With quantitative reasoning and mathematical analysis at the core of its twenty distinct tracks, Carnegie Mellon is an IT stronghold. Students are able to mold their own curriculum to center around their specific areas of interest. The intensity of the program is said to be “grueling” but necessary to prepare students to excel at their careers.
The Tepper School of Management offers six unique concentrations or “tracks” for full-time MBA students. These tracks include Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship in Organizations, Financial Engineering, Investment Strategy, Management of Innovation & Product Development, and Technology Leadership. In addition to these six tracks, students can also choose from several dual and joint degree programs. Dual degree options include Law & MBA and Software Engineering & MBA. Some Tepper students may choose to attain a more basic MBA, concentrating in Accounting or Finance, while other students may pursue a more localized study in Non-Profit Management/Public Administration or Entrepreneurship. The campus houses a diverse range of research centers which students actively utilize to facilitate their academic pursuits.
Most successful applicants for the entering Class of 2013 had between 4 and 5 years of full-time work experience on their resumes. Carnegie Mellon is one of many top MBA programs that consider real life experience to be one of the top admissions factors.
The school’s emphasis on analytical abilities is apparent in its core curriculum. Required courses in Probability, Statistics, and Operations Management have the usual dose of quantitative lessons. But classes such as Financial Accounting and Managerial Economics also have a stronger analytical bent then you might find at other top schools.
A “mini” semester is half the length of a standard semester, and a Tepper year is comprised of four. Don’t let the name fool you; these “mini” or “power” semesters are the equivalent of a single semester’s worth of coursework, which means ten full courses before winter break. During the second year, students utilize these “mini” semesters to explore electives and work on specialized projects.
Application Deadline 1: Early January
Application Deadline 2: Early March
Application Deadline 3: Late April *Reserved for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as all Flextime applicants (Flextime applicants are part-time MBA students)
Application Deadline 4: Early June: *Reserved for Flextime applicants
The average GMAT score for the class entering in Fall 2012 was 686.
Interviews may be requested starting September 10th until November 26th. After November 26th, interviews are by invite only. An applicant is granted only one interview per year.
These evaluations must be completed by individuals who are able to provide specific and relevant information about your intellectual ability, performance, maturity, and motivation.
While Carnegie Mellon's deep analytical focus makes it very different from other general management programs such as Harvard or Darden, keep the school’s interdisciplinary philosophy in mind as you craft your essays.
Community is a big part of the Tepper experience. Tepper has always been one of the smallest of the top business schools, but over the past few years the school has made a conscious effort to slim down even more. Be sure to emphasize the teamwork dimension in your application, and also make clear to the admissions committee that you appreciate the value of such an intimate learning environment.
Examples of essay prompts previously used by Tepper:
1. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you to achieve these goals? (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about Tepper.)
2. Describe an instance in which you made an impact as part of a team or as an individual. How did this experience help shape you as a team member or leader and how will it enable you to contribute to the diverse Tepper Community?
3. Please answer two of the following three questions or statements. Please clearly specify which questions you are answering. Your two answers should equal a total of two pages or less.
a. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?
b. Describe a time in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?
c. One thing people would be surprised to know about me is . . .
4. (Optional) Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application?
o Full-Time Tuition: $54,800 per year
o Full-Time Enrollment: 420
o Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.35
o Average GMAT Score: 686
o Acceptance Rate: 23.9%
o Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $117,650
o Full-Time Graduates Employed at Graduation: 74.1%
o Average Age of New Entrants: 28
o Average Work Experience: Approximately 4.5 years
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