Video Outlines Upcoming Curriculum Changes at CMU’s Tepper School of Business
Late last year, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University announced that it will roll out a new curriculum next fall incorporating more training in leadership and writing. These represent important shifts for a school best known for its heavy focus on teaching quantitative skills. As part of the new curriculum, Tepper first-year students also will have more training in core subject areas before recruiters arrive on campus.
In a new video posted to the Tepper website this week, Mike Trick, senior associate dean of education, talks about the new MBA curriculum and how it builds on Tepper’s deep allegiance to business fundamentals and data analysis while helping better prepare first-year students for interviews with recruiters.
“Businesses want interns to be useful right away and therefore our curriculum has to provide useful people right from the get-go,” Trick says, noting that recruiters have begun coming to campus earlier and earlier. “The problem for us was that when people were coming in [to interview] for internships, they [students] knew the fundamentals but they didn’t know the specifics of marketing or finance,” he continued. In response, Tepper has tried to move a few core courses up earlier and has introduced a new intensive pre-program called BaseCamp providing an integrated overview of business and how the core disciplines and business functions work together.
Robert Dammon, who became dean last May after serving for 27 years as a professor of financial economics at the school, is spearheading the changes to Tepper’s curriculum as well as embarking upon an ambitious fundraising effort to build a bigger building to accommodate Tepper’s growing class. He told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a recent interview that he hopes to expand the MBA program by as much as 50 percent, to 300 students, in order to take advantage of economies of scale.