About the Program

What separates the Tepper School of Business’ online MSBA program from other MSBA programs, either online or on-campus?

The Tepper School of Business is globally renowned for its analytical approach to business problem solving. It is an integral part of Carnegie Mellon University, a top-tier research university that has become the center for disciplines including data science, robotics, business intelligence and additive manufacturing. Several faculty members of the online MS in Business Analytics also hold appointments in other schools including Carnegie Mellon’s top-ranked School of Computer Science.

Our MSBA program provides students with exceptionally robust coursework in business analytics techniques, with a special focus on machine learning and optimization. All of the advanced analytics skills we teach are delivered in a business context, ensuring that students graduate knowing how to efficiently, effectively and creatively apply their analytics expertise to business problems. Furthermore, the Tepper School’s Accelerate Leadership Center offers students the opportunity to improve their leadership, inter-personal and communication skills, through online assessments and one-on-one coaching.

Additionally, the program’s on-campus experiences provide opportunities for online students to interact closely with faculty, each other and industry professionals working at companies that look to Carnegie Mellon and the Tepper School for high-caliber talent.

How do I learn more about the online learning environment?

To preview one of our courses, please visit our Virtual Class Visit page. You’ll be able to view upcoming courses and register to virtually attend a course of your choosing.

Is the MSBA program structured in cohorts?

Yes, the part-time, online MSBA is structured in cohorts to optimize student interaction and success in the program.

What career resources are available for MSBA students and alumni?

  • The Master’s Career Center helps students develop strategies focused on their career needs through a variety of services. For example, the career center hosts workshops and webinars in job search fundamentals, such as resume writing, interviewing, and networking.
  • One-on-one career coaching is offered for individualized career planning. Our coaches are steeped in experience in various industries and functions and can support a variety of student interests. Sessions are delivered virtually during times convenient to working professionals.
  • Tepper leverages an extensive network of Fortune 500 companies to identify opportunities for MSBA candidates.

Is the MSBA offered exclusively on campus?

No, the MSBA degree is offered only online, with three optional on-campus experiences. Though they all are optional, we strongly recommend that students attend the BaseCamp and Capstone Project experiences, which occur at the beginning and end of the degree program.

What are some examples of roles a graduate could pursue after the program?

Business analytics professionals hold a range of positions across sectors and industries. They have titles such as business intelligence analyst, operations research analyst, market research analyst and statistician. Other job titles for these professionals are available here.

Are the hours flexible enough for full-time working adults?

Yes, the MSBA program accommodates students working full-time. Required weekly live sessions, lasting 75 minutes, are held in the evening, and the three residential components, two strongly recommended and one optional, take place over weekends. Students complete all other coursework on their own schedule, but must adhere to deadlines and be prepared to participate in weekly live sessions.

What time(s) do the synchronous sessions take place?

The weekly live sessions are in the evening (U.S. Eastern Time) and typically last 75 minutes.

What are the technical requirements for the MSBA program?

All students must have access to the following technologies in order to participate in the program:

  • Laptop with the following requirements:
    • Windows – Intel Core i5 processor or higher; 8GB RAM, 256+ hard drive capacity
    • Macintosh – 8GB RAM, 256+ hard drive capacity, Apple Boot Camp
    • Ability to run Microsoft Windows (run virtually for Macintosh computers)
    • Ability to install software locally (not cloud based)
    • Full administrative rights for downloading software.
    • Camera and microphone for remote conferencing.
  • Broadband internet connection (at least 5 MBPS)
  • Ability to access the CMU Learning Management System, Canvas
  • Ability to access the MSBA Web Conferencing Software, Vidyo

Continual and unfettered use of the required IT environment, including uninterrupted access to a broadband internet connection, are integral to the program and to each student’s ability to fully participate in, and complete, each aspect of the program and the program in its entirety. Students who do not have such access, and/or are not able to maintain such access, may be advised by a representative of the program to withdraw from the program, following the university’s prescribed process for withdrawal, and subject to the tuition refund policy as outlined on the Student Financial Services website.

Coursework

If I’m already proficient in basic programming and probability/statistics, do I have to take these courses?

