Your Chances at Tepper: Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

Special Note for Round 1, 2022 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

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Are you eager to attend one of the world’s best business schools? You might be trying to decide which MBA programs will be the right fit for you, and also which ones you’ll have the best chance of getting into. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors to help you determine your odds of getting accepted into the Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA Program.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into the Tepper School of Business, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA program.

(Note: This page highlights Tepper’s full-time MBA program.)

Fast Facts: Tepper MBA

Acceptance Rate28%
GMAT Median710
GPA Average3.33
Avg. Years Work Experience5.8 years

Source: CMU Tepper, Class of 2024 data

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Undergraduate Majors Represented in Tepper’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Tepper’s MBA program are Engineering/Math/Physical Science: (54%), Business & Commerce/Economics: (37%), and Arts/Humanities/Social Science: (7%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Tepper’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Tepper’s MBA class profile are: 

  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • University of Michigan
  • Penn State University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California, San Diego
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Houston
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Tepper has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Tepper, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Tepper’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

Tepper’s top pre-MBA industries are technology/new media: (24%), financial services: (16%), consulting: (15%), and health care: (6%).

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Tepper. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Tepper

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Tepper MBA class are: 

What does Tepper value?

Tepper looks for students with strong quantitative skills and a diversity of interests. Tepper’s focus on innovation and collaboration means they are looking for students who are adaptable, open to new ideas, and coming from a variety of backgrounds, job experiences, and passions.

Interested in finding out more about Tepper? Visit our Carnegie Mellon Tepper overview page.