Admissions Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Business Taxation (MBT) Program. All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants through the online application system.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall start: June 15
  • Spring start: October 15
  • Summer start: March 15

We will accept applications after the deadline if space is available.

Application Requirements

All MBT applicants must complete the online application. The application can be saved and continued later. Your application is complete when you have completed and/or uploaded the following items. Letters of recommendation are not required.


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Submit a completed application. The MBT Program requires students to submit essays for statements 1 - Personal Statement and 2 - Diversity Statement (not to exceed one page per essay).

List each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit in your application.

Unofficial Transcripts

When applying for admission, upload unofficial transcripts/academic records/credentials for all post-secondary (college/University) institutions you have attended. This includes incomplete or partial academic records.  Visit the Graduate School website for additional information.

International credentials much include both the original language document and an English translation. Include original language diplomas if a degree was conferred.

Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts/academic records are required after you are admitted to a graduate program. At the time of admission, you will receive a list of the specific credentials we require from you. These must be submitted before you register at the University of Minnesota. All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial.

It is your responsibility to request official transcripts/credentials from the original institution. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the University from the issuing institution. Do NOT send official transcripts to yourself first.

Use the following address:
Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455-0421

For electronic transcripts: use as the recipient.

The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.


A GMAT score is required for admission. Request that your GMAT results be sent to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Master of Business Taxation program. Results will automatically be made available to the MBT program 10-15 days after the test. We cannot accept your copy of the GMAT score.

The required submission of a GMAT score will be waived for domestic students in the following cases: 1) applicant has a CPA license (either active or inactive). Applicants should submit CPA credentials through the Program Supplementary Information tab in the application. 2) Applicant has at least two years of relevant U.S. based tax-related work experience within the prior five years, or 3) applicant is a Carlson School accounting graduate within the prior five years. Please note, in order for the waiver to apply, the applicant must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an accredited university. 

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Prospective students that previously took the LSAT must supply the LSAT score by uploading the original or copy of the Candidates Response Report. The council will not send LSAT scores to graduate schools of business.

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. Applicants who have completed 24 quarter/16 semester, non-ESL credits (within 24 months of the applicant’s proposed term of entry) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States are generally exempted from this requirement.

The minimum score requirements for admission are:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with section scores of 6.5 in both reading and writing)
  • MELAB: 80

For more information on English language proficiency and how to submit test scores, visit the Graduate School website.

Submit electronically via the online application. More information about the application fee is found on the Graduate School's website.

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