Academic Experience

As an Executive MBA student, you will embark on a rigorous course of study that will help you build critical skills in the building blocks of business, with a focus on strategy and leadership. You will develop a deep understanding of best practices and cutting-edge theories. The curriculum has been designed for experienced professionals, like you, to shape students to be more effective as they continue to progress in their careers.

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Class Schedule
Fridays & Saturday; 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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20 months (from
orientation to


On-Campus or Hybrid

work experience

Global experience 
9-day study
abroad experience.

Classes do not meet over the summer.

In-Person & Online Options

The Carlson School’s Executive MBA is designed for the working professional with on-campus classes and the flexibility of learning from home.

An Executive MBA—Your Way

Take control of your education and schedule: choose which classes you take online and which you come to campus for.

  • In-Person - Come to classes in-person at our Minneapolis campus.
  • Online - Online courses are taught “live” (synchronously) allowing you real-time interaction with your professors and classmates.

In-person attendance will be highly recommended at several key program stages: Orientation, Immersion Week(s), Global Team Project, International Residency, and several others.

All students, regardless of the path taken, will engage in an authentic and collaborative learning experience with their classmates and instructors.

The Value of HyFlex Learning

The Carlson School Executive MBA offers students the ultimate flexibility. Classes are offered both in-person and synchronously online, allowing you to flex your learning to fit your lifestyle.

Key Program Stages

At orientation, you'll get to pick up your laptop, course materials for the semester, take your official student photo, and get all of the important information you need to start the year off. You'll also, finally, meet all of your classmates in person! The day culminates in a networking happy hour with your new cohort and the second-year cohort of students.

Held at the start of both years of the program, Immersion Week is an intense 4-5 day, live-in experience that kicks off the academic year with classes, workshops, and social events. During the first-year immersion week, you'll focus on team processes and leadership as you adjust to being back in school. During the second-year immersion week, you'll reconnect with classmates, get to know new first-year students, and dive back into academics.

The Global Team Project (GTP) provides Carlson School Executive MBA students the opportunity to work across cultures, industries, and markets. Learn more about the Global Team Project.

At the end of the Executive MBA program, you'll participate in an intense international residency that gives you hands-on experience in emerging and mature markets around the world. Learn more about the International Residency.

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