Military Veterans

Why an MBA Degree?

Military veterans have the distinct advantage of possessing the skills and determination necessary to succeed in the business world: you’ve bravely led others, overcome challenges, and honed organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills. By pursuing an MBA degree, you’ll learn how to translate those skills to the business world for success in your civilian career.

    Our Mission

    Military veterans are fully supported by dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help facilitate entry into, and success during and after, the Carlson MBA Program.

    It is our mission to:

    • help veterans assimilate back into an academic setting
    • provide a strong support network
    • translate acquired military skills into the practice of business

    Veteran Perspective

    Military veteran Levi Severson, '13 MBA, reflects on his transition from the military into the Carlson Executive MBA.

    Veteran Perspective

    Military veteran Jon Dotterer, '13 MBA, says the military financial benefits and his Carlson Executive MBA Program education is a "win-win."

    Chip Altman

    Director, MBA Veterans Program

    Charles Altman, PhD
    Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret)
    Carlson MBA Program
    Director, MBA Veterans Program


    Charles is the Director, MBA Veterans Program at the Carlson School of Management, and holds a PhD in Higher Education from the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. Following commissioning through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Commander Altman entered flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. His aviation career began that year as an aircraft mission commander was with Patrol Squadron Twenty-Two (VP-22), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He went on to serve years later as Commander, Pacific Patrol Squadron Det-1 San Diego in charge of a squadron consisting of 8 aircraft and 320 personnel on Coronado Island, California. Throughout his nearly 30 years of naval service, he amassed nearly 4,000 flight hours flying operationally in four separate combat squadrons located on air bases throughout the world.

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