Carlson School of Management

History of the Carlson School

Vincent Hall photoLocated at the University of Minnesota on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and part of one of the leading public research land grant universities in the country, the Carlson School of Management has a rich history of preparing and educating the world's current and future business leaders.

In 1920, the Carlson School became just the 18th institution to receive accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Today, the Carlson School fosters a forward thinking and ever evolving research and learning environment for both students and faculty. Recognizing the increasingly global business community, the Carlson School is one of the first schools in the country to require all undergraduate and graduate students to incorporate a global experience into their degree requirements.

Since its founding in 1919 as the University of Minnesota School of Business, the school has grown, changed names, and moved locations over the years. This evolution has been helped through the generosity of many business partners, most notable being Curt Carlson and Herbert M. Hanson, Jr.

In 1986, Curt Carlson, successful entrepreneur, alumnus, and namesake of the Carlson School donated the funds that allowed the construction of the school’s current home, the spacious, state-of-the-art Carlson School of Management building. Connected to the Carlson School building via skyway is Hanson Hall, the new (2008) undergraduate business facility named after Herbert M. Hanson, Jr., benefactor and University alumnus. Hanson Hall consolidates the Carlson School’s undergraduate classrooms, services, and programs in one location and features the latest in technology.

The Carlson School confers degrees for a full undergraduate program (BSB), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Accountancy (MAcc), a Master of Business Taxation (MBT), a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HRIR), and two doctoral programs as well as providing a host of executive level continuing education opportunities.

The Carlson School community includes more than 5,000 current students and an alumni network of more than 50,000 graduates worldwide.

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