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Business Majors and Minors

In addition to our two degree programs, the Tepper School offers other Carnegie Mellon students the chance to study business as an additional major or as a minor.

The Tepper School offers just one degree and major in business — the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. The status of a bachelor of science degree is determined by the curriculum's emphasis on quantitative and analytical skills development as a foundation for studying business.

Students earning the bachelor of science in business will concentrate on at least one area of study (such as finance, marketing or entrepreneurship), along with a minor.

Bachelor of Science in Computational Finance

The Bachelor of Science in Computational Finance is an inter-college program, offered by both the department of Mathematical Sciences in the Mellon College of Science (MCS) and the Tepper School of Business. Students who are accepted into this program may choose to have either MCS or the Tepper School as their home college. Those students in MCS will focus more on mathematics, while those in the Tepper School will take more business-related courses.

The Computational Finance program allows students to apply the disciplines of mathematics, probability and statistics for building mathematical models for the finance industry.

Students may apply to the Computational Finance program in the sophomore year. For details about its curriculum, please view the program's description in the Carnegie Mellon undergraduate catalog.

Additional Major in Business Administration

The Tepper School offers an additional major in business to students in any of the other schools and colleges at Carnegie Mellon. Combining business with another major can provide very strong career preparation for certain students with plans to go into such areas as consulting, entrepreneurial ventures and project management.

To earn the additional major, students need to complete the following two components of the business major. For more information, view the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Quantitative and Analytical Skills Courses
  • Business core courses
  • Plus 18-21 units of business electives
Students may apply for the additional major when they've met the following qualifications:
  • At least junior-year status
  • Overall grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in required courses for the additional major
  • Completion of all Quantitative and Analytical Skills course requirements
  • Completion of at least six of the required business courses (70-xxx)
  • Students considering the additional major should be aware that additional time and flexibility may be required to satisfy all requirements.

Business Minors

The Tepper School offers minors in business to students in any of the other schools and colleges at Carnegie Mellon. Many CMU students find it quite valuable to gain business knowledge and skills through one of the minors offered by the Tepper School.  

  • The Minor in Business Administration
  • The Minor in Business Analytics and Optimization
  • The Minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • The Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Students may apply for a minor when they have sophomore-year status and have successfully passed two courses for the minor with a 2.0 or higher grade point average. For more information, view the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Course Catalog. There are no double-counting restrictions between the minor and the student's home college general education requirements.

Please note: BS in Mathematical Sciences with Operations Research and Statistics (MSORSTA) majors must complete 27 units of business electives for the Minor in Business Administration since their major also requires 70-122 and 73-102. Business electives cannot double-count with any other major or minor requirements.