What qualifications do I need to apply?

MBA in Two is a selective, deferred admissions program designed specifically for domestic undergraduate seniors.

Do I really need to be a domestic student to qualify for the program?

Yes, you must be a domestic student/U.S. resident to qualify for this program. Unfortunately, this program is not open to international students.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

You are not required to have an undergraduate degree, coursework or work experience in business. The Carlson School recruits and admits students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. About one-third of our students come from a traditional business undergraduate or professional background, another third of our students have a background in technology or engineering, and the last third have a background in a wide variety of disciplines and functional areas (such as non-profit, education, visual and performing arts, etc.).

How will my application be reviewed?

Applications are reviewed as a whole and candidates are admitted into the program based on academic credentials and general fit for the program. The admissions committee will consider your academic performance (official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework and GPA), GMAT test scores, admissions interview, work experience, student involvement and achievements, personal statement, and professional/academic references.

Do you require an admissions interview?

Admissions interviews are by invite only; only selective MBA in Two applicants will be invited to interview. After you have submitted your complete application, you will be considered for an admissions interview.

Are MBA in Two students eligible for scholarships?

MBA in Two candidates who apply for our Full-Time MBA program are automatically considered for academic scholarships and fellowships through the admissions review process - no additional applications are needed. Our academic scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive, with a typical scholarship recipient scoring a 700 on their GMAT.

Which standardized test do you prefer: GMAT or GRE?

There is no preference. We encourage you to take the exam you are most comfortable with.

Can I take the GMAT or GRE more than once?

Yes. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, the admissions committee will consider your highest score.

What is the application deadline?

To be considered for MBA in Two, seniors must submit a complete application by July 1 of their graduating year. However, we will continue to accept applications for the program until September 1 of that same year.

When are application decisions sent?

Admissions decisions for the MBA in Two program will be provided to applicants 4-6 weeks after their submission deadline.

I have been admitted to the MBA in Two program. When do I begin?

Undergraduate college students apply during their senior year or right after graduating and receive a decision in the months following graduation. If admitted, candidates would enter the Carlson MBA Full-Time program after completing two years of professional work experience. For example, if you will be graduating May of 2016 and are admitted to the program, you will begin the Full-Time MBA program in fall of 2018. December graduates interested in the Full-Time MBA would start in the fall 2.5 years after graduating.

Are there opportunities for MBA in Two students to stay involved with Carlson during their two year deferment?

MBA in Two students participate in career coaching, professional development and mentorships with the support of the Carlson Graduate Business Career Center, along with student clubs and organizations - these opportunities are available to MBA in Two students even before starting the Full-Time MBA program.

Whom should I contact if I have more questions about MBA in Two?

Any additional questions regarding the program can be addressed to:

Melodie Bard, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruiting, Carlson School of Management - MBA Program Office: mtbard@umn.edu or (612) 626-0727.