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Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota


Nearly 70 years after the founding of the University of Minnesota, one of the largest public Ivy institutions in the United States, the school formally opened its own business school 1919, which was accredited by the AACSB a year later. In 1937, the school offered its first full-time MBA program, and then, in 1960, debuted its part-time MBA program.

Several years after introducing its first EMBA program, the school was rewarded a $25 million donation from Minneapolis entrepreneur Curtis L. Carlson, founder of the Carlson company, one of the world’s largest travel corporations. The school was renamed as the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, in his honor, in 1986.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 35 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 29 (U.S.); 33 (Global)
• Forbes: 27
• Financial Times: 81
• The Economist: 32


The University of Minnesota and Carlson School of Management is nestled right in the middle of Minneapolis, with both campuses stretched across the Mississippi River. The business school is located about 10 miles north of the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport.


Carlon’s two major facilities are the eponymous Carlson School Building and Hanson Hall. Across both buildings are more than 40 classrooms, 35 break rooms, a 180-seat lecture hall, a 250-seat auditorium, 22 interview rooms, student lounges, research facilities, and much more.


Minnesota Carlson employs employs approximately 183 faculty members, 102 of whom are either tenured or in tenure-track positions, across seven academic areas.

Student Body

The average class size for the Carlson School of Management full-time MBA program is 96 students. About 30 percent of these students are women, 21 percent international, and 14 percent are U.S. minorities. These students, on average, are 28-years old, earned a 690 GMAT score, and a 3.45 undergraduate GPA. The work experience average was around 4.7 years.

MBA Degree Offerings

Minnesota Carlson offers a full-time MBA, a part-time MBA, an Online MBA, and an Executive MBA program that can be taken in the U.S., China, and Austria.

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