Well-Rounded Curriculum

The Katz MBA degree is respected all over the world. Our well-rounded curriculum builds your strengths in core business areas, while also providing the soft skills necessary to confidently lead organizations. Our Global Executive Forums (GEFs) make Katz EMBA Worldwide a truly global experience. And our emphasis on Experience-Based Learning ensures that the material covered in class can be immediately applied to your job. 

EMBA Program Degree Snapshot

  • The 18-month program begins in May and ends in October of the subsequent year.
  • You must complete a minimum of 48 academic credits
  • You progress with your cohort simulatenously, regardless of whether you study in Pittsburgh or São Paulo.

Course Listings

Finance And Accounting

Financial Accounting: Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis

In this course, students learn how to read financial reports with insight and confidence. Topics include performance dimensions, nature of present-value concepts, accounting assets and equities, financial analysis, fiduciary and managerial control, alternate accounting principles, and ethical dimensions of reporting.

Strategic Cost Management

Firms around the world are under pressure to maximize efficiency. Even leading companies that are dominant players in their markets must learn to minimize costs to remain competitive. This course focuses on determining the costs of products and services as well as illustrating how managers can best use this information in the planning and control of business operations.

Strategy and Management

Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage

The course focuses on formulating and implementing strategies to compete in today’s fast-changing global economy. Beginning with a hands-on understanding of powerful analytical frameworks, the course will prepare managers to anticipate and confidently face the implementation challenges of gaining and sustaining competitive advantage in an uncertain world.

Strategic Vision for a Global Future

As globalization marches on, senior managers must learn to cope with increasing levels of strategic uncertainty. Globally contestable markets, radical technological and business process innovation, and shifting consumer preferences—all combine to test an organization's strategic planning and execution capabilities. In particular, there is a need for new models of strategy and competition—such concepts as real options, scenario thinking, non-market factors, and new-game strategies. Accordingly, this course provides participants with a set of rigorous tools and frameworks for making sense of today's ambiguous global environment.

Strategic Leadership for Change

This course deals with issues of leadership challenges at the organizational level. Such challenges include development and implementation of corporate vision, values, and goals; organizational design and change management; working with a board of directors, shareholders, and the media; and crisis management.

Organizational Behavior and HR

Global Human Resource Management

Whether you work in operations, finance, marketing, or other fields, your ability to maximize human capital will be fundamental to your organization's success. Using case studies, this course discusses the influence of changing technologies, public policy directives, and international competitive requirements as they affect decisions relating to staffing, compensation, employee relations, and human resource development.

Organizational Behavior: Leadership and Team Effectiveness

As organizations become flatter, organizational effectiveness relies more and more on interpersonal skills and management of small groups and teams. This course addresses interpersonal effectiveness, decision making and problem solving, effective group processes, and motivation of key employees.

Negotiating for Business Executives

This fast-paced, multimedia course aims to help you negotiate better deals, a skill that is useful in business as well as life. The course focuses on how to prepare for a negotiation to increase results; how to deal with difficult negotiators; how to increase your power against a strong counterpart; how to transform competitive negotiations into collaborative ones; and how to adapt to different negotiating styles across cultures. The course uses exercises, simulations, and videos to build your negotiating competency.

Supply Chain and Decision Optimization

Decision Optimization and Risk Management

Sophisticated and user-friendly decision technologies play an increasingly important role in optimizing decisions and in managing risk by managers and executives at all levels. Indeed, the utilization of these technologies in a time-sensitive manner can have a tremendous impact on a company’s profitability and can even mean the difference between competitive success and failure. This course focuses on modeling and analyzing complex problems with such technologies. Specifically, methodologies discussed include linear and nonlinear optimization, simulation, and decision analysis.

Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions

Using powerful negotiating tools such as game theory, signaling, and Nash equilibriums, this course helps the student to understand how markets reconcile the separate needs of consumers and producers. This course provides a crucial economic framework for managerial decisions.

Global Supply Chain Management

Rapidly changing markets and increased customer expectations necessitate an efficient and responsive product and services flow. A well-designed, well-managed supply network is essential to building value in the channel. This course focuses on the operational and tactical aspects of multi-facility network management, as well as its strategic implications. Using case studies and software packages, the course examines the intricacies of network management and the underlying tools, methodologies, and decision-support systems.

Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Control

This course places a fundamental emphasis on the use of statistics for modeling and solving problems in marketing, finance, human resources, and operations management. It discusses how statistics can help managers grasp and solve common managerial problems. The integrated statistical tools and methodologies that are useful in a managerial environment are discussed in depth.

Information Technology

Information Technology and Business Value

When should an organization move into a new technology? How do you know if a new technology will give your business a competitive edge? This course equips you with the tools to answer those critical questions and, through case studies, provides an overview of how general managers can apply information technology (IT) to increase their effectiveness. With the help of case studies, it examines how IT provides information to support decision making, cooperative work, organizational competitive advantage, and inter-organizational communication.


Marketing Management

This dynamic, fast-moving course is taught, in part, by using a simulation, where students make decisions about when to launch products and how to promote them. The course discusses such fundamental topics as proper choice of pricing, packaging, advertising, selling, and distribution of products—and ultimately develops your ability to put those ideas into practice. Issues of customer satisfaction, market orientation, quality, cross-functional integration, and new product development teams are addressed.

Business Ethics

Business Ethics and Public Policy

Leaders need to skillfully and responsibly face the challenges of a changing global business environment. This course examines concepts, issues, and tools related to the management of ethics, social responsibility in business, and the management of public affairs and regulation.

Flex Courses

In addition to the core courses, you will complete a total of six credits of flex courses. Due to the cohort model of the program, the class will vote as a whole on which flex courses to take. Courses are subject to faculty availability. Popular flex courses in the past include: 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forecasting
  • Advertising
  • Effective Global Management
  • Technology Innovation, Adoption, and Diffusion
  • Strategic Cybersecurity in Business