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Business Administration M.B.A.

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Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
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Contact Information
M.B.A. Programs Office, 1-110 Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5555; fax: 612-626-7582)
Email: mba@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2016
  • Length of program in credits: 48 to 65
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Business Administration
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
At the Carlson School, students tailor their education to meet their career objectives. Supported by outstanding faculty, cutting-edge coursework, and extensive networking opportunities, students compile an impressive record of professional achievements even before they graduate. The Master of Business Administration can be achieved in any one of three ways: through the Full-Time M.B.A., the Part-Time M.B.A., or the Executive M.B.A. The program offers courses on the west bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus at the Carlson School of Management and in Hanson Hall. Most Full-Time M.B.A. courses meet Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:25 p.m.; Part-Time M.B.A. courses meet Monday-Thursday evenings from 5:45 to 9:05 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8-11:20 a.m. and 12:30-3:50 p.m.; Executive M.B.A. courses meet predominately on alternate weekends. Dual degree programs are only available through the Full-Time MBA program. Please visit our website at http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/mba/ for more information. The Carlson School's China Executive M.B.A. program is offered through a partnership between the Carlson School and Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University. The Carlson School's Vienna Executive M.B.A. program is offered jointly with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). For additional information and application instructions, please contact cgi@umn.edu.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by AACSB International.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Please review the Admissions Checklist online for detailed admissions requirements.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must have an acceptable score on the GMAT or GRE. In addition, international students must have an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Candidates will be required to apply and be admitted to both degree programs separately.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GMAT
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
Key to test abbreviations (GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 48 to 65 major credits and up to credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The Carlson Full-Time M.B.A. program offers an intense curriculum of coordinated core courses that provide a sound foundation in essential managerial disciplines, along with electives customized to fit the student's career path. The Full-Time M.B.A. involves a rigorous time commitment, varying from 30 to 50 hours spent on campus per week, with students expected to complete the 65 credits required for the degree in two years. The Carlson Part-Time MB.A. curriculum includes a set of core courses that offer an in-depth study of the foundational and functional areas of business, as well as advanced electives, international study options, and areas of emphases which allow students to tailor a program to their long-term career goals. Part-Time MBA students are required to complete between 48-57 credits, depending on prior academic coursework. The Carlson Executive M.B.A. is built on a foundation of time-tested business principles. By emphasizing a global perspective, the rigorous curriculum helps students develop a deeper understanding of theory and practice. Each class moves through the program together as a cohort, following set schedules. From orientation to graduation, it takes about 21 months to complete the program. Classes are held Fridays and Saturdays, predominately on alternate weekends, and do not meet during the summer. The Executive MBA program requires 49.5 credits.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
MSBA/MBA The Full-Time MBA program offers 6 dual degree program options: MS-Business Analytics/MBA: 22 credits in common allowed; MA-HRIR/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed MHA/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed MPP/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed JD/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed MD/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed PharmD/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed For full complete Dual Degree information, visit Students may take a total of 24 credits in common among the academic programs.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Full-Time Master of Business Administration
The Carlson Full-Time M.B.A. program offers an intense curriculum that gives students a distinct edge. They start by taking coordinated core courses that provide a sound foundation in essential managerial disciplines, while at the same time, customizing their education to fit their career paths. The full-time program involves a rigorous time commitment. While the amount of time spent on campus varies from 30-50 hours per week, all students are expected to complete the degree in two years with a minimum of 64 credits.
Full-Time M.B.A. Core Requirements MBA 6300 - Strategic Management (3 cr) MBA 6150 - Managerial Communications (1 cr) MBA 6120 - Data Analysis and Statistics (3 cr) MBA 6030 - Financial Accounting (3 credits) MBA 6220 - Operations Management (3 cr) MBA 6230 - Financial Management (3 cr) MBA 6210 - Marketing Management (3 cr) MBA 6235 - Managerial Accounting (2 cr) MBA 6110 - Management and Organizational Behavior (2 cr) MBA 6140 - Managerial Economics (2 cr) MBA 6240 - Information Technology Management (2 cr) MBA 6315 - Business Ethics (2 cr) Global Experience (min. 3 credits) Carlson Enterprise (10 credits) Electives (22 credits)
Part-Time Master of Business Administration
The Carlson Part-Time M.B.A. curriculum includes core courses that offer an in-depth study of the foundational and functional areas of business. Advanced electives, international study options, and areas of emphases allow students to tailor a program that meets their long-term career goals. To graduate, students must earn 48-57 credits. The number of credits a student must complete is determined at the time of admission and is based on prior coursework.
