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Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota - Part-Time MBA

Minnesota Carlson Part-Time MBA Program Structure

While most of the classes in the Minnesota Carlson School of Management part-time MBA program are offered during weeknight evenings and on Saturdays, the program is one of the more flexible available. Part-time MBA students at Carlson can complete the program in an accelerated format, traditional part-time format, or almost completely online. The program can be completed in as little as two-and-a-half years, or as many as seven years. Most complete the program in 3.5 years. Students that take a more condensed schedule will likely have to complete more courses during the summer month.

Courses are offered in three variations: two credits; three credits; or four credits. The credit value of the course may vary, depending on the schedule of the course, or if it is an elective or core course.


The major difference between the full-time and the part-time MBA at Minnesota Carlson is not within the curriculum, rather, the schedule and format in which students can complete their coursework. Students can choose from the following specializations: entrepreneurship; finance; food & agribusiness; healthcare; information systems; management; marketing; medical industry; and supply chain.

A major emphasis of the Carlson curriculum is experiential learning, which focuses on a more direct, hands-on approach with businesses and career coaching. Students complete a total of 52 credits to earn their degree.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 13

Class Profile

The average part-time MBA class at the Carlson School of Management consists of 35 percent women, with 20 percent U.S. minority and 14 percent international students.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost per credit in the Minnesota Carlson part-time MBA program is currently $1,581.

Minnesota Carlson Part-Time MBA Per Course Tuition

Course CreditsCost
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 part-time 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

Two years of post-undergraduate work experience is required in order to apply.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Submission/Completion Deadlines
Spring (January) Start
Round 1 October 15
Round 2 November 15
Round 3 December 15
Fall (September) Start
Round 1 May 15
Round 2 June 15
Round 3 July 15


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