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

RoundSubmission DeadlinesDecision Notification
Round 1November 1, 2015January 15, 2016
Round 2December 1, 2015February 15, 2016
Round 3February 1, 2016April 15, 2016
Round 4 *April 1, 2016May 15, 2016

* 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."