Tepper’s full-time MBA boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1, and overall employs nearly 150 faculty members. Aside from teaching classes, these faculty members contribute to Tepper’s nine research centers, whose research and resources cover topics like international management, green design and entrepreneurship.
A pioneer in management science, which takes an analytical approach to examining organizational issues, Tepper prides itself on offering a wide range of teaching methods in its classrooms. Professors employ lectures, business cases, group projects and in-class presentations, among other methods. First-year students are not divided into cohorts or assigned to sections but instead take their core courses with a variety of classmates and professors.
Tepper’s academic year begins at the end of August and ends in early May, with graduation taking place later that month. The academic year is divided into four mini-semesters of 6.5 weeks each. Full-time students typically take four to five classes per semester during the fall and spring and then use the summer to complete internships. Tepper also offers an early graduation option, which allows students to take courses during the summer in between their first and second year so that they finish by December of their second year.
Prior to the start of classes, the majority of first-year students elect to participate in BaseCamp, a pre-term program that runs throughout August and offers math, diversity and community-building modules as well as career development programming. During the first year, students at Tepper complete 16 required courses, representing 102 units out of the 192 units required for graduation. These courses cover business fundamentals in managerial economics, accounting, finance and operations management, among others.
Students begin taking elective courses in their third mini-semester alongside four other required courses. Full-time students must maintain a minimum course load of 36 units, or six courses, per full semester. While the second year is fairly flexible in terms of course selection, students must complete one elective in each of four disciplines: organizational behavior, strategy, quantitative analysis and information systems. To tailor their education to their career goals, students can specialize in one of six tracks in a particular career path or functional area such as Business Analytics or Technology Leadership by taking specified elective courses. Students who do not wish to follow a track pursue the General Management curriculum, through which they can further their studies through 12 concentrations in general academic areas like finance, accounting and marketing. Tepper reports that most students complete three to four concentrations.
Tepper students interested in gaining international experience can participate in global treks or a semester abroad. Global treks are international trips to places like Dubai, China, India and South Africa that occur during winter and spring breaks and include company visits and networking events. Tepper has also partnered with the Otto Beisheim School of Management to offer a study abroad program located in Koblenz, Germany.
Other MBA Degree Options
Along with its full-time MBA programs, Tepper also offers a part-time MBA option, called the Part-Time On-Campus MBA, and an online option, called the Part-Time Online Hybrid. The latter includes on-site classes every other month, hosted by Carnegie Melon locations across the U.S. Studies are rounded out with live, online courses and independent work. Most students finish their degree within three years for each. There are currently six options for students interested in obtaining a dual or joint degree. Students may pursue an MBA from Tepper concurrently with a master’s in Engineering, Software Engineering, Healthcare Policy, Public Policy, or Engineering at other schools within Carnegie Mellon University. There is also a JD/MBA option with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Tracks & Concentrations at Tepper
- Business Analytics
- Energy Business
- Management of Innovation & Product Development
- Technology Leadership
- Biomedical Entrpreneurship
- Business Technologies
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Operations Management
- Operations Research
- Organizational Behavior
Degree Offerings at Tepper
Full-time MBA Program
Part-time On-Campus MBA Program
Part-time Online Hybrid Program
Dual and Joint Degrees
MBA/Biomedical Entrepreneurship, MBA/Software Engineering, MBA/Healthcare Policy, MBA/JD, MBA/Public Policy, MBA/Engineering
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