Application Process

Requirements Checklist

Though our standards are high and our admissions process is competitive, our ideal student does not fit a rigid, predictable profile. We welcome students from diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds, and seek exceptional individuals who have made an impact in whatever path they have chosen. Our admissions process is holistic in that we consider all aspects of the application equally to determine an overall fit with your background, goals and leadership potential to the Tepper School's culture, curriculum and community.

We utilize a self-managed application procedure. This means that applicants are fully responsible for completing and submitting their applications on time and in accordance with the Tepper School’s admissions guidelines. To assist applicants, the checklist outlined below includes guidance and advice for completing a successful application.


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Your Tepper application will contain a variety of components that provides the Admissions Committee information to assess your candidacy for our MBA Program. We use a holistic review process and do not assign specific weights to the various parts of the application. Carefully read the application instructions prior to beginning the online application.

The following application components are required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • Two Required Essays
  • One Professional Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts of All Academic Work
  • Official GMAT Score (preferred) or GRE (accepted)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Score (if non-native English speaker)
  • $200 Application Fee

​Additional Information for mba applicants

  • Interviews

    For more information please click to our section on Campus Visits and Interviews.

  • Financial Aid

    For more information please click through to our section on Financial Aid.

  • Consortium Applicants

    The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of 18 graduate business schools and some of our country’s top corporations, is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the under-representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollment and the ranks of management.

    The Tepper School is proud to be a long-standing member of The Consortium and equally pleased that Robert Dammon, Dean of the Tepper School of Business, is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Consortium.

    The Consortium fulfills its mission by attracting and recruiting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as other U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who have demonstrated significant contributions to promoting diversity in the workplace.

    The Tepper School of Business strongly encourages qualified candidates to apply to the Tepper MBA program using the Consortium application.

    Contact Information: For Consortium questions or to schedule an informational meeting, please contact James Frick, director of masters admissions.

  • Re-Applicants

    If you have submitted an application for the Tepper MBA program within the last year, you need to follow a specific process to submit a new application. Please email to notify us that you wish to reapply to the Tepper MBA program. Please include "MBA Reapplication” in the subject line of your email.

    Once your request has been processed, you will receive instructions to log into the Tepper MBA application system to begin your application.

    Please note you will need to submit a new application and one new letter of recommendation; however, you will not need to submit an application fee when reactivating an application submitted within the past year.

    Interviews will be granted only at the invitation of the admissions committee based on our review of your submitted MBA application. Please note that interview invitations may be extended at any time after you submit your reapplication, up until the date that your admission decision is released.

    Should you have any questions about the re-application process, please contact

  • Dual Degree Applicants

    Dual degree applicants must meet the admissions requirements for both programs that are associated with the specific dual degree.  Applicants are required to submit both programs applications separately. We encourage applicants to review specific admissions requirements for this academic option. 
  • International Applicants

    Certification of Financial Resources

    Financial resources should equal the total costs of living expenses and tuition for two years. As an applicant from a foreign country, you must submit three forms certifying these resources, indicating the source(s) of funds to be used during study at the Tepper School. These are forms entitled:

    • Financial Statement
    • Affidavit of Support
    • Graduate Student Information Form

    You are required to complete these forms if you are offered admission; however, you may select to submit them with your application, if you would prefer.

    Please note that you must also submit the appropriate documentation described on the Affidavit of Support to verify the resources listed on the forms and your and/or your sponsor's ability to provide the stated financial support.

    If you are NOT company sponsored, an official certified bank statement must be submitted detailing your and/or your sponsor's financial resources. If you are admitted, these forms will be used to verify the source(s) of funds. Proper documentation is necessary for the school to issue the I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa.

    Visa Regulations

    Visa regulations can be quite complex, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to be aware of the regulations. Carnegie Mellon University has a Foreign Student Advisor to assist applicants in visa matters, and we strongly recommend that you use this service. Below is contact information for any applicant who would like to contact our Foreign Student Advisor: 

    Molly O’Brien, Foreign Student & Scholar Advisor
    Office of International Education
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Warner Hall / 3rd Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

    The United States' visa granting authority in the country of origin, ordinarily the United States Embassy, requires proof that sufficient funds are available to a student to cover both years of study before he/she is granted either the student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1).