Course Registration FAQ
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Before arriving in Minnesota, the exchange coordinator will send you a Carlson School course request form, which you need to complete and submit. You'll officially register during the on-campus orientation Welcome Program.
When you arrive, some classes may already be closed. The International Programs office will try to hold a limited number of seats in certain classes to meet student interest. Most closed classes will have a wait list. We cannot guarantee admittance and urge you to consider alternatives.
All exchange students must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 19. Most Carlson School students enroll for 14–16 credits per semester. Check with your home school regarding the number of credits you need to complete your exchange.
You should review the registration guidelines for your home school. Generally, graduate and MBA students will select courses at the 6xxx level (8xxx for HRIR). Undergraduate students will select courses at the 3xxx, 4xxx, and 5xxx levels. Please note that undergraduates are not allowed in graduate courses. Also, graduate students who take undergraduate courses may have difficulty transferring the credits at home. Please note: all non-HRIR classes at the 8xxx level are for admitted doctoral students and not open to exchange students.
Carlson School departments include:
Business Administration (BA)
Business Law (BLAW)
Human Resources & Industrial Relations (HRIR)
Information & Decision Sciences (IDSC)
Insurance & Risk Management (INS)
Managerial Communications (MCOM)
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Operation & Management Systems (OMS)
In some cases, students can enroll in non-Carlson School courses. We strongly prefer that students take a minimum of 9 credits within the Carlson School. If you need to take an outside course, the International Programs office will check on availability.
Before you arrive, you will receive a course preference form. You need to review One Stop class schedules for your term of study and submit the form by the deadline. We encourage you to double-check your courses prior to submission to make sure the courses you list are open. We will work hard to meet your preferences when space is available.
On One Stop, check the "course guide" for a summary of each course. If your adviser requires more specific information, you should email International Programs for a more detailed syllabus.
Yes, some courses are currently not available to exchange students. All non-HRIR 8xxx level courses are unavailable. A select number of other closed classes is listed below. This list applies only to graduate courses:
- MBA 6030: Financial Accounting (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6110: Management & Organizational Behavior (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6120: Data Analysis & Statistics for Managers (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6140: Managerial Economics (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6150: Managerial Communications (sections 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- MBA 6210: Marketing Management (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6220:
Operations Management (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6230: Financial Management (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6235: Managerial Accounting (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6240: Information Technology Management (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6300: Strategic Management (sections 1 & 2)
- MBA 6315: The Ethical Environment of Business (sections 1 & 2)
- ENTR 6041: New Product Design & Business Development (2 semesters in length)
- MGMT 3070: Special Topics in Management (closed to exchange students)
- MGMT 6004: Negotiation Strategies (course usually at full capacity)
- MGMT 6031: Industry Analysis & Competitive Strategy (course usually at full capacity)
- MKTG 6075: Pricing Strategy (course usually at full capacity)
All students will receive more information about registration and advising during the Welcome Program. After the semester begins, you can attend classes for one week before you must confirm your enrollment for the term. During this period, you can add and drop courses without extra fees. Some instructors do not allow students to join a course after the first week, so we recommend that you sit in on classes you're considering, even if you're not yet enrolled the section.