Online MBA Career Outcomes

Prepare for In-Demand Leadership Roles

The Carlson School of Management's Online MBA program can help you qualify for management-level positions and increase your earning potential. Executives earn an average salary of $100,000 per year, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth for these roles to keep pace with the national average through 2032.1 Transform your future and prepare for lifelong success by continuing your education with Carlson.

Online MBA Careers and Salaries

An Online MBA from the Carlson School can prepare you to pursue leadership opportunities in finance, marketing, healthcare, retail, technology, and more. You'll be prepared for roles such as:

  • Sales Manager: $130,600 per year2
  • Management Consultant: $95,190 per year3
  • Program Manager: $91,077 per year4

Program Outcomes

  • Strong foundational business knowledge across a range of functional areas including Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Supply Chain & Technology.
  • Strong skills in collaboration.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills for solving complex business problems.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Enhanced leadership skills and effectiveness
  • A global mindset and understanding of cross-cultural management
  • Greater depth in any particular chosen area of study as you craft a course of study with your elective credits

Alumni Achievements

For the class of 2023,5 the Carlson Online MBA mean salary was $117,250. Additionally, over a third of graduates received promotions. Explore more outcomes data below.


average increase in salary from program start to 4 months post-grad


reported a significant job change within 4 months of graduation


changed level or were promoted within 4 months of graduation

"There were a few classes in particular where I felt like I could directly apply lessons. And that was noticeable in how I felt about my career...I gained confidence."

Ben Spaniol, 2018 MBA Graduate

Career Resources

The Carlson Business Career Center (CBCC) has connections with hundreds of companies that recruit students like you. So we offer the support you need if you'd like to join a corporation, work for a non-profit, start your own business, or advance in your industry. With dedicated career coaches from a variety of backgrounds, the CBCC can help you launch the next phase of your career.

Student Career Resources

  • Career counseling and tests
  • Career fair and networking events
  • Job search tools and resume reviews
  • Mock interviews and negotiation strategies


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Top Executives. Retrieved from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from
  3. Average Management Consultant Salary. Retrieved from
  4. Average Program Manager Salary. Retrieved from
  5. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Part-Time and Online Master of Business Administration Employment Report 2023. Retrieved from

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