Who should apply to the Tepper School?
Successful Tepper candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and profiles. We encourage interested candidates to focus on the range, rather than the mean, when reviewing class profile and considering whether or not they should apply. For example, half of our students have GMAT scores below the average, and although most students have between 2 and 8 years of professional experience, there are several that joined Tepper directly after their undergraduate study or that have more than 8 years of experience. Although our most recent class has a high proportion of students from engineering/science backgrounds, we are seeking candidates from all academic disciplines, and in a typical year, half of our students come from non-technical backgrounds. You simply don't need to be an engineer to achieve great things at Tepper. We have many students currently studying at Tepper who were initially concerned about their chance of being admitted, that have been successful and with many receiving merit scholarships.
The only sure-thing in the admission process is that you cannot get in if you don't apply! If you have any questions regarding your candidacy, the admissions team would be happy to speak with you. Feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting with one of our counselors.
What are the Tepper School admissions process requirements?
To be considered for admission, you need to submit a complete application portfolio that includes the following documents: application form, official transcripts from each college or university attended at both the graduate and undergraduate level, two letters of reference, official GMAT scores, official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English), affidavit of financial support (only for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents), current resume, employment record, required essays, and application fee. For more information, please refer to the links on the left menu.
When should I apply? What are the application deadlines? When will I receive my decision letter?
Application Submitted: *
October 22nd, 2012
December 19th, 2012
January 3rd, 2013
March 18th, 2013
March 4th, 2013
April 30th, 2013
April 22nd, 2013*
May 24th, 2013
|June 3rd, 2013**||Rolling|
* The April 22nd deadline is reserved for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as all Flextime applicants.
**Reserved for FlexTime applicants
Do you weigh some parts of the application more strongly than others?
No single component in the application portfolio is more important than any other. A particular weakness may be successfully offset by strengths in other areas.
If I am not admitted to the program, can I re-apply?
Yes. Applicants who are interested in reactivating their application should submit a formal letter requesting this action be taken on their application. Visit our Re-applicants page for more information.
If I am re-applying, do I need to submit a new application?
No. If you have submitted an application for the MBA program within the past two years, you don’t need to submit an entirely new application. Please visit our Re-applicants page for a checklist of materials and information needed in order to re-apply.
May I receive my decision over the phone, via e-mail or fax?
Our primary means of communicating with all candidates is via email, so please make sure to update your online profile if your email address changes. All admission decisions are released to candidates using our online application system. You will be notified by email when your decision is ready for viewing and you will need your login/password to access your admission decision. A hard copy of admission offer letters will also be mailed to the postal address listed on your application.
How are candidates assessed for admission?
Though our standards are high and our admissions process is very competitive, our ideal student does not fit a rigid profile. We welcome students from diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds and seek exceptional individuals who have made an impact on whatever path they have chosen. We examine all components of your MBA application to gain an understanding about you as a candidate. Our admissions committee is interested in your potential for academic success at the Tepper School and professional success in the future. We evaluate your reasons for applying to the Tepper School, as we want to be sure that your background and goals are consistent with our strengths. We seek students who are highly motivated, tenacious, self-directed and innovative and who demonstrate a strong work ethic. Personal competencies such as communication, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills are among other key considerations. Non-native English speakers must be skilled and confident when speaking, listening, reading and writing in English, to ensure that they can participate fully in our learning environment.
Do I have to have post-undergraduate work experience?
No, post-undergraduate work experience is not a prerequisite for admission. We seek diversity in all dimensions, including from "candidates without any post-undergraduate work experience" to "candidates with 8 or more years of work experience."
What consideration is given to post-undergraduate work experience?
Candidates with post-undergraduate professional experience have, everything else equal, a better chance for admission, but we welcome applications from exceptionally talented and motivated individuals who may not have significant experience. Candidates with no or limited professional experience must be strong in other aspects of their MBA application to offset the lack of experience.
On average, how many years of full-time work experience do most accepted candidates have?
Most of our MBA students fall in a range of 2 to 8 years of post-undergraduate professional experience. You can find the work experience average of our most recent class on our class profile. However, the impact a candidate has made on her company, growth in responsibility over time, leadership experience and other factors are used when evaluating experience, not simply the number of years.
Are transfer credits accepted?
No, the business school does not accept any transfer credits into the MBA program.
What is the average GPA?
You can find the average GPA of our most recent class on our class profile. However, the admissions committee examines the applicant's entire academic record, not just the G.P.A. We look at grade trends, the major, courses taken as well as the rigor of the program and institution.
Am I required to take the GMAT/GRE? When should I take the GMAT/GRE? What is the average GMAT/GRE score? Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score required to apply to the Tepper School of Business?
All MBA applicants must complete either the GMAT or the GRE. Since both tests are now offered year round, the examination can be taken at any time. However, you should take the test no later than the application deadline for which you are applying. This is the second year that we will be accepting GRE scores. As such, there is not yet a GRE average. There is no minimum score required for either test. Review our class profile for details.
What if I take the GMAT/GRE more than once?
When reviewing your application, our admissions committee always uses your best GMAT/GRE score at the time of application.
What is the Tepper School code for the GMAT?
Simply Select Carnegie Mellon University, then the Tepper School of Business. You will have the option of selecting the Full-Time MBA Program or the Part-Time MBA Program. Use your best judgment here in terms of which program you plan to apply. Scores for either program will be sent to our office, so it is okay to switch program options at a later date.
What is the minimum TOEFL score?
A minimum score of 600 PBT/250 CBT/100 IBT is required for international students entering the MBA program.
