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Ameer Khatri MBA Consultant

Carlson MBA

July 7, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for Carlson MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Carlson Minnesota is 690 for the last entering class. If you score above 690, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after Carlson MBA?

The average salary at Carlson for the last graduating class was $ 75,000. 98% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (35%), Finance (23%) and technology (12%) oriented functional roles. 

98% of our Class of 2022 Full-Time MBA graduates received offers within three months after graduation. The average starting base salary is $121,882 (an 8% increase from 2021) with an average signing bonus of $27,290. 

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$ 108,000 

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$ 76,000

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Carlson

The Tuition fees for Carlson MBA is $ 108,000 and an additional  $ 76,000 in living cost. 

Students are billed in four equal installments at the beginning of each semester of the program. In addition to the tuition, students are billed for other education-related expenses each semester.

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Carlson Application Essays (2022-23)

  • Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career? What are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? Briefly describe your short-term (upon graduation from the program) and long-term (5-10 years after the program) career goals. Please be as specific as possible with roles, companies and/or industries.
  • What excites you about being part of the Carlson School MBA program? Do you have an enterprise program that you are currently interested in and why?
  • Carlson MBA programs are looking for diverse voices and experiences to add to classroom discussions. Can you tell us about how you have participated in and/or advocated for building more inclusive communities in your career?

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Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about Carlson Minnesota

The admissions committee will consider your past academic performance (official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework and GPA), standardized test scores, work experience and current resume, personal statement, and professional references. Candidates are admitted into the program based on academic credentials and general fit for the program.

We do not have minimum GPA, GMAT, or GRE scores. Applications are reviewed as a whole and candidates are admitted into the program based on academic credentials and general fit for the program. Please look at our class profile of the students who have been admitted in the past.

The admissions committee is comprised of the assistant and associate deans, director of admissions, and associate directors of admissions. The dean of the Carlson School of Management may also participate in the review of applications on a case by case basis.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examination are standardized computer-adaptive test used by schools to help assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business or management. They measure basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. The Carlson Full-Time MBA program requires every applicant to take either the GMAT or GRE.

Prospective students should plan to take the GMAT or GRE on or before the application due date in order to meet the application deadline. We recommend taking the GMAT or GRE at least two to four weeks prior to the application date to ensure timely review of your application. The admissions committee considers only your highest GMAT or GRE score when reviewing your application.

While there is not a work experience requirement, the admissions committee strongly recommends that applicants to the Full-Time program have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience. On average, our incoming students have approximately four years of work experience and have demonstrated progression in their careers through promotions or by taking on increasing levels of responsibility.

The best way to learn more about the Carlson Full-Time MBA program is to attend a Carlson Event where you can meet our admissions staff, hear the experiences of current students, and get answers to your questions.

While there isn’t any specific policy about working during the program, it is highly recommended that you do not work; especially the first semester. In their second year, full-time MBA students might pick up a part-time job or be a graduate or teaching assistant.

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