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The Tepper Full-Time MBA Program
The Tepper School of Business located at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is largely known for its use of scientific knowledge in business management and using data and information technology systems for research applications. While, like many other business schools, Tepper uses the case method for learning as well, it is unique in that it was one of the first B-schools to ever recognize the importance of using quantitative models and analysis to engage in problem-solving techniques and to make decision-making more efficient.
The Tepper full-time two-year MBA program draws an intake of approximately 200 new students per year. While the program carries on throughout 21 months (two academic years with a summer internship during the summer), students who do not require additional work experience through an internship also have the opportunity to opt out of a summer internship in order to take summer courses and graduate within a total of 16 months instead. This program option may make the Tepper program ideal for some, as it allows greater flexibility and an opportunity to jump back into the workforce in a shorter time absence.
The structure of the Tepper MBA is another unique aspect of the program. Instead of being divided into the traditional two semesters per academic year, Tepper divides its courses into “mini semesters”, each of which is 7.5 weeks long. There are a total of 5 mini semesters throughout the year, which thus gives Tepper students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide range of different subjects and to emerge with a greater breadth of subject matter – particularly before entering the workforce before summer internships. Because of this system, the average Tepper student takes over 32 academic courses throughout the MBA program. Course functions focus on building analytical knowledge sets and skills through core courses such as finance, organizational behavior, technology, leadership and communication, building functional skill areas and integrating knowledge with active application. Finally, to customize their MBA, students can pursue 3 to 4 concentrations from any of 12 areas, some of which include economics, operations management, accounting, ethics and social responsibility, information systems, and management and strategy.
As reported by Businessweek, many post-graduates reported consulting as the top industry for employment (29%), followed by technology (21%), financial services (19%), and pharma, biotech, and health care (10%). Employers included the likes of Pricewaterhousecoopers, Amazon, Deloitte, and Deutsche Bank, among others.
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