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Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota - Online MBA

Minnesota Carlson Online MBA Program Structure

The AACSB-accredited Online MBA program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management is a 52-credit program with a flexible schedule that can be completed in as little as two years. Students can take courses in a condensed format and standard evening and weekend courses. The program begins in the fall, spring, and summer.

Students start the Online MBA program with a recommended sequence of core courses followed by elective course offerings tailored to help you broaden your skillset in the areas of business that are important to you. The entire program, however, is not online. Students undertake in-person residencies at the beginning and end of the program, as well as a required global residency. These experiences deepen students’ connections to the broader Minneapolis-St. Paul business community and strengthen their professional network.


Students in the Minnesota Carlson Online MBA program begin with a traditional orientation, leading right into the core curriculum, which includes classes in management and financial accounting. Core classes are typically worth two or three credits, with two-credit courses lasting four weeks and three-credit courses lasting 11 weeks. In all, a standard Online MBA schedule usually features eight credits (three classes) per semester.

In year two, students complete the majority of their elective coursework, which can be chosen from a lengthy list of options, covering specializations like accounting, finance, human resources, and more. Several courses in the second year may be worth as many as four credits each. However, these courses require an entire semester to complete. An optional residency and required global residency can also be completed in year two.

Class Profile

61 percent of students in the Minnesota Carlson Online MBA reside in Minnesota, while 11 percent reside in bordering states. 21 percent of students reside in the United States, while 4% are international students.  In total, the average class side for the Minnesota Carlson Online MBA is 35 students. The median GMAT score was 600 and the media GRE score was 311. The media G.P.A was 3.4 with 35 being the average age of students.  35 percent of the class were female, 7 percent were a minority, and 21 percent had military experience.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The 2020-2021 cost per credit in the Minnesota Carlson Online MBA program is currently $1,581.

Minnesota Carlson Online MBA Per Course Tuition

Course Credits Cost
2-Credit Course$3,162
3-Credit Course$4,743
4-Credit Course$6,324

With a total of 52 credits required to complete the program, the tuition total comes to a base level of $82,212.

U.S. applicants may be eligible for non-subsidized financial aid. Both U.S. and international applicants may be eligible for private loans. Employed students may also be eligible to have their education reimbursed by their employer.


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

• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Two professional references
• GMAT/GRE scores (no minimum required, waiver available for select students)
• A personal statement
• Resume
• A video essay
• TOEFL or IELTS test scores (if necessary)
• A $75 non-refundable application fee

2020-2021 Minnesota Carlson Online MBA

Fall Entry

Round One – May 15
Round Two – June 15
Round Three – July 15

Spring Entry

Round One – Oct. 15
Round Two – Nov. 15
Round Three – Dec. 15

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