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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
U.S. News & World ReportBest Undergraduate Business Programs202417th U.S. Public University, 21st U.S.
Poets & QuantsBest Undergraduate Business Programs20248th U.S. Public University; 24th U.S.


Undergraduate Specialties

PublicationSpecialty CategoryPublication DateRanking
U.S. News & World ReportManagement Information SystemsBest Undergraduate Business Management Information Systems Programs20244th U.S. Public University, 5th U.S.
U.S. News & World ReportMarketingBest Undergraduate Business Marketing Programs202415th U.S. Public University, 21st (tied) U.S.
U.S. News & World ReportBusiness AnalyticsBest Undergraduate Business Analytics Programs202410th U.S. Public University, 23rd U.S.
U.S. News & World ReportSupply Chain Management LogisticsBest Undergraduate Supply Chain Management Logistics Programs 202419th U.S. Public University, 21st (tied) U.S.


MBA Part-Time Program

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Healthcare Management Degree GuideBest Part-Time MBA Degrees with a Specialization in Healthcare Management 202311th
FortuneBest Part-Time MBA Programs2022 - 202313th U.S., 9th U.S. Public University
U.S. News and World ReportAmerica's Best Graduate Schools - Part-Time MBA Program202415th U.S., 10th U.S. Public University


MBA Full-Time Program

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Military FriendlyGraduate School - MBA Program2023-20241st
U.S. News & World ReportBest Information Systems Programs2023-20246th
Poets & QuantsWorld’s Best MBA Programs For Entrepreneurship202320th U.S., 25th Globally
FortuneBest MBA Programs202330th U.S., 10th U.S Public University
Bloomberg BusinessweekTop Business Schools2023-202432nd; 11th U.S. Public University
U.S. News and World ReportAmerica's Best Graduate Schools - Business202435th; 13th U.S. Public University
Poets & QuantsTop 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 20232023-202444nd Globally, 17th U.S. Public University

Executive MBA - Minneapolis

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
FortuneBest Executive MBA202210th among U.S. Public Universities; 21st overall


Executive MBA - Global

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
QS World University RankingJoint Executive MBA202313th in the World (Vienna University of Economics and Business/Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota)
Financial TimesGlobal Executive MBA202345th in the World (Vienna University of Economics and Business/Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota) 


Master's in Business Analytics

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
QS World University RankingsQS Business Analytics Rankings20245th among U.S. Public Universities; 8th in the U.S.; 23rd Globally


Master's in Finance

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
QS World University RankingsQS Finance Rankings202411th among U.S. Public Universities; 16th in the U.S.; 60th Globally

Master's in Marketing

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
QS World University RankingsQS Marketing Rankings20242nd among U.S. Public Universities; 4th in the U.S.; 19th Globally

Master's in Supply Chain Management

PublicationCategoryPublication DateRanking
Gartner, Inc.Top 25 2022 North American Supply Chain Graduate Program Ranking20228th
QS World University RankingsQS Supply Chain Management Rankings20245th among U.S. Public Universities; 7th in the U.S.; 19th Globally


Faculty and Research

SiteCategoryPublication DateRanking
Global Ranking of Academic SubjectsManagement20238th in the U.S.; 4th among U.S. Public Universities; 13th in the World
Texas A&M University/University of GeorgiaManagement Department Productivity Rankings, 2018-202220239th in the U.S; 7th among U.S. Public Universities
Global Ranking of Academic SubjectsBusiness Administration202215th in the U.S.; 12th among U.S. Public Universities; 19th in the World
Times Higher Education World UniversityBusiness & Economics202317th in the U.S.; 5th among U.S. Public Universities; 40th in the World
University of Texas, DallasTop 100 World Business School Research Rankings - 2019-2023202418th in the U.S.; 7th among U.S. Public Universities; 20th in the World
U.S. News and World ReportBest Global Universities for Economics and Business202121st in the U.S.; 35th in the World
Academic Ranking of World UniversitiesWorld Universities202124th in the U.S.; 40th in the World
Global Ranking of Academic SubjectsFinance202327th in the U.S.; 13th among U.S. Public Universities; 49th in the World


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In 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