Programs & Coursework

Tepper MBAs have a sophisticated decision-making skill set that displays a mastery of complex, dynamic business issues, and it's this tool kit that contributes to our graduates' career advantage in the marketplace.

Our MBAs have advanced exposure to both leadership and analytics – providing a powerful career advantage.

The coursework for the Full-Time, Online and Part-Time MBA programs begins with an emphasis on the core base of management skills and business drivers. Centered on economics, behavioral sciences and quantitative methods, the set of core courses is structured to provide an integrated view of business and prepare students to manage and lead unstructured, complex business problems.

In the first year (Full-Time) and first half of the program (Part-Time), the MBA curriculum concentrates on those engines that influence business results. In year two and the second half of the program, students are ready to make high-level contributions. Students are given an impressive range of electives and leadership options that accelerate learning and career opportunities.

There is a high degree of flexibility during this phase:

Concentrations: Choose from approximately 10 concentrations. Most students identify three to five concentrations. These courses build upon the preparation from core coursework as well as the summer internship experience.

MBA Tracks: MBA Tracks — which represent a configuration of specific electives within the business school and/or across the Carnegie Mellon campus — provide an opportunity for in-depth study in a particular field or career path.

MBA Capstone Courses: Capstones often reflect immersive, experiential coursework in which students and professors work alongside corporations and recruiters on real-world consulting assignments.

Global Study: The small size and international focus of our program makes global study an appealing option. The two primary capstone treks include the European Study Abroad — eight weeks in Germany, partnering with the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz — and the Asia Study Abroad — eight weeks at The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s CUHK Business School.

In addition, student clubs organize non-credit student treks during spring break; in recent years, these treks have included travel to Latin America, China, Japan, Dubai and Qatar (with visits to the Carnegie Mellon campus in Doha) and Israel.