On the average weekday, many students tackle their homework in campus libraries or coffee shops on Franklin Street.
But Maxwell Keith is not like most UNC students.
An assistant air operations officer in the Navy, Keith does the majority of his homework on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic.
Keith is one of many students who has taken advantage of MBA@UNC, a program that allows participants to take Kenan-Flagler Business School courses online.
The program debuted in July 2011, and its first class will graduate this summer, said Susan Cates, executive director of the program.
Of the 390 students who participated in MBA@UNC’s most recent academic session, about 20 percent were either military veterans or active-duty service members, Cates said.
“They’re really extraordinary students in the program,” she said.
Keith plans to participate in the next academic session, starting early this month.
He is assigned to USS George H.W. Bush at the Norfolk naval station in Virginia. For about two weeks every month, the carrier performs flight operations at sea.