Carlson School of Management

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The University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
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The Carlson School of Management on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Type Public business school
Established 1919
Parent institution
University of Minnesota
Dean Sri Zaheer
Academic staff
106 (tenure/tenure track)
28 (instructional)
Undergraduates 1,868
Postgraduates 2,569 (MBA)
364 (other)
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Campus Urban

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, 50,000 alumni, six degree programs, 106 tenure-track and 28 full-time instructional faculty members.

Institutional milestones[edit]

  • 1919 – Founded as the University of Minnesota School of Business
  • 1920 – Became a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • 1929 – First “Tomato Can Loving Cup Award” was given to recognize an outstanding graduating senior who performed the most distinctive service to the Carlson School. The award, which is still given today, long came with a scholarship to the Carlson School’s MBA program after the recipient has gained two years of work experience.
  • 1937 – First Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree conferred
  • 1948 – Ph.D. business program founded
  • 1960 – Part-time MBA program founded
  • 1963 – Received accreditation from AACSB and became one of the first 20 business schools in the nation to receive this distinction.
  • 1981 – Executive MBA program founded
  • 1986 – Curtis L. Carlson, Minnesota entrepreneur and founder of the Carlson Companies, gave the University of Minnesota a $25 million gift, which at the time was the largest single gift ever given to a public university. In his honor, the School of Management was renamed the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management.
  • 1988 – First study abroad program was launched in Lyon, France. Now all Carlson School undergraduates are required to have an international experience.
  • 1993 – Curtis Carlson gives another personal gift of $10 million to the Carlson School to drive the building of a freestanding business school.
  • 1998 – The Curtis L. Carlson School of Management building is dedicated.
  • 2004 – Herbert M. Hanson, Jr., and his wife Barbara, pledged $10 million toward the construction of a new undergraduate facility.
  • 2006 –Dean Alison Davis-Blake is named the first female dean of the Carlson School.
  • 2008 – The Carlson School’s new undergraduate facility, Herbert M. Hanson, Jr., Hall, opens and welcomes a freshman undergraduate class of nearly 500 students.
  • 2013 - MSBA - Master of Science in Business Analytics program founded[1]


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 Starbucks. 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 MBA
Financial Times[2] 54
Bloomberg Businessweek[3] 36
Forbes[4] 25
U.S. News & World Report[5] 27
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[6] 39

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.[7][8]


  • Curtis L. Carlson (’37 BA) – Chairman, Carlson Companies, Inc., namesake of the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
  • John G. Stumpf (MBA) - Former CEO, Wells Fargo[9]
  • Thomas O. Staggs (BSB) - Former COO, The Walt Disney Company[10]
  • John G. Mulligan (MBA) - CFO, Target[11]
  • Duane L. Burnham (MBA) - Former Chairman, Abbot Laboratories
  • William Grant Van Dyke (MBA) - Former Chairman, Donaldson Co
  • C. Elmer Anderson (’31 BBA, ’83 PhD) – Minnesota Governor, Minnesota State Senator; Chair & CEO, HB Fuller Co.
  • Alan K. Ruvelson (’36 BBA) – Founder of America’s first venture capital firm; President, First Midwest Capital Corporation
  • Richard Cyert (’43 BSB) – President, Carnegie Mellon University
  • William S. Cook (’48 BBA) – Chairman & CEO, Union Pacific
  • Robert T. Sprouse (’52 MBA) – Co-Founder, Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • Duane R. Kullberg (’54 BBA) – Managing Partner & CEO, Arthur Andersen
  • 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
  • Duane Burnham (’63 BSB, ’72 MBA) – Chairman, CEO, & President, Abbott Laboratories
  • Tony Dungy (’78 BSB) – Former Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts, National Football League
  • John Hammergren (’81 BSB) – Chairman & CEO, McKesson Corporation
  • Patrick Durkee ('01 MBA) - Founder, CEO, Platinum Series Baseball
  • 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Best Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016-11-16. 
  4. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  5. ^ "2018 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2017-03-13. 
  6. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Best Colleges In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017". CEOWORLD magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Carlson School Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Accounting Degree". Carlson School of Management. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 

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