Study in Charlotte: A dynamic business center in the heart of the U.S.

“I came to UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business because of its connection with the Charlotte business community. Charlotte is one of the largest financial centers in the country, allowing for many networking opportunities.” – Amanda Patrick, Belk College of Business alumna

As the largest city in North Carolina and the largest financial center in the U.S. after New York City, Charlotte is a hub of opportunity for prospective business students around the world.

Home to the global headquarters of seven Fortune 500 companies, including the Bank of America, Lowe’s, Duke Energy and Nucor; Charlotte, or The Queen City, is the tenth-largest home to Fortune 500 headquarters in the United States.

Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, describes his home as an ambitious city; a pro-business city like none he has ever seen. “It’s true about Southern hospitality,” he adds, “there’s a real hunger here.”



For decades, the world-class faculty at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business have partnered with Charlotte’s leading corporations to develop a curriculum that fulfils the needs of the city’s thriving businesses. Located just half a mile from some of the nation’s financial giants, the Belk College immerses students in its tier 1 ranked MBA (CEO Magazine), meaning graduates are in-demand and continue to flood the ranks of Fortune 500 companies year after year.

Based at UNC Charlotte’s Center City campus, the university’s MBA has also been ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and Businessweek. With more than 300 students enrolled, UNC Charlotte’s MBA offers the flexibility to complete the degree full-time in less than 17 months, or part-time in as little as two years.

Tim Fischer, a former U.S. Navy submarine warfare officer and graduate of the U.S. Navy Academy, decided to enhance his technically-focused education with an MBA from the Belk College of Business in Charlotte – ranked the fourteenth-best U.S. destination for Business and Careers by the respected Forbes magazine. As a result, Tim nurtured a firm understanding of finance that has helped him communicate risk to various corporate stakeholders. Today, Fischer is Chief Risk Officer of BWX Technologies, the government and nuclear operations unit of what was previously called Babcock & Wilcox.

“Although my work schedule made it challenging to participate in student activities, I took advantage of the MBA program’s one-week study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa,” he says. “It is not only one of my best MBA experiences, but one of my best life experiences. Studying abroad allowed me the opportunity to enhance my own cultural awareness and network with classmates while learning in an international environment. This was a tremendous opportunity UNC Charlotte made possible.”

Not only did Tim’s MBA program instill him with the expertise needed to thrive in the complex and fast-paced business sector, it also gave him a global perspective that’s sought-after by high-flying business executives on a global scale.

“Earning an MBA equipped me with the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed in a hypercompetitive business environment,” he explains. “UNC Charlotte has done an outstanding job of forming international partnerships that allow for an internationally diverse student body, which inevitably promotes opportunities for MBA candidates to learn about and engage with various cultures – this is a critical skill in today’s global economy.”


With a highly-qualified network of 28,000 alumni worldwide, the Belk College of Business is consistently producing the innovative leaders of tomorrow. In fact, 18,000 of the Belk College’s business graduates continue to live and work in and around Charlotte, making the most of its elite business structure, and making UNC Charlotte the most connected alumni network in any U.S. city.

Set in one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic business centers, the Belk College of Business has partnered in the economic growth of the region as North Carolina’s only urban research business school. Working alongside Charlotte’s leading corporations, the school continues to develop world-class graduates and cutting-edge research to directly serve the needs of Charlotte’s booming business community.

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