Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business
Andrew Walizer, Assistant Director of Admissions
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MBA & Graduate Degree Programs
Carnegie Mellon University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Tepper School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
At Tepper, we have a long, successful history of working alongside candidates as they prepare for graduate school, and our FAQs address a few common questions prospective students have when applying to an MBA program. If you have any questions regarding your candidacy, the admissions team would be happy to arrange time to speak one-to-one. Please contact us to arrange a meeting.
Description of Learning Environment for Students
What sets the Tepper School and our MBA program apart? Three important factors that influence students’ academic experience and career success:
1. We are one of the few MBA programs able to deliver a high level of preparation and training in both leadership and strategic analytics. The combination equips our students to confront complex business issues within the context of team and organizational leadership. Because we remain among the smallest of the top 15 business schools, the Tepper School MBA program is able to provide personalized leadership coaching and mentoring. Your Leadership Toolkit is strengthened through the Accelerate Leadership Center, coursework and experiential learning, as well as team and student projects. Likewise, the organizational behavior, ethics and communication coursework is sequenced to parallel team-oriented courses, presentation courses, job/internship interviews, as well as the fall case competition season. Our students excel at strategic thinking, executive communication, competitive presentations, high-stakes negotiations and conflict resolution. Our reputation for exceptional analytics is renowned. Tepper School MBAs are highly sought after for their strategic abilities in analytical frameworks and complex decision-making. Your Analytical Toolkit is built by courses, tools, team projects and experiential learning that give you analytical tools that integrate ongoing application. Our standard for analytics exceeds the business school norm (we think it’s more than simply taking a few quant classes). You will first be given the tools for economic understanding, optimization, predictive and prescriptive modeling, as well as responding to uncertain, complex business issues. Combined with your leadership skills preparation, analytics is part of the dual career advantage that will set you apart from your peers.
2. Access To Carnegie Mellon University Courses And Professors
he Tepper School does not have departments, and this means that our students roam freely across Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Tepper School students are encouraged to go beyond the business school border and seek academic, research and social connections among fellow students, faculty and researchers. There are five joint and dual Carnegie Mellon degrees offered at the business school, and additional academic partnerships, such as capstone and project courses, are available at the university’s seven colleges.
3. A Course Structure Rare Among Business Schools
The Tepper School MBA program structures the two-year MBA coursework differently from many other business schools. Our curriculum emphasizes mastery of management fundamentals in year one, prior to the selection of electives. We are unapologetic about resisting the trend of offering optional electives immediately upon students’ arrival. Rather, our students invest the first three mini-semesters in mastering fundamentals such as economics, finance, operations, quantitative analysis and organizational behavior. It’s this integrated view of business that leads to better decision-making, and better prepares students to choose electives that support key career goals.
Tepper School faculty are known for producing impactful research across a wide range of academic disciplines as well as their commitment to excellence in teaching. Our faculty comprise senior professors, recognized for their contributions to business and public policy as well as an impressive record of academic citations, and energetic young scholars, who currently are creating new avenues for exploring knowledge within an increasingly complex and global marketplace. Our faculty members represent nine Nobel laureates, organizations representing key management disciplines, editors of top academic journals, and frequent contributors to programs and articles.
The school’s faculty operates as small, closely-knit unit and as an integral part of the greater Tepper School community of students and alumni. We maintain one of the best faculty-to-student ratios of any Top 20 business school -1:5. Faculty members are well-grounded in the fundamentals of business and serve as consultants and advisors to businesses, agencies, international organizations, and national governments. These experiences, along with ongoing research, all translate in to the school’s classrooms creating an unparalleled experience for students.
∙ The Tepper School of Business is a Yellow Ribbon School
∙ In 2015 the Tepper School of Business was again selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs
∙ The Tepper School of Business offers application fee waivers for all military personnel.
Please contact Andrew Walizer for more information.
Experience in the military is highly valued at the Tepper School of Business. We appreciate the leadership and team skills, as well as the diversity of experiences that this particular community of students brings to the classroom and to the overall student experience. Our military students are involved both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Tepper Veterans Club (TVC) seeks to help veterans and members of all military organizations in their transition to the civilian sector. Its objectives are to work with the Admissions staff to inform and assist qualified candidates from all armed forces in the application process; to provide a social support community at Carnegie Mellon; to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks essential to a successful transition into the business world through events with corporations and alumni; and to continue the traditions of leadership, honor, respect and duty by serving as role models within the community. The TVC is open to the Carnegie Mellon Community, in particular to veterans and current members of the U.S and foreign militaries, their families and any other students interested in learning more about the experiences, qualities and characteristics of veterans.
If you are interested in speaking with one of our current military students or alumni, please contact Andrew Walizer.