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

Apply early and give yourself the best chance to join the Carlson School's Master of Business Taxation program.

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.

Start Your Application

Submit a completed application. Application requirements are listed below. 

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

Unofficial Transcripts

You will need to submit a transcript from each college or university where you have completed coursework before your application will be considered complete and reviewed by the admissions committee. Unofficial transcripts must
include your name and the name of the institution. Third Party credential evaluation
reports and degree planning documents are not accepted.  You can also email them to to for attachment to your application file. This includes incomplete or partial academic records.

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:

Carlson School of Management

MBA & MS Programs
University of Minnesota
321 Nineteenth Avenue South, Suite 1-110
Minneapolis, MN  55455-0438

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.

Your personal statement should be no more than 1000 words (2 pages), that address the following questions:

  • Why are you choosing to pursue an MBT degree at this time in your career? What are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? Briefly describe your short-term (upon graduation from the program) and long-term (5-10 years after the program) career goals. Please be as specific as possible with roles, companies and/or industries.
  • What excites you about being part of the Carlson School MBT program?
  • Describe your current thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. How has your thinking changed over time?

Submit a current resume (CV) that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments.

If English is not your first language, you must submit scores from the one of the following tests. Scores must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

You do not need to take an English test if:

  • You have completed your previous education solely in English in a country where English is not an official language. Your transcript must indicate that English was the language of instruction, or you must provide a statement from the university indicating that English was the sole language of instruction in order to be exempt from the testing requirement.


  • You have completed the last 2 years of a bachelor's degree or 1 year of a graduate school (full-time) in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

You are not exempt if you have lived in an English-speaking country for several years, unless you meet one of the above requirements.

TOEFL scores must be sent to institution code 6874 (U OF MINNESOTA MNNPLS). 

IELTS scores may be sent to us by completing a Test Report Form indicating us as a receiving organization:

Carlson MBA & MS Admissions
321 19th Avenue South, Room 1-110
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PTE Academic scores may be sent to the Carlson School MBA Programs office using program code JP3-5T-48.


Submit electronically via the online application.

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