Military Veterans

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


All Full-Time MBA military candidates receive support from the Carlson School. Scholarship awards for our Full-Time MBA military candidates range from $7,500 to full tuition with a stipend for living expenses. Dollar amounts depend in the caliber of the application and the amount of GI Bill benefit the student is receiving.

To provide financial support for students who are committing to full-time graduate study and attending our Full-Time MBA program, scholarships are awarded based on:

  • academic and professional merit
  • having served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces
  • having been deemed a military veteran

We have limited financial support for our Part-Time MBA students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit, having served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces, and having been deemed a military veteran.

Tuition Rates

Veterans attending the University of Minnesota will be assessed resident tuition rates for their degrees. The resident tuition waiver will be automatic for veterans with a DD-214 on file that receive educational benefits. For more information or to receive in-state resident rates, please submit a copy of your DD-214 to University Veterans Services.

Named Military Scholarships

  • Buuck Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • Deloitte Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • Donald & Lorranie Freeberg Military Vets Fellowship
  • Gatens/Benson Military Veterans Fellowship
  • Graco Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • H. William Walter MBA Fellowship
  • John & Nancy Lindahl Military Veterans Fellowship
  • MBA Class of 2000 & 2002 Leadership Fellowship
  • Michael & Judy Mee Fellowship
  • Military Veterans Merit Fellowship
  • Newman's Own Military Veterans Fellowship
  • Polaris Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • Rangen/Erickson CSOM Military Vets MBA Fellowship
  • Robert Potts Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • Torgerson Family Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • United Healthcare Military Veterans MBA Fellowship
  • Victor & Fern Bates Scholarship
  • Wiehoff Family Military Veterans Fellowship
  • William and Jane Dudley Military Veterans Fellowship

Program Profile

A total of 120 military veterans over the past 8 years, including:

  • 10 Air Force
  • 40 Army
  • 15 Army National Guard
  • 3 Air National Guard
  • 17 Marine
  • 35 Navy

Program Growth

  • Class of 2013: 2 military veterans in a class of 99 (2%)
  • Class of 2014: 7 military veterans in a class of 107 (6.5%)
  • Class of 2015: 16 military veterans in a class of 113 (14%)
  • Class of 2016: 20 military veterans in a class of 107 (19%)
  • Class of 2017: 14 military veterans in a class of 82 (17%)
  • Class of 2018: 19 military veterans in a class of 103 (18%)
  • Class of 2019: 17 military veterans in a class of 93 (18%)
  • Class of 2020: 18 military veterans in a class of 97 (19%)
  • An overall growth of nearly 19% in the military veteran population in Carlson's Full-Time MBA program in the past 6 years. All received scholarship and/or stipend funding.

A partial list of the companies that have hired our Military Veterans for either full-time post-MBA employment or MBA summer internships:

Wells Fargo, General Mills, Ecolab, Upton Hill, UnitedHealth Group, Boston Consulting, Dish, Fuse, 3M, CH Robinson, Deloitte Consulting, Google, Land O'Lakes, MN Public Radio, Peabody Energy, Target, vBench

Veteran Perspective

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

Hear more veteran perspectives

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Chip Altman

Charles Altman, PhD

- Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Director, MBA Veterans Program
Carlson MBA 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.

Sergeant Dave Burton

Dave Burton

- Sergeant, United States Army

President, Carlson Veterans Club
MBA Candidate, Class of 2020

Dave graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Criminal Justice.  After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army as an infantry paratrooper and served in the active component for five years training soldiers as a non-commissioned officer.  After leaving the Army in 2018, Dave spent six months volunteering as a team leader for a disaster relief organization in Puerto Rico and USVI following Hurricane Maria before joining the full-time MBA program in Fall 2018.  He is a member of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise and is a TA for Managing Innovation and Change, as well as the President of the Health & Wellness Club.

Jordan Barnett

Jordan Barnett

- Major, United States Marine Corps Reserve

Former President, Carlson Veterans Club
JD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2020

Jordan graduated from The Citadel in 2004 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Criminal Justice.  He received a commission in the United States Marine Corps and served in the active component for eleven years as an artillery officer, including deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.  After leaving the active component in 2015, Jordan oversaw production of hollow metal doors and frames before starting law school in 2016 and joining the full-time MBA program in 2017.  He is a member of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise and is a TA for Management of Innovation and Change, as well as a member of the board of the Sports Business Club and interns in the university’s Office of Athletic Compliance.

Caleb Schmidt

Caleb Schmidt

- Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy SEAL

Former President, Carlson Veterans Club, recent alumni
Carlson Full-Time MBA

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.

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