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Tepper School of Business

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The Tepper School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Computational Finance (MSCF) as well as a doctoral program in 8 areas: Accounting, Economics, Financial Economics, Information Systems, Manufacturing and Operating Systems, Marketing, Operations Research, Organizational Behavior and Theory, and a joint degree in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (joint with Mathematics and Computer Science), Economics and Public Policy (joint with Mathematics and Computer Science), Management of Manufacturing and Automation (joint with the Robotics Institute), Mathematical Finance (joint with Mathematics). Other programs include a 3-2 MBA program and computer science business administration CITinterdisciplinary programs, cross-registration with the University of Pittsburgh, a cooperative program with WHU (Koblenz, Germany), internships, extensive joint research opportunities, and 2 courses (Management Game and Financial Analysis and Securities Trading) are simultancously offered in 3 countries. The strongest areas of study are finance, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, production/operations research, economics, accounting, and information systems. The most popular courses are Venture Capital and Private Equity, Pricing Strategy, Corporate Finance, and Strategic Corporation Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus including the W.L. Mellon Executive Speaker Series, the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, and the Net Impact Speaker Series.

Ninety-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 48 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Probability and Decision Making
  • Optimization for Decision Making
  • Managing Organizations
  • Writing and Decision Making
  • Accounting for Decision Making and Control
  • Finance
  • Statistics and Decision Making
  • Managerial Economics
  • Presenting and Decision Making
  • Marketing Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Business Government and Strategy or Macroeconomics
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Management Game

Required courses for the MSCF include:

  • Introduction to Probability
  • Object Oriented Programming l
  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Writing and Decision Making
  • Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • Object Oriented Programming II
  • Multi-Period Asset Pricing
  • Investment Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Linear Financial Models
  • Economics Foundations
  • Stochastic Calculus for Finance l
  • Options
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Object Oriented Programming lll
  • Stochastic Calculus for Finance ll
  • Numerical Methods
  • MBA Elective
  • Management Game (non-credit)
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Management Game (12 credits)
  • Statistical Arbitrage
  • Term Structure
  • Accounting for Decision Making and Control
  • Studies in Financial Engineering
  • Presenting and Decision Making
  • Financial Computing
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managing Organizations
  • Credit Derivatives
  • Optimization for Finance
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Simulation Methods for Option Pricing

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements at the discretion of required-course faculty, although no credit is earned.

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 16 months; maximum, 20 months. For students attending part time, the minimum is 32 months; maximum, 36 months.

There are 97 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% hold a doctorate; there are 12 part-time faculty, of whom 17% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 30.


A bachelor’s degree is required. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1144; 327 were accepted; 137 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.4; average GMAT score was 696. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the Forte Foundation.

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 $100, 2 letters of recommendation, 3 essays, a work history/resume, and two references. The application deadline is March 19 for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissions decision approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March 31.

Financial Aid

About 81% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $29,450 annually; maximum $58,900. Stipends and programs available for minority students include CGSM (Consortium for Graduate Study in Management). The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Applications are processed on a rolling basis.

Tuition for all students is $41,900 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1325; personal expenses, $1325; and other fees, $390, for an estimated annual total of $44,940. Graduate student housing is available; off-campus housing availability is very good. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Fifty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (29%). Twenty-one percent are women and 10% are minorities. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 24 to 33. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 70%, engineering; 17%, business; 9%, economics; and 4%, social sciences. In 2006, 243 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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