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Customizable Business Programs Designed for Working Professionals

The Carlson School of Management’s business programs allow you to tailor your education to your needs as a busy professional. In our programs, you can choose an area of study and modality that are right for you.

The Carlson School is a recognized leader in business education and research. With degrees that are ranked consistently among the world’s best, the school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in a combination of formats, including online, in person, and hybrid.

Explore Our Business Programs

Choose the program that suits your needs. Credits earned in our certificate programs can be applied to our MBA programs.

12 total credits; as few as 18 months; fully online or online & in-person classes

This certificate is a curated introductory credential that introduces the foundations of the corporate financial discipline.

Courses/topics include: Financial Accounting, Financial Management

12 total credits; as few as 12 months; online & in-person classes

Prepare to take a new idea and turn it into a commercially successful venture with this hands-on program.

Courses/topics include: Developing New Ventures, Financing New Business Ventures

12 total credits; as few as 12 months; online & in-person classes

Build critical team leadership and management skills that you can apply to your work immediately.

Courses/topics include: Change Management, Leading Others

12 total credits; as few as 9 months; fully online or online & in-person classes

Build an understanding of the healthcare marketplace, regulations, institutions, and healthcare analytics.

Courses/topics include: Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research, Healthcare Analytics

12 total credits; as few as 9 months; fully online or online & in-person classes

Explore management principles in corporate direction, strategic decision making, and key financial metrics.

Courses/topics include: Financial Accounting, Strategic Management

12 total credits; as few as 12 months; fully online or online & in-person classes

Explore the most current practices in digital, social media, and traditional marketing. Students learn about pricing, brand, buyer behavior, channels of marketing, data analysis in marketing, and international practices in marketing.

Courses/topics include: Marketing Management, Strategic Marketing

13 total credits; 12 months; online & in-person classes

Build a foundation for supply chain operations in the medical industry and beyond.

Courses/topics include: Supply Chain & Operations, Service Management

52 total credits; 2 years; fully online

This program is designed for working professionals, providing maximum flexibility while offering a top-notch education, experienced faculty, and career services.

Courses/topics include: Strategic Management, Data Analysis & Statistics, Business Ethics

52 total credits; 2.5 years; in-person & online classes

Stand out in the competitive job marketplace with a highly customizable Part-Time MBA that can be taken in two modalities: in person or online.

Courses/topics include: Strategic Management, Data Analysis & Statistics, Business Ethics

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The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management

The Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Established in 1919 and located in Minneapolis, the Carlson School is committed to developing leaders who believe business is a force for good through experiential learning, international education, and the school’s strong ties to the dynamic Twin Cities business community.

Scholarships and Tuition Discounts*

Employees from our corporate partner organizations are automatically eligible for a 15% tuition discount for select Carlson School programs, including Online MBA. In addition, degree-seeking students who are U.S. military members or veterans are eligible for a 15% military discount. Applicants to our Part-Time MBA and Online MBA programs can apply for 15% or 50% merit-based scholarships, which are available on a limited basis.

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Flexible Learning at the Carlson School of Management

No matter where you study, you’ll have access to a highly supportive team, including enrollment specialists, career center coaches, and expert instructors. With our extensive alumni network across more than 100 countries, you’ll make incredible connections regardless of your course modality.

Rigorous Curriculum that Prepares You For Success

Our MBA programs feature industry-relevant core classes with an array of electives. Our unique certificates challenge you with graduate-level work in the specific business field that you want to pursue. Up to 12 credit hours from a certificate program may be applied to our MBA programs.

Depending on your chosen program, you may find yourself taking courses such as the following:

Negotiation Strategies

The objective of this course is to equip students with a simple, ready-to-use framework from which we can prepare for and engage in negotiations.

Strategic Management

This course focuses on the competitive strategy of the firm, examining how firms achieve and maintain superior profitability.

Management of Innovation & Change

This course focuses on innovation in wide variety of new technologies, products, programs, and services, and explores what paths likely to lead to success or failure.

Accelerate Your Career with a Business Education

Our graduates secure job placements in accounting, finance, technology, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and more. The Carlson School 2023 graduates saw a 62% average increase in salary from program start to four months post-graduation, and 76% reported a significant job change within 4 months after graduation.1

Five Growing Business Career Areas

  1. Marketing & Sales: $117,364 per year1
  2. Operations & Logistics: $140,137 per year1
  3. Finance: $140,556 per year1
  4. General Management: $123,750 per year1
  5. Consulting: $127,563 per year1

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Source and Disclaimer

  1. Part-Time and Online Master of Business Administration Employment Report 2023. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

*Scholarships and discounts noted here are not stackable and cannot be combined with other scholarships or discounts awarded by the University of Minnesota. Part-Time and Online MBA scholarships are not transferable to other degree programs.