Part-Time M.B.A. Core Requirements in Recommended Sequence MBA 6300 - Strategic Management (3 cr) MBA 6120 - Data Analysis and Statistics (3 cr) MBA 6030 - Financial Accounting (3 cr) MBA 6220 - Operations Management (3 cr) MBA 6230 - Financial Management (3 cr) MBA 6210 - Marketing Management (3 cr) MBA 6035 - Managerial Accounting (3 cr) MBA 6110 - Management and Organizational Behavior (2 cr) Information Technology Management Coursework (2 credits) Choose 1 of the following: IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management (2 cr) IDSC 6050 - Information Technology and Solutions (2 cr) Economics Coursework (2-4 credits) Choose 1 of the following: MBA 6140 - Managerial Economics (2 cr) FINA 6341 - World Economy (4 cr) Ethics Coursework (2 credits) MBA 6315 - Business Ethics (2 cr) International Experience (4 credits) All students are required to complete international course work or participate in an experiential learning abroad program. Elective courses that may fulfill this requirement on campus include: MGMT 6305 International Environment of Business (4 cr) IDSc 6465 Global Sourcing of IT (4 cr) SCO 6081 Global Operations Strategy (4 cr) MKTG 6072 International Marketing (4 cr) Elective Courses After completion of the core courses, M.B.A. students pursue a number of elective courses to reach the 48-57 credits required for degree completion. Elective courses are chosen from a broad range of department offerings.
Carlson Executive Master of Business Administration
The Carlson Executive M.B.A. is built on a foundation of time-tested business principles. By emphasizing a global perspective, the rigorous curriculum helps students develop a deeper understanding of theory and practice. Each class moves through the program together as a cohort, following set schedules. From orientation to graduation, it takes about 21 months to complete the program. Classes are held Fridays and Saturdays, predominately on alternate weekends, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and do not meet during the summer.
Year 1 Fall: CEMBA 5611 Statistics & Decision Making (3 cr) CEMBA 5612 Financial Accounting (3 cr) CEMBA 5613 Organizational Behavior (3 cr) CEMBA 5614 Operations Management (3 cr) Year 1 Spring: CEMBA 5621 Financial Management (3 cr) CEMBA 5623 Marketing Management (3 cr) CEMBA 5624 Business Strategy (3 cr) CEMBA 5625 Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3 cr) Year 2 Fall: CEMBA 5710 Leadership (1.5 cr) CEMBA 5711 Negotiation (3 cr) CEMBA 5712 IT Management (1.5 cr) CEMBA 5713 Managerial Accounting (3 cr) CEMBA 5722 International Business (3 cr) CEMBA 5723 Corporate Responsibility & Ethics (1.5 cr) Year 2 Spring: CEMBA 5714 Adv. Marketing (3 cr) CEMBA 5715 Adv. Financial Management (3 cr) CEMBA 5721 Adv. Topics (3 cr) CEMBA 5524 International Residency (3 cr)
China Executive M.B.A.
India
Vienna Masters of Business Administration
Industry Master of Business Administration
The Industry MBA is a new, one-year, predominantly online program designed for working professionals to obtain the fundamental business knowledge crucial for leading careers in the complex, rapidly evolving and highly regulated healthcare, energy, technology and finance industries. Courses will be taught by our nationally renowned expert faculty and executive-level professionals. Targeting the Washington DC area, this 48 credit program will deliver sophisticated management and leadership education for students immersed in legislative and policy matters.
IMBA program requirements include: Strategic Management (3 cr), Financial Accounting (3 cr), Data Analysis and Statistics (3 cr), Marketing Management (3 cr), Financial Management (3 cr), Managerial Economics (3 cr), Industry Overview & Business Law (2 cr), Supply Chain Management (3 cr), Negotiations (2 cr), Data Analytics (3 cr), Industry Vertical: Technology (2 cr), Industry Vertical: Energy (2 cr), Industry Vertical: Finance (2 cr), Industry Vertical: Health (2 cr), Leadership (2 cr) The Ethical Environment of Business (2 cr), Virtual Team Project (4 cr) Capstone (4 cr).
 
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