May I waive the TOEFL/IELTS?
International students who hold a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS. Applicants should send a letter requesting the waiver along with their application packet.
May I receive an application fee waiver?
Fee waivers are granted in some circumstances. To request an application fee waiver, you need to submit a letter with your application detailing why you should be considered for the waiver. Our admissions committee will review requests on an individual basis.
Are there any pre-requisites?
MBA applicants must hold the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree and demonstrate a strong aptitude for mathematics. Entering MBA students must have completed one semester of college calculus and either statistics, calculus II or linear algebra before matriculating. Candidates who do not meet the math requirements may be admitted with the provisions that they complete the necessary math courses prior to joining the program. We offer an Math Skills Review Workshop (MSW) to students who have studied calculus, but would like a review before classes begin.
Do you accept 3-year undergraduate degrees (i.e. B.Com)?
We will consider applicants who hold a 3-year undergraduate degree. In general, due to the highly competitive nature of our applicant pool, candidates with additional education beyond their 3-year degree are more competitive.
Will I be notified of my application status?
Applicants who use our online application system are able to monitor their application status on-line. To check on the status of your application and supporting documents, simply log into the application system of our online application provider (the same link used to submit the application). The first page that loads will provide the status of the application as well as indicate which supporting documents have been received.
Why have you not received my supporting documents?
There are several likely reasons why supporting documents might take some time to show on the online status. The most common explanations (and steps you can take in advance to ensure arrival of your supporting documents) are:
What makes the mini-semester system unique?
The mini-semester system - now duplicated by most other top business schools- splits the typical semester in half, creating four mini-semesters per academic year. Each mini-semester is 6.5 weeks long, and students typically take 4 - 5 different courses each mini-semester. This system allows students the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of topics, and many unique courses. This format allows students flexibility to choose from among more than 120 electives in 13 areas of concentration.
What are the degree requirements for the MBA Program?
All degree candidates enrolled in the MBA Program complete a required core curriculum in addition to 90 units of electives for a total of 192 units (note, students pursuing a dual degree may have a different total unit requirement). Most business school subjects range from 6 to 12 units based on an approximation of weekly class hours, and outside preparation time. Please visit our MBA Curriculum page for more information .
What are the different concentrations in the MBA program?
Students may complete multiple concentrations during their course of study. Please visit our MBA Curriculum page for more detailed information.
What dual-degree programs are available at Carnegie Mellon?We are constantly seeking ways to tailor programs to meet new demands. At present, we offer collaborative programs in law, computational finance, engineering, and public policy. Please visit our Dual Degrees page for additional information on each dual
May I visit the Tepper School of Business?
Visitors are welcome! As a prospective student, we encourage you to explore our program, campus environment and student lifestyle. Campus visitors are welcome Mondays through Thursdays, when classes are in session. Class visits, tours, meetings with students and a weekly information session (Mondays at 11:30) are among the options available when you visit. You can schedule a visit by calling us at (412) 268-5687. We hope to offer a full experience when you visit, including attending a class and spending time with our current students. For this reason, visits are discouraged on Fridays and during the summer. Please visit our Interviews and Campus Visits page for additional information.
What is the interview policy?
During the early part of the admission season (until November 26th, 2012), visitors may request an on-campus interview with a member of our admission staff. We try to accommodate as many on-campus interview requests as possible, but unfortunately cannot guarantee every visitor an on-campus interview appointment. To request and complete an on-campus interview before November 26th, please fax a copy of your resume and your GMAT/GRE score (if you have taken the test) to us at 412-268-4209. The fax should also include the date of your visit and your contact information, including a current email address.
Where should I stay when I visit?
For a list of accommodations, please visit http://www.cmu.edu/home/visitors/accommodate.html. The following five hotels are in close proximity to the university:
Marriott Courtyard, Shadyside
5308 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-681-1000 or 1-800-426-7866
Use the code "Pitt OK" for a special rate
Holiday Inn, University Center
100 Lyton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-682-6200 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
The Shadyside Inn
5405 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Wyndham Garden Hotel, University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
How do I get to campus?
If I am unable to visit campus, are there other opportunities to meet with the admissions staff to learn more?
Absolutely!! We have an extensive travel schedule where we attend graduate school events, MBA forums, and other informational sessions. If you would like to know if we will be in or near your city, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar.
What resources are available for my spouse/significant other?
What housing options are available to business school students?
The MBA students live off-campus. The CMU Housing Office is an excellent resource for locating affordable housing that is close to campus or near the public transportation system.
Where do most students live?
Most students prefer Shadyside or Squirrel Hill (neighborhoods of Pittsburgh); both are very convenient to campus. Pittsburgh is one of the safest and most affordable major cities in the US. Please visit our Pittsburgh links for more information on the city and its surrounding neighborhoods.
What is the cost of the MBA program?
Tuition and fees for Full-time MBA students are $55,800 in 2012-2013. To view complete budget estimates, please view our student budget. Note that the cost of living in Pittsburgh is among the lowest in the nation and is lowest among similar metro areas.
What types of financial aid are available?
All admitted MBA students (US and International) are considered for merit scholarships using the information provided in their MBA application. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for US federally funded loan programs through the school. Please visit our Financial Aid Site to access the variety of forms of available assistance.
What career opportunities are available to MBA students? What are the employment statistics for the recently graduated class?
MBA students have an excellent range of career opportunities available through the Career Opportunities Center. Corporations recruit heavily at the Tepper School for both internship and full-time positions. Because of the quality of our students and the school’s broad-based curriculum and generalist approach, the business school graduates are welcomed into many functional areas.