executive development programs.

“We look forward to sharing information about new Moore School programs to meet the needs of working professionals in the Charlotte market. We’re pleased to bring some of the core academic strengths of the Darla Moore School of Business to the business community in Charlotte,” Carroll said.

The next Moore School information session about its Professional MBA will be 12:30 p.m., April 14 at BlackFinn restaurant at the Epicentre.

About 95 Charlotte-area students are currently enrolled in the Moore School PMBA Program, representing dozens of companies across a broad spectrum of business sectors. They include Bank of America, BB&T, BDO, Belk, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated, Deloitte, Duke Energy, IBM Consulting, Ingersoll Rand-Trane, KPMG, Metlife, Vanguard and Wells Fargo.

Professional MBA students take one course per seven-week term, and it typically takes 28 months to complete the degree. The program provides a strong foundation in the core functional areas of business, including marketing, management and accounting, with an optional concentration in international business. Students also have the option to participate in a 10-day study abroad experience. Past destinations have included China, Chile and the Netherlands.

Stephanie Mitchell, a senior brand manager with Newell Rubbermaid, said she chose the Moore School’s PMBA for its reputation and convenience.

“With the University of South Carolina’s presence in Charlotte, I was able to take advantage of the world-class faculty and curriculum of the Moore School without having to commute from the city where I live and work. The convenience of the Charlotte PMBA program allowed me to enrich my management skills with the international business education the Moore School is known for, without interrupting my career in the process,” said Newell, a 2014 graduate.

Steven Denton, a senior financial adviser with Vanguard and current PMBA student, says he’s building a professional network through the program.

“I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the program,” Denton said. “The video conferencing makes me feel like I’m sitting in a classroom on the Columbia campus. I have made some great business contacts in Charlotte as well as from the other Professional MBA locations. My classmates are professionals from many different sectors, and faculty members are accessible and engaged with the students.”

Learn more

To attend the April 14 information session, email Libby Hendley or call 803-777-6845. For more information about the Professional MBA, the new graduate certificate programs and the admissions process, visit the Moore School website.

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