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A Guide to the Tuck MBA Program

Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

Many business schools talk about their “tight-knit community”, but Tuck really delivers. Between the small class size, the remote location, and Tuck’s focus on admitting “nice” students, you’ll make a number of very close friends during the program.

Nearly every MBA program we visited told us a variation on the story of “our community is so tight that students competing for the same job will help each other with interview prep. Can you believe it?”

But the strength of Tuck’s community is proven out by hard facts, like the ~70% alumni financial contribution rate, more than double that of most other top MBA programs. We’ve also heard cases of students attending multi-school recruiting events, and meeting some of their classmates there for the first time ever — a total impossibility at Tuck, where you can expect to literally know every other student. 

This is not just a “nice-to-have” feature, but a real career advantage. Alumni are more likely to take your call and provide you with genuine help, whether on a job search or another request.

Tuck’s location and small student community also offer the chance to form closer connections with professors, who have no teaching commitments related to part-time, executive or Ph.D. students, and can focus fully on full-time MBA students. It is not uncommon to have dinner at your professor’s house.

Despite the remote location, Tuck’s many career treks to NYC, the SF Bay Area, and other locations, in combination with the TuckGO program of international experiences, ensures that you’ll never be limited by the location.

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class Profile

Acceptance rate  23%
GMAT Average: 723
Range : 620-780
GRE Quant:161
Verbal: 163
Reporting GRE: 21%
GPA Average: 3.52
Range: Does not disclose
Age/Experience Age: 28 years
Work Experience (years): 5.3
Diversity Women: 42%
International: 38%
Pre-MBA Industries
Financial Services: 25%
Consulting: 20%
Nonprofit / Gov’t: 13%
Technology: 13%
Consumer Goods and Retail: 7%
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Health Care, Pharma, Biotech: 7%
Energy: 6%
Manufacturing: 4%
Media, Entertainment: 2%
Other: 1%
Undergraduate Majors
Arts / Humanities / Social Sci.: 43%
STEM: 30%
Business: 27%

The data above is from 2019 and represents the Dartmouth Tuck class of 2021.*
See the full report: Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class Profile

Watch Admissions Director Luke Peña describe Tuck’s ideal student: Tuck’s MBA Admissions Criteria

Student Experiences

The Tuck Experience, as told by Admissions Director Luke Peña: Tuck MBA Student Experience

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Employment Report & Careers

Offers & Compensation
Average Salary + Signing bonus: $169,947
% Offers upon Graduation:   Does not disclose
% Offers at 3 months: 98%
Post-MBA Industries
Consulting: 38%
Financial Services: 24%
Investment banking: 9%
Private equity, venture capital: 4%
Investment management: 3%
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Other: 8%
Technology: 19%
Health care / Pharma / Biotech: 5%
Manufacturing: 4%
Consumer goods, retail: 4%
Real estate: 2%
Transportation: 2%
Media, entertainment, sports: 1%
Government / non-profit / education: 1%
Hospitality: 1%
Energy: 1%
Post-MBA Locations
United States: 90%
Mid-Atlantic: 6%
Midwest: 8%
Northeast: 54%
South: 1%
Southwest: 5%
West: 15%
Non-US: 10%
Post-MBA Companies Tuck Top Hiring Companies
Career Development Resources Tuck Career Services

The data above is from 2019 and represents the career statistics for the Dartmouth Tuck class of 2019.*
See the full report: Dartmouth Tuck MBA Employment Report

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Academic Programs 

MBA Curriculum

The Tuck MBA curriculum is spread out over eight terms in the two years of the program. This means that before beginning their summer internship, students will have a large number of courses under their belt. In addition, there are a number of activities scheduled before the start of each fall term. Tuck’s core curriculum includes foundational courses in topics such as analytics, marketing, and operations management. Throughout the first year of the program, students take 13 core courses distributed over the fall, winter, and spring terms. Students also complete a project in the spring term of their first year. Tuck’s elective curriculum consists of over 100 courses that cover topics such as accounting, finance, health care and ethics and social responsibility. Some courses within these topics include Managerial Accounting, Investments, Health Economics, Business of Health Care, Business and Climate Change, and Ethical Decision-Making. At Tuck, it is also common for students to complete an independent study supervised by two faculty members in their second year. 

See the full offering of courses: Dartmouth Tuck MBA Course Catalog

Majors

Tuck does not offer official majors as part of its academic program. However, you may select electives that match your interests, and develop a deeper understanding of a particular topic by completing several electives in that area. 

Experiential Learning Programs

The academic curriculum at Tuck places a strong emphasis on experiential learning. For instance, as part of the required first-year project, students must address real-world challenges faced by clients. Moreover, through the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and the Center for Business and Society, students can practically apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom.

Research Centers

There are six research centers within the Tuck School of Business: the Center for Business, Government and Society, the Center for Digital Strategies, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital, the Center for Health Care, and the Revers Center for Energy. Each of these centers provide students with a wide range of opportunities, events, and services.

MBA International Study Programs

The Tuck MBA offers its students the option to spend a term abroad at one of their 23 partner institutions. Additionally, you can choose to participate in the OnSite Global Consulting course where they provide consulting services to clients outside the United States. You may also opt to go on a faculty-led trek through the Global Insight Expeditions program. 

Video Resources on Dartmouth Tuck Academics

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the Tuck MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Tuck’s 2019-2020 application:

  • Essay 1: Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words)
  • Essay 2: Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (300 words)
  • Essay 3: Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (300 words)
  • Optional Essay: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere (e.g., atypical choice of evaluators, factors affecting academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (300 words)

Letters of Recommendation 

Tuck has adopted the following essay questions posed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. 
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
  • Is there anything else we should know?

Video Resources on Dartmouth Tuck Admissions

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interviews

The Tuck MBA interview is typically 30-45 minutes and is usually conducted by Tuck Admissions Associates (TAAs)–trained second-year students who, following the interview, make recommendations on your candidacy to the admissions committee. Tuck interviewers are looking for you to demonstrate the school’s four criteria: smart, accomplished, aware, and nice.

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What Makes Dartmouth Tuck Unique?

  • Tuck’s Research Centers: Tuck’s centers serve as co-curricular hubs of research, teaching, and practical application. It includes – Center for Business, Government and society, Centre for Digital Strategies, Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital, Center for Health Care and Revers Center for Energy.
  • First Year Project: An experiential, team-based capstone project that affords great flexibility in the size and scope of the project, including entrepreneurial and global options. 
  • TuckGO: The TuckGO program is a required global immersion experience that offers a menu of options including project-based work, consulting engagements, topic-based expeditions, and terms abroad. 
  • The Hanover/Upper Valley Location: “…tradition of a New England town with the resources of an Ivy League school.”

*All data retrieved from the Dartmouth Tuck MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.