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University of Minnesota (Carlson) MBA Admission Details and Applications Essays 2020-21

Here is a snapshot of the vital information for the applicants

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Personal Statement.

Your personal statement should be no more than 1200 words (3 pages), that address the following questions:

  • Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?

  • Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management? What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program?

  • Do you have an enterprise program that you are currently interested in and why? What skills would you bring to this enterprise?

  • Video Essay

    • The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you. Think of this video essay as if you were answering an interview question with a member of our admissions committee.
    • You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities. You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay and submit a practice video essay.
    • You can test your technology and run the practice simulation as many times as you wish to be comfortable with the format and technology. You will be able to review your practice video essay(s) and your recording(s) will not be saved beyond the testing phase and will never be reviewed.
    • You can also practice responding to impromptu questions offline with a friend or colleague before completing the video essay portion of your application.
    • You will be prompted to click “Ready” once you are prepared to submit an official video essay. You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team.
    • Two minutes (120 seconds) will be provided to prepare an answer and two minutes (120 seconds) to record an answer. Recording will automatically stop after two minutes. You are not required to use the full two minutes. If you have time remaining once complete with your response, click the “Stop Recording” button to end the recording
    • You will only be provided one attempt to record your official video essay.

– APPLICATION DEADLINES -

ROUND DEADLINE DECISION BY
1 November 1 December 15
2 December 1 February 1
3 February 1 March 15
4 April 1 May 15

PROGRAM STATISTICS

96

Current Class Size

30%

Female Students

70%

Male Students

21%

International Students

4.74 years

Average Work Experience

690

Average GMAT

3.45

Average GPA

Minnesota Residents : $47,829.74
Non-Residents : $59,109.74
International Students : $59,487.74

Total Tuition Fee

$75

Application Fee

Required

Resume

Yes

TOEFL Requirement

Data not available

School Based Loan

Need based as well as profile based

Scholarships/GA Opportunities

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History

The University was founded in 1851 as a preparatory school. Later, financial problems led to its shutdown during the Civil War. Entrepreneur John Sergeant Pillsbury pioneered the efforts to reopen the institution. In 1867, the School reopened as the state’s land grant institution and went on to be one of the most prized possessions of the state. William Watts Folwell went on to become the first president of the University in 1869. The University carries the tradition of excellence in education, academics and research owing to the state-of-the-art facilities and relentless efforts led by the national and international faculty. The University offers myriad of opportunities at all its locations- Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston and Rochester. The Carlson School of Management was founded in 1919 in response to the requests from the business community of Twin Cities- Minneapolis and St. Paul. The first MBA degree was conferred in 1937 and the School acquired AACSB accreditation in 1963.

MISSION STATEMENT

The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

Core Strengths of the School

The Carlson MBA program catapults the career of its students to newer heights through its rigorous curriculum that provides hands-on experience on real-world business challenges, thus molding them into inquisitive thinkers and problem-solvers. The wealth of opportunities beyond the classroom, and the cutting-edge theories and best practices taught by distinguished faculty members prepare the students to take on the challenges of the global marketplace. The comprehensive core curriculum of the program provides insights into the different managerial disciplines and the various concentrations enable the students to develop functional expertise in a field of their choice. The wide array of elective courses offered by the program allows the students to customize their MBA in accordance with their academic goals.

The School believes in formulating a strategic vision and instilling effective leadership skills in its students so that they are equipped with the knowledge and experience to lead and inspire others. This is achieved through a combination of academic offerings, real-time projects and network connections with business leaders. The Enterprise Programs provide hands-on leadership opportunities to the students, where they liaise with esteemed clients over real-world projects. Faculty members who have been leaders in their disciplines instill critical management and problem-solving skills in the students by sharing their extensive knowledge and experience about the various functional areas of business.

Uniqueness in MBA Pedagogy

The Carlson Enterprise program is one of its kinds, where students provide high-level strategic services to the clients. Carlson Enterprises operates as a professional services firm, where students liaise with the top executives of the company to solve the business challenges. The Carlson Brand Enterprise CBE is a platform where students wishing to make a mark in the marketing field get to learn the core methodologies, frameworks, latest theories and best practices of the marketing domain through practitioners from this field. The Carlson Consulting Experience CCE is an opportunity for the students to provide solutions to the business challenges faced by Fortune 500 companies, mid-size and non-profit organizations. Students collaborate and work in teams over live projects and develop a structured approach to solve the business problems. The Carlson Funds Enterprise CFE manages two funds – a capitalization growth fund and a fixed income fund that combine an asset of over $35 million. Students manage all aspects of the funds including securities, trading and compliance, and explore potential investment opportunities. The Carlson Ventures Enterprise CVE nourishes the entrepreneurship potential of the students by encouraging them to create and implement their business ideas. Students learn to evaluate the commercial viability of their business plan and leverage upon the opportunities available in the market. The Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs by collaborating them with faculty, business leaders and the entrepreneurial community.

Students develop a global perspective and cross-cultural competence through the short-term Global Enrichment trips and a capstone Global Discovery experience. Students collaborate with high-profile professionals from multinational companies and learn about the diversity of the global marketplace by engaging in new business practices followed in other companies across the world. Global Enrichment Programs are accelerated study abroad programs where students make visits to local and multinational companies and learn about the different facets of business.

CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED

  • Accounting
  • Consulting
  • E-Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management Information Systems
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Quantitative Analysis/Statistics and Operations Research
  • Portfolio Management
  • Public Policy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Technology

LOCATION ADVANTAGES

The School is located in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Minneapolis- St. Paul area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest with a high concentration of Fortune 500 companies. The strategic location of the School provides access to the thriving business and entrepreneurial community of the city. Minneapolis is located on the banks of river Mississippi and hence, the city is endowed with water sources such as lakes, waterfalls and wetlands where students can engage themselves in outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, boating and ice-skating. The park system of the city has been designated as the best designed, best financed and best maintained in the country. Minneapolis is a creative and innovative city with several centers that draw audiences to witness the music, visual art, theatre and culture of the city.

CAREER SUPPORT

The Graduate Business Career Center GBCC offers a wide spectrum of services that accelerate the careers of the students and help them accomplish their career goals. The Center enables students to connect with companies across all the industries and sectors so that they can convert potential internship and job offers successfully. The Career Exploration Conference is an excellent platform for students to explore the various career options available in the market that align with their degree. Students network with industry professionals during this session who guide them in choosing their career paths. The career coaches engage with the students on all aspects of career development right from chalking out a career plan to negotiation strategies. The Company Info Sessions enable the students to get all the details regarding the potential employer beforehand.

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