Orientation & Residency Options

As a busy working professional you don't want to leave value on the table as you complete your degree. A residency program is a great way to maximize that value by enrolling in an unique face to face experience that combines academic learning and the opportunity to build a professional and personal connection with fellow classmates and the Carlson MBA community. A residency, simply put, is an enhanced MBA experience that provides access to industry leaders, faculty, career and student life programming. 


Take the time and opportunity to increase your knowledge and experience through skills based, signature and industry focused courses in our Residency programs.


Orientation is a required immersive 3-day program from a Thursday - Saturday at the start of the program focused on providing student with the essential tools and resources for academic success. Students will have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, mingle with career and student life staff, learn about University of Minnesota services as a graduate student, and plan their degree completion process.

Orientation will occur in August for candidates beginning the Fall semester and Spring orientation will occur in January.

Residency Options

Online MBA students have the choice of residency options to suit your needs in learning and flexibility. Students are required to complete a residency in addition to orientation prior to graduation, though students are welcome to complete more if they desire.

This residency option is designed to allow candidates to maximize their learning potential through a custom, week-long course that combines academic, professional development, and community building experiences. 

Courses will be 2 credits, requiring both pre-work and post-work components. Courses will come in various types of topical industry focus, development skills, and project/simulation. The week-long course will combine networking, team building, career center workshops, and academic portions. Below is a mock course schedule for the week residency. 

Pre-Work Components

Time of Day







Post-Work Components

Completion of pre-course readings



Professional Development

Class Lecture

Professional Development

Class Lecture

Class Lecture

Completion of final class modules

Completion of pre-course modules



Class Lecture

Interactive Class Workshop

Free Afternoon

Interactive Class Workshop


Main Course Deliverable Assignment 



Networking Dinner and Kickoff

Happy Hour or Special Topics Dinner

Evening Programming or Small Group Dinners

Free Evening

Networking Happy Hour and Farewell Dinner



Week-long residencies will likely occur in May/June, August, or January. 

*Subject to change

Online MBA students are welcome to register for the catalog of courses offered in the Part-Time MBA program. These can include weeknight evening courses or weekend condensed option courses.

MBA Course Formats:

2 Credit courses: 

  • A-term: first seven weeks of the semester, two-credit core or elective courses, meeting once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 5:45 - 9:05 pm.
  • B-term: last seven weeks of the semester, two-credit core or elective courses, meeting once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 5:45 - 9:05 pm.
  • Condensed: two-credit core or elective courses, meeting three full days. This course may meet for three consecutive weeks, every other week for three weeks or three times in two weeks. The timing of the condensed course offerings change each semester. We now have some condensed courses that meet 4-5 times for half-days.

3 Credit courses: 

  • All three-credit courses are core course, meeting once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 5:45 - 9:05 pm.

4 Credit courses: 

  • All four-credit courses are elective course, meeting once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 5:45 - 9:05 pm.. In summer, our 4 credit courses will meet twice a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 5:45 - 9:05 pm.

Global Enrichment Programs

These elective, intensive study abroad programs, allow you to explore many facets of a key business topic, expanding on a foundation started here at the Carlson School and continued abroad. Programs are taught entirely in English and offered between academic semesters. Past students have visited local and multinational firms in diverse locations such as the UK and India, while others have completed consulting projects for companies including 3M, Thomson Reuters, and Lenovo. Graduate Fellowships are available for Global Enrichment sessions, which have taken students to China, Austria, Poland, Costa Rica and beyond.

Global Immersion Programs

Global immersion programs give students the chance to dive deeply into a culture and study alongside other international students at partner universities throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. All courses are taught in English, and you'll find a range of classes from both the host university's full catalog and more specialized business offerings. For more detailed information, please see the Education Abroad page. Graduate Fellowships are available for these unique education experiences in China, Belgium, Costa Rica, and more.

Unable to Travel Abroad?

Choose an extensive on-campus or online course for an in-depth exploration of international business, such as:

  • MGMT 6305 International Environment of Business
  • IDSc 6465 Global Sourcing of IT 
  • OMS/SCO 6081 Global Operations Strategy 
  • MKTG 6072 International Marketing (Online Only - does not count toward residency requirements)
  • MILI 6997 - MILI Global Valuation Lab