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.

The Carlson School's Unique Support for Veterans

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

The Carlson School offers three MBA programs. Find out which one is best for you.

Full-Time MBA: Ideal if you have recently exited the military or are seeking a significant career change. This 2-year program is immersive and offers real work experiences to help you acquire high-level business acumen, along with an intense global experience, to help transform your career.

Part-Time MBA: Ideal if you are seeking a flexible program that allows you to maintain your current employment. This program offers classes in the evening and on Saturdays and provides you with ample hands-on learning opportunities and global experiences to enhance or accelerate your professional career. Average program completion time is 3 - 3 1/2 years.

Executive MBA: For seasoned professionals with an average of 14 years of experience. It is an 18-month exploration of business principles with a global emphasis.

To discuss further which MBA Program is best for you, please contact the MBA Program office.

All Carlson MBA candidates will have access to financial aid, G.I. Bill eligibility guidance, and various student loan options. Since Full-Time MBA candidates do not maintain employment during their two-year program of study, they will be eligible for significant financial support, cost of living stipends, and scholarships.

For details, please contact the Carlson MBA military representative.

Yellow Ribbon Program
Pat Tillman Military Scholars Program
GI Bill

Veterans work with the Graduate Business Career Center to develop a strategy for pursuing a pre-MBA business project experience. These experiences can range from a short-term project to full summer internships based on the student’s interest and employer's needs.

The world-class Graduate Business Career Center at the Carlson School offers extensive services and resources to help students with all aspects of their career development, from career coaching and mock interviews, industry-focused sessions and company visits, to internship placement and job offer negotiation strategies.

The Carlson MBA Advantage

The Carlson MBA is experiential learning at its best and most rigorous. Learn from world-renowned faculty, collaborate with peers to meet challenges presented by real companies, venture overseas to sharpen your international business acumen, and engage with prominent business leaders and alumni. In the end, you'll earn a Carlson MBA degree that will help open doors and accelerate your earning potential the world over.

  • Enterprise Programs
  • Global Experience
  • Networking
  • Job Outlook

The Carlson Enterprises offer hands-on experiential learning where Full-Time MBA students work directly with corporations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies, as clients to manage real projects in branding and marketing, management consulting, new business ventures, and funds investment over a 15-month period.

Beyond the Enterprises, additional hands-on learning opportunities for Full-Time, Part-Time, and Executive MBA students include the Medical Industry Leadership Institute, the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality.

At the Carlson School, a global experience is an integral and required part of the curriculum to prepare students to advance their career within the global marketplace.

The Global Discovery Program, unique among public business schools, presents Full-Time Carlson MBA students a deeper understanding about how multinational enterprises, trade agencies, and small- to medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies. Students are also able to seek additional global education opportunities through the Global Enrichment programs.

Part-Time MBA students have the option of enrolling in a short-term Global Enrichment Program that provide an intensive two- to six-week international experience, a semester-long a semester-long Global Immersion Program that partners with highly ranked universities around the world, or an on-campus international course.

Executive MBA students have two major global experiences while in the program. The Virtual Team Project brings students together from the Executive MBA programs in Austria, China, and Minneapolis to work on a global business launch project. The International Residency, at the conclusion of the program, is a two-week study abroad experience led by an Executive MBA faculty member.

You will quickly discover the breadth of networking opportunities presented in the Carlson MBA Program. From engaging with leaders of multinational companies to attending networking events, joining professional and cultural organizations to creating connections during your global experience, opportunities to expand your network are frequent and extensive.

Military Veterans of the Carlson School of Management
Graduate Student Organizations

While no MBA program can guarantee a job after graduation, the Carlson MBA Program has a proven track record of graduating students who are highly attractive to employers. In 2011, the Carlson MBA Full-Time Program ranked #1 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “MBA Job Placement” rankings; of the 2011 graduating class, 97 percent reported job placement within three months of graduation. In addition, the Carlson MBA Part-Time Program ranked #9 in U.S. News and World Report’s “2013 Best Business Schools.”

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MBA Military Veterans in the Media

Women at Business School – Heidi Sandell, MBA student

The Financial Times - 12/8/13

The Best Places For Veterans 2013

Forbes - 10/1/13

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 (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

Military Veterans Funding Initiative

Make a financial contribution to support military veterans in the MBA program.

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Charles Altman
U.S. Navy (Ret)
Carlson MBA Program Phone: 612-626-7147

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