Full-Time MBA Tuition & Aid

Tuition, Fees, and Cost

Enrolling in a Full-time MBA program is a valuable investment in both yourself and your future.

Costs are estimated for the 2023-2024 year over 12 months. For full details of tuition costs, please visit One Stop. Financial aid is calculated only on expenses incurred in the fall and spring semesters.

2023-2024 Tuition (64 credits)Cost
Minnesota Resident Cost:*$43,680
Non-Resident & International Cost:$55,920

*Reciprocity rates are available to residents of North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba.

Our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid works with you to identify potential sources of financial assistance. 

Students are billed in four equal installments at the beginning of each semester of the program. In addition to the tuition, students are billed for other education-related expenses each semester.  


Fee TypeMinnesota and Reciprocity Resident*Non-ResidentsInternational Students
Books (estimate)$3,000$3,000$3,000
Health insurance$3,590$3,590$3,590
Student services fee$1,015.78$1,015.78$1,015.78
Collegiate & technology fee$1,160$1,160$1,160
Other fees (Graduate and Professional Student Government, stadium, transportation, & Capital Enhancement fees)$342.82$342.82$342.82
Global Experience  (not included in Total, see below)variesvariesvaries
International student fees  $572
International Sponsor Student fee  
(not included in Total, only applies for agency sponsored candidates, ex. Fulbright)
Approximate Total Annual Cost$52,788.60$65,028.60$65,600.60


Additional Costs

A one-time academic records fee of $150 will be charged to all students during the first semester of the program. This fee is not included in the approximate total annual cost above.

A non-refundable $1,500 tuition deposit is required to confirm your intention to enroll in the MBA program and is applied toward the first academic term. This deposit is paid in two installments, $1,000 at the time of admission and $500 as a reconfirmation deposit due by July 8th.

All students embark on an international experience to develop essential business skills required for success in a global economy. Customize your experience by choosing the destination, format, and duration that fits you. Global Experience fees can vary. Costs can be found in the Program Finder feature when you select a trip.

  • MBA Student Club Fee (Optional but strongly encouraged, covers 2 full years of MBA club and event participation): $450
  • MBA Student Partner Fee (Optional but strongly encouraged, covers 2 full years of partner participation in MBA events): $150

The approximate total annual cost listed above does not include:

  • Room and board in the Twin Cities for one year is approximately $14,000
  • Transportation for one year is approximately $1,000
  • Personal/ Miscellaneous is approximately $2,000

Paying for grad school: A guide to Full-Time MBA scholarships

Scholarships help make this investment more accessible to all. In this guide, we’ll break down the different types of scholarships and discuss their availability for the Carlson School’s Full-Time and Management Science MBA programs.


All qualified students pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School are eligible for financial aid in the form of federal loans up to the total estimated cost of attendance (COA) minus any other scholarships, grants, or other funding. Eligibility for need-based aid is determined through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University’s OneStop Student Services Office. Generally, graduate students are considered financially independent by the federal government, which means financial need will be assessed by the student’s personal financial information (and spouse if married) and will not include parental financial information. The University has reciprocity agreements with the states of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the province of Manitoba, Canada. Please note: US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal loan programs in most cases; non-US citizens do not qualify.

Most students pursuing an advanced degree will likely utilize loans for part (if not all) of the financing for his/her degree program. The majority of loan types available for graduate students are offered by the federal government. Admitted students who have submitted the FAFSA will be awarded the best possible combination of federal and University loans at the maximum amounts. Students are NOT required to accept the entire amount awarded. Students are encouraged to review their personal budgets and only accept the amount of loans that are absolutely necessary. International students need a U.S. co-signer for student loans. If you have questions about loan programs, visit Financial Aid — One Stop, or contact the Carlson MBA financial aid representative Jim Parker (612-626-0750).

Direct Loan Program

The largest federal student loan program offered by the U.S. Department of Education, there are two types of Direct Loans graduate students may be eligible for:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans – Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 per school year. No credit check is necessary for eligibility.
  • Direct PLUS Loans – Eligible graduate students who need to borrow more than the maximum unsubsidized loan amounts to meet their education costs may apply for a PLUS loan. Essentially, it covers the difference between the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the estimated cost of attendance, if there is a gap. A credit check will be performed during the application process.1

1 Adverse credit is when at least one of the following is on the Grad PLUS Loan applicant’s credit report: Currently 90 days or more delinquent on repayment of any debt; debt has been discharged in bankruptcy during the past 5 years; Evidence of a default, foreclosure, tax lien, repossession, wage garnishment, or write-off of a Title IV debt during the past 5-years.

Private Loans

Some students, especially those who are not eligible for federal loans, may utilize private loans as a way to supplement their financial support. The most notable differences between federal and private loan options are in the costs/fees, interest rates, and repayment options. We encourage students to explore loan offerings from different sources to determine the best options. Please note: Students who seek out private loan options for educational expenses may not take out more than the maximum estimated COA as determined by their program.

The University of Minnesota does not specifically offer non-US co-signed loans. Some of the options available to you include:

Please note, the University of Minnesota does not solely endorse any one specific loan program.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is designed to help students meet educational costs through part-time employment with a work-study eligible employer with the University. There are two primary benefits to students: 1) up to 70% of their work-study salary is subsidized, an incentive for employers to hire work-study applicants, and; 2) work-study earnings are not included as income in the following year’s financial aid need calculation, protecting the student’s future grant eligibility. Please note: Graduate students are only considered and awarded work-study upon request if they have need-based eligibility and will be enrolled at least half time.


View GA/TA Opportunities

  • Apply for financial aid – Every student, regardless of the family’s financial status, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online after January 1 each year. Please use University of Minnesota FAFSA code: 003969. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as early as possible, but must be formally admitted to their degree program to complete steps 2-6.
  • Complete additional requirements – If your record is missing information, or if you are selected for detailed file review (called “verification”), all requested documents must be submitted before your financial aid will be awarded.
  • Financial aid under review – Your FAFSA results will remain at step 3 until tuition and fees are approved and cost of attendance for the new year is finalized in mid-July. Once the review process is completed, you will be offered financial aid awards that are as favorable as possible for your eligibility.
  • Complete the electronic Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) – Review, accept, reduce, or decline the awards offered via Financial Aid Status website.
  • Complete loan documents – Complete any necessary promissory notes, any required entrance counseling, or truth-in-lending documents in a timely manner.
  • Disbursement of funds – This is the process by which financial aid funds are transferred into your account after all required documents have been processed, necessary action taken, and you have registered for classes.

Learn more about the many scholarships opportunities

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