Belk Scholars Program

UNC Charlotte’s Belk Scholars Program in Business Analytics gives you the training, education and professional development to connect data to business outcomes. 
The Belk Scholars Program in the Belk College of Business, part of the Data Science Initiative, allows high-achieving students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. The Belk Scholars Program seeks outstanding high school graduates who demonstrate a strong academic background and an interest in pursuing a graduate degree. The scholarship, made possible by Belk, Inc., covers in-state tuition renewable for four years as long as the student continues to meet program requirements.

January 2018 Belk Scholars Recipeients 

Do you like working with data, numbers, math and technology? Do you want to connect your passion for data with how decisions are made? Do you want to be a leader in business analytics and be recruited to work at top companies in the field? This fast-track curriculum enables graduates to pursue lucrative, high-demand careers in business analytics. The combination of technical training and knowledge of the business environment sets Belk Scholars Program graduates apart in seeking rewarding careers in the burgeoning field of big data analytics.

Students completing the program earn a degree with any major in the Belk College of Business and one of the following master’s degrees: 


In consultation with the Director of the Belk Scholars Program Director and the student’s Academic and Career Coach, Belk Scholars may choose any business major from the Belk College of Business provided that two requirements are met:

  1. The student’s program of study must include the following math and programming courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Matrices & Linear Algebra, Introduction to Probability & Statistics, and Programming for Business Analytics (or another approved programming course), and
  2. The program of study must satisfy the prerequisites for at least one of the Belk Scholars qualifying Masters’ Degree programs (M.S. Mathematical Finance, M.S. Economics or P.S.M. Data Science and Business Analytics).

Note: Students accepted into the Belk Scholars Program are required to have a membership in the Business Honors Program.