Program Structure

Whether you’re looking to fast-track your program or to take your time and engage the full host of activities and opportunities at the Carlson School, the Part-Time MBA Program flexes to fit into your busy life. Customize your program to meet your priorities.

We offer several different course formats within our traditional fall, spring, and summer semesters. Most of the classes are offered in the evening during the week and on Saturdays. You can spend less time traveling to and from school by taking most of your courses online and in condensed formats. If limiting your time on campus, minimizing your commute, and maintaining geographic flexibility are part of what you are looking for in a program, online and condensed format courses will support completing your degree on your terms.

MBA Course Formats

  • A-term: first seven weeks of the semester, two credit core or elective courses, meeting once a week on Monday - Thursday at 5:45pm - 9:05pm
  • B-term: last seven weeks of the semester, two credit core or elective courses, meeting once a week on Monday - Thursday at 5:45pm - 9:05pm
  • Condensed: two credit core or elective courses, meeting three full days, typically Friday or Saturday. 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 changes each semester. We now have some condensed courses that meet 4-5 times for half-days.

Course Modalities 

All three-credit courses are core courses, meeting once a week Monday - Thursday at 5:45pm - 9:05pm

Course Modalities

All four-credit courses are elective courses, meeting once a week. In summer, our 4 credit courses will meet twice a week.

Course Modalities 

These can be three-credit core courses or two/four credit elective courses. Typically, asynchronous (no scheduled class time), but with few options for synchronous class sessions.

Course Modalities 

To help you envision your path to an MBA, we've mapped out three of the most common degree completion timelines. These are three examples of possible approaches to completing your MBA degree. You have the power to complete your degree on your timeline, with limited in-person coursework, or with a specialization that matches your career goals. The flexibility offered by the Carlson School empowers students to map degree paths that are as individual as they are. 

2.5 years: If finishing your degree in as little time as possible is your goal - you can complete the program as quickly as two and a half years.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • Data Analytics & Stats (3 credits)
  • IT Requirement (2 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Financial Accounting
  • Supply Chain & Operations
  • ECON Requirement

Summer Semester

  • Financial Management
  • Leading Others

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Marketing Management (3 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Global Enrichment Program (4 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Elective (2 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • Business Ethics (2 credits)
  • Elective (1 credit)
  • Elective (4 credits)

3 years: If you are looking to have the perfect balance of work, school, and life - this timeline tends to be a great option and is most common for our Part-Time students. 

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • Data Analytics & Stats (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Supply Chain & Operations (3 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Marketing Management (3 credits)

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Financial Management (3 credits)
  • Leading Others (2 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • IT Requirement (2 credits)
  • ECON Requirement (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Elective (4 credits)

Year 3 

Fall Semester

  • Elective (4 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)
  • Elective (1 credit)

Spring Semester

  • Global Enrichment Programs (4 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Business Ethics (2  credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

4 years: If your career involves a lot of travel or you experience a major life event, you can choose to take fewer classes to help balance your schedule. 

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • Data Analytics & Stats (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Supply Chain & Operations (3 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Financial Management (3 credits)

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Marketing Management (3 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Leading Others (2 credits)
  • IT Requirement (2 credits)
  • ECON Requirement (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Elective (4 credits)

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • Elective (2 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Global Enrichment Program (4 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • Elective (2 credits)

Year 4 

Fall Semester

  • Elective (1 credit)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Business Ethics (2 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)
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