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About Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon is one of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, boasting a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s now integrated within all the leading business schools). Leadership and career development are at the heart of the program from day one, so students have ample opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom in real time.

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 cross-pollination. 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.

Strengths And Specializations

Industry and operations, finance and IT. 

Incoming Class

Number of applicants – 1,963

MBA Class size – 231

Annual tuition – $145,600 

Post-MBA Careers


33.7% Consulting 

12.6% Finance 

28% Tech 

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 – $134,847

Salary Increase – 136% 

Employment in 3 months – 96% 

Tepper MBA Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 5.4 

Average GMAT – 691 

Int’l Students – 34% 

Female Students – 21% 

Deadlines R1: Oct 2, 2022, R2: Jan 5, 2023, R3: Mar 12, 2023, R4: May 1, 2023 


Essay 1. The Tepper community is dynamic and unique. Each community member’s individual journey has shaped them into classmates who are collaborative and supportive. Describe how you have overcome adversity during your journey. What did you learn about yourself and how has that shaped who you are? (350-500 words max) 

Optional Essay: Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee as we evaluate your application? (no word count, suggest not more than 500) 

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