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Advance Your Career with a Flexible Online MBA

The AACSB-accredited Online MBA from the Carlson School of Management delivers the advanced education you need to take the next step in your career as a skilled leader. Build expertise employers value while enhancing your business skill set through our industry-driven curriculum. The ability to choose from a range of electives means you can specialize in many different subject areas and customize your coursework. 

Our program is designed to fit into your life and schedule so that you can earn your degree while continuing to work full-time. Working professionals are the largest student population at Carlson. We understand the unique needs of adult learners and offer the supportive environment you need to excel.

  • 100% online course delivery
  • Scholarships available
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • Customizable coursework
  • 1-on-1 career support

An Online MBA Program That Fits Your Life

Learn from internationally recognized faculty, join a robust alumni network, and customize your education for your career. When you choose the Online MBA program, you can complete coursework from anywhere and learn at your own pace. Two residency experiences are built into the Online MBA program, allowing you to deepen your connection to the Minneapolis–St. Paul business community and build in-person relationships with classmates and instructors.

format
Format
Online
duration
Duration
2-7 years
work experience
Work experience
2 years
start date
Start date
January, June, September

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Industry-Driven Learning Delivered 100% Online

At Carlson, online learning comes to life through video lectures, discussions, and team projects. Work alongside your cohort to solve real-world business problems in core courses. Then, customize your education with specialized electives that align with your professional interests. You have the flexibility to complete your Online MBA degree at your pace as quickly as two years. 

Course Highlights

  • MBA 6111 Leading Others
  • MBA 6241 Competing in Data-Driven Age
  • MBA 6315 The Ethical Environment of Business

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Program Cost and Scholarship Opportunities

The Carlson Online MBA program provides the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue new opportunities and long-term career growth. The graduation requirement is 52 credits, with a tuition cost of $1,720 per credit hour.

Scholarships

Online MBA applicants can be considered for 15% merit-based scholarships. A limited number of 50% merit-based scholarships are also available.* Visit our program scholarships page to learn more.

Tuition Details


An Online MBA Program That Fits Your Life

Learn from internationally recognized faculty, join a robust alumni network, and customize your education for your career. When you choose the Online MBA program, you can complete coursework from anywhere and learn at your own pace. Two residency experiences are built into the Online MBA program, allowing you to deepen your connection to the Minneapolis–St. Paul business community and build in-person relationships with classmates and instructors.

format
Format
Online
duration
Duration
2-7 years
work experience
Work experience
2 years
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Explore Curriculum


Industry-Driven Learning Delivered 100% Online

At Carlson, online learning comes to life through video lectures, discussions, and team projects. Work alongside your cohort to solve real-world business problems in core courses. Then, customize your education with specialized electives that align with your professional interests. You have the flexibility to complete your Online MBA degree at your pace as quickly as two years. 

Course Highlights

  • MBA 6111 Leading Others
  • MBA 6241 Competing in Data-Driven Age
  • MBA 6315 The Ethical Environment of Business

View All Courses


Program Cost and Scholarship Opportunities

The Carlson Online MBA program provides the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue new opportunities and long-term career growth. The graduation requirement is 52 credits, with a tuition cost of $1,720 per credit hour.

Scholarships

Online MBA applicants can be considered for 15% merit-based scholarships. A limited number of 50% merit-based scholarships are also available.* Visit our program scholarships page to learn more.

Tuition Details


Get the Expertise to Lead

Whether you are ready to advance in your current role or want to build the skills you need to enter a new field, Carlson's Online MBA can help you reach your goals. The knowledge and experience you gain in this accredited program prepare you for leadership roles in your organization and beyond. Employment in management occupations is expected to grow faster than the national average from 2022 to 2032, with about 1.1 million job openings expected yearly.1

64%

of students changed level or were promoted within 4 months of graduation2

62%

average salary increase within 4 months of graduation2

$117,250

mean salary for Online MBA students in the class of 20232

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School Online MBA program offers a streamlined online application. In addition, our application is GRE/GMAT test score optional for candidates applying for Spring 2024 and beyond. There is no minimum GPA requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Online MBA degree program:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed (official transcripts required upon acceptance of admission to the program)
  • Personal statement essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency**
  • Two years of full-time work experience
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Video essay
  • Current resume

Application Deadlines

Spring 

(January Start)

Summer 

(June Start)

Fall 

(September Start)

October 15February 15May 15
November 15March 15June 15
December 15April 15July 15
  

August 11 

(final deadline)

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"I chose Carlson for its global focus and relationships with leading corporations. Carlson's unique relationship with the Minneapolis–St. Paul business community gives us an opportunity to learn directly from leaders across diverse industries. These experiences are critical in supporting my growth in current and future roles!"

Aaron Johnson, Class of 2023

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to commonly asked questions about the Carlson School of Management. If you need additional information not covered here, our admissions team can help. Contact us to learn more.

The first step is to start your application. We've designed our application process to be streamlined and accessible.

The Carlson School's Online MBA program requires two years of work experience. This can include internships, co-ops, graduate assistantships, and other work experiences. Contact us to learn more.

Coursework in the Carlson Online MBA program is flexible and can be tailored to your professional interests. While no official specializations are offered in this program, the extensive elective options allow you to customize your program of study to align with your personal interests and professional goals.

Learn more about coursework on the curriculum page.

Possible career paths for Carlson School's Online MBA program graduates include consultant, assistant marketing manager, product manager, finance associate, program manager, general manager, and more.

Online MBA applicants can be considered for 15% merit-based scholarships. A limited number of 50% merit-based scholarships are also available. U.S. military members/veterans and employees from our corporate partners are automatically eligible for a 15% tuition discount.

Scholarships are not transferable to other degree programs and may not be combined with other scholarships or discounts.

Tuition is $1,720 per credit hour. You'll need to complete 52 credits for a total tuition (not including additional fees) of $89,440.

The Online MBA program is designed for working professionals and allows flexible scheduling. The average completion time is three years, but you can finish as quickly as two years. To explore the curriculum, view our courses page.

Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/.
  2. The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Part-Time and Online Master of Business Administration Employment Report 2023. Retrieved from https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/sites/carlsonschool.umn.edu/files/2023-12/PTMBA_OMBA_2023_Employment_Report.pdf.

*A scholarship essay is required to be eligible for a 15% or 50% scholarship.

**All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency through academic transcripts/mark sheets or an English language test.

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