Military Veterans Initiative
Our Commitment to Veterans
U.S. veterans and active military personnel have bravely dedicated their lives in service to our country. In recognition of this commitment, the Carlson School offers specialized support to servicemen and women and veterans who wish to pursue a world-class business education.
The school's rigorous curriculum instills corporate experience and teaches the language of business. The school builds on veterans' existing leadership, problem solving, and organizational skills, and shapes strong professionals and community leaders.
As veterans pursue a Carlson School MBA, they address real-world business problems, learn from expert faculty, and forge lifelong connections that elevate their subsequent careers.
The Military Veterans Initiative transitions servicemen and women from military service to a business career. This initiative attracts talented military personnel and honors their service.
The Veterans Fund provides fellowships to cover the cost of obtaining an MBA—up to 60 percent of MBA tuition and other expenses that may not be eligible for GI benefits. The fund ensures veterans can complete a Carlson School MBA without incurring burdensome student debt.
In addition to meeting urgent financial needs, the initiative matches veterans and servicemen and women to mentorships, internships, and career coaching. Through strategic partnerships with corporations, the school transitions these MBAs to a business career.
The Carlson School offers veterans a comprehensive package of aid that supports students from enrollment, through their education, and beyond. The Carlson School’s support for veterans includes:
- Internships and career coaching
- Self-assessments and support networks to assess the fit of a business career
- Tuition, fees and living stipends
- Assistance with family issues, medical coverage, housing and more
The Carlson School has supported over 80 military veteran students since the initiative’s inception across our full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs.
The support of generous benefactors enable veterans to complete an MBA and compete for careers with salaries commensurate with their experience and service. These benefactors recognize that military experience can transition seamlessly to the corporate world. They recognize that helping vets is not only a patriotic thing to do, it's the right thing to do.
Together, our benefactors have provided more than $10 million to veteran fellowship funds. The Carlson School is able to support over 15 military veterans annually to pursue a Carlson MBA, with fellowships of up to $20,000.
You can show your appreciation for veterans by making a financial contribution, providing internship opportunities, or hiring these talented MBA graduates.
- To donate any amount to the Military Veterans Fund, visit the Carlson Veterans Fellowship Gift page.
- To provide internship opportunities or hire MBA graduates, contact any of the Business Development Staff in the in the Graduate Business Career Center.
- To adopt a veteran by providing full tuition support, contact Senior Development Officer Chris Mayr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Military Veterans Campaign is made possible through the generous support of our corporate and individual partners. We recognize these donors' commitment to veterans.
Corporate & Foundation Partners
- Deloitte Partners
- Graco Foundation
- Polaris Industries
- UnitedHealthcare Military Veterans Services
- Newman's Own Foundation
MBA Military Veterans in the Media
- Women at Business School—Heidi Sandell, MBA student
The Financial Times - 12/8/13
- From military to MBA
UMNews - 9/9/13
- Veterans: Minnesota B-School Wants You!
BloombergBusinessweek - 8/6/13
- Interview with Retired Navy Lt. Commander Charles Altman from Carlson MBA Program (begins at 0:28)
Minnesota Military Radio Hour - 6/30/13
- Veterans recruited for MBA programs at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
Star Tribune - 2/25/13