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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is the Carlson Executive Education Center located?
The Executive Education Center is located on the second floor of the Carlson School of Management building at the intersection of 19th Avenue South and 4th Street South on the University of Minnesota's West Bank. The Carlson School is located just 12.6 miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
Can you provide driving directions, and where do I park?
For a map, driving directions, and parking information, visit the Travel Information section of this site. The same information will be emailed to you about two weeks prior to the program.
How do I register for a program?

There are two methods to register:

  • Register online using the electronic forms on this site
  • Call 612-624-2545 or 800-388-3863 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday)
What is included in my registration fee?

The registration fee for programs held at Carlson Executive Education includes tuition and notebooks with in-class materials, and may include advance reading materials, assessment tools, refreshment/snack breaks, and lunch when a meal is served.

The Minnesota Executive Program (MEP) and Minnesota Management Institute (MMI) are held at area conference centers in which a discounted lodging and meal group rate has been negotiated. MEP and MMI participants are responsible for payment of their own lodging and meal expenses.

Which payment methods are accepted?
Payment methods accepted include American Express, Discover, Visa, and MasterCard. Checks and electronic funds transfer are also accepted.
Do you offer discounts?

We offer the following University of Minnesota discounts:

What are your cancellation and transfer/substitution policies?

For our regular open enrollment programs, please see our Cancellation and Transfer Policies.

Custom program policies are prepared on a contract basis.

Is it possible to have a program held at our company for several people?
Yes, Carlson Executive Education brings together a wealth of resources to create innovative and high-impact custom programs tailored to meet specific company objectives. Also, any of our open enrollment programs may be tailored to a company or industry. Custom programs can be delivered at either your facility or at the Carlson Executive Education Center. For further information, please contact our Director of Custom Programs, Karl Johnson, at 612-626-5366 or by email at
May I obtain references from past participants of a program?
Most program web pages include testimonials from past participants. Contact our office at 612-624-2545 or 800-388-3863 if you would like to obtain names of past participants that you can speak with directly.
Do you have any recommended hotels for out-of-town attendees?
Yes. On our Travel Information page, we have provided a list of nearby hotels that offer a discounted rate for Carlson Executive Education program attendees.
What is there to do in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in the evenings after programs have ended?
View Explore Minnesota – Metro Region as a starting place for information on dining, shopping, golfing, and entertainment options.
If I live in the immediate Twin Cities area, am I required to stay overnight at area conference centers used by the Minnesota Executive Program (MEP) and Minnesota Management Institute (MMI)?
It's not a requirement. However it's highly recommended that participants take advantage of the opportunity to fully benefit from the networking relationship development and sharing of intellectual capital that is gained from residency with classmates. Residency at each of the venues also eases the pressure of trying to work into the evening with colleagues on team projects and saves daily commute time to and from home.
Is there advance material to read or to prepare prior to attending a program?
Yes, all of the General Management programs (MEP and MMI) and the majority of the topic-specific programs (non-Momentum Series) have advance materials emailed to participants about two weeks prior to the program start date. Advance materials may include cases or articles to be read and assessments or questionnaires to be completed. It's important to include a street address rather than just a box number on your registration form because overnight mail may be used in special situations.
What kind of program materials will I receive?
In addition to any advance reading materials you receive two weeks prior to the start of a program, you can expect to receive materials during the program. These materials might include books, articles, handouts, or notebooks. If flying in from another city, remember to allow extra luggage space so you can transport program materials back with you.
What is the dress code?
Business casual. Since individual comfort levels vary, it's a good idea to bring a jacket or sweater.
What are the dining arrangements at the Carlson Executive Education Center?

Full-day programs held at the Carlson Executive Education Center include the following dining arrangements:

  • Self-service continental breakfast
  • Refreshment and snack break in the morning and afternoon
  • Buffet lunch in a private dining room or box lunches

If you have any special dietary requirements, please complete the form that will be emailed to you about two weeks before the program begins.

Will I receive college credits toward either an undergraduate, MBA degree, or other degree granting program?
No. Carlson Executive Education programs are recognized for their quality and content, but they do not earn degree program credits as we don't include testing and grades in our programs. However, our courses are designed to give useful tools to busy professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in a particular subject. Participants are provided with a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
Will I receive continuing education credits for participating in a Carlson Executive Education program?
Many national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education (CEU) credit for attendance at our programs when you submit the course outline and proof of attendance (your certificate of completion). Contact your own board or organization to find out what is required. We'll be glad to provide you with the documentation on the content and length of the program.
What should I consider as an international student?

Carlson Executive Education programs are non-degree, short programs. They are not considered to be full-time courses and do not lead to a degree. Therefore, participants are ineligible to enter the United States on a non-immigrant student visa category (F or J). Program participants who need a visa should apply for a B category visa and should state the intent of their visit to the consular official at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, and to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

To get the most from your Carlson Executive Education experience, you need to be proficient enough in the English language to comprehend reading materials and contribute to the classroom and small group sessions.

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