Part-Time MBA Admissions

Part-Time MBA: Who we’re looking for

The Carlson Part-Time MBA program is designed for working professionals and career changers. We welcome learners who are more than students—employees, spouses, parents, and community leaders. Gain the skills you need to take the next step in your organization or redefine your career path at your own pace.

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Part-Time MBA Admission Prerequisites

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

2 years of work experience; this can include internships, co-ops, graduate assistantships, and other work experiences.

What you need to know

Being well-informed about the process is essential when applying for the Part-Time MBA program. Below is a quick glance at what you can expect as part of the application process.

The Carlson School Part-Time MBA program offers a streamlined online application. The following materials are 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 Part Time MBA program’s application is now GRE/GMAT test score optional; please see the admission requirements page for more details.  

**All applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through academic transcripts/mark-sheets 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.

Part-Time 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.

Military Veterans

Military veterans can count on dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help them every step of the way through the Carlson 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 Part-Time MBA program with demonstrated financial need and academic merit may be eligible for scholarship funding. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

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