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#76 Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA Admissions Interview with Kelly Wilson – “Leadership & Analytics”

Kelly Wilson Carnegie Mellon Tepper

“Because it’s a small program, it really is a family. When prospective students come to visit, their comments have to do with how strong the community is… Team orientation and collaboration are very much the fiber of the Tepper school.”

Do you know how to solve a problem that has no precedent?

Kelly Wilson, Executive Director of Masters Admissions at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, shares with Darren how Tepper equips its students to do this through a mastery of analytics, year-round leadership development program, and one-on-one attention with professors. Kelly and Darren also talk in depth about Tepper’s admissions process, how to prepare for Tepper’s behavioral interviews, and the school’s extensive career services.

About Our Guest

Kelly Wilson is Executive Director of Masters Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Before joining Tepper in 2012, Kelly worked as an Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions for Georgetown McDonough School of Business and Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. Kelly got her MBA from George Mason University and Masters of Management of Information Systems from Katz.

What is relatively unique about the Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • Curriculum focus on leadership and analytics
  • Smallest of Top 15 US businesses schools so students get personalized leadership coaching and access to faculty; faculty to student ratio is 5:1
  • Strong reputation for equipping students with analytical toolkit
  • Top-ranked for Information Systems, Production/Operations Management, Supply Chain and Finance

Listen on for the insider’s scoop…

Touch MBA’S Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA Fast Facts

Program Highlights (2:51)

  • Tepper School of Management was founded in 1949 and has a roster of 9 Nobel Laureates
  • 1 intake / year in Fall
  • Length: 21 months
  • Campus located a couple miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, named America’s “hippest city” by the Washington Post; economy is boosted by medical and education industries
  • ~200 participants/intake
  • ~30 nationalities/intake, class is 34% international
  • Students ranked Statistics/Quantitative Methods, Logistics and Finance highest
  • Concentrations: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, marketing, management information systems, production/operations management, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research
  • Partnership with WHU (Germany) and CUHK (Hong Kong) for 8 week study abroad options, Global Treks offered as well
  • 4 “mini-semesters” per year, 6.5 week long terms where students taken 4-5 courses. Year 1 is focused on core courses, Year 2: Select from over 120 electives
  • Rankings: #36 Financial Times 2015, #22 Economist 2014, #20 US News & World Report 2015, #10 Bloomberg Businessweek 2014
  • Other MBAs: Part-time MBA (3 years), Part-time Online MBA (3 years)
  • Accredited by AACSB
  • Double Degree / Dual Degrees: JD/MBA, also in computational finance, software engineering, health care policy and management, public policy and management, and civil and environmental engineering.

Admissions (16:46)

  • 3 deadlines from Oct – Mar, get decision within 2-3 months
  • 1411 applications received, 440 admitted, 205 enrolled, 31% acceptance rate
  • Avg GMAT: 687 (80% range 624 – 740), Avg GPA: 3.24 (80% range 2.7 – 3.8)
  • GRE accepted
  • Avg age: 27 (range 21-43), Avg work experience: 5 (range 2.4-8.2), work experience recommended
  • Min TOEFL: 600 (paper), 100 (internet), IELTS: 7.0
  • Interviews done by Admissions Staff

Financing (30:37)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: $120,000
  • Recommended budget: $44,000
  • 40% of class awarded scholarships, average amount is $12,000 / academic year
  • Scholarship amounts range from $10,000 to full-tuition / academic year
  • Scholarships are merit-based and awarded with offer
  • International students need cosigner for loans

Career (33:01)

  • Tepper MBA – Full-time placement report for Class of 2014
  • 88% of graduates had jobs within 3 months of graduation
  • Average Salary (bonus): $110,000 ($26,000)
  • Graduates in 2011 experienced 100% increase in salary 3 years later
  • Top 5 regions graduates worked in: 30% West US, 27% Northeast US, 19% Mid Atlantic US, 12% Mid West US, 7% South US
  • Top 5 industries: 32% Technology, 27% Consulting, 16% Financial Services, 10% Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare, 8% Manufacturing
  • Top 5 functions: 27% Consulting, 21% Finance/Accounting, 19% Marketing/Sales, 18% General Management, 8% Operations Management
  • Top recruiters:
    • Consulting/Strategy: PwC Advisory; Deloitte Consulting; Booz & Company; A.T. Kearny and McKinsey & Company
    • Marketing:; H.J. Heinz; Johnson & Johnson; Microsoft; Proctor & Gamble
    • Finance: Deutsche Bank; JP Morgan, Citi, EQT, PNC
    • Operations: Amazon; Dell; Chevron; Intel; Johnson & Johnson
  • 9,000 Tepper alumni worldwide in 14 countries

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