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Master of Business Administration

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The UMD MBA program, housed in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, is designed to serve the needs of working adults who are seeking to strengthen their practical business knowledge and managerial acumen with a graduate-level degree. Our MBA degree is a great way to open doors and enhance prospects for a career in management. Classes are offered in Duluth and Rochester, Minnesota, in the evenings and on weekends. The program is fully accredited by AACSB, International, the premier accrediting body for business schools worldwide.

Admission and Application Requirements

  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale), or equivalent.
  • An overall GMAT score at the 50th percentile or above (approximately 530-540) and a score at the 25th percentile or above on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing analysis parts of the GMAT within the past five years.  We will also accept a GRE score at the 50th percentile or higher.  MBA-PharmD dual career students may substitute a PCAT score at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 79 (IBT; with minimum score of 21 and 19 in the writing and reading sections respectively) OR an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Demonstration of proficiency through coursework or approved tests in the foundation areas of quantitative skills, accounting, economics, finance, organizational management, marketing and production/operations management.  These courses may be completed online prior to starting the graduate-level courses.

Degree Requirements

The MBA program requires completion of between 32 and 47 semester credits (depending on prior business coursework completed). The graduate-level coursework consists of 21 semester credits in the functional areas of business and its supporting areas and a 3-credit “capstone” policy/strategy course. In addition, all students must also complete 8 credits of electives with a minimum of 2 credits of cross-functional courses. Up to 6 credits of a field research project leading to a thesis may substitute for the elective requirement.

Deadlines and Dates

Application deadlines:
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 1
Summer semester: May 1

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate research assistantships for Duluth-based students are offered each fall semester. These assistantships require 20 hours per week working with faculty, waive tuition for 6 credits per semester, and provide a stipend as well as health and dental benefits. 

Areas of Specialization

The UMD MBA program is a general MBA and does not offer formal majors or concentrations; however, students may focus their elective courses in an area of interest.

Contact Information

M.B.A. Program, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth, 111 LSBE Building, 1318 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218.726.8986; fax 218.726.6789; lsbe@d.umn.edu; www.d.umn.edu/goto/MBA).

Director of Graduate Studies Rajiv Vaidyanathan, rvaidyan@d.umn.edu, 218.726.6817

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Carlee Williams, cwillia1@d.umn.edu, 218.726.7757

In Duluth: www.d.umn.edu/goto/mba
In Rochester: www.r.umn.edu/mba

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