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Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota - Executive MBA

Minnesota Carlson Executive MBA Program Structure

The Carlson School of Management offers three distinct EMBA variations: at the Twin Cities campus; at Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University; and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Each program varies slightly with how long it takes to complete. The Executive MBA Vienna program lasts only 14 months, while the Executive MBA China takes 18 months, and the Executive MBA U.S. takes 20 months. Both the China and Vienna EMBA culminate with a Global Executive MBA Residency in Minneapolis. However, the Executive MBA Vienna has a slightly more global approach in its curriculum, with residencies in Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, New York City, and India.

Classes for the EMBA at the Carlson School of Management are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays on alternative weekends, with classes held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


At the start of each year in the the EMBA program at Carlson, students complete a 4-5 day Immersion Week, which features classes, workshops, and additional social events. The second Immersion Week is made to connect more with other EMBA classmates.

Like the Vienna and China EMBA options, EMBA students taking classes at Carlson will participate in a heavily international program, which culminates with an intense global residency and an immersive Global Team Project, participating with students in the Vienna and China programs. More information on the Executive MBA Vienna program can be found here, and more information on the Executive MBA China program can be found here.

Executive MBA Rankings

• Financial Times: 45 (EMBA – Vienna); 80 (EMBA – Minneapolis)
• The Economist: 52 (EMBA – Minneapolis)

Class Profile

The average age of the Minnesota Carlson Executive MBA program (Minneapolis) is 39-years old. These students typically have a 3.2 GPA and 14.5 years of previous work experience. Ninety students are currently enrolled in the program, with about 22 percent U.S. minority students and 20 percent female students.

Career Statistics

Carlson EMBA grads reported a typical salary increase of 20 percent by the end of the EMBA program. About 30 percent of graduates earned a promotion within one year of earning their degree.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total cost for the upcoming cohort of Minnesota Carlson Executive MBA students enrolled in the Minneapolis program is an annual rate of $61,800. Cost of the other EMBA options vary.

The estimated costs do not include a $750 nonrefundable fee upon acceptance in the program in order to secure a spot in the cohort. The costs do, however, cover: tuition; books; meals; parking; a pre-loaded laptop; graduation fees; several expenses during immersion weekends. Airfare is not covered.

Federal and private loans may be available for U.S. applicants. International applicants may be eligible for private loans only. Employer sponsorship may be possible, depending upon the employer.


In order to apply to the Minnesota Carlson Executive MBA program, applicants must submit:

• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Three professional references
• Resume
• A personal statement and additional feedback essay
• TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE English-language tests (if necessary)
• A $75 nonrefundable application fee.
• GMAT/GRE scores (not required)

Application deadlines are as follows:

While applications are accepted year round and processed on an individual basis, our target deadlines are:  December 31 (Priority), May 15 (spring), July 15 (final). We process Executive MBA applications on a rolling basis, which means that once your application is complete, you’ll receive your decision quickly – typically within a week. We will contact you to schedule an interview when your application is submitted.

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