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Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business Distance MBA

The Tepper School’s legacy is tied to our pioneering work in management science - today nearly all leading B-schools include some form of the Carnegie Mellon management science model in their curriculum. A decidedly small school within a research university, we are a conservatory of innovation, fostering partnerships amongst students and faculty in other schools and centers throughout campus. As one of the most technologically elite universities in the world, the dedication to cutting edge learning and application underlies all that we do – with an approach that allows our students to make a significant impact.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online
Total Program Enrollment 29
Tuition (Total) $108,080

Program Information

Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business Says

The Tepper School’s legacy is tied to our pioneering work in management science - today nearly all leading B-schools include some form of the Carnegie Mellon management science model in their curriculum. A decidedly small school within a research university, we are a conservatory of innovation, fostering partnerships amongst students and faculty in other schools and centers throughout campus. As one of the most technologically elite universities in the world, the dedication to cutting edge learning and application underlies all that we do – with an approach that allows our students to make a significant impact.

Specializations Offered: Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Marketing, Operations Management
Degrees Awarded: FlexMBA – Online/Onsite.

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School Rankings

LinkedIn

#8 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals
#10 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#11 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#18 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers
#25 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#8 Best Career Prospects
#10 Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 27% accepted out of 1575 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.26
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $125

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the Tepper School of Business must submit an online application, three essays, unofficial transcripts of all academic work, GMAT scores, a current resume, and a comprehensive employment record. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must also submit a TOEFL score report. The school encourages applicants to focus "more on th...Applicants to the Tepper School of Business must submit an online application, three essays, unofficial transcripts of all academic work, GMAT scores, a current resume, and a comprehensive employment record. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must also submit a TOEFL score report. The school encourages applicants to focus "more on the range, rather than the mean when reviewing class profile factors" and reports that "half of our students have GMAT scores below the median." While many of its students come from an engineering or science background, the school encourages candidates from diverse academic backgrounds and disciplines to apply.

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Important Dates

Round 1
March

24

Deadline
August

25

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 590
Percent International Students 33%
Total Full-Time Faculty 111
Full-Time Faculty 95%

Student Life

At this “very prestigious” business school, “Everyone is extremely career driven and most people really want to get value out of their education.” At the same time, Tepper MBAs manage to be “ambitious without being obnoxious,” balancing a dedication to their studies with a friendly and collaborative attitude. “There are no competitive under­tones in classes or with career search” on this friendly campus. When interacting with their classmates, most students are “happy to help out with everything from careers to homework.”“Academic and social clubs and activities are diverse and well-funded” at Tepper, and most MBA candidates find time to get involved in extracurricular activities. One student tells us, “I spend at least as much time on extracurricular activities (case competitions, clubs, events, etc.) as I do on class work.” Socially, “Most people will go out at least one or two nights a weekend, if they do not have families,” often congregating at one of the “central watering holes within walking distance of where most students live.” There are also “weekly social events on campus,” which are particularly fun because “everyone knows each other” in this small program. A great environment for graduate students professionals, and families, the Carnegie Mellon campus is located near downtown Pittsburgh, “a beautiful city and very afford­able on a student budget.” A student adds, “As someone with a family, there is definite­ly a lot in the Pittsburgh area to keep everyone busy and happy.”

Career

Through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, Tepper “faculty and administra­tion do a great job preparing students for future careers.” In partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Career Opportunities Center, students have access to corporate presentations, on-campus interviews, career and internship counseling, and networking trips to cities like New York and Boston. The school maintains strong “relationships with specific tech and consulting firms” on the East Coast, yet recruiting comes from a range of sources: “Companies come here for all disciplines from all over the country/world,” offering “quite a variety of opportunities.” A current student shares, “I’ve had a great experience at Tepper. I was able to land a full-time offer at a prestigious consulting firm and I’m con­fident that I have learned the proper business tools to excel there once I graduate.”In recent years, Tepper students have taken diverse jobs at corporations including Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Accenture, Booz and Company, McKinsey & Company, KPMG Consulting, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, General Mills, Amazon.com, Unilever, AOL, Google, Intel Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Wachovia. The class of 2011 had a mean base salary of over $101,000, with almost 80 percent of the class receiving an addi­tional signing bonus between $2,000 and $52,000. Financial services and consulting were the most popular industries, capturing almost 29 percent and 25 percent of the class, respectively, with technology coming in third, with about 20 percent of graduates.

