Showcase your experiences and potential as a student, manager, and leader through the Carlson MBA Program application process. 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, meet for a coffee chat, or schedule an admission appointment 

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.

Attend an Event

2. Application

The Carlson School Part-Time MBA program offers a streamlined online application. The following materials are required to apply:

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

Admission Requirements & Checklist

*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


Personal Statement Essay

Your personal statement should address:

  • Your short-term and long-term career goals. 
  • Why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management.
  • Why you feel you are a strong candidate for the program.

MBA Blog

Linh Gilles | Director, MBA Admissions
"We look for students who can demonstrate academic aptitude, leadership capabilities, and proven progression through their careers through promotions or increased responsibilities."

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