Yes, the 46-880 Introduction to Probability and Statistics and 46-881 Programming in R and Python courses are required for all MSBA students. These courses ensure that all students have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in courses that follow.

For more information, visit the Curriculum page on our website.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA in the program to graduate?

Yes, MSBA degree candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate.

Can I transfer credits into the program?

No, the Tepper School does not accept transfer credits.

It’s a part-time online program, but are there any on-campus opportunities for students?

We have three on-campus experiences. The first is an orientation basecamp, where the students are introduced to the program, interact with faculty, and learn about their cohort. The second, an immersive analytics experience led by top CMU faculty, takes place mid-program. We end the program with a capstone experience where students can present their work to real-world clients and celebrate the end of the program.

For more information, visit the On-Campus Experiences page on our website.

Can I take a course from a third-party provider, like Lynda or Coursera, to prepare for the programming requirements of this program?

Our goal is to make sure that everyone entering the program has the necessary background to be successful. We strongly recommend that applicants who feel they need additional preparation in programming languages take a for-credit course from an accredited two- or four-year institution.

How many hours per week should be dedicated to coursework?

Students take two classes at a time and should expect to spend at least 10 hours on each course, or 20 hours total for the week. Coursework includes live synchronous meetings, assignments, projects, readings, and quizzes.

Do you offer the opportunity to preview courses in your program to get a feel for what they are like?

Yes we do. To preview one of our courses, please visit our Virtual Class Visit page. You’ll be able to register to virtually participate in a course of your choosing.

Admissions

Can the GMAT or GRE requirement be waived?

No, these test scores are required.

Are international students eligible for the MSBA program?

Yes, international students are eligible for the MSBA program. Please review the International Applicants page for specific requirements.

Must international students come to campus?

We recommend attendance at the on-campus experiences, but students who are unable to attend may participate remotely and still meet the requirements of the program. Please note that because the program is delivered online, enrollment in the MSBA will not qualify students for a student visa to enter the United States.

What are the programming languages that I should have experience in before applying to the program?

Experience in any modern programming language is acceptable.

What is the average Quant and Verbal scores for the GRE and GMAT?

There is no average score expectation. The test scores are simply one component of the multifaceted admissions process that we consider when making an admissions decision.

Funding and Special Circumstances

Is there a Tuition Payment Plan available?

Yes, for more information about a monthly payment plan and debt minimization services, please review our payment options.

What types of financial aid or scholarships are available to online students?

Students may be eligible to take out federal and/or private education loans to cover tuition and other education-related costs. Please view our Tuition page for details.

At this time, the Tepper School does not provide scholarships for the MSBA program.

I’m an active duty soldier/veteran. Am I eligible for an application fee waiver?

Yes, as a GMAC military-friendly business school, we waive the $125 application fee for active duty U.S. military personnel, veterans and retirees. Please contact Mike Danko at uro-vaedbenefits@andrew.cmu.edu to discuss the fee waiver.

Is the Tepper School participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, the Tepper School is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For more information, please visit the Tuition page or contact Mike Danko at uro-vaedbenefits@andrew.cmu.edu.

What happens if I need to defer starting or withdraw from the program?

Deferrals are granted only if an applicant must complete military service or has an extreme emergency. Deposits are refunded in these instances. Students are re-admitted the following year and must submit their deposit before the deadline for their start date.

A withdrawal from the Tepper School or Carnegie Mellon University indicates that a student has no intention to return to the program. This process can be initiated by first meeting with an academic advisor to terminate a student’s Campus ID and email account.

A student who leaves the Tepper School or Carnegie Mellon with a sincere intention to return may petition for a leave of absence (LOA) for up to two calendar years. This process can be initiated by first meeting with an academic advisor to complete the required paperwork.

If I need to withdraw from the program, will I get a refund?

With the exception of the $2,500 non-refundable deposit, Tepper School tuition is refunded 100% for students who withdraw from the MSBA program before the course drop deadline. After this deadline, tuition is non-refundable and charged at 100%.

We encourage students who are considering withdrawing or taking a leave of absence to first contact the Financial Aid Office at tepper-aid@andrew.cmu.edu to help minimize financial impacts.

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