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Students Say

The Carnegie Mellon name is synonymous with excellence in technology, math, and applied science, so it’s no surprise that the Tepper School of Business is known for its “analytical rigor” and “tech focus.” The school’s unique MBA covers topics like finance, marketing, operations, entrepreneurship, and consulting in consecutive “six-and-a-half­week minis”—short, immersive courses, which are broken up by weeklong intensive seminars. What distinguishes the curriculum is that it “incorporates quantitative analy­sis into almost every class as a complement to the typical qualitative approach.” Plus, for anyone interested in tech, Tepper will really give you the cutting edge: “Research and collaboration from across the entire campus is often implemented into lectures and read­ings.” Business courses are further augmented by “fantastic interdisciplinary opportuni­ties across campus,” including joint degree programs in computational finance, software engineering, law, and health care policy, among other fields. While analytics are the Tepper hallmark, soft skills are emphasized, too. Of particular note, classes almost all include a collaborative component, and “most professors assign work for groups of three to six students at a time.” Through these projects, in addition to the academic focus on organizational behavior, the “skills that you learn at this school prepare you to manage and lead teams in organizations.”“Coursework is tough, demanding, and challenging” (in fact, some would like to see the workload reduced), but the “outstanding faculty” makes the effort worthwhile. Plus, “The professors have an open door policy and are very accessible,” so students are never left to fend for them­selves while tackling hard material. A student exclaims, “I am quite surprised by how willing most of the professors can be to be helping outside of classes, even on Fridays!”A model of efficiency, Tepper’s administration is quick in implementing changes pro­posed by both students and faculty, and there is an effort to “constantly improve student experience and academic curriculum.” For example, “A new class this semester was thought of by a professor, approved, and added to the offered courses list in under 48 hours.” A student adds, “Administration is more than willing to help students with spe­cific problems and due to the small size of our program, they’re rarely overwhelmed with requests.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Carnegie Bosch Institute for International Management, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Center for Behavioral Decision Research, Center for Excellence in Communication and Leadership, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Teams, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, The Gailliot Center for Public Policy, Green Design Institute

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International MBA students get Visa, document and overall policy support from CMUÂ’s Office of International Education, OIE. There is a specific liaison for the MBA group. http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/oie/ There are also a number of student organizations:

    The Asian Business Association http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/asian-business-association/index.aspx The Latin American Business Club http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/latin-american-business-club/index.aspx The South Asian Business Association http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/south-asian-business-association/index.aspx

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    The Director of Student Services and the Director of Diversity are main Contacts for GLBT students, other resources include: LGBTQ Community Website: http://tepper.cmu.edu/mba/community-diversity/lgbtq-community/index.aspx [email protected] http://tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/outtepper/index.aspx Student Affairs http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/student-development/glbt.html

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The Director of Diversity Initiatives is the main support staff for minority students. That staff member is also the liaison to the MBA Consortium and their resources. Other groups that support students are:

    •Director of Student Services, funding for conferences •Graduate Program Office (CMU) http://www.cmu.edu/graduate •BGSO, Black Graduate Student Organization http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/org/BGSO/ •BBA, Black Business Association www.tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/black-business-association/index.aspx • Diversity Initiatives website: http://tepper.cmu.edu/mba/community-diversity/diversity-at-tepper/index.aspx

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    Carnegie Bosch Institute for International Management, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Center for Behavioral Decision Research, Center for Excellence in Communication and Leadership, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Teams, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, The Gailliot Center for Public Policy, Green Design Institute

  • Study Abroad:

    The Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) Germany: Berlin, Koblenz Slovakia Prague Qatar

  • Women Support Groups:

    Upon entering the program the Tepper School supports Forte Fellows financially, enabling them to attend the Forte conference. The Student Services Office assist women through conference funding, The Tepper Women in Business organization is also very vital: http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/current-students/current-graduate-students/student-clubs/tepper-women-in-business-club/index.aspx as is the Graduate Programs Office http://www.cmu.edu/graduate and http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/student-life/gender/index.html

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business include:

James R. Swartz - Founding Partner, Accel Partners

Yoshiaki Fujimori - President and CEO, JS Group Corporation

Lewis Hay III - Chairman and CEO, NextEra Energy, Inc.

David Coulter - Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC

David A. Tepper - CEO & Founder, Appaloosa Management

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $89,311

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Amazon.com, Deloitte & Touche, Deutsche Bank, Booz and Company

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Technical 48% $111,107
Business 33% $102,937
Consulting 31% $122,353
Consulting 29% $123,751
Finance / Accounting 25% $100,821
Marketing / Sales 23% $103,851
Financial Services 19% $102,964
Other 17% $107,311
General Management 12% $102,150
Operations / Logistics 5% $95,548
Manufacturing 5% $97,125
Other 4% $95,000
Information Technology 2% $88,333

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 76%
Three Month Employment 90%
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