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CMU Tepper MSPM Overview

July 27, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for CMU Tepper MSPM?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at CMU Tepper MSPM is 620-760 for the last entering class. If you score above 620-760, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after CMU Tepper MSPM?

The average salary at CMU Tepper MSPM for the last graduating class was $150,000. 100% of the class was employed with 6 months of graduation.

Tepper students typically come from a technical background in computer science or engineering; some also come from marketing, finance, and other disciplines.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at CMU Tepper

The Tuition fees for CMU Tepper MSPM MBA is $70,656 and an additional $30,000 in living cost. 

Scholarships are awarded to MSPM candidates who exhibit a high degree of potential for success in the program and their careers. Partial scholarships may be awarded to all MSPM candidates. Candidates are considered for scholarship at the point of admission, are notified at the time of admission, and are not required to provide additional information

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CMU Tepper Application Essays

  1. The Tepper community is dynamic and unique with students who strive to be collaborative, supportive and inclusive. Please provide an example of when you experienced or created an inclusive environment and how you will use that experience to help members of the community reach their full potential. (Maximum 350-500 words.)

CMU Tepper Recommendation Ques.

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Recommended word count: 50 words)
  2. 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?) (Recommended word count: 500 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Recommended word count: 500 words)

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about CMU Tepper

The Tepper School of Business requires the TOEFL or IELTS exam all of non-native speakers of English. This includes applicants who have completed degrees in countries whose primary language is English (including the U.S.). If English is not your native (mother) tongue, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and have the results forwarded to us.

Alternatively, we accept the Duolingo English Test (DET), an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with the Tepper School when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

In general, yes, although for Economics, the faculty prefer that applicants take the GRE. Applicants in the functional areas of business generally take the GMAT, but may substitute the GRE if they wish, although it is advisable to check the web pages for the particular area you are applying to for detailed information on this.

**To have your GRE test scores sent to the Tepper School Ph.D. program, you should use institutional code 2074; the institutional code 4883 is only for the Tepper School’s master’s program.

The Tepper School of Business faculty who review applications use the test scores as one component in the overall evaluation of an applicant’s file. For the more technical areas, a high quantitative score sends a positive signal about the applicant’s ability to handle math. In other areas, this may be less important. More generally, because of the relatively small size of the Tepper School Ph.D. program, we recruit students very carefully, looking at how well prepared they are for the course of study they have chosen, how well their research interests match with those of our faculty, and how well recommended they are by the people chosen as references. In this process, essays, transcripts of work done in college or previous graduate school, references and exams all play a role in assisting the decision.

It is the responsibility of each applicant to check the status of his/her own application using the online application system. Once you have created your electronic application, you will have the capability to sign into the site and see instantly what materials we have received and which are still outstanding.  

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