• 220

    new transfer students joined the Carlson School community in 2016

  • 3.75

    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.

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 application process
  • An opportunity to discuss questions one-on-one with an academic adviser and member of the Transfer Admissions Team.

For best consideration of transfer scholarship awards, applicants are encouraged to have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by the priority application deadline of February 1.

Admission Requirements

Transfer admission is competitive and is based on a holistic review of the applicant’s academic record, writing skills, outside of the classroom and life experiences as presented in the 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


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

  • Minimum 26 credits post-secondary credits completed or in-progress
  • 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)

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

All Applicants

  • Complete the Carlson School Transfer Supplement
    • If you do not currently attend the U of M, you must create a guest account to access the transfer supplement. Step-by-step instructions for creating a guest account are available. Students with an active U of M internet ID account should log-in to the transfer supplement using that information.
  • Send official test scores and transcripts from schools outside the U of M system directly to the U of M Office of Admissions:
    • 240 Williamson Hall
      231 Pillsbury Drive SE
      Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Do not send transcripts to the Carlson School of Management!

Current University of Minnesota Students

  • Submit an application to change your college (U of M Twin Cities Students), campus (students at coordinate campuses), or add an additional degree program. Forms are located on the One Stop website under the "Admissions, transfer, and re-enrollment" tab. 

Students Outside of the University of Minnesota

  • Complete the U of M Transfer Application and all related steps. Note that in most cases, students with less than 60 postsecondary credits will be required to submit their high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. For questions, contact the U of M Office of Admissions.
  • Again, do not send transcripts to the Carlson School of Management!

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.
Planning your Transfer

Note the following: There is an International Experience requirement for all students in the Undergraduate Program. Additionally, students admitted at the junior-level are required to take BA 3000 Career Skills the summer prior to enrollment in the program. There is not an online option for this course. 

Transfer Guides

Coursework beyond the prerequisite requirements is reviewed for transfer only AFTER a student has been admitted. For your personal planning, below are helpful resources to determine which courses will likely transfer:

Course Planning

Must Have

  • Three prerequisite courses including microeconomics, macroeconomics and calculus. See under the “Admission Requirements” tab. While these courses will be considered if in-progress, the strongest applicants will have all three prerequisites completed with posted grades. 


  • 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.
  • The following courses are unnecessary for admission purposes but may be accepted for transfer credit: Fundamentals of Management (MGMT 3001), Additional Core classes (see “Curriculum” on the Academics page) and/or liberal arts coursework.
  • 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. 

Do Not Complete

  • 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)
  • 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. 

Transfer Orientation

Save the date! Admitted students must attend a mandatory one-day transfer orientation program:

2018 Dates

Type of transfer student

Friday, April 13
Monday, April 16
Wed., April 18

Current University of Minnesota students

Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20

Students outside of the University of Minnesota

Frequently Asked Questions

What majors/minors are offered at the Carlson School? What will my experience be like as a student in the Undergraduate Program?

The Carlson School Undergraduate Program offers 10 majors and 11 minors. There is an international experience requirement as well. Explore our website or contact a student ambassador to learn more.

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 priority deadline is February 1, 2018. Applications submitted after this date are considered on a space-available basis only. For applications submitted by the priority deadline, decisions are sent no later than April 1. Please DO NOT contact us for a status update prior to this date.

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?

See under the “Planning Your Transfer” tab. 

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?

See under the “Planning Your Transfer” tab. 

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 application process
  • An opportunity to discuss questions one-on-one with an academic adviser and 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

  • Send your questions to carlsontransfer@umn.edu.
  • After you have attended an information session, you may visit drop-in advising for further questions:
    • Fall and spring semesters are typically Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (with exception to Wednesday mornings).
    • Winter break and summer months have limited hours. Please call ahead (612-624-3313) for the schedule in a given week.
  • There are no transfer appointments. The information sessions are the most effective way to accommodate your questions and specific situations.
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    Eric Ly
    Transfer Enrollment Specialist