Transfer Admission Requirements

Carlson School of Management

2-190 Hanson Hall (West Bank, Minneapolis Campus)

The Carlson School undergraduate program is one of the nation's best business schools. This world-class four-year program enrolls approximately 2,300 students and offers 10 majors. The student experience is enhanced through internship and executive mentorship opportunities; honors opportunities; frequent interactions with the business community; and a required international experience. Through its focus on building strong communication, leadership, and team skills, the Undergraduate program prepares students to compete and succeed in a quickly-changing global business environment.


  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Finance
  • Finance & risk management insurance
  • Human resources and industrial relations
  • International business (second major only)
  • Management information systems
  • Marketing
  • Public/nonprofit management (second major only)
  • Supply chain & operations management

Degree options: Bachelor of science in business (B.S.B.)


Fall semester 2015 All Majors Final: March 2
Spring semester 2016 No spring admission

Prerequisite coursework:

Transfer applicants must have:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Completed, or in progress, 26 or more semester credits.
  • Completed the following tool courses: calculus, microeconomics, and macroeconomics by the end of spring 2015 semester. Students who have less than 60 credits in progress or completed by the application deadline must also submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores to be included in the review. Students who are applying at the junior level are suggested to complete business statistics and financial accounting prior to transfer in order to remain on a four-year plan.
  • The Carlson School of Management admits a limited number of transfer students to its program each year. Admission is competitive and is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's background and accomplishments as presented in the application materials. Applicants who have completed the required tool courses are considered. Academic performance is assessed on factors such as: overall grade point average and rigor of curriculum, progress in the tool courses by the end of the spring semester, grade trends, and completion patterns.

In addition to very strong academic records, applicants should have strong leadership, service and/or work experience. The Carlson Application Addendum, which must be completed in addition to the transfer admission application, provides the basis for assessing an applicant's accomplishments outside the classroom. You may download the addendum from the Carlson School website or contact the Office of Admissions to have the addendum mailed to you.

Applicants who have completed the application to any Carlson School major by the transfer admission deadline will have their application materials referred to the college for consideration for admission. Applicants who have not met the prerequisite requirements listed above cannot be admitted or referred to the Carlson School for a decision.

For applicants to be considered for admission to another college, the student must select a second choice major in another college. If you would like information about business-related majors that are offered in other colleges, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Please note: If a student has earned a bachelor's degree in business from another four-year institution, he/she may not earn a second bachelor's degree from the Carlson School.

Carlson School Application Addendum

All students applying to the Carlson School of Management must submit the Carlson Admission Application Addendum with their application materials.

CSOM Transfer Student Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2014: 71
Fall 2014 Average Transfer GPA: 3.80
Transfer GPA range distribution: 4.0-3.5 89%
3.49-3.0 11%
2.99-2.5 0%
Below 2.5 0%

*Anticipated transfer class size for Fall 2015 is 175 and will be comprised of new transfer, current University of Minnesota, and international students.

Campus Visits

Campus tours for prospective transfer students are offered Monday through Friday. On campus tour, you'll discover our historic campus and see where U of M students attend class, study, and relax. To schedule a campus tour, visit or call the VISITLINE at 612-625-0000 or 1-800-752-1000 (toll-free).

Carlson School transfer advising is available in Hanson Hall suite 2-190 on a drop-in basis, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. To schedule a transfer advising appointment ahead of time, call the Carlson School Undergraduate Program office at 612-624-3313.

To learn more about the Carlson School of Management, visit the Carlson School website at

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