Military Community

We thank you for your service to our country and want you to know that as a veteran, you can bring unique perspectives to the classroom and the boardroom. The University of Minnesota’s support of our military community goes back to the founding of the University in 1869. One of the original nine faculty members was Major General Richard W. Johnson and the University’s first Professor of Military Science. Since then we have grown our military community, especially within graduate programs at the Carlson School. We’re proud to have strong representation, resources, and career outcomes for those who have served our nation.

Proud to serve members of the U.S. Military


Military-Friendly® graduate business school


waived application fee


Scholarships: $1,000 to full tuition with a stipend for living expenses

2020-2021 School Military Profile


of Full-Time MBA students are former military members


of Online MBA students are former military members


of MS Supply Chain students for Fall 2020 were veterans


of Executive MBA students for the Class of 2021 are veterans

Program Resources

Application Benefits/Tips

  • Waived application fees and tuition deposits across the program
  • Years of work in the Military is included in your application profile
  • Additional flexibility during the interview process if early or late interview is needed due to military commitments

Program Resources: 

  • MBA and MS programs waive all application fees for military or veteran applicants
  • Military and veteran applicant focused admissions events - information sessions, student panels, application workshops

All military candidates are reviewed for military-specific scholarships in Full-Time, Part-Time, Online MBA Programs and the MS in Supply Chain Operations.


The Carlson School of Management (CSOM) is proactive in making sure business school is affordable for U.S. military veterans, and we’re proud to be recognized as the top Military Friendly® graduate business school in the nation.


The Carlson School offers graduate students a wide range of scholarship opportunities, many of which are slated specifically for military personnel and veterans. These are awarded based on merit, financial need, military affiliation, program of study, and many other considerations. Availability varies by program and amounts may range from $1,000 to full tuition with a stipend for living expenses.

Military Benefits

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides education benefits to eligible service members, Veterans, and their dependents or survivors. Federal GI Bill® benefits can be used to pursue your University of Minnesota degree or, in some cases, transferred to an eligible spouse or children. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits based on the amount of time served.  Although the GI Bill is a great opportunity for Veterans, there are caps to the budget, so it may not cover the entire cost of attending college. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, students who are 100% eligible through the GI Bill and are considered ‘active duty’ at the start of their program,  receive full coverage of Carlson School tuition and fees through a combination of VA funds and a contribution from the school. All veteran students are also encouraged to work with University Veterans Services at One Stop to explore eligibility and all available opportunities.


Veterans attending the University of Minnesota will be assessed resident tuition rates for their degrees. The resident tuition waiver will be automatic for veterans with a DD-214 on file that receive educational benefits. For more information or to receive in-state resident rates, please submit a copy of your DD-214 to University Veterans Services.

Meet your Community

Your military community includes students and alumni from all military branches. Below is a sampling of alumni and staff who work closely with our students to help support their education and career goals.

Chip Altman

Charles Altman, PhD

Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret)
Carlson MBA Program
Director, MBA Veterans Program


Charles is the Director, MBA Veterans Program at the Carlson School of Management, and holds a PhD in Higher Education from the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. Following commissioning through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Commander Altman entered flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. His aviation career began that year as an aircraft mission commander was with Patrol Squadron Twenty-Two (VP-22), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He went on to serve years later as Commander, Pacific Patrol Squadron Det-1 San Diego in charge of a squadron consisting of 8 aircraft and 320 personnel on Coronado Island, California. Throughout his nearly 30 years of naval service, he amassed nearly 4,000 flight hours flying operationally in four separate combat squadrons located on air bases throughout the world.

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Scott Martens

Veteran & Former US Naval Aviator
MS-Supply Chain, Program Director


Scott is the Director for the Carlson School of Management MS-Supply Chain Program.  He holds a MS in Supply Chain Management from Naval Postgraduate School and a BBA Accounting from Iowa State University where he received his commission via the Navy ROTC Program.  Scott served as a Naval Aviator flying the S-3B Viking extensively off the carriers USS Enterprise and USS Nimitz.  Scott began his teaching career as a S-3B flight instructor for the Navy and has continued it in higher education teaching for over 20 years and delivering more than 100 courses in supply chain, operations, quality and operations at the undergraduate and masters level at University of MN.  He has over 20 years senior level experience at various Twin City companies in multiple sectors leading operations, transformation, strategy and innovation.

Shannon Gregory

Shannon Gregory

U.S. Marine Corps & National Guard
'18 MBA, Executive MBA Program

During his 25-year military career, Shannon Gregory has served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard and was deployed overseas five times in 15 different countries. Gregory now works as a regional team leader at the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.

While in the military, Gregory worked in a variety of leadership roles. As he pursued his MBA, he was drawn to the CEMBA program because it’s tailored to the executive or intermediate leader looking to take their next step.

“In the state of Minnesota and beyond, it’s known as a very great program for building business leaders. Generally, military folks already have the military part, but what they need now is some business leadership.”


Katie and Colin Robertson

Officers in the U.S. Army
'19 MBA, Full-Time MBA Program

Katie and Colin Robertson both had fathers who were in the military, which gave the couple a “sense of service.” The Robertsons spent 10 years as officers in the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning two Bronze Stars apiece for distinguished service.

Now it’s the Carlson School’s turn to give back to veterans such as the Robertsons. The scholarships provided from the Carlson School Military Veterans Initiative allowed them to complete their MBAs together full-time all while raising their three young children.

“The school does such a great job taking care of all its students that it has been one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” Colin Robertson says. “My wife and I were able to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover tuition, but if it weren’t for the generous support of the donors to the veteran’s program, we wouldn’t have been able to make it work for our family.”

Jack Schneeman

Jack Schneeman

Minnesota National Guard
'19 MBA, Part-Time MBA Program

A member of the Minnesota National Guard, Jack Schneeman, '19 MBA, is currently serving an active duty tour in East Africa. That doesn’t mean he’s stepped away from Phraze, a healthcare company he co-founded while in the part-time MBA program that helps physicians digitize their notes to save valuable time. He remains as an adviser while overseas.

Several resources at the Carlson School helped Schneeman and others harness their vision for Phraze, including the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI), and coursework that addressed critical topics. In 2019, Schneeman and Phraze were named one of the Most Disruptive MBA Startups by Poets & Quants.

“The medical industry is complex and MILI gave me the resources and knowledge I needed to hit the ground running in my business career,” he says. “A degree from the Carlson School offered me the depth I was looking for academically, as well as connections to the local entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities that I can tie into when I return. It was a perfect match for me and my interests.”

Annual Events

Full Time MBA

  • Veteran 101 Brief

  • Veteran Boot Camp

  • Veteran Dining In Event

All School

  • Veteran's Day Celebration Gala

Military and Veteran's Club

Our club represents all aspects of possible military service:  Active, National Guard, and Reserves.  We also have representatives from all branches of the military in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. Networking events with organizations interested in hiring veterans, professional development workshops to translate work experience and prepare for interviews, and fun events meant to broaden the student body's understanding of what it means to serve.  Please reach out to the email address if you have any questions.

Program Community Pages

Join a diverse and incredibly talented community of students, alumni, faculty and staff at the Carlson School. The Carlson 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. Learn more about our program communities here:

Military Veterans

Military-Friendly® has ranked the Carlson School MBA Programs as the #1 graduate business school in the nation. Military Friendly is a division of Victory Media, which for more than a decade has surveyed thousands of institutions and assembled lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees. A full list of ranked schools can be found on its website.