To apply for the Executive MBA program candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside of the U.S.
While applications are accepted year round and processed on an individual basis, our target deadlines are: December 31 (Priority) and May 15 (spring) but we continue to accept applications for Fall through the end of July, based on space availability. We process Executive MBA applications on a rolling basis, which means that once your application is complete, you'll receive your decision quickly - typically within a week. We will contact you to schedule an interview when your application is submitted.
Make sure you have everything you need to apply.
Provide the name of each institution you attended with complete information. Official transcripts should be sent to the Executive MBA program. PDF's or electronic transcripts can be emailed to the Executive MBA Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or uploaded directly into the online application.
Submit a current resume that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments and that clearly shows where you worked and when.
Use the online application to provide the names and contact information of three professional references; one must be your current supervisor. These references will be contacted by our staff for additional information.
We require a personal statement of career goals and your objectives in pursuing an MBA degree. We also require a second essay regarding feedback. Guidelines for each can be found in the online application.
We will contact candidates who present strong credentials to set up an interview with a member of the admissions committee. We strongly encourage candidates who are interested in an interview to begin the application early.
If English is not your first language, you must submit scores from the one of the following tests. Scores must be less than 2 years old when you apply.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE)
You do not need to take an English test if:
You have completed your previous education solely in English in a country where English is not an official language. Your transcript must indicate that English was the language of instruction, or you must provide a statement from the university indicating that English was the sole language of instruction in order to be exempt from the testing requirement.
- You have completed the last 2 years of a bachelor's degree or 1 year of a graduate school (full-time) in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
You are not exempt if you have lived in an English-speaking country for several years, unless you meet one of the above requirements.
TOEFL scores must be sent to institution code 6874 (U OF MINNESOTA MNNPLS) and department code 02 (Graduate Schools of Management). Please be sure that the department code is included, as we do not receive scores sent anywhere other than 02.
IELTS scores may be sent to us by completing a Test Report Form indicating us as a receiving organization:
Carlson MBA Admissions
321 19th Avenue out, Room 1-110
Minneapolis, MN 55455
PTE Academic scores may be sent to the Carlson School MBA Programs office using program code JP3-5T-48.
The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for all applicants. Your application fee will be waived if you have been on active duty in the U.S. military within three years of submitting your MBA application..
While these tests are not required for admission to the Executive MBA program, you may consider including previous test scores or taking the Executive Assessment, which was designed specifically for Executive MBA programs, if your academic record is weak or contains gaps. There are also several preparation courses on the site that can be beneficial for students entering the program, regardless of taking the test.
You will want to choose the GMAT or GRE instead if you are also considering applying to our Part-Time or Online MBA programs.