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.


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

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

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

*Applicants will be asked to complete two randomized video essay submissions in their online application. Applicants will have 120 seconds to view the proposed question, followed by 120 seconds to answer the question. Video submissions can only be deleted by contacting your Carlson School admissions representative. 



Application Dates

Fall and Spring Starts

Round Submission Deadlines Decision Notification

Fall Start

Round 1
May 15
June 1
Round 2
June 15
July 15
Round 3
July 15
August 1

Spring Start

Round 1 October 15 November 1
Round 2 November 15 December 15
Round 3 December 15 January 15

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

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