Tepper vs Haas MBA: Comparison based on Location, Ranking, Curriculum, Exchange and Post MBA Jobs

Haas vs Tepper MBABoth Haas and Tepper are among the top Business Schools in the US. Haas School of Business is located in Berkeley, California – in the University of California, Berkeley campus - one of the 14 colleges and schools that are part of the Campus. Tepper School of Business is located in Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Berkeley’s economy is primarily driven by the educational sector. According to recent employment statistics, the University of California, Berkeley was the top Employer, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was at a distant second.

Pittsburgh offers a much diverse opportunity. Although initially known for Steel trade, the city has transitioned to a hub for technology companies, with over 1600 high tech companies contributing towards the economy. Healthcare and Financial Services companies are the other two popular sectors.


Haas School of Business has a clear advantage over Tepper. When you consider the average rank of MBA programs from US News, BusinessWeek, Financial Times and The Economist, Haas has an average rank of 10 while Tepper ranks at 20.

Incoming Class Profile

Tepper has a slightly liberal entry criterion than Haas. The average GMAT score of Tepper is 22 points below that of Haas, and the average GPA is 0.34 lower at 3.26. The average Experience and Age is similar, but the clear difference is in the class composition. The Women and International representation in Haas is higher than Tepper. When you analyze the Undergraduate Majors of both the classes, students with Engineering/Computer Science background represent more than half of Tepper MBA Class, while students with Business Background mostly represent Haas. This is a clear distinction for students who look forward to learning from their peers.


Both the MBA programs have given emphasis on developing analytical skills during the core courses. They also focus on developing leadership skills with Tepper’s Leadership Assessment program and Leadership Immersion workshops. Haas on the other hand have courses such as Leading People, Leadership Communications, and Strategic Leadership to develop the skills. Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD) runs throughout the program, ensuring that students develop the key skills for being an effective leader. 

60% of the courses in Haas School of Business are electives. Some of the unique areas covered in the electives include Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, and Innovation Design. Tepper MBA also offers a wide range of concentrations. Some of the interesting Concentrations are Communication, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy.

Exchange Programs

Haas School of Business has partnerships with world’s leading Business Schools for the Exchange Program. The schools that are part of the exchange partnership are London Business School , HEC (Paris), IESE Business School ,Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), and HKUST. This is an opportunity for students to work on problems around the world – UK, France, Spain, Netherlands and China.

Students in Tepper Full-time MBA program can experience international management practices with Global Treks in China, Dubai, India, Latin America, and South Africa. The exchange program at Tepper is in partnership with The Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU, Germany) that offers students with the knowledge about EU and how to manage various aspects of Business – Marketing Finance & Operations in European Context.

Post MBA Salary

Haas has a clear advantage when it comes to Salary by Function and by Industry. The school attracts recruiters that provide offers with $5000 to $19,500 higher base median salary than the one offered to Tepper MBA graduates. However, a larger section of Tepper MBA Class has chosen Consulting, Finance, and General Management.  Haas MBA students however have shown preference for Marketing, Consulting, and Business Development. The median Base Salary for Haas is $115,000 for the Class of 2012 against Tepper’s $100,000.


The trends seen in the Internship job opportunities were in alignment with the Post MBA Jobs by Function with the top three offers received in the Marketing, Consulting, and Business Development functions. According to recruitment trends in 2013, top Internship opportunities were provided by Amazon, Apple, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Citi, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Google, Kaiser Permanente, McKinsey & Company, Monitor Group, Novartis and Visa Inc. The median monthly salary was at $ 7,175 for Haas MBA students.

According to 2011 Internships trends in Tepper MBA program the top 3 Job offers were in Finance, Consulting and General Management functions. The median monthly Salary was at $7000.

Career Service

Impact of Career Service at an MBA program can be measured by evaluating the job offers that came through the school. For Tepper, 71.86% of the job offers were through the school with 22.16% from School scheduled interviews on and off campus, and 24.55% through Summer Internship. For Haas, 80.3% of Full-time MBA job offers were initiated by the school with 32.8% of them through on-campus recruitment, closely followed by 29.8% through internal job postings.


Haas outshines Tepper in almost all categories – Salary, Curriculum Structure, Class Profile but for students interested in Finance, Tepper offers better opportunities than Haas.

2012 ProfileHaasTepperNotes
80% of Class (GMAT Range)675-750NANA - Not Available
% with GMAT scores 700 or higherNA54%NA - Not Available
Average GMAT715693
Average Age 2828
Average Experience54.3
Average GPA3.63.26
Social Sciences13%13%
Computer Sciences/Engineering/Science26%51%
Jobs By Function% Class (Median Base Salary)Tepper - Class of 2011
Consulting22.2% ($130,000)26.95%($115,000)Haas - Class of 2012
Finance15.8% (110,000)29.94%($97,500)
General Management10.3% ($110,000)19.16%($100,000)
Production/Operations Management1.0% (NA)5.39%($110,000)
Business Development/Strategy17.5%($119,000)5.39%($99,500)
Real Estate3.4%($112,500)NA
Human Resources0.60%NA
% Job Offers through Career Service/School80.30%71.86%
Post-MBA Media Salary$115,000$100,000
MBA Internship Median Salary$7,175 $7000

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