Overview

Applicants
1,656
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Years Work Experience
5.6
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
660 - 720
GPA
3.09 - 3.64

Deadlines


Round 1
October 6

Round 2
December 19

Round 3
March 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
139

83
Full-time
24
Female
17
Part-time
1.4
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University offers a highly selective, well-respected MBA program that emphasizes both leadership and strategic analytics through experiential learning, communication-oriented projects and presentations, and a “quantitative approach to content frequently seen as qualitative.” The three mini-semesters of the first year are devoted to the fundamentals such as finance and quantitative analysis, while the second year allows students to choose electives. The Tepper School administration always takes students’ opinions into account regarding professors and workshops, and “actively works to include programming that we want” while removing undesired programming. “Given the small size, if you want to start or change something about the school, it’s pretty easy to do,” says a student. Carnegie Mellon overall is very involved in new technology (such as artificial learning and autonomous vehicles), and “that passion for innovation can be found in the business school as well.” The Tepper School MBA is “famous for its analytics approach,” and the data-driven approach to course material is possibly “the greatest strength of the school.” The school is “always trying to be at the vanguard of the constantly evolving business world” and classes include “a good mix of theory, cases, and hands-on experience.” Professors “have both industrial and research backgrounds” that they regularly work into the course material. They try to incorporate recent trends into their course materials, and students feel they are “setting the state of the technology, not talking about it.” “The academic experience has been challenging but there were so many resources available to enable my success,” sums up a student.

Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Organizational Behavior
Product Management

Specialized Masters

Business Administration
Data Analytics
Product Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Organizational Behavior
Product Management
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Sustainable Operations

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Tepper Sustainability Research Initiative: https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/faculty-and-research/initiatives/sustainability-initiative/index.html Carnegie Mellon's Green Design Institute: http://www.cmu.edu/gdi/index.html Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center: https://www.cmu.edu/ceic/index.html

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Tepper School Sustainability Initiative recognizes both increasing student demand for sustainability studies and the existing expertise among faculty across Carnegie Mellon. The essence of sustainability is considering impacts of actions today on outcomes in the future. The Tepper Sustainability Initiative encompasses a wide range of topics, including energy, natural resources, and the environment; health and social well-being; engineering; and architecture. Nicholas Muller, Lester and Judith Lave Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy at the Tepper School, directs the initiative. It offers students an opportunity to pursue scholarship, coursework, and career opportunities in this ever-growing field and exemplifies the Tepper School?s desire to be a leader among business schools in forward-looking and forward-thinking education.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center (CEIC)'s primary mission is to work with industry, labor, government and all other relevant stakeholders to address the strategic problems of the electricity industry. While we work directly on identifying, addressing and solving important problems for the industry, as or more important is that the fact that CEIC produces a cadre of well-trained graduate student researchers, many of whom continue to address the industry?s problems in subsequent professional careers. In addition to doctoral education, CEIC has a broad educational mission that includes the development of university courses, special topic short-courses and curricular advice for training programs.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The Green Design Institute (GDI) at Carnegie Mellon University seeks to conduct, foster, and promote research pertaining to infrastructure and systems growth in the developing world. While adequate infrastructure is a key building block in elevating quality of life and social welfare, it is critical to pursue a balanced development path cognizant of both the returns to investment in systems and the associated environmental and human impacts. Broadly, research at the GDI seeks to find this balance.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$120,382
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
89%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
72%
School Facilitiated
28%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
73%
School Facilitiated
27%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

25%
Consulting
23%
General Management
19%
Finance/Accounting
18%
Marketing
9%
Operations/Logistics
4%
Other
3%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

30%
West
28%
Northeast
13%
Midwest
12%
Mid-Atlantic
9%
South
8%
Southwest
1%
International

Students Say

Tepper School academics may be rigorous but “there are tons of social events to balance it,” including “plenty of activities, events and information sessions about a great variety of themes.” The student clubs are wide-ranging and very helpful in shaping the student experience. Besides developing and executing programming, student organizations also “engage with alumni—globally-renowned business leaders—and plan corporate presentations/visits that truly enhance the professional and personal development at Tepper.” Clubs plan treks to visit companies in major U.S cities and abroad, as well as “cool events” at Pittsburgh hot spots that allow students to “connect with local groups (i.e. social groups, religious groups, innovation groups) to expose [them] to opportunities and networks in Pittsburgh.” The road to post-graduation employment is well-trod, thanks to “strong and helpful” network of alums in every industry and top firms, as well as “active outside recruiting and visits by companies.” Recent Tepper School MBA graduates have gone on to employment and a wide variety of industries and companies, including Amazon.com, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Accenture, Strategy&, McKinsey & Company, KPMG Consulting, PwC, General Mills, Unilever, AOL, Google, Intel Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Wachovia.

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 25% $135,000 $134,533 $60,000 $165,000
General Management 23% $120,000 $117,849 $70,000 $148,000
Finance / Accounting 19% $112,000 $113,897 $80,800 $150,000
Marketing / Sales 18% $115,000 $111,810 $70,000 $142,000
Operations / Logistics 9% $130,000 $122,333 $85,000 $135,000
Other 4% $109,500 $112,167 $92,000 $135,000
Information Technology 3% $111,111 $112,376 $56,000 $142,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 43% $120,000 $119,638 $50,000 $150,000
Consulting 20% $140,000 $137,387 $90,000 $152,500
Financial Services 15% $110,000 $110,000 $50,000 $145,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9% $115,000 $113,466 $104,000 $125,000
Other 7% $105,000 $104,167 $77,496 $145,000
Consumer Products 3% $106,000 $102,800 $90,000 $115,000
Manufacturing 3% $110,000 $105,000 $85,000 $120,000

Prominent Alumni

David A. Tepper
CEO & Founder, Appaloosa Management

David Coulter
Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC

Francisco D'Souza
CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Yoshiaki Fujimori
Senior Advisor, The LIXIL Group

James R. Swartz
Founding Partner, Accel Partners

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$57,332

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
74%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
58%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
74%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
58%

New Students Receiving Loans
46%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$66,000
Tuition (Out-State)
$66,000
Fees (In-State)
$852
Fees (Out-State)
$852

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Fees (In-State)
$834
Fees (Out-State)
$834

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$15,526
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,526
Academic Expenses
$7,349

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
465
Part Time
37%

Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

7.30%
Underrepresented Minorities
33.50%
International

28% female
73% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Tepper School MBA students are “incredibly intelligent and driven” but “not cutthroat,” and exhibit a “strong sense of commitment to the community.” Significant others “are welcomed with open arms” (“Partners of students are integrated so well into the program that I sometimes don’t know who is the partner and who is the student,” says one MBA), and students do a lot of fun things together, such as “sailing in the BVIs [and] spontaneous weekend trips.” David Tepper (‘82) also happens to be “super generous” and regularly offers students tickets to his box at Steelers, Pirates and Penguins games. Diversity is a huge factor here and “the school strongly reinforces that in our culture.” The school has a “giving back” culture where “second years help first years [and] all students help each other, without asking for it in return.” It’s a “friendly, competitive atmosphere” in which “everyone is gunning for top jobs, but also wants to help their peers succeed.” Tepper School MBA students “interact with the rest of campus through clubs, mixed degree courses, case competitions, and startups.”

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 15213-3890
United States

Phone
412-268-5687

Fax
412-268-4209

Email
mba-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu


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