CMU (Tepper)

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Tepper School of Business

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: October 29, 2007 Decisions released by December 21, 2008
  • Round 2: January 7, 2008 Decisions released by March 17, 2008
  • Round 3: March 10, 2008 Decisions released by April 30, 2008
  • Round 4: April 28, 2008 Decisions released by June 2, 2008


Suggested length - 2 double-spaced pages per essay

  1. What are your short term and long term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you achieve these goals?
  2. How will your academic and professional background, personal characteristics, and life experiences contribute to the diversity of the Tepper Community?
  3. Complete three of the following five questions or statements (Note: Your three answers should equal a total of two pages).
    1. Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced in your professional life, how you dealt with the situation, and what the outcome was.
    2. Please describe a failure or setback in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this setback? What, if anything, would you do differently if confronted with this situation again?
    3. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
    4. Describe your most challenging experience while working in a group.
    5. Of what skill or talent are you especially proud?
  4. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application?


Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Carnegie Mellon offers a strong transelite program. It has many obvious strengths, especially in technical and quantitative fields. Tepper stresses its unique approach to management science and how it is a "truly" interdisciplinary school.

Pittsburgh is the 22nd largest economic area in the US.

Academic Calendar: 4 mini-semesters per year (CMU was one of the first schools to use this type of schedule)

Duration: 2 years with option of graduating in 16 months

The first two minisemesters are prescribed.

Electives begin in the third minisemester.

  • Rankings
    • FT 2005 has Carnegie Mellon tied at #32 with Georgetown. This is just below Vanderbilt and just above Western Ontario.
    • EIU 2004 places Carnegie at #29 worldwide - ahead of Texas and LBS.


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