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FAQs

Curricular and Co-curricular Information

How does the FlexMBA compare to other Tepper MBA Programs?

The Tepper FlexMBA features the same coursework, same professors and same admissions/graduation requirements as our full-time and part-time, on-campus programs. That means your learning is not watered down with courses or faculty disconnected from the core program. FlexMBA students have interactive class sessions with their professors and classmates as well as online interactions between class sessions.

Can I transfer from the FlexMBA to another Tepper MBA Program if my personal circumstances change?

After completing 72 units of coursework in the FlexMBA program – and remaining in good academic standing – FlexMBA students may be eligible to switch to the full-time or FlexTime (part-time Pittsburgh) MBA program. The recommended time for students to transfer is at the beginning of a semester (August or January). The student must consult their academic advisor if interested in this process.

When does the program begin and how long does it take to complete?

At the normal pace of two classes per mini semester (4 classes per semester), students complete the program in 32 months. All students must complete their degree requirements within 48 months.

What is meant by a hybrid program?

We have structured the delivery of our flexible online MBA to feature live, real-time video learning, online MBA classes, self-paced learning and in-person, immersive, onsite class sessions. This "hybrid" model blends various formats - online, in-person and independent study - to provide a part-time degree that is rare among leading B-schools.

What concentrations may I pursue as part of the FlexMBA program?

FlexMBA students may pursue concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, and Operations Management.

How will the Career Opportunity Center support my career development?

FlexMBA online students have the same access to the school's Career Opportunities Center as our full-time, campus students. This means full access to corporate presentations, recruiting calendars, interview schedules, and career center resources. In addition, leadership planning and coaching along with communications and presentation skills training are available to FlexMBA students via online tools and Access Weekends.

How will I work with the Accelerate Leadership Center?

The Tepper School is one of the few business schools to offer personalized, one-on-one leadership and communications assessment, planning and coaching. Our program aligns students’ analytics and leadership skills, delivering a standard designed to meet the needs and expectations of companies. Accelerate leadership coaches work with online students via live consultations as well as on-campus sessions that occur during Orientation and Access Weekends. In addition, the Year One experience will feature self-paced leadership assessment and action plans. Year Two will feature on-site leadership immersion workshops at the start of the school year.

Program Cost and Funding the MBA Education

What is the total cost of the program?

Tuition and fees for the FlexMBA program are $118,080* including course materials as well as meals and accommodations during Access Weekends. Students pay their own travel expenses to and from each Access Weekend location. This tuition is the total amount for the program and is charged on a per-unit basis.

How do I begin the financial aid process?

The Tepper School has a dedicated financial aid office for graduate students with an experienced staff who understand the unique challenges many graduate students face in financing their education. Whether you need to bridge the financial gap between costs and employer tuition benefits or you have little or no resources and need to finance 100% of your degree on your own, you’ll find a friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful advocate in the Tepper School Graduate Financial Aid Office to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your educational financing.

How will my company sponsorship impact my ability to borrow student loans?

Although employer tuition benefits (including those benefits received after completion of coursework) reduce the overall amount a student is eligible to borrow, students may borrow loans to cover living costs and other-education-related costs. Some students who receive tuition reimbursement borrow in the first semester only and subsequently use the employer reimbursement at the end of each semester to pay the upcoming semester’s tuition and then use the final employer reimbursement payment to repay their original loan.

Admissions Information

Who should apply to the Tepper School?

Successful Tepper candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and profiles. We encourage interested candidates to focus on the range, rather than the mean, when reviewing class profile and considering whether or not they should apply. For example, half of our students have GMAT scores below the average, and although most students have between 2 and 8 years of professional experience, there are several that joined Tepper directly after their undergraduate study or that have more than 8 years of experience. Although our most recent class has a high proportion of students from engineering/science backgrounds, we are seeking candidates from all academic disciplines, and in a typical year, half of our students come from non-technical backgrounds. You simply don't need to be an engineer to achieve great things at Tepper. We have many students currently studying at Tepper who were initially concerned about their chance of being admitted, that have been successful and with many  receiving merit scholarships.

The only sure-thing in the admission process is that you cannot get in if you don't apply!  If you have any questions regarding your candidacy, the admissions team would be happy to speak with you. Feel free to contact us  to arrange a meeting with one of our counselors.

