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Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper

Essay Questions for 2016-2017 / Class of 2020

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Tepper's School of Business' MBA Program.

Round 1: October 4, 2017
Round 2: January 4, 2018 
Round 3: March 9, 2018

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Required Essay

Tell us about yourself! There are no right or wrong answers. Be authentic and tell us what we won’t learn about you in the rest of your application. (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Imagine that you meet up with a member of the admission committee at an airport while on a layover. You have an opportunity to make a memorable impression. Use this essay to introduce yourself. Include any information that you believe is important for the committee member to know about you both professionally and personally. (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Only one essay is required. 

Optional Essay

  • Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have been otherwise able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.
  • If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONS

Your recommender will be asked to respond based on his/her experience working with you:

If you were to coach this candidate with respect to how s/he works within a team, what would you advise that s/he does well? What would you advise the candidate to do differently? Provide specific examples that support your advice.

If you were to coach this candidate on his/her professional development, in what areas would you suggest s/he focus? What are the areas of strength on which s/he can build? Provide specific examples that support your advice.

Go to the Tepper admissions website for more application information.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.  Photo by Jiguang Wang.