Why an MBA Degree?

Military veterans have the distinct advantage of possessing the skills and determination necessary to succeed in the business world: you’ve bravely led others, overcome challenges, and honed organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills. By pursuing an MBA degree, you’ll learn how to translate those skills to the business world for success in your civilian career.

Our Mission

Military veterans are fully supported by dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help facilitate entry into, and success during and after, the Carlson MBA Program.

It is our mission to:

  • help veterans assimilate back into an academic setting
  • provide financial support or guidance
  • provide a strong support network
  • translate acquired military skills into the practice of business

    Veteran Perspective

    Military veteran Levi Severson, '13 MBA, reflects on his transition from the military into the Carlson Executive MBA.

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Director, MBA Veterans Program

Chip Altman

Charles Altman, PhD
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret)
Carlson MBA Program
Director, MBA Veterans Program


Charles is the Director, MBA Veterans Program at the Carlson School of Management, and holds a PhD in Higher Education from the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. Following commissioning through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Commander Altman entered flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. His aviation career began that year as an aircraft mission commander was with Patrol Squadron Twenty-Two (VP-22), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He went on to serve years later as Commander, Pacific Patrol Squadron Det-1 San Diego in charge of a squadron consisting of 8 aircraft and 320 personnel on Coronado Island, California. Throughout his nearly 30 years of naval service, he amassed nearly 4,000 flight hours flying operationally in four separate combat squadrons located on air bases throughout the world.

President, MBA Military Veterans Club


Caleb Schmidt

Caleb Schmidt
Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy SEAL
President, MBA Military Veterans Club
Carlson Full-Time MBA student

Class of 2017

Caleb is a 2008 Graduate from the University of Minnesota earning a Bachelor of Science degree and majoring in both Genetics and Neuroscience. Prior to starting business school, Caleb enlisted in the United States Navy, graduating from Boot Camp in May of 2009. Following Boot Camp, Caleb checked in to BUD/S in August of 2009 eventually graduating with class 280 to become a US Navy SEAL. After completing the US Special Operations Combat Medic course Caleb checked in to SEAL Team FOUR where he spent four years serving as lead platoon medic and advanced tactics instructor. Caleb deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.