Interested in the Carlson Executive MBA program but not sure you belong? Don’t believe some of the myths you may have heard about the Executive MBA.


Myth: You have to manage people to enroll in the Executive MBA program.

Truth: Our students typically have an average of eight years’ management experience—but that’s not restricted to managing people. Do you manage projects? A budget? Are you an independent contributor? Influencer? If so, you’ll fit right in.


Myth: Executive MBA programs are only for people who work at large corporations.

Truth: The students in Carlson’s Executive MBA work in a variety of industries ranging from nonprofit, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and many others. Some are giant multinationals and others are small, family-run businesses.


Myth: It’s better to have an undergraduate degree in business if you want to get an Executive MBA.

Truth: About one-third of our students have an undergraduate degree in business. Other degrees include everything from engineering, math, or science to social sciences or humanities.


Myth: Executive MBA students are required to have corporate sponsorships.

Truth: While some of our students do receive sponsorships from their employers, the vast majority partially or fully fund their own education utilizing financial aid and or private funds. 


Myth: Since an Executive MBA is still an MBA, you need to take the GMAT or GRE to get in.

Truth: Admission requirements for the Carlson Executive MBA program do not call for GMAT or GRE test scores.


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