Carlson School of Management

Military Veterans Initiative

Our Commitment to Veterans

U.S. veterans and active military personnel have bravely dedicated their lives in service to the country. In recognition of this commitment, the Carlson School offers specialized support to servicemen and women and veterans who wish to pursue a world-class business education.

The school's rigorous curriculum instills corporate experience and teaches the language of business. The school builds on veterans' existing leadership, problem solving, and organizational skills, and shapes strong professionals and community leaders.

As veterans pursue a Carlson School MBA, they address real-world business problems, learn from expert faculty, and forge lifelong connections that elevate their subsequent careers.

Our Goal

The Military Veterans Initiative transitions servicemen and women from military service to a business career. This initiative attracts talented military personnel and honors their service.

The Veterans Fund provides fellowships to cover the cost of obtaining an MBA—up to 60 percent of MBA tuition and other expenses are not eligible for GI benefits. The fund ensures veterans can complete a Carlson School MBA without incurring burdensome student debt.

In addition to meeting urgent financial needs, the initiative matches veterans and servicemen and women to mentorships, internships, and career coaching. Through strategic partnerships with corporations, the school transitions these MBAs to a business career.

Recent estimates indicate 2,000-9,500 veterans may be seeking to enroll in MBA programs annually over the next five years. The Carlson School supports these bright, tested, and talented students; and you can help.

Support Provided

The Carlson School offers veterans a comprehensive package of aid that supports students from enrollment, through their education, and beyond.

Our Progress

The Carlson School has graduated two veterans under the program, and seven more are in their second year of studies. With your help, the school can support the 15 new vets who will embark on their MBA in 2014-15.

Our Partners

The support of generous benefactors enable veterans to complete an MBA and compete for careers with salaries commensurate with their experience and service. These benefactors recognize that military experience can transition seamlessly to the corporate world. They recognize that helping vets is not only a patriotic thing to do, it's the right thing to do.

Together, our benefactors have provided more than $8.3 million toward a $10 million Veteran's Scholarship fund. Once complete, the school will be able to support at least 15 military veterans annually to pursue a Carlson MBA, with scholarships of up to $20,000.

Get Involved

You can show your appreciation for veterans by making a financial contribution, providing internship opportunities, or hiring these talented MBA graduates.

MBA Military Veterans in the Media

Women at Business School – Heidi Sandell, MBA student

The Financial Times - 12/8/13

From military to MBA

UMNews - 9/9/13

Veterans: Minnesota B-School Wants You!

BloombergBusinessweek - 8/6/13

Interview with Retired Navy Lt. Commander Charles Altman from
Carlson MBA Program and '13 MBA gradutate Marine Corps Sergeant Mike Conroy (begins at 0:28)

Minnesota Military Radio Hour - 6/30/13

Veterans recruited for MBA programs at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management

Star Tribune - 2/25/13

Thank You

The Military Veterans Campaign is made possible through the generous support of our corporate and individual partners. We recognize these donors' commitment to veterans.

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