How to Crack Tepper School of Business?

Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business is located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The school currently ranks amongst the top 35 business schools in the world and the top 20 business schools in the USA.

The school offers various undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. The full-time MBA program at Tepper is a 16-month long program with internship opportunities for students.

The school also provides working professionals, in the Pittsburg area, the opportunity to enrol in a Flex MBA program which allows them to work while they get an MBA education.

Tepper boasts of a collaborative and team-work driven community. Since the class size of the Tepper MBA is small, the impact that each student creates on the community becomes more significant. From local tours to the brew-pub, to international trips, a Tepper MBA gets as much social exposure as a professional.

MBA Tepper Cost of Attendance 2021

 
Expenses Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Tuition

See below

See below

University Fees

$432

$397

Health Insurance

$3,021

$0

Room, Board, Misc.

$8,972

$8,972

Books and Supplies

$725

$725

Transportation

$1,734

$1,734

TOTAL Before Tuition $14,884 $11,828
Tuition $35,000 $35,000
Source: cmu.edu

Tepper School of Business Carnegie Mellon MBA Application Process 2021

 

Application Checklist

Requirement

Essay Questions

The application consists of one required MBA essay question.

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

Professional Resume

A current professional resume must be attached to the application. Use Times New Roman or Arial font styles in a 12-point size for a 1-2 page resume.

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant must submit one Letter of Recommendation from either a current supervisor or any professional or social acquaintance who can add value to your candidacy. 

Transcripts

The applicant must provide unofficial (scanned) transcripts from all of their post-secondary (post-high school) educational institutes. Official copies are requested only post-acceptance into the MBA course. Web Transcripts are not considered valid at any stage of MBA application.

GMAT/GRE

The applicant must report their valid (no less than 5 years old) GMAT/GRE/EA score on the application. In case you are unable to do so, you can submit an unofficial score at the time of filling your MBA application and send the official score report through the testing agency later.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

Every applicant who earned either a bachelor’s or a graduate degree where the sole language of instruction was English is not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores during the application process.

Application Fee

USD 200

Tepper MBA Application Deadlines 2021

All applications are due on the date of the deadline at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US).

Application Round Application Submission Deadline Decision Notification Date
Round 1

Oct. 4, 2020 

Dec. 9, 2020

Round 2

Jan. 10, 2021 

March 10, 2021

Round 3

March 2, 2021 

May 6, 2021

Round 4

April 12, 2021 

May 20, 2021

What does the Tepper admissions committee look for?

  • Keep the resume short and self-explanatory

This is simple. With every business school application, you are asked to submit an up-to-date resume. This resume should be kept as short and simple as you can keep it.


The ideal length of the resume is one page and it should only include major achievements. For anything within your resume, that you wish to explain, mention it in the optional statement section of your essays. 

Also, make sure you mention dates for everything you put down in your resume as it is a requirement from the school.
Anything that doesn’t add value to your application should be left out of your resume. To mention any personal achievements/ personal growth, you have the application essays. Thus, make sure you don’t turn your resume into a saga about everything you have done since you were born.

  • Be a team player

While, you should mention skills like leadership and problem-solving in your essays, pay some special attention to your abilities as a team player and make sure to mention any incidents proving the same.

This is referring to a candidate who is willing to work hard, and smart for his/her own goals but is also ready to generously invest in the growth of his/her peers or subordinates. This quality is reflective in the answers that an applicant gives to the essay questions that Tepper poses in their application.  By simply giving authentic answers to the questions that the school is posing, you can convince them that you possess this quality.

  • Have a brief for your essays

While having a brief answer to essay questions is how I suggest attempting your essays, if you choose to write the whole thing without it it’s perfectly fine. But, make sure you create a three-line brief answer to the same. 

When you get through to the interview round at Tepper, you will be asked questions that will require a long answer if unprepared. However, if you know the basics like ‘Why MBA?’, ‘Why now?’, and ‘Why Tepper?’, you’ll be able to give precise and clear answers to such questions.  A dragged-on tale is never a good answer during an interview. 
All of the questions mentioned above are basically what your essays will be the longer versions of. So, having a brief of the essays will give you an answer that you can customize for such questions.

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