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

If space is available, we will accept applications after the deadline.

Application Requirements

All MBT applicants must complete the University 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.

Online Application

Submit a completed application. The MBT Program requires students to submit essays for statements Nos. 1 and 2 (not to exceed one page per essay). Additional application information can be found on the Graduate School website.


You must list on your online application each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit. You must also submit unofficial transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts.

Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official transcripts. Visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions.

International applicants should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Review details about submitting international transcripts on the Graduate School website.


Official Transcripts

All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted. These must be submitted before you register and enroll at the University of Minnesota. If you have attended universities that issue official transcripts on request, you must have these materials sent to the Graduate School Admissions Office directly from the institution. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation should be attached if the transcript is not in English.

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

GMAT or LSAT Scores


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 from your request. We cannot accept your copy of the GMAT score.

For details on how to make an appointment to take the GMAT or to request submission of your GMAT scores to the MBT office, visit the GMAT. The University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education (CCE) offers GMAT preparation courses through classroom-based instruction or self-directed online instruction. For more information, call 612-624-4000 or visit U of M Grad School Test Prep.

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) or 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. Applicants should submit CPA credentials through the Program Supplementary Information tab in the application.

Take a Sample GMAT Test here >

Upload a copy of your LSAT score to the 'Other Credentials' section under 'Supplementary Program Information' when completing the online application. Prospective students or law schools that previously received the score must supply the LSAT score by sending the original or copy of the Candidates Response Report. The council will not send LSAT scores to graduate schools of business.

English Language Requirements - International Applicants

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 credits/16 semester 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 or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota 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.

Application Fee

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