CMU Tepper Deadlines, Essays & Recommendation Questions (Class of 2019, Entering 2017)


 Application DeadlineDecision Notification
Round 1October 2, 2016December 14, 2016
Round 2January 2, 2017March 15, 2016
Round 3March 12, 2017May 10, 2017
Round 4April 23, 2017May 24, 2017
International applicants encouraged to apply by round two to ensure adequate time for the student visa process.


REQUIRED ESSAY (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Imagine that you meet up with a member of the admission committee at an airport while on a layover. You have an opportunity to make a memorable impression. Use this essay to introduce yourself. Include any information that you believe is important for the committee member to know about you both professionally and personally.


  • Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have been otherwise able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.
  • If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.


Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)

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?) (500 words)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)