Carlson School of Management Part-Time MBA

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Grow Your Business Skill Set to Advance Your Career

The Part-Time MBA program from the Carlson School can help you reach your career goals, build your network, and sharpen your business acumen, all at your own pace. This flexible program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is led by expert faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom.

Minnesota's Twin Cities are home to Fortune 500 companies, new startups, and more, making the Carlson School an ideal home for business professionals ready to advance their careers. We also understand the unique needs of working adults – in fact, professional students are the largest population at Carlson. When you finish your degree, you'll have the confidence, connections, and expertise to take your next step.

  • Scholarships available
  • #10 Best Part-Time MBA (Public Universities) – U.S. News & World Report (2024)
  • Eight specialization options
  • #13 Best Part-Time MBA Programs – Fortune (2023)
  • In-person, online, and hybrid course delivery

An MBA Designed for Working Professionals

Earn an MBA on your terms. With evening, weekend, and online courses available, you have the flexibility to fit classes into your busy life. We offer multiple course formats, and most classes are offered on weekday evenings and Saturdays during the weekend. Choose from in-person, online, and hybrid modalities for a degree that fits your life and schedule. 

format
Format
On-campus, online, HyFlex
duration
Duration
2–7 years
work experience
Work experience
2 years
start date
Start date
January, June, September

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Discover A Flexible MBA with a Customizable Curriculum

Throughout the Part-Time MBA program, you will complete a curriculum designed to deliver a broad understanding of the business enterprise and focused knowledge of key functional areas. In addition to required courses, you will supplement your program of study with electives to become more skilled in subjects that align with your interests and professional goals. Career-focused MBA specializations are also available to customize your degree further.

Course Highlights

  • FINA 6341 World Economy
  • MBA 6300 Strategic Management
  • MBA 6315 Business Ethics

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An Investment in Your Future

The Carlson Part-Time 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

Part-Time 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 MBA Designed for Working Professionals

Earn an MBA on your terms. With evening, weekend, and online courses available, you have the flexibility to fit classes into your busy life. We offer multiple course formats, and most classes are offered on weekday evenings and Saturdays during the weekend. Choose from in-person, online, and hybrid modalities for a degree that fits your life and schedule. 

format
Format
On-campus, online, HyFlex
duration
Duration
2–7 years
work experience
Work experience
2 years
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Explore Curriculum


Discover A Flexible MBA with a Customizable Curriculum

Throughout the Part-Time MBA program, you will complete a curriculum designed to deliver a broad understanding of the business enterprise and focused knowledge of key functional areas. In addition to required courses, you will supplement your program of study with electives to become more skilled in subjects that align with your interests and professional goals. Career-focused MBA specializations are also available to customize your degree further.

Course Highlights

  • FINA 6341 World Economy
  • MBA 6300 Strategic Management
  • MBA 6315 Business Ethics

View All Courses


An Investment in Your Future

The Carlson Part-Time 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

Part-Time 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


Become a Leader in Your Field

The expertise you gain in our Part-Time MBA program can help you open doors to new professional opportunities. Employment in business and financial occupations is expected to grow faster than the national average through 2032, and the median annual wage for this occupation group is nearly 66% higher than the median for all occupations.1 

Whether you want to enter a new field or pursue leadership or management roles in your current industry, the Carlson School can help you get there. From the class of 2023, 76% of graduates earned a promotion or switched companies/roles/industries.2

62%

average salary increase within 4 months of graduation2

$129,246

median salary for PTMBA graduates2

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

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

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Part-Time 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 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Carlson School's Part-Time 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.

The Carlson Part-Time MBA program coursework is flexible and can be tailored to your professional interests. You can choose to complete a general degree or select one of our specialization offerings:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Finance
  • Food and agribusiness
  • Information systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Medical industry
  • Supply chain and operations

Learn more about coursework on the curriculum page.

Career paths for graduates of the Carlson School's Part-Time MBA program include consultant, assistant marketing manager, product manager, finance associate, program manager, general manager, and more.

Part-Time MBA applicants can be considered for 15% merit-based scholarships. A limited number of 50% merit-based scholarships are also available. U.S. military service members, veterans, and employees of 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 Part-Time MBA program is designed for working professionals and allows flexible scheduling. The average time to complete is 3.5 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. Financial Analysts. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm.
  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 are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through academic transcripts/mark sheets or an English language test.

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