Carlson School of Management

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The University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management
TypePublic business school
Parent institution
University of Minnesota
DeanSri Zaheer
Academic staff
104 (tenure/tenure track)
38 (full-time instructional)
Location, ,

The Curtis L. Carlson School of Management is a business school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Carlson School offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, as well as an executive education program. The Carlson School also offers dual degrees with the colleges and schools of public affairs, law, medicine, and public health.


The Carlson School of Management was founded in 1919 in response to requests from business people in the Twin Cities to establish a business school at the University of Minnesota. From the beginning, members of the business community worked in partnership with the school's faculty and students by providing classroom speakers, internships, employment opportunities, and scholarships. In that first year, 14 faculty members instructed 88 students. Since then, the school has undergone five name changes and has been housed in five locations.[citation needed] Today, the Carlson School has nearly 5,000 students, 55,000 alumni, twelve degree programs, 103 tenure-track and 39 full-time instructional faculty members.


The Carlson School of Management's two facilities, the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management and Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall are located on the University of Minnesota's West Bank, west of the Mississippi River.

Curtis L. Carlson School of Management[edit]

The Carlson School is housed in a 243,000-square-foot (22,600 m2), five-story building that was dedicated in 1998. The building encompasses 33 classrooms, 35 meeting rooms, a 180-seat lecture hall, and a 250-seat auditorium. The facility is equipped with wireless internet access, experiential learning laboratories, teleconferencing and video interview capabilities. It is also home to a dining center located in the basement level of the building. The facility is currently undergoing renovations.

Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall[edit]

Opened on September 25, 2008, Hanson Hall is connected to the Carlson School by the Robert Sparboe skyway. As part of a $40 million expansion project, Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall nearly doubled the size of the business school, and provided a state-of-the-art home for the Carlson School Undergraduate program. Hanson Hall covers 124,000 square feet (11,500 m2), is four stories tall, and is outfitted with nine classrooms with wireless Internet access and state-of-the-art presentation technology. The facility also features 22 interview rooms, 10 breakout rooms, a collaborative learning lab, a recruiter lounge, a meeting room for information sessions and presentations by the corporate community, offices for undergraduate advising, undergraduate career placement, offices for the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts, and a Caribou Coffee. The building is named after the generous benefactors, Herb ’49 B.A. and Bar Hanson, who kicked off the building campaign with a $10 million pledge in 2004. In spring 2006, the Minnesota State Legislature granted $26.6 million in funding to the Carlson School as part of the University of Minnesota's Capital Campaign request.[citation needed]


Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Times Higher Education[2]31
U.S. News & World Report[3]23
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[5]81
Bloomberg Businessweek[6]29
U.S. News & World Report[8]27

The school offers a bachelor's, MBA, and doctoral degrees, as well as executive education programs hosted domestically and abroad (Warsaw, China, Vienna). Dual-degree programs include a JD/MBA, MD/MBA, MHA/MBA, and a MPP/MBA. Other programs include a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MA-HRIR), a Master of Business Taxation (MBT), and a Master of Accountancy (MAcc).

In 1920, the University of Minnesota became the 18th school to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

In the 2017 CEOWORLD magazine ranking of the top 50 American college for an accounting degree, Carlson School of Management, ranked 2 just behind BYU School of Accountancy.[9][10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Curtis L. Carlson ('37 BA) – Chairman, Carlson Companies, Inc., namesake of the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
  • Evan Kaufmann (born 1984), hockey player
  • John G. Stumpf (MBA) – Former CEO, Wells Fargo[11]
  • Thomas O. Staggs (BSB) – Former COO, The Walt Disney Company[12]
  • C. Elmer Anderson ('31 BBA, '83 PhD) – Minnesota Governor, Minnesota State Senator; Chair & CEO, HB Fuller Co.
  • Richard Cyert ('43 BSB) – President, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert K. Jaedicke ('57 PhD) – Dean & Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Marcus Alexis ('59 PhD) – Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Business Administration
  • Tony Dungy ('78 BSB) – Former Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts, National Football League
  • John Hammergren ('81 BSB) – Chairman & CEO, McKesson Corporation
  • Flip Saunders ('83 BSB) – Co-owner, President of Basketball Operations & General Manager, Minnesota Timberwolves, National Basketball Association; Former Head Coach, Minnesota Timberwolves, National Basketball Association
  • Wan Ling Martello (‘83 MBA) – Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, Nestlé; Former Executive Vice President, Global eCommerce, Emerging Markets, Walmart

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2022". Quacquarelli Symonds.
  2. ^ "World University Rankings 2022 by subject: business and economics". Times Higher Education.
  3. ^ "Best Global Universities for Economics and Business". U.S. News & World Report. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Full time MBA ranking". The Economist. 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2020". Financial Times. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Best Colleges In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017". CEOWORLD magazine. 20 June 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Carlson School Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Accounting Degree". Carlson School of Management. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "C. Allen Parker Biography – Interim CEO and President – Wells Fargo".
  12. ^ "Thomas O. Staggs | the Walt Disney Company". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  13. ^ Allen, Nathan (5 December 2016). "Poets&Quants' Best Undergraduate Business Programs Of 2016". Poets&Quants.

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Coordinates: 44°58′14″N 93°14′42″W / 44.97056°N 93.24500°W / 44.97056; -93.24500