Majors and Minors
In addition to our primary majors, the Tepper School offers other Carnegie Mellon students the chance to study business as an additional major or as a minor.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program prepares students through a broad undergraduate education based on management science, quantitative analytics and reasoning, leadership development, and communications skills. The curriculum is rigorous and flexible to accommodate student interests, academic, and career goals.
The curriculum includes a central core of courses in the functional areas of business, economics, mathematics, communications, and university courses in liberal arts and sciences. Students complete an in-depth study in one functional business concentration and additional business electives.Further, students also complete a minor from outside the Tepper School of Business to enhance their business education and take advantage of the excellence across Carnegie Mellon. The minor promotes students' intellectual knowledge and compliments the business education. The curriculum structure assists Tepper graduates to become leaders in complex global business, technical, and political environments.
Bachelor of Science in Economics
The Bachelor of Science in Economics is our deep dive into economics. Compared to the Bachelor of Arts in Economics, students pursuing this major take an additional math course, an additional and more advanced economics data analysis course, and six economics electives courses. This major provides the most extensive and deepest study of economics. The major enables students to analyze complex economics and business problems by combining economic reasoning with advanced data analytic techniques. Many students pursuing this major organize the electives that they take into two economics concentrations.
Students completing this degree will be well-equipped to pursue graduate work (professional and academic) or enter directly into the business world or public service.
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Our Bachelor of Arts in Economics provides a strong foundation in economic analysis and quantitative methods. In addition to the economics core* and economics elective courses, the curriculum has been designed for students to take "special elective" courses from a rich menu offered by other CMU humanities or social science departments. These courses explore economic and social problems from the perspective of history, politics, philosophy, and psychology.
Students graduating from this degree are well equipped for a wide variety of roles in management and business. Additionally, they are well prepared for further graduate degrees and/or graduate work in economics, decision sciences, government, and public policy.
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 must 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.
Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics is designed for students with a strong interest in the application of statistics and empirical methods to economics and business. It is offered jointly by Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Economics Program and its Department of Statistics and Data Science.
The major's curriculum provides students with a solid foundation and advanced training in the theories and methods of economics and statistics. Viewing data through the lens of economics, students are trained to isolate and infer causes of economic and business outcomes, make forecasts, and make data-informed decisions.
Students graduating from this degree are well equipped for a wide variety of data science roles in management and business. Additionally, they are well prepared for further graduate degrees and/or graduate work in economics, decision sciences, and public policy.
Bachelor of Science in Economics and Politics
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Politics is our newest major and is offered jointly by the Undergraduate Economics Program and the Institute for Politics and Strategy. It combines CMU's economics and political science cores, unique classes that relate the fields and advanced electives in both economics and political science. The major delivers an analytic and data-informed approach to the intersection of economics and political science. It also provides a practical perspective on policymaking through courses taught by faculty with influential government and policy experience and through the option of the CMU Washington Semester Program. The major is appealing to students interested in the design, evaluation, and political implementation of policy and, especially, to those considering careers in politics and public service.
Students graduating from this degree are well equipped for a wide variety of analyst roles in government and business. Additionally, they are well prepared for further graduate degrees and/or graduate work in economics, data analytics, government, and public policy.
Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematical Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematical Sciences is designed for students who want to explore the application of mathematics to economics at an advanced and deep level. It is offered jointly by Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate economics program and its Department of Mathematical Sciences.
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematical Sciences offers an integrated curriculum that builds upon the synergies between economics and mathematics. It equips students with the mathematical tools and skills necessary for advanced economic model building, data science, and mathematical finance. Students graduating from this program are well placed for success in Ph.D. programs in economics, applied mathematics, statistics, and key functional areas of business including finance, accounting, marketing, and information systems.
Students pursuing this degree will be well prepared for the beginning of their research careers in academia, government, and industry.
Additional Majors in Business Administration or Economics
The Tepper School offers an additional major in business or economics to students in any of the other schools and colleges at Carnegie Mellon. Combining either of these programs with another major can provide very strong career preparation for students.
Students must have cumulative QPA of 3.0 or higher and meet the requirements. For more information, view the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Course Catalog.
The Tepper School offers minors 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. Below is a list of minors currently being offered.
- Business Administration
- Business Analytics and Optimization
- Financial Management
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Product Management
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. The business minor requirements should be reviewed in the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Course Catalog for your CMU year of entry as requirements can vary from class year to class year. The CMU policy is that the requirements identified in the Course Catalog in the year you started at CMU are the requirements you complete. 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.