Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Full-Time MBA program candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside of the U.S.

The Full-Time MBA program begins in the fall each year. Application deadlines are listed below but we continue to accept applications after the final deadline on a space available basis.

 

Checklist

Complete the application online.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted through the online application or emailed to mbamsapp@umn.edu for attachment to your application file.

You will need to submit a transcript from each college or university where you have completed coursework before your application will be considered complete and reviewed by the admissions committee. Unofficial transcripts must include your name and the name of the institution (degree planning documents will not be accepted).

Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted to the program.

 

The GMAT or GRE General Test is required for admission to the Full-Time MBA program and should be less than five years old.

For GMAT, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report to code D2N-VJ-15, Carlson MBA. Results arrive 2-3 weeks after the test. For GRE, arrange for the testing service to send an official score report using institution code 8387. Results take 3-4 weeks to arrive.

Please note we don't have a minimum GMAT or GRE required score, but do have average scores in our Full-Time MBA Class Profile.

Take a sample GMAT test here


Eligibility for an Academic Test (GMAT/GRE) Waiver

Candidates applying for admission to the Carlson Full-Time MBA program may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have one of the following:
    • Previous undergraduate degree with 3.2+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
      • Demonstrates quantitative ability through coursework (ex: Statistics, Engineering, Accounting, etc)
    • Previous undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, etc) field with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
  • Must have one of the following additional requirements:
    • 5+ years of full-time professional work experience 
      • Note: internships or co-ops cannot be included. Graduate assistantships and fellowships can be included. 
    • 4+ years of full-time military experience
    • Graduate (masters or doctoral) degree
    • Professional credential of CPA or CFA

Please note that a candidate must meet both areas requirements of the waiver process in order to be granted a waiver. 

Apply for Test Waiver in the Full-Time MBA Admission Application 

Please follow and fully complete the instruction listed in the form. Please note completion of this request is not a guarantee for a waiver. Please note the waiver is only for the consideration of GMAT/GRE portion of the application and cannot be extended to any other requirements of the application. Candidates are responsible for understanding and meeting all other application requirements. The Academic Test Waiver is also to be complete prior to the submission of your Full-Time MBA application.

An approved GMAT/GRE/EA waiver does not guarantee admission to the program and we are unable to offer a GMAT/GRE waiver if you have already submitted GMAT/GRE test scores. Applicants should consider a number of factors before submitting a GMAT/GRE waiver request including their overall candidate profile. Submission of a test score is an additional data point considered by the Admissions Committee when determining merit-based scholarships. 

There are also some employers who may request a GMAT/GRE score as part of their MBA hiring screening process. This is particularly true in industries such as consulting or finance. Candidates are encouraged to consider all factors before submitting a GMAT/GRE test waiver request.

Your request will be reviewed by a committee of admission and academic affairs representatives. The committee will inform the applicant of their waiver request by granting or denying the request; the committee may request the completion of an additional quantitative/analytical measurement such as MBA Math. An admission representative will notify you of a decision by e-mail with 1-2 weeks of receiving a complete waiver application. 

Please direct all questions about the Academic Test Waiver to ftmba@umn.edu

Use the online application to provide the names and contact information of two professional references. We partner with GMAC for the common letter of recommendation.

Your recommendation providers will receive an email from "gradappinfo@umn.edu." The subject line will include your name and the words "Recommendation for the University of Minnesota". Please ask your providers to include this email address in their contact lists and to double check spam/junk mail folders if they don't receive the message.

Your personal statement should be no more than 1200 words (3 pages), that address the following questions:  

  • Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career? What are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? Briefly describe your short-term (upon graduation from the program) and long-term (5-10 years after the program) career goals. Please be as specific as possible with roles, companies and/or industries. 
  • 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? What skills would you bring to this enterprise?
  • Carlson MBA programs are looking for diverse voices and experiences to add to classroom discussions. Can you tell us about how you have participated in and/or advocated for building more inclusive communities in your career?

Proof of English Language Proficiency is required of all applicants and must be demonstrated in one of the following ways

The following tests are all accepted:

For further details, visit the International Applicants page.

The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for U.S. citizens, international applications, and U.S. residents with foreign credentials. Your application fee will be waived if you have been on active duty in the U.S. military within three years of submitting your MBA application.

Submit a current resume (CV) that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments.

  • The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you.  Think of this video essay as if you were answering an interview question with a member of our admissions committee. 
  • You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities. You will also need a strong internet connection for uploading the video. You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay and submit a practice video essay. 
  • You can test your technology and run the practice simulation as many times as you wish to be comfortable with the format and technology.  You will be able to review your practice video essay(s) and your recording(s) will not be saved beyond the testing phase and will never be reviewed.
  • You can also practice responding to impromptu questions offline with a friend or colleague before completing the video essay portion of your application.
  • You will be prompted to click "Ready" once you are prepared to submit an official video essay.  You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team. 
  • Two minutes (120 seconds) will be provided to prepare an answer and two minutes (120 seconds) to record an answer.   Recording will automatically stop after two minutes.  You are not required to use the full two minutes.  If you have time remaining once complete with your response, click the "Stop Recording" button to end the recording. 
  • You will only be provided one attempt to record your official video essay.
  • You will need a strong internet connection to upload the video.

    Video Essay Bank of Questions

    Describe an academic or extra curricular activity that helped you shape your personality. What did you learn? ​
    Describe a situation where you were a team member. How did you decide when to lead and when to follow, and how did the results impact you?
    Describe a time when you showed great resilience and tenacity and it paid off. What were the results?
    Describe your biggest risk you took at work and what was its outcome?
    Explain a situation when you had to change your communication style. What was the outcome and what did you learn?
    Give an example of a situation where you had to change your priorities due to an unexpected task and what was the outcome?
    How would you describe your current thinking about diversity, and how has your thinking changed over time?
    If you had unlimited time, to what would you devote it?
    Imagine you were transported to the year 1900. How would you explain a smartphone (or shared network drive such as google drive) to a person from that era?
    Talk about an activity or extra curricular experience and how it changed your perspective.
    Talk about the time when you made a wrong decision, what was the setback and how did you handle it?
    Tell about a setback you experienced, how you dealt with it, and the results.
    Tell us about a time when you handled a task on which you had zero information. What were the steps you took to begin with, what were the strategies and what were the end results?
    Tell us about a time you encountered an individual who was resistant to change, how did you deal with it and what was the outcome?
    What accomplishment are your really proud of and why?
    What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here?
    What is the key ingredient for building and maintaining professional relationships? Provide examples.
    What is your definition of diversity and how or why do you think diversity is important?
    What's the best piece of constructive criticism you've received and how has it influenced your work?
    What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

    Interviews for the Full-Time MBA program are by invitation only. Candidates will be contacted after the initial review of their application. If you are unable to attend your interview in person, arrangements can be made for a Skype interview.

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

    Deadlines for U.S. and International Applicants

    • Apply by October 1 to receive a response by November 15
    • Apply by December 1 to receive a response by February 15
    • Apply by February 1 to receive a response by March 15
    • Apply by April 1 to receive a response by May 15
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