Executive MBA Requirements & Deadlines

How to apply: Carlson School EMBA application & admission requirements

The Carlson Executive MBA accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year before the fall start. The program's final deadline is July 15. Admission decisions are made within a week of your interview. If you need to defer admissions due to family or work situations, your decision will be transferred to the following year. You'll receive a new admissions letter for the next year as well.

What you need to apply to the Executive MBA program

Use the following checklist to complete the application.

You must complete the application online.

Provide the name of each institution you attended with complete information.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted through the online application or emailed to mbamsapp@umn.edu for attachment to your application file. 

Official copies may be sent to the above email address or via mail to:


Carlson MBA & MS Office

321 19th Ave S #1-110

Minneapolis, MN  55455




Submit a current resume that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments and that clearly shows where you worked and when.

Use the online application to provide the names and contact information of three professional references; one must be your current supervisor. These references will be contacted by our staff for additional information.

We require a personal statement of career goals and your objectives in pursuing an MBA degree. We also require a second essay regarding feedback. Guidelines for each can be found in the online application

We will contact candidates who present strong credentials to set up an interview with a member of the admissions committee. We strongly encourage candidates who are interested in an interview to begin the application early.

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.

The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for all applicants. Your application fee will be waived if you have been on active duty in the U.S. military within three years of submitting your MBA application..

While these tests are not required for admission to the Executive MBA program, you may consider including previous test scores or taking the Executive Assessment, which was designed specifically for Executive MBA programs, if your academic record is weak or contains gaps.  There are also several preparation courses on the site that can be beneficial for students entering the program, regardless of taking the test. 

Explore the Executive Assessment Test here >

Application Deadlines

Applications for Carlson School's Executive MBA are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Once your application is complete, you'll receive your decision quickly—typically within a week via email, followed by a hard copy in the mail. 

The following deadlines are priority dates for admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

  • December 31 
  • May 15
    Priority application deadline for Fall 2024 scholarship consideration
  • July 15 (Final deadline)
    Applications not completed by this deadline (including completing the admission interview) will be held and processed in a batch admission procedure to fill any remaining seats. If the class is full, we will decide on your application next year.

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