Military Veterans

Our Purpose

Military veterans have the distinct advantage of possessing the skills and determination necessary to succeed in the business world: you’ve bravely led others, overcome challenges, and honed organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills. By pursuing an MBA degree, you’ll learn how to translate those skills into the business world for success in your civilian career.

Our Missions

Military veterans are fully supported by dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help facilitate entry into, and success during and after, the Carlson MBA Program. It is our mission to:

  • help veterans assimilate back into an academic setting
  • provide financial support or guidance
  • provide a strong support network
  • translate acquired military skills into the practice of business

Our Military Presence


the Average Incoming Class is Military


of the Whole PTMBA Community Has a Military Background

Carlson MBA Veteran Students

A total of 32 current PTMBA military veteran students, including:

  • 2 Air Force
  • 11 Army
  • 1 Marine Corps
  • 9 National Guard
  • 4 Navy
  • 6 Other Branches

A total of 69 PTMBA military veteran alumni, including,

  • 14 Navy
  • 15 National Guard
  • 7 Marine Corps
  • 18 Army
  • 9 Air Force
  • 6 Other Branches

Career Placement

A partial list of some other companies that have hired our Military Veterans for either full-time post-MBA employment or MBA summer internships:

Wells Fargo, General Mills, Upton Hill, UnitedHealth Group, Boston Consulting, Dish, Fuse, 3M, CH Robinson, Deloitte Consulting, Google, Land O'Lakes, MN Public Radio, Peabody Energy, Target, and vBench

Graduate Business Career Center Support for Military Students

Top Military Company/Organizations with Current Students & Alumni


Many military students work in a variety of functional areas including supply chain, entrepreneurship, and aerospace. The largest job functional areas for post-MBA military graduates are General Management, Military, Marketing, Strategy, Finance, and Consulting.

Military Scholarships

We have limited financial support for our Part-Time MBA students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit, having served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces, and having been deemed a military veteran. Scholarship can range from $2,000-$5,000 per semester for up to 3 years

Veterans attending the University of Minnesota will be assessed resident tuition rates for their degrees. The resident tuition waiver will be automatic for veterans with a DD-214 on file that receive educational benefits. For more information or to receive in-state resident rates, please submit a copy of your DD-214 to University Veterans Services.

Veteran Perspective

Military veteran Levi Severson, '13 MBA, reflects on his transition from the military into the Carlson Executive MBA

Hear more veteran perspectives

Connect with Our Community

PTMBA Military Alum 21

Brook Vance

Logistics Officer/Captain - Minnesota Army National Guard

2021 Part-Time MBA Program Alumni

Brook is currently a Battalion Logistics Officer for the Minnesota Army National Guard. She has served for nine years in a variety of logistics and operations roles, including Distribution Platoon Leader and Maintenance Platoon Leader. Brook participated in a combat training exercise at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, CA, providing logistical support for over 1,000 Soldiers.

Brook joined the military after several years working in the private sector. She saw this as a way to gain leadership experience and take on new challenges. Brook plans to leverage her MBA to transition from a full-time military career into the private sector, focusing in supply chain and operations. She chose the Carlson MBA program based on the national ranking, military peer network and flexible course delivery options.

The experiences from the Carlson MBA program that stood out the most to Brook were the Global Enrichment Trip to India in May of 2020 and participating in the Carlson Consulting Enterprise. "I'm gaining real-world consulting experience, while receiving invaluable mentorship from the faculty. As a result, I've discovered a new passion and am now considering career opportunities in consulting." She also highlighted working with the Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC), stating "the amount of assistance we get as students to help with our resumes, job search and career transition is incredible. Transitioning from full-time military to a civilian career can be daunting, but they make it manageable and exciting.” 

PTMBA Military Alum '20

Les Hoffman

Vice President, Senior Product Manager - U.S. Bank

2020 Part-Time MBA Program Alumni

Les is a former Military H&S Company Commander, Captain from the US Marine Corp, where he served for 5 years. During his time in the USMC, he served as a Logistics Officer during 2 combat tours in Iraq. On his last tour, he complete a $2.6 billion inventory retrograde indicating "mission accomplishment" and help with reduction of US forces in Iraq.

Les came to the MBA program looking for leadership and supply chain management experience, but he gained so much more including executive communication, market valuation, strategic integration, technology deployment and fiscal positioning skills. He chose Carlson due to the national prestige, connect to the business community, and supportive career services. The Carlson MBA with the help of staff, faculty, courses and resources helped him combine his military experience and motivates with clear business approaches that he uses in his everyday work. 

Jack Schneeman

Jack Schneeman

Infantry Officer & Captain - Minnesota National Guard

2019 Part-Time MBA Program Alumni

Jack Schneeman is currently serving an active duty tour in East Africa. That doesn’t mean he’s stepped away from Phraze, a healthcare company he co-founded while in the part-time MBA program that helps physicians digitize their notes to save valuable time. He remains as an adviser while overseas. Several resources at the Carlson School helped Schneeman and others harness their vision for Phraze, including the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI), and coursework that addressed critical topics. In 2019, Schneeman and Phraze were named one of the Most Disruptive MBA Startups by Poets & Quants.

Military Veterans Funding Initiative

Make a financial contribution to support military veterans in the MBA program.

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