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About Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon pioneered a management curriculum that favors a “management science” model over the case method  — an approach that’s now integrated within all the leading business schools.

Tepper’s analytical and data-informed curriculum of a STEM-designated MBA prepares students to harness the science of management by utilizing technology, data, and analytics to make better business decisions and to pursue business careers in fields related to technology and analytics.

Students have ample opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom in real time, and leadership and career development are at the heart of the program from day one.

Tepper’s central location within the Carnegie Mellon campus provides MBA candidates with access to the university’s most sought after assets and networks. In 2018, the sparkling Tepper Quad made its debut: a physical space that functions as an innovation hub for the entire seven-college campus, reinforcing the university’s focus on fertile cross-pollination of ideas across disciplines. This means Tepper MBAs are encouraged to collaborate with students from the six other schools including engineering, computer science, information technology and design.

Tepper is renowned for its focus on research and technology, so partnerships between other lauded centers on campus like AI, robotics and big data is at the center of its interdisciplinary approach. Over the years, Tepper has released many new course offerings that intersect business, technology, and analytics, interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities and the adoption of more sophisticated analytical tools used throughout the program.

Strengths and Specializations

Management science, industry and operations, finance, IT

Graduating Class of 2025

Number of Applicants: 1786

MBA Class Size: 171 

Avg. Age: 29

Avg. Work Experience: 5.8

Avg. GPA: 3.26

Avg. GMAT: 705 

International Students: 53% 

Female Students: 36% 

Tuition: $37,856/year

Post-MBA Careers (class of 2023)

Career Sectors: Consulting 42.2%; Tech 28.6%; Financial Services 13.5%; Healthcare 4.3% 

Top Recruiters: Amazon, Deloitte, PwC, EY, McKinsey & Company, BM, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, Google, Capital One Financial

Avg. Base Salary: $156,291; Salary Increase: 142% (source: FT Rankings 2024)

Employment offered within 3 months of graduation: 94% 

Tepper MBA Rankings


Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1 Oct 2, 2023; R2 Jan 8, 2024; R3 Mar 4, 2024; R4 May 6, 2024


Essay 1)  The Tepper community is dynamic and unique with students who strive to be collaborative, supportive and inclusive. Please provide an example of when you experienced or created an inclusive environment and how you will use that experience to help members of the community reach their full potential. (500 word limit)

Video Essay (on Post-MBA Goals) Please describe your post-MBA career goals.  You have up to 2 minutes to respond to this question.

Optional Essay) Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application. This could include clarification of your employment or academic record, choice of recommenders or helpful context for the admissions committee in reviewing your application. (no word count, suggest not more than 500)

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