University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School EMBA Program

Executive MBA (EMBA) Program Courses

A Curriculum for Executives

Comprising 48 credits, the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Executive MBA (EMBA) Worldwide curriculum has 33 credits of core courses, nine credits from our Global Executive Forums, and six credits of electives.

The Katz EMBA Worldwide program meets the rigorous accreditation standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AASCB). In fact, the University of Pittsburgh is one of 16 founding members of the AACSB. Because of our close corporate partnerships, we know which skill sets are the most valued and emphasize them in the Katz EMBA program accordingly.

Courses in the EMBA Curriculum

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Financial Management
    No manager or professional can move up in his or her career without a strong theoretical and practical base in financial management. This course explores valuation techniques and how they can be applied to corporate finance decisions. Students will study the techniques used to estimate inputs for valuation models, the impact of risk on valuation, and how valuation models help in decisions related to capital budgeting, asset acquisitions, and the capital structure of corporations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

EMBA Elective Courses

Student input drives which electives are offered at Katz Executive MBA Worldwide. Students take a total of six elective credits.

Popular electives offered in the past include the following:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forecasting
  • Advertising
  • Effective Global Management
  • Social media
  • Technology Innovation, Adoption, and Diffusion