Who should apply to the Tepper School?
Successful Tepper MBA candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and profiles. We encourage interested candidates to focus on the middle 80% range, rather than the mean or median, 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 who joined the Tepper School directly after their undergraduate study or have more than 8 years of experience. We are seeking candidates from all academic disciplines and generally our class includes approximately 50 percent who come from non-technical backgrounds.
What are the Tepper School admissions process requirements?
We like to remind students that the only sure thing to count on 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.
To be considered for admission, you need to submit a complete application portfolio that includes the following documents: online application form; unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended (including the associated grading scales) 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. Our application checklist provides further information on the application process.
When should I apply? What are the application deadlines? When will I receive my decision letter?
We keep our deadlines and decision release dates updated online, so our website is the best reference to check on deadlines that keep your process on track.
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. We view each candidate in a holistic fashion and understand that one area of development may be effectively offset by a strength in another area.
May I receive a Fee Waiver?
Fee waivers are granted in some circumstances. To request an application fee waiver, you need to submit a letter to the Tepper School Masters Admissions Office detailing why you should be considered for the waiver. Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.
In appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country, all U.S. military personnel and veterans receive an automatic fee waiver. For an application fee waiver, please contact Annie Julian.
If I am not admitted to the program, can I re-apply?
Yes, we welcome candidates who wish to re-apply in a subsequent year. It is common for us to welcome re-applicants to a new class each fall, and we encourage re-applicants to learn more about the process and our guidelines. If you are re-applying, you do need to submit a new application; however, we will waive the application fee and only require one new letter of recommendation. Please visit our Re-applicants page for more information needed in order to re-apply.
How will I receive my admissions decision?
Our primary means of communicating with all candidates is via email, so please make sure to use a personal email address that you will be able to access throughout the application process. Also, make sure to update your online profile if your email address changes. All admission decisions are released to candidates using our online application system. You will be notified by email when your decision is ready for viewing and you will need your login/password to access your admission decision. A hard copy of admission offer letters will also be mailed to the postal address listed on your application.
Are there restrictions regarding who can apply for the Part-Time Online Hybrid 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.
Attention residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Minnesota:
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