Online MBA Admissions

Online MBA: Who we're looking for

Geared towards working professionals and career changers, the Carlson School Online MBA program embraces a diverse group of learners who are not solely students but also employees, spouses, parents, and community leaders. Develop the necessary skills to advance in your organization or redefine your career trajectory at your preferred pace.


View Class Profile

Online MBA Admission Prerequisites

As part of a competitive selection process, the Carlson School carefully considers each applicant’s demonstrated and potential abilities as a student, manager, and leader.

Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside of the U.S.

Work Experience

At least two years of full-time work experience.

What you need to know to apply

The Carlson Online MBA offers a streamlined online application process. The following is required to apply:

  • Personal statement essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency**
  • Two years of full-time work experience
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Video Essay
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts

Admission Requirements & Checklist

*The Carlson School of Management's Online MBA program’s application is now GRE/GMAT test score optional; please see admission requirements page for more details. 

**All applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through academic transcripts/marksheets or an English Language Test, please see the admission requirements page for more details.

Additional Information

All applicants will receive an admissions decision via the application portal. All admitted candidates will receive additional information through email and the application portal.

You will be receiving application update emails from and, please add these emails to your contact list or safe list so that they are not caught in your spam filter.

Online MBA applicants will receive their admission decision within 10 business days of the admission committee receiving a submitted and completed application. Completed and submitted application requires that all materials have been received by the admissions committee; this includes transcripts, resumes, personal statement, and recommendations. You will receive communication from the admission committee when your application has been received and marked as complete.

Deadlines that occur on a holiday or weekend will be extended through the next business day. Please reach out to if you have questions/concerns on your timeline. 

Yellow Ribbon School

Military Veterans

Military veterans receive various support from dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help them succeed in the Carlson School's Online MBA Program.

Financial benefits:

  • Veterans attending the University of Minnesota will be assessed resident tuition rates for their degrees. The resident tuition waiver will be automatic for veterans with a DD-214 on file that receives educational benefits.
  • Military veterans admitted to our Online MBA program with demonstrated financial need and academic merit may be eligible for scholarship funding. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Learn more about the military student experience

Questions about Online MBA admissions?

Contact - Online MBA