International Applicants

Bachelor's degrees

The Carlson School requires a first university degree that is comparable to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Generally this means a degree requiring at least 3-4 years of post-baccalaureate university study.


Candidates may upload scanned copies of transcripts or other educational documents (detailed below for specific countries) in our online application system; official documents are not required at the time of application, but will be required upon admission.

Grading systems

If credentials do not show the university grading system, submit a statement from the university with this information. If credentials do not record the awarding of the degree, submit copies of your diplomas.

Former USSR and Europe

Applicants from these countries should submit English translations along with credentials in the original language.

People's Republic of China

Please submit transcripts and degree award statements in English and Chinese.

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, France, and universities outside North America on the French system

Applicants from universities in these countries may submit copies of certified or attested mark sheets or reports that detail results of all exams. These credentials must be certified by university personnel or government officials. They should bear the original signature of the certifying official. Do not certify your own credentials.

Funding requirements

If you are admitted, you will receive a financial certification statement. The University issues I-20s only after receiving financial support verification.

You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funding to meet all educational expenses for the duration of your study in the U.S. This includes tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and other expenses. Additional financial resources are required if your spouse or children will accompany you.


Full-time students must hold an F-1 student visa to pursue MBA study at the University of Minnesota unless your funding source requires you to hold a J-1 exchange/visitor visa. If you're admitted, you will receive a financial certification statement. The University issues I-20s only after receiving financial support verification.

English testing

If English is not your first language, you must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exam. We accept scores from any of these exams, it is not necessary to take more than one. Scores must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

You do not need to take an English language test if:

  • You have completed your previous education solely in English in a country where English is not an official language. Your transcript must indicate that English was the language of instruction, or you must provide a statement from your university indicating that English was the sole language of instruction in order to be exempt from the testing requirement.


  • If you have completed the last 2 years of a bachelor's degree or 1 year of graduate school (full-time) in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

You are not exempt if you have lived in an English-speaking country for several years but have not completed any prior education in English.


Typically competitive candidates have scores within the following ranges:

90-105 internet-based TOEFL
600-650 paper-based TOEFL

We must receive an official score report directly from the testing service. The code for the Carlson School MBA program is 6874; the department code is 02.


To be considered for admission, we require a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with no section lower than 6.5.

We must receive an official test report from the test center. Please request to have the report sent to the University of Minnesota MBA program.

PTE Academic

To be considered for admission we require a minimum score of 65 on the PTE Academic. We must receive an official score report from Pearson. When you take the exam, please specify that you wish to have an official score report sent to the Carlson School of Management MBA Programs. Our program code is JP3-5T-48.

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