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The Carlson School of Management's educational programs and faculty are highly ranked, both nationally and internationally.

Undergraduate Programs

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Poets & QuantsBest Undergraduate Business Programs201612th
U.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs201715th
Times Higher Education World UniversityBest Business and Economics Universities worldwide 201715th

Undergraduate Specialties

SpecialtyPublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Management Information SystemsU.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs, specialties20153rd
MarketingU.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs, specialties201515th
ManagementU.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs, specialties201514th
Business AdministrationCollegechoice.netBest Undergraduate Business Administration Degrees2016


Production / Operation Management

U.S. News & World Report

Best Undergraduate Business Programs, specialties201513th
Supply Chain Management / LogisticsU.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs, specialties201519th

MBA Part-Time Program

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
U.S. News and World ReportAmerica's Best Graduate Schools - Part-Time MBA Program201711th
Healthcare Management Degree Guide

Top 20 Part-Time MBA Degrees with a Specialization in Healthcare Management in 2015


MBA Full-Time Program

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Bloomberg BusinessWeekTop Business Schools201639th
The EconomistWhich MBA?201648th International; 33rd in the United States
The Financial Times International RankingFull-Time Global MBA Ranking201788th
ForbesThe Top MBA Programs in the U.S.201325th
Poets & QuantsTop 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2016201629th
U.S. News and World ReportAmerica's Best Graduate Schools - Business201727th

Executive MBA - Minneapolis

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Bloomberg BusinessWeekTop Business Schools201324th
Financial TimesExecutive MBA Rankings201611th U.S. based; 57th internationally

Faculty and Research

SiteCategoryPublication DateRanking
Academic Ranking of World UniversitiesEconomics and Business Faculty201511th
Academic Ranking of World UniversitiesWorld Universities201530th
University of Texas, DallasTop 100 World Business School Research Rankings - 2011-2015201713th
Texas A&M University/University of FloridaManagement Department Productivity Rankings20131st
U.S. News and World ReportBest Global Universities for Economics and Business201616th


AACSB LogoIn 1920, the University of Minnesota became the 18th school to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate business education worldwide.

AACSB International is an association of educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in management education. It is also the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.


Located at the University of Minnesota on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and part of one of the leading public research land grant universities in the country, the Carlson School of Management has a rich history of preparing and educating the world's current and future business leaders.

Since its founding in 1919 as the University of Minnesota School of Business, the school has grown, changed names, and moved locations, all while maintaining a continued commitment to excellence. This evolution has been helped through the generosity of many business partners, most notably Curt Carlson and Herbert M. Hanson, Jr.

In 1986, Curt Carlson (founder of Carlson Companies and namesake of the Carlson School) made a $25 million gift to the University of Minnesota, which at the time was the largest single gift ever given to a public university. In his honor, the School of Management was renamed the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management. His gift established several endowed chairs and marked the beginning of Carlson School's ascent into the upper echelon of business schools. In 1993, Carlson made the lead gift for the Carlson School building, sparking gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as a legislative commitment. The building was dedicated in 1998.

In 2007, the Carlson School became one of the first business schools in the nation to require that undergraduate students participate in a global learning experience.

In 2008, Herbert M. Hanson, Jr., benefactor and University of Minnesota alumnus, supported the construction of Hanson Hall, effectively consolidating the school’s undergraduate classrooms, services, and programs in one location.

Annual Report

More facts and figures about the Carlson School