Carlson School of Management

Transfer Students

Because transferring into the Carlson School is a competitive process, we encourage prospective students to start preparing early. Applicants for transfer admission are accepted at both the sophomore and junior level.

Applications are accepted for fall admission only. The application deadline is in early March. An application will be reviewed only if all application materials are postmarked the deadline.

More information on admission for Fall 2015 will be available in August 2014.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, students should meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 26 credits by the end of spring semester
  • Minimum 3.0 collegiate GPA
  • Completion of the following three "tool" courses, with a grade of C- or higher:
    • Microeconomics (Econ 1101, 1104, or ApEc 1101)
    • Macroeconomics (Econ 1102, 1105, or ApEc 1102)
    • Calculus (Math 1142 or 1271)

Applicants will not be considered for admission if any tool course will be completed in the summer prior to their incoming fall semester. Applicants need to ensure all tool courses are completed by the end of spring semester.

Review Factors

Transfer admission is based on a holistic review of the applicant's background and accomplishments as presented in the application materials. Students admitted to the program have an average collegiate GPA of 3.76, strong co-curricular and leadership activities, and exceptional writing skills.

We look at the following items closely during the admissions process:

  • Academic performance
  • Progress in tool courses
  • Leadership, service, work experience and other "outside of the classroom" experiences (as assessed by the application addendum)
  • Writing skills (as assessed by the personal essay)
  • High school academic performance and ACT/SAT scores for students looking to transfer at the sophomore level

Junior Level Applicants

Junior-level applicants may also wish to complete the following prior courses to admission in order to remain on a four-year graduation plan:

  • Business Statistics (SCO 2550)
  • Financial Accounting (Acct 2050)
  • Fundamentals of Management (Mgmt 3001)
  • Students transferring in at the junior level will be required to take BA 3000 Career Skills the summer prior to enrollment in the program.

PLEASE NOTE: While high school academic performance will not be utilized as an admission factor for junior-level applicants, ALL applicants from outside the University of MN must turn in a high school transcript. The high school transcript (or GED) is needed to determine: proof of graduation; whether you have completed the high school preparation requirements; and whether you have met all of the prerequisites for admission to your college of choice. Exception: students who have previously completed an A.A. degree or bachelor's degree do not need to submit a high school transcript.

To Apply — Current U of MN Students

  1. Complete the U of MN Change of College form which can be found at:
  2. Obtain transcripts from schools outside the U of MN system.
  3. Complete the Carlson School Application Addendum.
  4. Submit ALL application materials to a OneStop Service Center. ALL application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline for your application to be considered.

To Apply — Students from Outside the University of Minnesota

  1. Complete the U of MN Transfer Application and all related steps listed at or visit 240 Williamson Hall.
  2. Complete the Carlson School Application Addendum.
  3. Submit ALL application materials to the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions, 240 Williamson Hall, 231 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. ALL application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline to be considered.

Transfer Orientation Dates

Internal transfer students from within the University of Minnesota Twin Cities:

  • Friday, August 22nd

Students transferring from any institution outside of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities:

  • Monday, June 23rd
  • Tuesday, August 19th

*Dates are subject to change. You will be able to register for orientation after your admission is confirmed.

Immersion Core

The Immersion Core (I-Core) includes courses in strategy, marketing, finance, and operations and will be taken together as part of a 12-credit cohort taken during one semester.

Students should not complete the following courses prior to transfer:

  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Business Strategy

Transferring Credits

The Carlson School's Undergraduate Program works with the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions to determine how credits transfer to meet program requirements after an admission decision has been made. Use the transfer guide to determine how your credits will transfer to meet liberal education requirements and which courses will transfer to meet our specific tool course requirements. We generally review upper division, or major coursework, on a course-by-course basis. Business coursework beyond the "Tool," "Intro to Business" and "Principles of Management" from two-year colleges generally does not transfer.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) will meet the University's liberal education requirements (but not the writing intensive requirements). Consult with a counselor at your current institution with questions regarding the MnTC.

Carlson School Advisers — Office Hours

Advisers are available to meet with prospective students on a drop-in basis. Drop-in hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon (not available Wednesday mornings)
  • Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

You may also call during these hours to speak with an adviser. We are located in Suite 2-190 Hanson Hall, and our phone number is 612-624-3313.

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