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The Carlson MBA



When you come to the Carlson School, we respect who you are and where you’re at in your career. We use the expertise of our world-class faculty, a network of top-flight practitioners, and your talented, diverse classmates to help you become prepared, educated, and well-positioned for continued success.


Our philosophy is that simple. The Carlson School is nationally ranked, globally connected, and highly respected. Wherever in the world you go from here, it’s a smart move to start your new adventure at the Carlson School of Management.



M BA Job Pl ace m e nt


Carlson MBA Full-Time Program Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011



2013 Best Business Schools

Carlson MBA Part-Time Program U.S. News & World Report, 2012

30 1 th

Top Executive MBA Programs



Carlson Executive MBA Program Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011


Best cities for f i n d i n g e m p loym e nt

Twin Cities Forbes, 2011



, Part-Time MBA 12 Customer Insights Analyst Johnson & Johnson


, Full-Time MBA 11 Global Consumer Insights General Mills


, Executive MBA 06 Director, Market Segments Ameriprise



The Carlson Full-Time MBA program will transform you into a skilled leader, strategic thinker, and confident innovator.

Full-Time MBA

Every day you will be presented with real business challenges and will learn how to make an immediate impact. In the Carlson Enterprises you will manage multimillion dollar funds or work on highprofile, real world-business challenges. Your international experience will teach you how to successfully operate a business in a global environment.

Community & Career Learn from and collaborate with diverse and accomplished peers. You’ll have rare access to business leaders and experts from Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Before you start, our Graduate Business Career Center will help you refine your career ambitions, build your job search and interview skills, and connect you with employment opportunities.

“Having a top business school

behind me was a prerequisite, and Carlson was my

top choice.”


Full-Time MBA ’03 Manager Salesforce

Academics A two-year program with a summer internship opportunity between the first and second years.

Carlson Enterprises Brand • Consulting • Funds • Ventures The largest concentration of MBA student-driven businesses in the nation.

• A core curriculum will provide you with fundamental business knowledge across all management functions and a broad spectrum of industries.

Your Enterprise Program experience will challenge you with high-profile business projects that demand in-depth strategic planning, problem-solving, presentation—and bottom-line returns. You will go beyond the classroom to work with professionals, many of whom represent Fortune 500 companies, to solve real business challenges.

• Electives will help you develop a solid functional expertise in leading career sectors such as management, marketing, finance, supply chain & operations, or information systems and technology. Or, pursue a concentration of your own making.

Global Discovery Program Gain a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small- and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies by spending two weeks overseas meeting with corporate leaders to discuss business challenges and strategies for enhancing global profitability.

• Business theories will be brought to life through the Carlson Enterprise Program. • The Global Discovery Program will shape you into a global leader. Dual Degree Programs Combine your pursuit of a Carlson MBA degree with one of five University of Minnesota advanced degree programs. Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) • Master of Public Policy (MPP) • Juris Doctor (JD) • Doctor of Medicine (MD) • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)



The program of choice for professionals who want to expand their skills among other accomplished professionals and expert industry and faculty leaders.

Part-Time MBA The global focus, quality, and rigor of the program are unmatched by any other in the region. Using the best in theory as a framework to apply the best of practice, you will gain the foundation and knowledge to meet the everchanging demands of today’s complex global business environment. Best of all, you’re setting the pace.

Community & Career You will belong to a community with faculty who are recognized internationally for their deep business knowledge and high quality of teaching. Your peer group of students will enrich your business education—and your life—with their diversity of experiences, depth of thinking, and personal drive to succeed as business leaders. Most importantly, professional and personalized career services will help you leverage your MBA and advance your career to the next level.

Academics 57 credits, 3 to 3 1/2 years average completion time. • The curriculum covers the whole spectrum of business with enough breadth and depth in specialty areas that allow you to develop an expertise and tailor your degree to meet your unique professional goals. • A wide range of elective courses to complete a concentration in management, marketing, finance, supply chain & operations, or information systems and technology. Or, elective course offerings are comprehensive enough to pursue a concentration of your own making. • Diverse options are available to explore international business for a required global experience as part of the curriculum.

Global Experience Global Enrichment • Global Immersion From China to Costa Rica, you have the opportunity to experience global business firsthand with enough flexibility for you to still manage your personal and professional priorities. Select a Global Enrichment program for an intensive two- to six-week overseas experience where you’ll be taught a wide range of current business topics. For a longer experience, select a Global Immersion Program where you’ll travel overseas to visit a highly ranked partner university and immerse yourself in a new culture while engaging in an in-depth study of key business topics. Unable to travel abroad? Choose an intensive on-campus course for an in-depth exploration of international business. 6

“The Carlson MBA has helped me to achieve a career I’ve always envisioned for myself.” SARA B REI T

Part-Time MBA Student Customer Account Manager General Mills


The Carlson Executive MBA will equip you to handle the toughest challenges with the skills of an accomplished global business leader.

Executive MBA Community & Career Seasoned professionals are your You’re part of a peer group of diverse and classmates while faculty create and seasoned professionals, collaborating in share new knowledge providing high performance teams during in inyou with a unique competitive depth exploration of business principles with a global emphasis. Customized advantage. The Virtual Team Project career services are designed for each and the International Residency class, including connections to high offer opportunities to expand your level Executive MBA alumni resources. global network. The program will change the way you think about Academics business and will have a profound impact on the vision you and your Two-year, 48-credit, and four semester cohort program. organization hold for the future. • A first-year core curriculum provides an in-depth

“My Carlson MBA was an absolute integral part of my

business plan.” J O HN ST U R G E S S

Executive MBA ’07 Owner Adogo Pet Hotel


Virtual Team Project Working with your Global Executive MBA counterparts from schools in China (China Executive MBA) and Austria (Vienna Executive MBA), you’ll collaborate in a virtual setting over a seven-month period to devise a new product or service and develop a business plan to introduce it to an overseas market.

examination of the key functions of the organization. The second year curriculum will expand your ability to deal with complex management challenges by focusing on the contextual environment of business.

• Global thinking is embedded in all courses, specifically in the required Virtual Team Project and International Residency.

International Residency You’ll participate in an intense International Residency that gives you handson experience in emerging and mature markets around the world. While overseas, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of business, cultural, and social differences that can have a profound impact on your future global business opportunities.



Our world-class career center offers extensive services and resources to help you with all aspects of your career development, from mock interviews to job offer negotiation strategies.

Career Center G R A D U AT E B U S I N E S S

Our location within a thriving business community presents countless opportunities for you to get connected with recruiters from numerous industries. In fact, over a year’s time the Carlson School hosts approximately 80 companies on campus—far more than most schools can offer their students.

Wherever you desire to take your career, we have the alumni network that can help get you there. Interaction with alumni is vital during both your academic and professional career. The Carlson MBA will provide you with numerous opportunities to form valuable relationships with alumni who can help develop and guide your career path.

Alumni network 50,000 alumni strong 95 countries P ORT LAND

Opportunities extend all over the globe as well. Our business development team is actively building new relationships with businesses around the country and the world. We are going farther than ever before to create opportunities for both national and international students to return home to a productive career. Our alumni around the world are well connected to the career center and have been extremely instrumental in helping us foster new relationships.

We want our students prepared for the challenges of identifying, transitioning, landing, and growing a post-MBA career. Many more opportunities are available to MBA students including: • Small interview prep sessions

Moreover, as a Carlson MBA graduate, you’ll join an impressive alumni network of more than 50,000 members in 95 countries, many of whom represent or lead some of the most influential companies in the world.


Active alumni groups in North America, Europe, and Asia

Marc Friedman

Merchandise Manager

adidas Originals

John Stumpf

Chairman, President & CEO

Wells Fargo

’10 MBA ’80 MBA

Barbara Mowry


GoreCreek Advisors

’75 MBA

John Mulligan


Target Corporation

’96 MBA

Josh Kaiser

Senior Manager Groupon

Catherine Mathis

Senior Vice President

Standard & Poor’s, McGraw Hill Companies, Inc

’79 MBA

’05 MBA

Antonio Fortes

Managing Director

Vicam Funds

’09 MBA

• Case interview workshops


Andrew Sukawaty

Executive Chairman


’86 MBA

• Peer interview preparation


Tomasz Bochenek

VP Sales and Marketing


’99 MBA

Dev Jain

Managing Director

Alexander Architects Private Limited

’05 MBA

Richard Fong


Lord & Triggs Environmental Technology

’82 MBA

Melinda Pavek

Deputy Chief of Mission

U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy

’03 MBA

• Individualized career coaching • Career Exploration Conference


IND IA H ONG KONG B RUNEI We in the career center have an intense passion for what we do, which is to help our students be successful. The most important point for students to realize is that, regardless of their chosen career path, the career center can assist them. We have very individualized career services and they are always tailored and customized to the student. Michelle Wieser, Director Graduate Business Career Center


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How to apply For application deadlines, requirements, and to apply online visit: Full-Time MBA Part-Time MBA Executive MBA

Please contact us with questions or to schedule an admissions advising appointment: Phone: 612-625-5555 Fax: 612-625-1012 Email:

Connect with us. We encourage you to connect with the Carlson School community—faculty, staff, and other students—to find out if we’re the right choice for you. Opportunities to engage with us through class visits, information sessions, and recruiting events are listed on-line.





Carlson MBA Program Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota 321 Nineteenth Ave. South, Suite 1-110 Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438 Phone: 612-625-5555 Fax: 612-625-1012

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iThe University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


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