What are the Tepper School admissions process requirements?

To be considered for admission, you need to submit a complete application portfolio that includes the following documents: application form, official transcripts from each college or university attended at both the graduate and undergraduate level, two letters of reference, official GMAT scores, official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English), affidavit of financial support (only for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents), current resume, employment record, required essays, and application fee. For more information, please refer to the links on the left menu.

When are the application deadlines?  When will I receive my decision letter?

You can find our application deadlines and decision release dates online.

Do you weigh some parts of the application more strongly than others?

No single component in the application portfolio is more important than any other. A particular weakness may be successfully offset by strengths in other areas.

Are there restrictions regarding who can apply for the FlexMBA online MBA?

Residents of Certain States are Ineligible to Apply for Enrollment in Courses and Programs Delivered via Distance Education: For Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education only: Carnegie Mellon is not able to accept students who are residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota for enrollment in courses and programs delivered via distance education because it has not applied for or received authorization from these states to deliver courses and programs via distance education to residents of these states. Carnegie Mellon has not currently applied for or received authorization from these states because Carnegie Mellon has determined that the administrative and other requirements to obtain and maintain authorization for its distance education courses and programs that would otherwise be delivered to residents of these states, including the fees charged by these states and the additional administrative costs associated with doing so, are disproportionately burdensome, excessive and/or prohibitive, at least at the present time.

ATTN Residents of AL, AR and MN: If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas or Minnesota, you are not eligible to apply for enrollment in Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education. Note, however that residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota are eligible to apply for enrollment in all other Carnegie Mellon courses and programs, including those offered at any of its various campus locations.

Inquiries regarding the above may be directed to: Director of Enrollment Services, Carnegie Mellon University, Warner Hall A19, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Telephone: 412.268.5399, Email: krieg@andrew.cmu.edu.

Candidate Qualifications

How are candidates assessed for admission?

Though our standards are high and our admissions process is very competitive, our ideal student does not fit a rigid profile. We welcome students from diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds and seek exceptional individuals who have made an impact on whatever path they have chosen. We examine all components of your MBA application to gain an understanding about you as a candidate. Our admissions committee is interested in your potential for academic success at the Tepper School and professional success in the future. We evaluate your reasons for applying to the Tepper School, as we want to be sure that your background and goals are consistent with our strengths. We seek students who are highly motivated, tenacious, self-directed and innovative and who demonstrate a strong work ethic. Personal competencies such as communication, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills are among other key considerations. Non-native English speakers must be skilled and confident when speaking, listening, reading and writing in English, to ensure that they can participate fully in our learning environment.

Do I have to have post-undergraduate work experience?

No, post-undergraduate work experience is not a prerequisite for admission. We seek diversity in all dimensions, including from "candidates without any post-undergraduate work experience" to "candidates with 8 or more years of work experience."

What consideration is given to post-undergraduate work experience?

Candidates with post-undergraduate professional experience have, everything else equal, a better chance for admission, but we welcome applications from exceptionally talented and motivated individuals who may not have significant experience. Candidates with no or limited professional experience must be strong in other aspects of their MBA application to offset the lack of experience.

Are transfer credits accepted?

No, the business school does not accept any transfer credits into the MBA program.

Am I required to take the GMAT/GRE?  Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score required to apply?

All MBA applicants must complete either the GMAT or the GRE. Since both tests are now offered year round, the examination can be taken at any time. However, you should take the test no later than the application deadline for which you are applying. This is the second year that we will be accepting GRE scores. As such, there is not yet a GRE average. There is no minimum score required for either test. Review our class profile for details.

May I waive the TOEFL/IELTS?

International students who hold a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS. Applicants should send a letter requesting the waiver along with their application packet.

Are there any prerequisites?

MBA applicants must hold the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree and demonstrate a strong aptitude for mathematics. Entering MBA students must have completed one semester of college calculus and either statistics, calculus II or linear algebra before matriculating. Candidates who do not meet the math requirements may be admitted with the provisions that they complete the necessary math courses prior to joining the program. We offer an Math Skills Review Workshop (MSW) to students who have studied calculus, but would like a review before classes begin.

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