Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business

About the School

The Tepper School of Business is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It was established in 1949 and was originally known as the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA). One of the highlights of this school is the number of Nobel Prize-winning economists who are affiliated with the school, including Herbert A. Simon, Franco Modigliani, Merton Miller, Robert Lucas and others.

An Overview


Class Size

Course Fee ($)

Course Duration (months)

Average GMAT Score

Average GRE Score

Average Salary $126,250
International Participants 35%
Gender 33% (Women)
Average Work Experience 5.7 Years

There are three MBA formats available at Tepper:

Full-Time MBA: This program is on campus and includes full range career services along with scholarships.

Part-Time Online MBA: These are flexible courses available online and all around the year for working professionals looking to update their skillset.

Part-Time Flex MBA: These flexible online and on-campus courses happen all year round and provide a full range of career services and scholarships.

For more information, kindly check: https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba/

Deserving MBA candidates are awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships by the generosity of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations. The scholarships and fellowships are available to full-time and part-time MBA candidates. Candidates do not have to fill any special forms and are notified at the time of admission. This applies to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and international candidates.

For more information, please visit: https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba/tuition-and-financial-aid/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

Some statistics of the Tepper School of Business are provided below:

  • 126% Average increase on Tepper MBA grads’ pre-MBA salary
  • 94% 2019 Tepper MBA grads who report job offers within three months

Some of the full-time employment by industry report is presented below:

  • Technology – 30.5%
  • Consulting – 30.5
  • Finance – 10.2%
  • Manufacturing – 8.6%
  • Healthcare – 7%

Notable Alumni

Francisco D'Souza

Former CEO, Cognizant

Kushagra Bajaj

MD, Bajaj Hindusthan

William F. Pounds

Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management

Tepper School of Business MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the Tepper School of Business MBA admission office are described below.

The essay questions are listed below:

Required Essay: 
At Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School, we value our community and it is important for each person to contribute to its success. What difference will you make as a member of the MBA class at the Tepper School? (Maximum 350-500 words.)

Optional Essay:
There also is an optional essay for additional information about your candidacy that you may wish to share with the admissions committee.

For reapplicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

Rounds Application Deadlines
Round 1 Oct 4, 2020
Round 2 Jan 10, 2021
Round 3 Mar 2, 2021
Round 4 Apr 12, 2021

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Tepper School of Business requires one recommendation and prefers that the referee is someone the candidate knows in their professional life.

The Letter of Recommendation form has three sections, covering the key letter of recommendation questions that schools require.

Section 1: Personal information about the letter writer. This is where the recommender identifies themselves and their relationship with you.

Section 2: Leadership assessment grid of candidate. This section is divided into five categories, each identified for the way they help assess the candidate against 16 traits and competencies—like influence, achievement, and cognitive abilities.

Section 3: Letter of recommendation questions. This essay-style section provides three prompts that must be answered in 500 words or less.

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Recommended word count: 50 words).

How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (e.g., what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Recommended word count: 500 words).

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Recommended word count: 500 words).

There is a final open-ended question, “Is there anything else we should know?” that is optional and has no word count limit.

MBA Essay Analysis – Tepper School of Business

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