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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

Incoming Class

Number of applicants – 2,267

MBA Class size – 192

Annual tuition – $145,600 

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Consulting 39.1%; Technology 28.1%; Financial Services 16.4%; Biotech/Health/Pharm 6.2%

Top Recruiters: PwC, Deloitte, McKinsey, Alix Partners, Kearney,  Amazon, Merck & Co, Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup, Jefferies Group LLC, Microsoft, Verizon, Walmart, Chewy, Honeywell, Philips

Avg. Base Salary – $148,067

Salary Increase – 127% 

Employment in 3 months – 97% 

Tepper MBA Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 5.8 

Average GMAT – 702 

International Students – 56% 

Female Students – 31% 

Deadlines: R1: Oct 2, 2023, R2: Jan 8, 2024, R3: Mar 4, 2024, R4: May 6, 2024, R5: June 10, 2024(Part-Time)


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 words) 

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? (500 words) 

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