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Carnegie Mellon University: Tepper


Application submitted and complete by:

  • October 22, 2012
  • January 03, 2013
  • March 04, 2013
  • April 22, 2013*
  • June 03, 2013

Notification of decision mailed to applicant on:

  • December 19, 2012
  • March 18, 2013
  • April 30, 2013
  • May 24, 2013
  • Rolling


*April 22, 2013  deadline is reserved for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. International applicants for the Full-Time MBA program must apply by March 4, 2013.



ESSAY A (Required, suggested length - 2 double-spaced pages)
What are your short term and long term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you achieve these goals? (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.)

ESSAY B (Required, suggested length - 2 double-spaced pages)
The Tepper School is looking for individuals who will make an impact. Give an example of a time where you made an impact in your professional or academic life.

ESSAY C (Required, suggested length - 1 double-spaced page)
Please answer one of the following two questions. Please clearly specify which question you are answering. 

1. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?

2. Describe a time in your professional or academic life in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?

ESSAY D (Required, suggested length - 1 double-spaced page.)
Please answer one of the following two questions. Please clearly specify which question you are answering.

1. Outside of my professional and/or academic life, one thing that people would be surprised to know about me is...

2. Outside of my professional and/or academic life, I am especially proud of ...

ESSAY E (Optional) 
Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? 

If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application This could include clarification of your employment or academic record, choice of recommenders or provide helpful context for the admissions committee in reviewing your application. 

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you are currently a full-time student or a recent graduate (within the past year), you may submit one recommendation from an academic source. If you have completed more than one year of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience, you should submit at least one recommendation from a supervisor. 

  • How long have you known the candidate? _______years  ________months
  • Under what circumstances have you known the candidate?
  • Do you/have you supervised this candidate?  _____Yes  _____No
  • Please evaluate this candidate on the scale below in comparison with other MBA Candidates you have known during your professional career. (If not MBA students, describe the reference group you are using.)
Please address the following questions in completing your letter of recommendation:
1. In what area is the candidate most exceptional?
2. In what area does the candidate need most improvement?
3. Discuss how effective the candidate is when working with others. (Consider whether the candidate is a leader, is sought out as a team member, commands respect of his or her associates.) 
4. Rate the candidate's achievements when compared to his or her peers. (Consider the opportunities the candidate has had to make use of his or her abilities and how effectively he or she has exploited them; also, consider whether the candidate completes assignments and is an effective performer under stress.)
5. Describe the candidate's ability to communicate verbally, in writing, and through presentations. (For a non-native English speaker, how well does he or she use English?)
6. Any additional statement you may wish to make concerning the candidate's aptitude for an MBA and/or her or his potential for becoming a responsible and successful business leader. 

If you have submitted an application for the MBA program within the past two years, you do not need to submit an entirely new application - only the following:
  1. A cover letter addressed to the MBA Admissions Committee that outlines the significant changes in your professional and academic credentials since your previous application
  2. An updated resume and work history
  3. Official transcripts for any coursework taken since your last application
  4. One new Letter of Recommendation
  5. Official GMAT or GRE scores for any tests taken since your last application
  6. Official TOEFL scores for any tests taken since your last application
  7. Updated essays (optional)
*Please note that you will not need to submit an application fee when reactivating a previous application.


MBA Admissions
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Telephone: (412)268-2273
Website: http://www.tepper.cmu.edu
Online Application: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=cmu-mba

Last updated: July 27, 2012