Student Life

Join a diverse and incredibly talented community of students, alumni, faculty and staff at the Carlson School. The Carlson MBA experience will transform you personally and professionally, and impart the confidence and skills to lead you anywhere in the world. You’ll work hard and forge lifelong memories in one of the most vibrant cities in the United States.

MBA Clubs & Organizations

Socialize, lead, and learn from your fellow students by joining one of the student clubs and organizations that represent an array of professional, social, cultural, and athletic interests. Even in a flexible schedule, there are countless ways to get involved.  

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Leadership Advisory Board

Part-time MBA students on the Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) offer strategic advice to the Carlson School administration on ways to improve quality, value and community. From encouraging the development of even more flexible course formats to establishing deeper connections with the alumni network to planning events for students and their families, LAB serves as a resource for students.

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Culture & Community

The Carlson MBA program attracts the best and the brightest individuals from across the country and around the world - and from right here in Minnesota. Each student brings their own experiences and skills to enrich the program, and together they form a dynamic class dedicated to helping one another succeed. 

Made up of more than 1,000 experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds, the Carlson Part-Time MBA community has developed a collaborative, welcoming, supportive culture.  

Your classmates will inspire you, broaden your perspectives, enrich your learning, and contribute to an unforgettable MBA experience. 

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A Powerful Network

Access the Carlson School network and discover a new world of opportunities. Professionally, our students come from virtually every area of the business world, representing more than 36 different industries and hundreds of employers.

The network is made up of:

  • 1,000+ part-time and executive MBA students
  • 220 full-time Carlson MBA students
  • 53,000+ Carlson School alumni in 95+ countries
  • 142 Full-Time Faculty
  • 55 career coaches, advisors, and staff
  • 2,500+ undergraduate Carlson School students
  • Thousands of family members and partners
  • Hundreds of partner companies and organizations
  • 445,000+  University of Minnesota alumni

Photos: Life at the Carlson School

Join your classmates in enjoying all the community has to offer. Carlson MBA clubs host an array of professional and social activities on campus and throughout the Twin Cities area.

Professional Workshops

A small sampling of the workshops and seminars available to Carlson MBA students:

  • Case competitions
  • Speakers & conferences
  • Company site visits
  • Company networking events
  • Company information sessions
  • Corporate Reception
  • First Friday
  • Career coaching
  • Interview skills
  • Small group interview prep
  • Salary information & negotiation strategies
  • Offer evaluation
  • Career transition