As part of a highly competitive selection process, we carefully consider each applicant's demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, manager, and leader.

While there is not a work experience requirement, the admissions committee strongly recommends that applicants to the Full-Time program have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience. On average, our incoming students have approximately four years of work experience and have demonstrated progression in their careers through promotions or by taking on increasing levels of responsibility.

View the detailed Admission Requirements.

Student Perspectives

Posted: May 12, 2014

In my two years in the Carlson MBA program I have had the opportunity to work with dozens (maybe even hundreds?) of prospective students as they explore the program and try to figure out if it's right for them. Though every meeting, student, and story is different, there is one common thread--one question that is always, without doubt going to be asked: What's your best advice for me as an incoming student? Well, here it is, the moment everyone asks for--my absolute best advice. I could talk for hours, so instead I'm limiting myself to [an arbitrary number of] five points. :)

Explore the MBA Program

Fit is important. We have several ways for you to explore the Carlson Full-Time MBA program further:

  • Visit Class: Sit in on a class session, meet current students, and experience what our Full-Time MBA program is really like.
  • Talk with a Student or Alumnus: They know better than anyone what it is really like to do the program and will give you an honest account of the highlights and challenges of being a Full-Time MBA student.
  • Meet with Us: Our staff are eager to talk with you one on one, whether it be over the phone or in person to help you get the information that you need to make this important decision.