Experience-Based Learning

Get Real-World Experience

At Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business, we believe that real-world experience is the best teacher. For that reason, we offer students a unique mix of consulting projects, client fellowships, case competitions, classroom case studies, and management simulations.

Rather than just memorize concepts, Katz students learn to think on their feet through experiential learning. This is why, despite the competitive pressures of a dynamic marketplace, our graduates are attaining leadership roles in global business. Read first-person examples of what it means to be Katz Ready.


MBA Consulting Experience
Katz students have opportunities to apply business skills in cross-functional consulting projects. 

  • Consulting Field Projects: Katz student teams work with a real business client on a significant strategic management challenge. Participating companies have included Westinghouse Electric Co., Siemens VAI, Philips Respironics, and PNC Financial Services Group.

MBA Fellowship Experiences
Professional fellowships are offered as part of our business education and Pitt students receive a competitive stipend.

  • Kenneth R. Woodcock Fellows: Teams of Katz students are embedded into the boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations in order to complete a business project.
  • BNY Mellon CSR Fellows: A consulting-driven experience in which Katz students assess the corporate social responsibility operations of a client organization.

Business Competitions
Team-based projects occur at every step of Pitt’s graduate programs. It takes teamwork to preserve persevere in global business.

  • Katz Invitational Case Competition: The signature case competition hosted by Pitt’s MBA Programs Office. The event draws other top MBA programs from around the region. Additionally, Katz students travel throughout the year to case competitions hosted across the United States.

Global Opportunities

Katz students can study abroad through the Global Research Practicum, exchange programs with business schools in Europe and South America, and international case competitions.

  • Global Research Practicum: Students complete classes about a particular host country and then they travel to the country to go on company site visits, meet with business leaders, and enjoy local cultural attractions.  Students are then required to complete a self-directed research project that relates to business in the host country.


Management Simulation

This is our capstone course that ties together everything students learn in the core classes. Students assume the roles of company executives for an international manufacturer and, using a sophisticated computer simulation, compete head-to-head against peers from Katz and other schools.  What makes this a key part of Experience-Based Learning is that the students management teams report to boards of directors comprised of industry professionals, making the experience as real-world as possible.