The Tuck offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a joint degree in medicine (MD/MBA) and engineering (MEM/MBA), evaluative clinical science (MAH/MBA), law and diplomacy (MBA/MALD), and public administration (MBA/MPA). Other programs include cross-registration with Fletcher School at Tufts, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Vermont Law School, and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; a dual degree in law and diplomacy; work-study programs; foreign exchange with 6 countries; internships; and joint research with faculty. The strongest areas of study are general management, finance, marketing, and consulting. Regular programs bring approximately 300 distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Executives typically spend a day or more at Tuck, participating in classroom discussions, giving lectures, holding office hours, and dining with students and faculty.
Eighty-one total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 39 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Analysis for General Managers
- Capital Markets
- Competitive and Corporate Strategy
- Corporate Finance
- Decision Science
- Financial Measurement, Analysis, and Reporting
- First-Year Project
- Global Economics for Managers
- Leading Organizations
- Management Communication
- Managerial Economics
- Operations Management
- Statistics for Managers
- Strategic Analysis of Technology Systems
Exemptions from Truck’s required courses are permitted for students whose academic background and/or work experience comprehensively cover the content of a specific course. Exemptions are considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the faculty member responsible for the course.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 21 months; maximum, 21 months.
There are 42 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 18 part-time faculty, of whom 56% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 40.
A bachelor’s degree is required. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 2276; 463 were accepted; 248 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.4; average GMAT score was 710. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited. Tuck is a member school of Management Leadership for Tommorrow, MBA application preparation program designed to help professionals successfully apply to business school; the Ten School Diversity Alliance, a group of top business schools that conducts joint recruitment and outreach efforts to underrepresented populations; and the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of 13 business schools and corporations to enhance diversity in business education and leadership that provides full tuition fellowships and professional development opportunities to underrepresented minorities and others that demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium’s mission.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $220, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays. The application deadline is April 5 for fall entry. Students are notified within 4 to 6 weeks from the deadline of that admission cycle of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is April 4. Tuck grants a limited number of deferred admission requests each year. One-year deferrals are only granted for exceptional, unforeseen circumstances. Admitted students must enroll before requesting a deferral. Requests for deferral must by submitted in writing.
About 81% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $48,682 annually; maximum $65,600. All students are considered for Tuck scholarships based on a combination of need and merit. There are specific scholarships earmarked for minority students. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is April 17 for fall entry.
Tuition for all students is $40,665 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $9295; books and supplies, $3025; personal expenses, $12,630; and other fees, $2500, for an estimated annual total of $65,100. Graduate student housing is available in on-campus residence halls for single students. Married-graduate housing is 2 miles from campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
All of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; all have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (42%). Thirty-two percent are women, 16% are minorities, and 31% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 23 to 42. Twenty-one percent already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 28%, economics; 20%, social sciences; 18%, engineering; 15%, math and science; and 7%, business. About 1% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 99% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 258 graduate business degrees were awarded.