Students Say

The Carnegie Mellon name is synonymous with excellence in technology, math, and applied science, so it’s no surprise that the Tepper School of Business is known for its “analytical rigor” and “tech focus.” The school’s unique MBA covers topics like finance, marketing, operations, entrepreneurship, and consulting in consecutive “six-and-a-half-week minis”—short, immersive courses, which are broken up by weeklong intensive seminars. What distinguishes the curriculum is that it “incorporates quantitative analysis into almost every class as a complement to the typical qualitative approach.”

Overview

Applicants
1,411
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.28
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
650 - 720
GPA
3.02 - 3.59

Deadlines


Round 1
October 7

Round 2
January 2

Round 3
March 15

Round 4
May 5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

The Carnegie Mellon name is synonymous with excellence in technology, math, and applied science, so it’s no surprise that the Tepper School of Business is known for its “analytical rigor” and “tech focus.” The school’s unique MBA covers topics like finance, marketing, operations, entrepreneurship, and consulting in consecutive “six-and-a-half-week minis”—short, immersive courses, which are broken up by weeklong intensive seminars. What distinguishes the curriculum is that it “incorporates quantitative analysis into almost every class as a complement to the typical qualitative approach.” Plus, for anyone interested in tech, Tepper will really give you the cutting edge: “Research and collaboration from across the entire campus is often implemented into lectures and readings.” Business courses are further augmented by “fantastic interdisciplinary opportunities across campus,” including joint degree programs in computational finance, software engineering, law, and health care policy, among other fields.

While analytics are the Tepper hallmark, soft skills are emphasized, too. Of particular note, classes almost all include a collaborative component, and “most professors assign work for groups of three to six students at a time.” Through these projects, in addition to the academic focus on organizational behavior, the “skills that you learn at this school prepare you to manage and lead teams in organizations.” “Coursework is tough, demanding, and challenging” (in fact, some would like to see the workload reduced), but the “outstanding faculty” makes the effort worthwhile. Plus, “the professors have an open door policy and are very accessible,” so students are never left to fend for themselves while tackling hard material. A student exclaims, “I am quite surprised by how willing most of the professors can be to be helping outside of classes, even on Fridays!”

A model of efficiency, Tepper’s administration is quick in implementing changes proposed by both students and faculty, and there is an effort to “constantly improve student experience and academic curriculum.” For example, “a new class this semester was thought of by a professor, approved, and added to the offered courses list in under 48 hours.” A student adds, “Administration is more than willing to help students with specific problems and due to the small size of our program, they’re rarely overwhelmed with requests.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
135

76.3
Full-time
23.7
Part-time
18.5
Female
12.6
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
The Sustainable Business: Energy and Environmental Policies Sustainable Operations

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.ce.cmu.edu/GreenDesign/

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary research effort created to make an impact on environmental quality through green design. The central idea of the institute is to form partnerships with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering design, management, manufacturing and regulatory processes that can improve environmental quality and product quality while enhancing economic development. Carnegie Mellon researchers are working to address the regulatory issues that shape the global marketplace.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center (CEIC) was established in August 2001 after an extended competition sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundatioan among a number of research universities. It is one of 20 centers of excellence in different industries that the Sloan Foundation has established at 13 universities. CEIC's primary mission is to work with industry, government and other stakeholders to address the strategic problems of the electricity industry. In doing so, CEIC produces a cadre of well-trained researchers, many of which will continue to address the industry's problems in subsequent professional careers. In addition to doctoral education, CEIC has a broad educational mission which includes the development of university courses, special topic short-courses and curricular advice for training programs.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Pro-Bono Consulting Working in partnership with the Consulting Club, teams of students are working with local organizations in the Pittsburgh area to address specific issues. Projects include business & strategic planning, procurement & operations analysis and marketing planning. Students are continually looking for new ways to incorporate social responsibility themes into current classes and exploring topics for new classes. In addition, students are exploring how the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education can be incorporated into the curriculum. Students are working in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Practices Committee offer the campus community a way to offset their green house gas generation with a donation to Carnegie Mellon that will be used to purchase renewable energy.

Career overview

Career Rating
98
Average Starting Salary
$110,405

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
82%
School Facilitiated
18%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
82%
School Facilitiated
18%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

32%
Consulting
25%
Finance/Accounting
19%
General Management
16%
Marketing
4%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

25%
Northeast
25%
West
23%
Mid-Atlantic
12%
Midwest
7%
South
4%
International
5%
Southwest

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 32% $125,000 $122,053 $60,000 $160,000
Finance / Accounting 25% $100,000 $102,502 $75,000 $135,000
General Management 19% $110,000 $107,063 $75,000 $130,000
Marketing / Sales 16% $105,500 $106,089 $80,000 $126,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $106,000 $100,167 $65,000 $115,000
Information Technology 3% $112,000 $111,600 $105,000 $120,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 31% $125,000 $123,470 $60,000 $160,000
Technology 28% $115,000 $110,957 $75,000 $130,000
Financial Services 11% $100,000 $103,222 $75,000 $135,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 6% $100,000 $98,545 $85,000 $115,000
Manufacturing 6% $104,500 $101,800 $90,000 $110,000
Consumer Products 5% $100,000 $98,722 $90,000 $106,000
Petroleum / Energy 4% $102,000 $100,517 $65,000 $120,000
Government 1%
Media / Entertainment 1%
Non-profit 1%

Prominent Alumni

David A. Tepper
CEO & Founder, Appaloosa Management

David Coulter
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC

Francisco D'Souza
CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Yoshiaki Fujimori
President and CEO, The LIXIL Group

James R. Swartz
Founding Partner, Accel Partners

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 16

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$78,816

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$19,158

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
77%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
64%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
72%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
59%

New Students Receiving Loans
38%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$57,456
Tuition (Out-State)
$57,456
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,845
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,845
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$14,612
Academic Expenses
$7,904

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
618

Foreign Countries Represented
113

Demographics

6.00%
Minorities
32.00%
International

25% female
75% male

Campus Life

Students Say

At this “very prestigious” business school, “Everyone is extremely career driven and most people really want to get value out of their education.” At the same time, Tepper MBAs manage to be “ambitious without being obnoxious,” balancing a dedication to their studies with a friendly and collaborative attitude. “There are no competitive undertones in classes or with career search” on this friendly campus. When interacting with their classmates, most students are “happy to help out with everything from careers to homework.”

“Academic and social clubs and activities are diverse and well-funded” at Tepper, and most MBA candidates find time to get involved in extracurricular activities. One student tells us, “I spend at least as much time on extracurricular activities (case competitions, clubs, events, etc.) as I do on class work.” Socially, “most people will go out at least one or two nights a weekend, if they do not have families,” often congregating at one of the “central watering holes within walking distance of where most students live.” There are also “weekly social events on campus,” which are particularly fun because “everyone knows each other” in this small program.

A great environment for graduate students professionals, and families, the Carnegie Mellon campus is located near downtown Pittsburgh, “a beautiful city and very affordable on a student budget.” A student adds, “As someone with a family, there is definitely a lot in the Pittsburgh area to keep everyone busy and happy.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kelly Wilson
Executive Director of Masters Admissions

Address
Tepper School of Business
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone
412-268-2272

Email
mba-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu
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Key Stats

1,411
Applicants
618
Size
32%
Acceptance Rate

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