Every element in the academic MBA experience at Tuck—from team-based project work and experiential and global learning opportunities to case-based courses, independent study, and small-scale Research-to-Practice Seminars—is designed to push students further than they thought possible with the goal of developing curious, creative leaders.

Rigorous self-analysis is at the core of Tuck’s approach to leadership development. Combining feedback from coworkers and fellow students with instruction and peer coaching, our students gain insights that the traditional case teaching method can’t provide. Courses, centers, clubs, and programs also provide students a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.

Term Exchange allows second-year Tuck MBA students to spend a term abroad studying at a partner institution. Spending a term overseas allows students to gain knowledge of a different culture’s educational and business environment while enhancing their understanding of global business issues. The partner institutes span Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

Yearly tuition costs US$75,108 with a total fee of US$115,040.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: October 7, 2019

Round 2: January 6, 2020

Round 3: March 30, 2020

Application Fee: $250

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 23%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 723

 Average GRE score: N/A

Average GPA score: 3.52

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2018

1. Essay 1

  • What are your short and long-term goals?
  • Why is an MBA a critical next step toward achieving those goals?
  • Why are you interested in Tuck?

2. Essay 2

Tuck’s mission is to educate wise leaders to better the world of business. Wisdom encompasses the essential aptitudes of confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy, towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgment, about when and how to take risks for the better. With Tuck’s mission in mind, and with a focus on confident humility, tell us about a time you:

  1. Received tough feedback,
  2. Experienced failure, or
  3. Disappointed yourself or others

How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result?

3. Essay 3 (Optional)

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

The essay questions should be responded fully but concisely. Please note that there are no right
or wrong answers. Applicants are encouraged to limit the length of their responses to a
word count of 500. Please double-space your responses.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

You should request references from two people capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities. The most useful evaluations are those from people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, maturity, team orientation, communication skills, intellectual ability, and interpersonal skills. It is preferred that you submit LORs from people who know you well and are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as your direct supervisor. If you are unable to provide an LOR from a direct supervisor, please include a brief explanation as to why in the optional essay section. Avoid getting LORs from professors. Getting an independent perspective about your qualifications from a third party is very valuable to the Admissions Committee, therefore the LORs are to be completed by the recommender and no one else.


  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)
  2. 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)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)
  4. Optional: Is there anything else we should know?

Admissions Verdict



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