Carlson School of Management

Military Veterans

Why an MBA Degree?

Military veterans have the distinct advantage of possessing the skills and determination necessary to succeed in the business world: you’ve bravely led others, overcome challenges, and honed organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills. By pursuing an MBA degree, you’ll learn how to translate those skills to the business world for success in your civilian career.

Our Mission

Military veterans are fully supported by dedicated Carlson School and University of Minnesota personnel to help facilitate entry into, and success during and after, the Carlson MBA Program.

It is our mission to:

  • help veterans assimilate back into an academic setting
  • provide financial support or guidance
  • provide a strong support network
  • translate acquired military skills into the practice of business



A total of 29 military veterans over the past 4 years, including:
  • 2 Air Force
  • 11 Army
  • 4 Army National Guard
  • 2 Air National Guard
  • 5 Marine
  • 5 Navy
  • Class of 2013: 2 military veterans in a class of 99 (2%)
  • Class of 2014: 7 military veterans in a class of 107 (6.5%)
  • Class of 2015: 16 military veterans in a class of 113 (14%)
  • An overall growth of 12% in the military veteran population in Carlson's Full-Time MBA program in the past 4 years.

To provide financial support for students who are committing to full-time graduate study and attending our Full-Time MBA program, scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit, having served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces, and having been deemed a military veteran.

Additionally, Veterans attending the University of Minnesota will be assessed resident tuition rates for their degrees, effective August 1, 2014. The resident tuition waiver will be automatic for veterans with a DD-214 on file that receive educational benefits. For more information or to receive in-state resident rates, please submit a copy of your DD-214 to University Veterans Services.


List of named military scholarships:

Buuck Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

Deloitte Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

Donald & Lorranie Freeberg Military Vets Fellowship

Gatens/Benson Military Veterans Fellowship

Graco Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

H. William Walter MBA Fellowship

John & Nancy Lindahl Military Veterans Fellowship

MBA Class of 2000 & 2002 Leadership Fellowship

Michael & Judy Mee Fellowship

Military Veterans Merit Fellowship

Polaris Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

Rangen/Erickson CSOM Military Vets MBA Fellowship

Robert Potts Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

Torgerson Family Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

United Healthcare Military Veterans MBA Fellowship

Victor & Fern Bates Scholarship

Wiehoff Family Military Veterans Fellowship

William and Jane Dudley Military Veterans Fellowship


All of the Full-Time MBA military candidates get some support from us. Scholarship awards for our Full-Time MBA military candidates range from $5000 to full tuition with a stipend for living expenses; dollar amounts depend in the caliber of the application, and the amount of GI Bill benefit the student is receiving.

We have limited financial support for our Part-Time MBA students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit, having served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces, and having been deemed a military veteran.

Career Transitions

Here is a partial list of the companies our Military Veterans have found either full-time post MBA employment or MBA summer internships:

Wells Fargo, General Mills, Ecolab, Upton Hill, UnitedHealth Group, Boston Consulting, Dish, Fuse, 3M, CH Robinson, Deloitte Consulting, Google, Land O'Lakes, MN Public Radio, Peabody Energy, Target, vBench

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Charles Altman Commander,
U.S. Navy (Ret)

Carlson MBA Program

Phone: 612-626-7147

Charles Stewart
President, MBA Military Club
Carlson Full-Time MBA student

Class of 2015

Charles is the Director, MBA Program Military Initiative at the Carlson School of Management, and is a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. Following commissioning through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Commander Altman entered flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. His aviation career began that year as an aircraft mission commander was with Patrol Squadron Twenty-Two (VP-22), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He went on to serve years later as Commander, Pacific Patrol Squadron Det-1 San Diego in charge of a squadron consisting of 8 aircraft and 320 personnel on Coronado Island, California. Throughout his nearly 30 years of naval service, he amassed nearly 4,000 flight hours flying operationally in four separate combat squadrons located on air bases throughout the world.

Charles is part of the class of 2015 and the president of the MBA Military club. He joined the MBA after completing service as an Adjutant in the Marine Corps. In addition to the MBA Military Club, he is involved in the MBA Energy Club, Graduate Volunteer Consultants, and the Carlson Consulting Enterprise. Check out his student profile on the Military Friendly School's website.

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