Join the MIS Case Competition Team!

Each school year, the Information and Decision Sciences Department assembles two teams of undergraduate students to represent the Carlson School and the University of Minnesota in international MIS-focused case competitions. One team competes at CaseIT - the oldest and most well-known MIS case competition - in Vancouver, Canada. The other team competes at APEX in Singapore, an MIS-themed case competition that values deep analysis and usually includes a local Asian dimension to the case. 

Interested students should apply online during the first month of the Fall semester. Selected students will be invited to try out for the team by presenting a case solution to a panel of corporate judges. The deadline to apply for the 2017 teams is Friday, September 30, 2016.

The benefits of being selected to one of the teams include:

  • Free travel. Travel is sponored by our generous corporate partners and MIS Quarterly.
  • 2 IDSC elective credits towards your major or minor
  • Build your resume with a unique, differentiating experience
  • Hone your presentation skills in a world-class environment

Previous team members consistently report that being a part of the Vancouver or Singapore competition teams was the highlight of their undergraduate experience at Carlson!

Apply Now!

Interested students should apply online.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 30
  • Case 101: Tuesday, October 4, 6pm, CSOM 1-114
  • Tryouts: Saturday, Oct 8, 9am - 1pm, Hanson Hall
  • Traveler's Competition: Friday, November 4
  • Vancouver Competition: Feb 14 - 17 (2017)
  • CoMIS Competition: Mar 29 - Apr 1 (2017)
  • Singapore Competition: May 1 - 5 (2017)

Application Criteria

We envision a Carlson team that brings the strength of diversity in backgrounds, knowledge and interests. Thus the criteria are broad:

  • MIS major, MIS minor, or Computer Science/Computer Engineering major (with a management minor or equivalent). There are no specific course requirements.
  • Sophomore or above. Your graduation date should be May 2017 through May 2019.
  • A competitive spirit and strong desire to represent Carlson in global competition.
  • Ability to travel to and compete in the competition events. Important dates are listed above.
  • Commit to team practice and class attendance throughout both Fall and Spring semester. The class is scheduled about twice a month on Friday mornings. Previous team members report that, outside of competitions, they average 2 – 3 hours/week.


For more information, contact Vancouver 2016 team member Madeleine Malone ( or faculty advisor Ken Reily (

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is the most common student concern? Carlson students worry that they aren’t technical enough, and many students new to MIS worry that they do not have enough experience to try out or compete. These are business case competitions, and our teams win and place every year. We value your Carlson management skills - from Sophomore through Senior!
  2. How hard is it to make the team? We emphasize a well-rounded team with team member strengths in: finance, strategy, technology, governance and/or analytics. Historically, strategy specialists tend to have a harder time making the team since there are more of you. Technology specialists tend to have an easier time since there are fewer of you.
  3. Is a high GPA required? No. As long as you are not on academic probation, we welcome your application.
  4. I’ve never done a case before, can I still apply? Yes, definitely. Prior to the tryout there will be a variety of resources available to you to learn about case presentations. In addition, we hold a "Case 101" seminar for students who want to know how to be successful during their tryout. We want you to be comfortable.
  5. Are international students welcome? Yes! Our international students have been key players on our CSOM MIS teams since 2010. The only requirement is a US visa that allows you to reenter the US after May 6, 2017.
  6. Can I request either the Singapore team or the Vancouver team? No. In an effort to make sure that each team is balanced and well-positioned to succeed, our corporate judges place students on teams to achieve the best fit.
  7. I understand travel is involved. What does this cost me? Nearly all of your travel expenses are paid by the MIS case program and our corporate sponsors. Typically students find they pay $100 - $150 out-of-pocket.
  • CaseIT 2015 Team
  • Group Shot CaseIT 2015
  • CaseIT 2016 Team