As part of a competitive selection process, the Carlson School carefully considers each applicant’s demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, manager, and leader. Candidates with at least two years of full-time work experience are carefully considered as part of a holistic review and selection process.

1. Attend an event (optional)

Join us for an information session, lunch, class, or workshop across online, in-person, and on-location formats. Staff, students, or alumni will be there to answer your questions and provide advice as you start the application process.

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2. Application

The Carlson Online MBA offers a streamlined online application process. The following is required to apply:

  • Personal statement essay
  • GMAT or GRE score*
  • Two years of full-time work experience
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Video Essay
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts

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*An Academic Test Waiver can be offered to candidates that meet specific requirements, please see the application requirements page for more details. 

3. Decisions

All applicants will receive an admissions decision via the application portal. All admitted candidates will receive additional information through email and the application portal. 

4. Emails about your application

You will be receiving application update emails from, please add this email to your contact list or safe list so that they are not caught in your spam filter.

Application Dates - Fall and Spring Starts

Round Submission Deadlines Decision Notification
Spring Start
Round 1 October 15 November 1
Round 2 November 15 December 15
Round 3 December 15 January 15
Fall Start
Round 1 May 15 June 1
Round 2 June 15 July 15
Round 3 July 15 August 1

Want to learn even more about the program? Please email or call 612-625-5555 to schedule an appointment.

Contact - Online MBA