As part of a highly competitive selection process, the Carlson School carefully considers each applicant's demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, manager and leader.


1. Application

The Carlson Full-Time MBA program offers a streamlined online application. The following materials are required to apply:

  • Personal statement essay
  • GMAT or GRE score*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 professional references
  • Current resume
  • Video essay

*An Academic Test Waiver can be offered to candidates that meet specific requirements, please see the application requirements page for more details. 

All application materials are due by the deadline or your application will be considered incomplete. We have a grace period of 5-7 days after the deadline; if you need to discuss your application timeline, please contact

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2. Interview

An interview for the Full-Time MBA program is required for admission. Interviews are by invitation only, offered on weekdays in person or via Skype. 

3. Decisions

All applicants will receive an admissions decision via email. Admitted students will receive an admission packet in the mail. 

4. Emails about your application

You will be receiving application update emails from, please add this email to your contact list or safe list so that they are not caught in your spam filter.

Application Dates - Fall Start

Round Submission Deadlines Decision Notification
Round 1 October 1 November 15
Round 2 December 1 February 1
Round 3 February 1 March 15
Round 4  April 1* May 15

Deadlines that occur on a weekend or holiday are extended through the next business day. 

*We will review applications beyond our final round deadline on a case by case basis

Personal Statement Essay

Your personal statement should address:

  • Your short-term and long-term career goals
  • Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management
  • How you have participated in and/or advocated for building more inclusive communities in your career?

Full-Time MBA Blog

Richard Narendran | Class of 2020
"But with the vast support network from Carlson and a hefty dose of hard work, I was able to land my dream job."

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