The Business Curriculum

The undergraduate business curriculum at the Tepper School of Business offers both breadth and flexibility.

Students in the Tepper School benefit from the best teaching that Carnegie Mellon has to offer.

The business curriculum offers both breadth and flexibility. Students take classes from across Carnegie Mellon to enhance their skills in quantitative and analytic reasoning, and to provide the social, economic and political context for understanding business decisions in a global environment. The curriculum's requirement of an academic minor assures that in each semester, your program will include courses from other departments outside of the Tepper School. Each student can develop and pursue their unique interests while taking advantage of the world-class faculty and curricular offerings in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, computer science and arts programs for which we are so well known.

In addition to the major’s core course requirements, there are ten concentrations areas that allow for the development of depth in a particular area of business practice. Each area has an array of courses that focus on current practices, while benefiting from the research of faculty and business leaders who anticipate the knowledge and skills which will be required in the future.

These experiences are further broadened through a variety of projects, project courses, internships, and leadership development activities. These allow students to put into practice the knowledge and skills that they are acquiring in the classroom, giving them the confidence they need to begin and develop their careers over a lifetime.

The first year of the curriculum is devoted to acquiring a foundation of skills for analysis, communication and context through courses in economics, quantitative skills development and the liberal arts. The next two years develop the core competencies for in-depth study related to a focus and selecting a minor. The last year is for in-depth study in the focus area and completing the minor requirement.

The curriculum components are shown in this overview, below. Additional details of the business curriculum may be viewed at the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Catalog.

Business Foundations

These courses strengthen quantitative and analytical skill development.


  • Calculus I (21-120)
  • Multivariate Analysis (21-256)                   
  • Models and Methods for Optimization (21-257)


  • Principles of Economics (73-100)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (73-230)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (73-240)


  • Probability and Statistics for Business Applications (70-207)
  • Regression Analysis (70-208)


  • Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (99-101)
  • Business Computing (70-110)

Liberal Arts & Sciences Breadth

A broad range of seven liberal arts and sciences courses build understanding of people and cultures.

  • Interpretation & Argument (76-101)
  • Global Histories (79-104)
  • Breadth Categories (one course in each):
    • Cognition, Choice, & Behavior
    • Political & Social Institutions
    • Creative Production & Reflection 
    • Science & Technology
    • Cultural Analysis

Business Core: Organizational Leadership

Courses in organizational behavior, communications, and ethics build professional development and leadership.

  • Organizational Behavior (70-311)      
  • Business, Society, and Ethics (70-332)
  • Business Communication (70-340)    
  • Business Presentations (70-345)
  • Professional & Service Projects (70-201)

Business Core: Business Analysis & Strategy

Understanding an organization’s core functions are essential for analysis and high-impact decision making.

  • Global Business (70-100)    
  • Accounting (70-122)                                        
  • Operations Management (70-371)
  • Marketing (70-381)
  • Finance (70-391)                                    
  • Management Game (70-401)

CONCENTRATION Area (choose at least one area and take three courses in that area)

While the practice of business is general, in-depth knowledge creates strengths for accessing careers and further study. Students must choose at least one area and take three courses in that area. A second concentration may be chosen if students are interested and have room in their four-year plan. Click here to see the list of courses in each area.

  • Accounting                                             
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance¬≠¬≠   
  • Graphic Communications                          
  • International Business
  • Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Business Electives (AT LEAST THREE COURSES)

Students must complete three upper-level Business courses (70-3xx and above) that do not double-count with any other requirement. This may include upper-level Economics courses (up to three 73-3xx) that do not double-count with any other requirement. A second concentration area may be completed in place of this electives requirement.

One minor

To complement their study in business, students must complete one minor outside of the Tepper School. This is a distinguishing feature of our business degree, as it adds breadth to our students' education and gives them a chance to learn from some world-renowned faculty in other programs across campus.