Admission Process

Our application is done entirely online using the online application system, with the exception of official transcripts and test scores. Please list PhD Business Administration as your major field. In the Department/Program form please include your area of concentration; Accounting, Finance, Information & Decision Sciences, Marketing, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations, or Work & Organizations.

The Carlson School PhD program admits students once per year in fall. Select fall for your application term.

The application deadline for admission is December 15.

Application Fee

All applicants must submit an application fee. The fee is set by the University and cannot be waived or deferred. The current fee is $95 for international applicants and $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The fee is paid online when you submit your application.


At the end of your application process, please ensure you have completed all of the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts have been uploaded via the online application system
  • Official GMAT/GRE , TOEFL / IELTS submitted
  • Personal Statement has been completed in the online application system
  • Three letters of recommendation have been submitted on the online application system by the recommenders
  • Resume/CV
  • Application has been completed and submitted in its entirety via the online application system
  • Application fee has been paid

We require a bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college or university. Many areas prefer a master's degree. Submit unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended (If requested, international applicants may need to send additional transcript information.) Transcripts must be uploaded via the online application system and may be unofficial. Upon admission to the school we require official transcripts to be sent directly to the University.

We accept either the GMAT or the GRE. The test cannot be more than 5 years old. Please use the information below when submitting your test scores:

GMAT - institution code D2N-VJ-74 ; 02
You may self-report GMAT scores on the online application, but official score results are also required

GRE - institution code 6874
You may self-report GRE scores on the online application, but official score results are also required

We require 3 letters of recommendation that should be uploaded via the online application system or emailed to For uploading the letters via the online application system please follow the instructions on the Graduate School Application Information page.

If your recommender cannot access the Internet, please have her/him mail the letter directly to the PhD office:

PhD Program in Business Administration
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
321 Nineteenth Avenue South
Suite 4-205
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438

We require TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants UNLESS English is the first language or the applicant has attended a US institution for 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits within two years of the application. Please use the information below when submitting your test scores:

  • For the TOEFL designate institution code"6874"
  • Contact the IELTS administrators to determine the institution code
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0
  • Graduate GPA 3.5
  • GMAT > 650
  • GRE > 320
  • 100 (internet-based TOEFL)
  • 7.0 (IELTS)

Council of Graduate schools April 15th Deadline

The Council of Graduate Schools has set forth a resolution stating that students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15th. Earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution.  For more information please read the whole resolution here: