Carlson School of Management

MBA in Two Admissions — Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do I need to apply?
MBA in Two is a selective, deferred admissions program designed specifically for undergraduate seniors.
Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

You are not required to have an undergraduate degree, coursework or work experience in business. The Carlson School recruits and admits students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. About one-third of our students come from a traditional business undergraduate or professional background, another third of our students have a background in technology or engineering, and the last third have a background in a wide variety of disciplines and functional areas (such as non-profit, education, visual and performing arts, etc.).

How will my application be reviewed?
Applications are reviewed as a whole and candidates are admitted into the program based on academic credentials and general fit for the program. The admissions committee will consider your academic performance (official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework and GPA), GMAT test scores, admissions interview, work experience, student involvement and achievements, personal statement, and professional/academic references.
Do you require an admissions interview?
Yes. All MBA in Two applicants are required to complete an admissions interview. After you have submitted your application, you will be invited to interview.
Are MBA in Two students eligible for scholarships?
MBA in Two candidates are automatically considered for academic scholarships and fellowships through the admissions review process - no additional applications are needed. Our academic scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive, and they are awarded based on a holistic review of your academic success and GMAT or GRE test scores..
What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized computer-adaptive test used by schools to help assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business or management. It measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills.

When should the GMAT be taken?

We require all materials, including test scores, to be submitted before reviewing an applicant for admission into our program. We recommend taking the GMAT at least two to four weeks prior to the priority application deadline to ensure timely review of your application.

Can I take the GMAT more than once?
Yes. If you take the GMAT more than once, the admissions committee will consider your highest score.
What are the minimum score requirements for the GMAT?
We do not have a minimum GMAT score requirement.


What is the application deadline?
To be considered for MBA in Two, seniors must submit a complete application by July 1 of their graduating year. However, we will continue to accept applications for the program until September 1 of that same year.
When are application decisions sent?
Admissions decisions for the MBA in Two program will be provided to applicants 4-6 weeks after the July 1st priority application deadline or September 1st final deadline.
I have been admitted to the MBA in Two program. When do I begin the Full-Time MBA program?
Undergraduate college students apply during their senior year and receive a decision in the summer following graduation. If admitted, candidates would enter the Carlson MBA Full-Time program after completing two years of professional work experience. For example, if you graduated by May of 2012 and were admitted to the program, you will begin the Full-Time MBA program in fall of 2014.
Are there opportunities for MBA in Two students to stay involved with Carlson during their two year deferment?
MBA in Two students participate in career coaching, professional development and mentorships with the support of the Carlson Graduate Business Career Center, along with student clubs and organizations - these opportunities are available to MBA in Two students even before starting the Full-Time MBA program.
Whom should I contact if I have more questions about MBA in Two?

Any additional questions regarding the program can be addressed to:

Christine Foster, Carlson School of Management - MBA Program Office, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruiting, or (612) 626-2954

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If you are interested in learning more about MBA in Two and the impact it could potentially have on your future career goals, the Carlson MBA Program Office invites you to meet one-one-one with a representative from the MBA Admissions Team. Please contact Christine Foster, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruiting, at or 612-626-2954 to schedule an informational interview.

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