As part of a highly competitive selection process, the Carlson School carefully considers each applicant's demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, manager and leader.

  1. Application - The Carlson Full-Time MBA program offers a streamlined online application. The following materials are required to apply:
    • Personal statement essay
    • 3 professional references
    • GMAT or GRE score
    • Current resume
    • Transcripts
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  2. Interview - An interview for the Full-Time MBA program is required for admission. Interviews are by invitation only, offered on weekdays in person or via Skype. 
  3. Decisions - All applicants will receive an admissions decision via email. Admitted students will receive an admission packet in the mail.  

Application Dates

Round Submission Deadlines Decision Notification
Round 1 November 1, 2016 January 15, 2017
Round 2 December 1, 2016 February 15, 2017
Round 3 February 1, 2017 April 15, 2017
Round 4 * April 1, 2017 May 15, 2017

* Round 4 is open to U.S. Applicants only

MBA Quick Stats

  • 17

    Fortune 500 companies headquartered in
    Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • 96% 

    of graduates received job offers 90 days after graduation
  • #5

    for return on investment among ranked MBA programs

  Personal Statement Essay

Your personal statement should address the following three questions:

  • Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management?
  • What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the MBA Program overall?

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MBA Blog

Linh Gilles | Director, MBA Admissions

  • Linh Giles

    MBA Blog
  • "We look for students who can demonstrate academic aptitude, leadership capabilities, and proven progression through their careers through promotions or increased responsibilities."