Online MBA International Applicants

The Carlson School of Management is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive community that encourages all members to reach their full potential through learning, working, and service. The Online MBA format supports the School's mission, while bringing access to the Carlson brand and network for students outside of the United States. 

The Online MBA is excited to accept international students to the program. Note that this program is delivered online, UMN cannot grant Online MBA students a student visa. 

Application Deadlines

We advise students to be mindful of the time needed to complete the Online MBA application.


  • October 15 
  • November 15 
  • December 15


  • February 15 
  • March 15 
  • April 15


  • May 15 
  • June 15
  • July 15

International Student Information & Requirements

The Carlson School requires a first university degree that is comparable to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Generally this means a degree requiring at least 3-4 years of post-baccalaureate university study. If you are unsure whether your degree is acceptable, please inquire early.

If you attended universities that issue official transcripts of records upon request, please submit these credentials. We cannot accept attested true copies of records.

If credentials do not show the university grading system, submit an official statement from the university with this information. If credentials do not record the awarding of the degree, submit certified true copies of your diplomas.

Applicants from these countries should submit official English translations along with credentials in the original language.

Please submit official transcripts and degree award statements in English and Chinese.

Applicants from universities in these countries may submit certified or attested mark sheets or reports that detail results of all exams. These credentials must be certified by university personnel or government officials. They should bear the original signature of the certifying official. Do not certify your own credentials.

Online students cannot be issued an F-1 or J-1 visa. You must have a work permit or dependent visa in order to pursue the online MBA program.

Proof of English Language Proficiency is required of all applicants and must be demonstrated in one of the following ways

  • Complete at least the last 2 years of a bachelor's degree or 1 year of graduate school (Full-Time) in the U.S., U..K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, or the English-speaking Caribbean and will provide official transcripts..
  • Complete education solely in English in a country where English is not the official language and will provide documented proof (Ex. India)
  • Will provide the official results of an English language test taken within the last two years

You must take the TOEFLIELTSPTE Academic, or Duolingo exam if you do not meet one of the other requirements. We accept scores from any of these exams, it is not necessary to take more than one. Scores must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

You are not exempt if you have lived in an English-speaking country for several years but have not completed any prior education in English

Typically competitive candidates have scores within the following ranges:

  • 90-105 internet-based TOEFL
  • 600-650 paper-based TOEFL

The Carlson School must receive an official score report directly from the testing service. The code for the Carlson School MBA Program is 6874; the department code is 02.

To be considered for admission, the Carlson School requires a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with no section lower than 6.5.

IELTS test scores are verified using the Test Report Form (TRF) number. You may upload a scanned copy of your IELTS Test Report Form in your application or email the score report to

Score reports will be accepted via email from applicants or the testing agency.

To be considered for admission, the Carlson School requires a minimum score of 65 on the PTE Academic. The School must receive an official score report from Pearson. When you take the exam, please specify that you wish to have an official score report sent to the Carlson School of Management MBA Programs at program code JP3-5T-48.

To be considered for admission, we require a minimum overall score of 120, and a minimum literacy section score of 120. Please send your test score results directly to

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