January 23, 2018

Joined: Jul 04, 2014

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Good hands on learning MBA


This review is for Carlson

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2018

Experience during the program

The enterprise program at Carlson makes Carlson stand out. In the enterprise program students join one of 4 enterprises (Consulting, Brands, Ventures and Funds) and work on consulting projects with real clients for 2.5 semesters. This is a wonderful platform to apply classroom (and soft skill) learning to understand and appreciate them better.

Having a small class size, it is easy to get to know classmates and get support from faculty, career center and other school leaders to create a better experience.

Working with the Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) has been great. Even before we joined school through skype appointments we were able to finalize our resumes and LinkedIn profiles

About professors, classes and curriculum

UMN is know for the research quality of its faculty members. Strategy and marketing classes are pretty popular and it is easy to get the classes with the professor of one's choice. Some classes are not offered in the day time, and hence students may need to talk those classes at night with the Part Time MBA students.

About job placement process

I would like to explain why I have ticked all the boxes on the career tracks that fit this program. Carlson certainly draws students who are interested in a wide array of career interests and diverse recruiters visit Carlson too.

Being a small class size I think a good number of students get opportunities to interview with multiple firms and to tailor their career they want to. There are students who land jobs in consulting, IBs, tech firms and marketing, and also become entrepreneurs. However, I think CPG marketing is the biggest recruiter of Carlson MBAs.

For international students, consulting companies, Amazon, Ecolab, General Mills, Dannon Whitewave and Innavalon are the most consistent recruiters. International students not placed with these companies get jobs with other companies each year.

Like in most schools in the US, recruiting for international students is challenging. I have felt that the career center is easily approachable and are willing to help in every way possible.

Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Culture & Student Support
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)
Experiential learning programs

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking
Marketing is the best fit

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity
Career opportunities provided by school

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