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 Zoom. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible interviews with all eligible individuals. To request accommodation or for inquiries related to accessibility, please contact for assistance.

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 and, please add these emails to your contact list or safe list so that they are not caught in your spam filter.

Application Deadlines

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

Application Deadlines

  • October 1
    Decision Notification: November 15
  • December 1
    Decision Notification: February 1
  • February 1*
    Decision Notification: March 15
  • April 1 (Domestic Applications Only)
    Decision Notification: May 15

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

*All International Applications must be complete by February 1st.

Personal Statement Essay

Your personal statement should address:

  • Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career? What are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
  • What excites you about being part of the Carlson School MBA program? Do you have an enterprise program that you are currently interested in and why? 
  • Can you tell us about how you have participated in and/or advocated for building more inclusive communities in your career?

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