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Experience in the military is highly valued at the Tepper School of Business. We appreciate the leadership and team skills, as well as the diversity of experiences that this particular community of students brings to the classroom and to the overall student experience.
We believe that our innovative leadership program and our analytical approach to decision-making is a powerful asset when paired with military students’ proven leadership and teamwork skills. We have found that military students/Tepper MBA graduates make a strong transition into the civilian workforce based in part upon the structure and caliber of our program.
Camaraderie is evident here – we are among the smallest of the Top 15 B-schools in the U.S. and are proud of the supportive and close-knit culture that is fostered here. Teamwork is part of our DNA, with team projects, team presentations and capstone courses integrated into all aspects of the coursework.
Year One is focused on mastery of fundamental management principles. Year Two emphasizes flexibility that is customized to your needs with a selection of more than 120 electives offered at the business school as well as selecting electives across disciplines throughout Carnegie Mellon University. Popular choices include foreign language, public policy, and computer science courses. We also offer dual degree programs.
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As a US active duty soldier or veteran, am I eligible for an application fee waiver?
Yes, as a GMAC Military-Friendly Business School, we will waive the $200 application fee for active duty US military personnel, veterans and retirees. Please contact Annie Julian to discuss their fee waiver.
Does my military experience count as professional experience?
Yes! You can utilize multiple areas in the application to highlight your military experience. Use specific examples in your essays and interview, give a brief overview in your resume including your titles, and additional details in the employment record. Show your role and growth as a leader by noting promotions and including details such as how many people you were leading or the value of the equipment for which you were responsible.
Your recommenders can also highlight your roles, skills, and abilities in their letters. Candidates with military experience tend to have strong team and leadership experience (which we are looking for in applicants), so having your recommenders highlight how you performed in those situations adds another dimension to your application.
Also, we understand if because of security reasons you are not able to provide specific details of certain roles, events, or an extended period of time. Please make a note of that in the optional essay of the application if you think that it would be helpful to the Admissions team.
I have a number of questions and concerns about the application process, the MBA program, career opportunities, etc. Who can I just talk to about this?
Please feel free to email Annie Julian, Director of Masters Admissions, and she will be happy to schedule a time to talk over the phone. She can also help connect you with current students or recent alumni in the military community.
What if I am admitted into the program, but then my deployment orders are extended or my release date is pushed back, and I wouldn't be able to start classes on time?
While we usually do not grant admission deferrals, we feel that this situation is unique, and so we will defer your admission to the next year. Please make sure to contact Executive Director, Kelly R. Wilson to so they can assist you through this process.
For general Admissions questions, please also refer to our Admissions FAQs.
Is the Tepper School participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Yes, the Tepper School is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the new GI Bill which assists in meeting the cost difference above the amount provided by the new GI Bill.
Also helpful for your financial planning would be reviewing your eligibility under the GI Bill as well as using the GI Bill calculator to get an idea of your eligibility in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also offers financial aid and grants to veterans and national guardsman.
Are there any scholarships?
Yes, all full-time MBA candidates are reviewed for merit-based scholarships.
How does the Tepper School assist in transitioning from the military to civilian career paths?
Many of our students are making a career transition. The Career Opportunities Center (COC) assists in many ways, and they get you started at BaseCamp Orientation before classes even begin.
They provide you with a suggested "road map" of tasks and things you should be doing in order to help make your career change successful and make you an attractive candidate for corporate recruiters. You also have the benefit of year-round coaching, mentoring, and interview skills workshops. And the support does not end with graduation, as the COC works with our alumni as well.
What happens if there is a duty assignment that causes me to miss classes for some period (ranging from a couple of months to as much as a year)?
We've had students in our program that have been in this situation, and they took a Leave of Absence. In this situation, you would work with the Student Services Office to make the arrangements for your time away and for when you return.
Does the Tepper School or Carnegie Mellon University have any military support organizations on campus?
There is a Military Veterans Association on campus started by Tepper MBA students. Also, second year students and alumni who have military experience help in the personal and professional transition and in positioning your military experience in an advantageous way for recruiters.
Is there an advantage for a vet to go full-time versus part-time?
Both are great options and deciding which program will depend on what will fit you best – keep in mind that our full- and par- time programs share the same facility and faculty, and in the end, you graduate with the same degree. Some points to consider: We have vets in both programs. Do you want to work full-time while getting your MBA? The part-time program allows that flexibility. Are your career goals a big transition from your previous experience? If so, the internship component in the full-time program would be advantageous. The Admissions team would be happy to discuss with you further which program might be a good fit for you and your individual goals and situation.
What are some popular courses of study among military students at the Tepper School?
Some of the more popular areas among our military students seem to be finance, operations/logistics, entrepreneurship, consulting, general management, and the Dual MBA/MSPPM degree with Heinz College. But keep in mind that the flexibility of the program allows you many opportunities to explore and there are a wide variety of electives available - both at the Tepper School and across Carnegie Mellon’s campus. The Tepper School has among the largest offering of electives of any Top 15 B-school, so feel free to take full advantage.
Below are some resources and information you might find helpful.
Yellow Ribbon School
The Tepper School of Business is a Yellow Ribbon School.
Military and Veterans Club
The Military Veterans Association (MVA) seeks to help veterans and members of all military organizations in their transition to the civilian sector. Its objectives are to work with the Admissions staff to inform and assist qualified candidates from all armed forces in the application process; to provide a social support community at Carnegie Mellon; to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks essential to a successful transition into the business world through events with corporations and alumni; and to continue the traditions of Leadership, Honor, Respect and Duty by serving as role models within the community.
The MVA is open to the Carnegie Mellon Community, in particular, to veterans and current members of the U.S and foreign militaries, their families, and any other students interested in learning more about the experiences, qualities, and characteristics of veterans.