Part-Time MBA

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Part-Time MBA Program at a Glance

At the Carlson School, the working professional is always top of mind. See how the Part-Time MBA can help you reach your career goals, build your network, and sharpen your business acumen all at your own pace.

  • New scholarships for Spring 2024 applicants
  • #14 Best Part-Time MBA - U.S. News & World Report (2024)
  • Flexible format designed to fit your lifestyle
  • GMAT waiver available

One of the most flexible top-ranked MBAs in the nation

Earn an MBA on your terms. With evening, weekend, and online courses available, you have the flexibility to fit classes into your busy life. Complete the program in as little as 2½ years or take more time while balancing work and life.

Start date
Fall (September); Spring
(January); Summer (June) 
Flexible 2-7 year
timeline (typically
3½ years)
On-Campus, online,
Work experience
Average 6 years of

We offer several different course formats within our traditional fall, spring, and summer semesters. Most of the classes are offered in the evening during the week and on Saturdays. You can spend less time traveling to and from school by taking most of your courses online and in condensed formats. 


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Tailor your classes to your professional interests.

Tailor your Part-Time MBA coursework to fit your career goals. In addition to your core courses, choose electives to customize the program to your interests. From finance to the medical industry, gain the knowledge you need in a specific field.


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An investment in your future

An MBA is one of the best investments you can make. Increase your earning power, expand your network, and connect with companies here in Minnesota and around the world.

  • $1,720 cost per credit
  • On average, graduates earn back 41% of their education costs within one year of graduation
  • $129,005 average starting salary (Class of 2022)

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Empowering Career Transformation

No matter your career aspirations, the Carlson School is here to support you. The Twin Cities is home to Fortune 500 companies, new startups, and everything in between. To help get you there, work with the Carlson Business Career Center (CBCC) to search for jobs, polish your resume, and practice your interview skills. It's a one-stop shop to help you on every step of your career journey.


of graduates earned a promotion or switched roles/companies/industries within four months of graduation


changed level or were promoted since starting the program


average salary increase within four months of graduation

Application Deadlines

Apply early and give yourself the best chance to join the Carlson School's Part-Time MBA program.

Spring (January) Start

  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15

Summer (June) Start

  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 15

Fall (September) Start

  • May 15
  • June 15
  • July 15
  • August 11 (Final deadline)
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"I chose to attain my MBA for their high-quality educators and the experience that the program offered. When researching different programs, the U of M was at the top of my list and I was ecstatic when I was accepted into the program."
– Brittany Cardinal, Class of 2022
Scott Jacobs
"My dream has always been to own my own business, and I knew I needed to learn more. Carlson gave me the credibility at work to get more responsibility, and ultimately both the degree and that experience has better equipped me to achieve my dreams."
– Scott Jacobs, Class of 2019, Co-founder, Groveland Leadership

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If you have questions about the Part-Time MBA program, please schedule 1:1 appointment.

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