• 226

    new transfer students joined the Carlson School community in 2016

  • 3.72

    average collegiate GPA of accepted transfer students

  • 97.8%

    of the 2017 graduating class reported job placement within three months of graduation

The Carlson School of Management admits more than 250 transfer students each year for fall enrollment. Applicants include current students within the University of Minnesota, as well as students from other colleges and universities, including out-of-state and international students.

The next admissions period available for transfer student applications is for Fall 2019 admission.

Prospective students are encouraged to pay special attention to the requirements listed below and to start preparing early. As a first step, prospective students are encouraged to attend a Transfer Admissions Information Session, which will include:

  • An overview of the Carlson School and the application process
  • An opportunity to discuss one-on-one with a member of the Transfer Admissions Team.

These information sessions run September through January leading up to our spring application deadline. Register for a session online.

Application deadline is February 1, 2019


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 26 credits post-secondary credits completed or in-progress by the end of spring 2019 (must be earned after high school graduation, AP/IB does not count towards this total)
  • Minimum 3.0 collegiate GPA
  • Prerequisite courses completed by the end of spring semester with a grade of C- or higher:
    • Microeconomics (ECON 1101, 1104, or APEC 1101)
    • Macroeconomics (ECON 1102, 1105, or APEC 1102)
    • Calculus (MATH 1142 or 1271)
  • Applicants applying for their 3rd year (junior year) are strongly recommended to also complete the following courses by the end of the spring semester prior to joining the Carlson School to maintian a four-year graduation schedule.
    • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050)
    • Business Statistics (SCO 2550)

Final Prerequisite Check

A final check of satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework (grade of C- or higher) and the minimum GPA requirement (3.0 or higher) will be performed for all admitted students the summer prior to admission. At that time, applicants who do not satisfy the minimum requirements will have their offers rescinded. 

Application Process

PLEASE NOTE, students utilize different application processes depending on their current status. Students who meet the admissions requirements are encouraged to apply with one of the following:


Transferring within the University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Transferring from outside the University of Minnesota


Transferring from another University of Minnesota campus (Duluth, Morris, Crookston, Rochester)

Additional Information

  • Do not send letters of recommendation to the Carlson School as they are not considered in review for admission.

  • If you believe you have faced extenuating life circumstances that have impacted your academic performance, you are welcome to submit a separate letter of extenuating circumstances to carlsontransfer@umn.edu, with subject line: Letter of Extenuating Circumstances.

Credit Transfer

The following guides are helpful resources for students to determine if their credits transfer from their current institutions.



  • Use this free online database to enter the courses you have taken at other institutions see how they transfer to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Courses not reviewed or listed on Transferology should be submitted through the Office of Admissions TES system for proper evaluation by the respective departments.


Carlson School Transfer Guide

  • Use these tables to see how the prerequisites (microeconomics, macroeconomics, calculus, financial accounting, and business statistics) transfer from common institutions in Minnesota and local surrounding areas.


Liberal Education Transfer Guides

  • Use these guides to view the University of Minnesota’s Liberal Education requirements and see if your courses may transfer to meet these requirements. All U of M students are required to complete the Liberal Education requirements to ensure a well-rounded education.


AP, IB, CLEP, and the MN Transfer Curriculum

  • Use these guides to view details about AP/IP/CLEP credits, transfer of military credits, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, and your transfer credit report through the Office of Admissions transfer credit website.


Please note: Business coursework beyond prerequisite courses from two-year colleges generally does not transfer. Thus, most coursework completed for AA Degrees will NOT transfer to fulfill upper-division (3XXX level or higher) requirements at the Carlson School. Upon admission, students will be expected to complete the vast majority of business coursework at the Carlson School. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline and when will I receive an admissions decision? 

The Carlson School admits transfer students for fall semesters only (no spring admission). The deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications submitted by the deadline, will receive decisions are sent no later than April 1. Please DO NOT contact us for a status update prior to this date.

What factors are used to make admissions decisions?

Transfer admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant's academic record, writing skills, outside of the extracurricular as presented in application materials. Admission consideration factors include, but are not limited to:

Primary Factors

Secondary Factors

Progress in prerequisite courses and progress towards the Immersion Core

Outside of the classroom and life experiences as assessed by the transfer supplement

Academic performance in any collegiate courses

Personal insight as assessed by the essay

Writing and language skills as assessed by the essay


What is Immersion Core?

Immersion Core: This is a signature experience of the Undergraduate Program. If admitted, the Immersion Core (I-Core) includes foundational courses in business taken together as a 12-credit cohort experience during one semester. It is during the I-Core semester in which students will declare their major. Therefore, students should NOT complete the following courses prior to transfer:​

  • Finance Fundamentals (FINA 3001)
  • Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3001)
  • Operations Management (SCO 3001)
  • Business Strategy (MGMT 3004)

Are there scholarship opportunities? 

Upon admission to the Carlson School of Management, transfer students are automatically considered for scholarships. There are no separate applications or materials required. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are renewable for two years.  Selection criteria can include academic achievements, extracurricular and leadership activities, place of residence, financial need and contribution to diversity. Applicants are encouraged to have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by the priority application deadline of February 1 for best consideration of scholarship awards. 

What should I do if I need to register at my current school but have not yet received an admissions decision?

Plan registration as if you have not yet been admitted. Rest assured, seats are reserved in Carlson classes for all newly admitted transfer students. If admitted, you will register during orientation in the summer.

Is it okay to take prerequisite coursework the summer prior to admission?

Only coursework completed or in-progress as late as spring prior to admission will be considered. Prerequisite coursework taken in the summer prior to admission will NOT be considered. The in-progress courses need to be listed on an official transcript.

Besides prerequisite courses, what else can I take prior to transfer?

Junior level applicants, in particular, should consider taking business statistics (SCO 2550) and financial accounting (ACCT 2050) prior to transfer in order to be Immersion Core ready (see below) and maintain adequate degree progress. Though not required for admission consideration, the strongest applicants will have these courses completed or in-progress. Beyond business courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete liberal education requirements.

Am I eligible to apply if I already have a Bachelors degree?

Each situation is treated individually. However, the short answer is “No, if you already have a business-related degree.” Additionally, there may be residency or financial aid implications concerning a second Bachelors degree of the same type. You should consider certificate programs or graduate work as an alternative.

Should I complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) or an AA Degree prior to transfer?

Though not required, completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at a participating school fulfills the core, theme and first-year writing portions of the University’s liberal education requirements. Completion must be noted on the official transcript from your current school. Consult a counselor at your current school with questions regarding the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. 

Learn More

Register for a Transfer Admissions Information Session

Attending an information session is the first-step for prospective students. All sessions include:

  • An overview of the Carlson School and the application process
  • An opportunity to discuss questions one-on-one with a member of the Transfer Admissions Team.

There are TWO visit options to choose from below. Please utilize the links to view the schedules and register for an information session of your choice.

  • Admissions Visit  – These are tailored to students new to the University of Minnesota and include a general admissions session, campus tour, and Carlson School admissions session.
  • Carlson School Information Session only  – These are appropriate for students already familiar with the University of Minnesota and those looking for an efficient way to connect with the Carlson School. 

Contact Us

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    Eric Ly
    Transfer Enrollment Specialist