Admissions Requirements

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.

Application Deadlines

While applications are accepted year-round and processed on an individual basis, the following are target deadlines for the Carlson School Executive Master of Business Administration program. 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. 

Application Deadlines

  • December 31 
  • May 15 (Spring)
    Priority application deadline for Fall 2023 scholarship consideration
  • July 15 (Final)


Make sure you have everything you need to apply. 

You must complete the application online.

Provide the name of each institution you attended with complete information.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted through the online application or emailed to for attachment to your application file. 

Official copies may be sent to the above email address or via mail to:


Carlson MBA & MS Office

321 19th Ave S #1-110

Minneapolis, MN  55455




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.

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). 

IELTS scores may be sent to us by completing a Test Report Form indicating us as a receiving organization:

Carlson MBA & MS Admissions
321 19th Avenue South, 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. 

Explore the Executive Assessment Test here >


You will want to choose the GMAT or GRE instead if you are also considering applying to our Part-Time or Online MBA programs.

Take a Sample GMAT Test here >

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