Full-Time MBA

Become the leader you were meant to be with the Carlson School’s Full-Time MBA. Our intensive program offers unique hands-on learning inside and outside the classroom that gets noticed and advances your career in the global marketplace.

  • 96% of graduates received job offers 90 days after graduation (5-year average)
  • 90% of incoming students in fall 2021 received a scholarship
  • #28 best full-time MBA program (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 10 business school for healthcare (FindMBA)
  • GMAT waiver available

Full-Time MBA Program at a Glance

Earn a powerful MBA in two years from a top-ranked program that allows you to customize your coursework to fit your career path. Learn from internationally recognized faculty, join a talented community that will transform you personally and professionally, and instantly expand your network with a Full-Time MBA at the Carlson School.

Rigorous. Immersive. Customizable. Global.

As one of the first business schools to offer experiential learning as a standard in its Full-Time MBA program, the Carlson School is an established leader in preparing students to face complex real-world challenges. You will complete an intense 64-credit curriculum of core courses and specialized electives. Discover the wide variety of options available, including our new STEM-designated Management Science MBA, which covers foundational business topics while developing students’ capabilities in analytical and quantitative skills.

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Fall (September)

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Work experience: 
Average 5 years of experience


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Funds Enterprise Classroom

Immersive learning you can't get anywhere else 

Many MBA programs emphasize hands-on projects as an important part of their curriculum, but few can deliver truly immersive, career-shaping experiences like the signature Carlson School Enterprise Programs. You’ll take on real projects for paying clients that range from nonprofits to Fortune 500s. You’ll work in small teams and get individualized coaching from dedicated, industry-seasoned professionals. And you’ll stand in front of senior executives and deliver solutions that will impact their organizations.

Four Enterprise Programs to choose from:

  • BrandDevelop brand and marketing strategy
  • ConsultingAnalyze and solve complex business challenges
  • Funds: Manage more than $30 million in real investments
  • Ventures: Identify, evaluate, and implement new ideas


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Bringing out the best in one another

Our Full-Time MBA program is a unique community of inquisitive thinkers and engaged faculty who, together, bring a wealth of experience and challenge you to be your best self. Living in the thriving Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, you’ll work hard in the expansive business community, while also enjoying a vibrant social scene. 

  • 200 full-time MBA students from across the U.S. and around the world
  • 20+ student clubs and organizations representing an array of interests
  • #1 Minnesota is the top state for business (CNBC)
  • #4 Best City for Job Seekers (Nerd Wallet)


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Here to help you pursue your passion

The Twin Cities is home to Fortune 500 companies, new startups, and everything in between. Your career possibilities are endless and the Carlson School has close ties with hundreds of companies and a vast alumni network to get you there. Whether you’re pursuing corporations or non-profits or looking to start your own business, you will receive 1:1 coaching support from the Carlson School’s Graduate Business Career Center from day one and beyond graduation, as you search for jobs, polish your resume, and practice your interview skills. They are here to help you on every step of your career journey.

  • 100% of the Class of 2021 received internship offers
  • 130+ companies recruit on-campus
  • 55,000+ alumni in 95 countries


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An Investment in Your Future

An MBA is one of the best investments you can make. Increase your earning power, expand your network, and connect with companies here in Minnesota and around the world.

$112,235 average starting salary

Discover a significant return on your investment with an average starting salary for Carlson School MBA graduates.

90% of fall 2021 students received a scholarship

All Full-Time MBA students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship awards to put toward funding their MBA tuition, ranging from partial scholarships up to full tuition awards with stipends. 

"After my MBA, I plan to return to the consulting world, pivoting to corporate and management strategy. I hope to specialize in marketing and brand building projects."

Alexis Barber
– Alexis Barber, Class of 2022, Brands Enterprise

"I chose Carlson for its focus on experiential learning, its small class size that fosters close interaction, its relationship with large fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities, and most importantly its ethos of business being a force for good."

– Harsha Reddy, '21 MBA, Associate Marketing Manager, Ecolab

"I decided to get my MBA in a different country to gain international experience and learn different cultures, and it has been a great ride... Also, I wanted a school that provided great opportunities post-MBA; Minneapolis is home to seventeen Fortune 500 companies and there are great opportunities. Having a strong career center is also a huge plus."

Olawale Ojo-Fati
– Olawale Ojo-Fati, '19 MBA, Senior Instock Manager (RLD), Amazon

Take the next step

Apply early and give yourself the best chance to join the Carlson School's Full-Time MBA program.

Start Date Application Deadlines
Fall October 1, December 1, February 1, April 1, and June 1 (domestic only)

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If you have questions about the Full-Time MBA program, please contact Betsy Ryan.

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