Executive MBA (EMBA) Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Executive MBA (EMBA) program?

EMBA programs differ from traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs because they are designed for more experienced executives and managers, who often need to balance their studies with their careers.

Like an MBA program, an EMBA program provides comprehensive experience in business administration. The Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program helps students develop a vision of the organization as a whole, and prepares them for senior leadership roles.

Why is the Katz EMBA called “EMBA Worldwide”?

The Katz EMBA Worldwide program is global in scope, as we offer our classes in the North America (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and South America (São Paulo, Brazil). Our students travel between the locations through Global Executive Forums, trips where they immerse themselves in international business through coursework, site visits to companies, and interactions with business leaders and their classmates. This international exposure is an important element of our program. The ability to compete on a global stage is an imperative skill for leaders of organizations.

What degree do I receive and is it recognized?

Your diploma will be recognized and respected globally. Students in the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program are granted a Master of Business Administration degree and diploma from the University of Pittsburgh, whether they study in North America or South America.

Do the curriculum and faculty differ from program to program?

The curriculum, faculty, and selection process are the same for all Katz Executive MBA Worldwide locations. Because we use the same curriculum, faculty, and selection process at every site, you are assured of receiving the same high-quality degree no matter where you choose to earn your degree. Your diploma will be recognized and respected both locally and globally.

What does the curriculum include?

The Katz Executive MBA Worldwide curriculum provides a solid balance among courses on leadership, strategy, productivity, and analysis, with additional focus on issues like cross-cultural management and group and team effectiveness. The curriculum includes a mix of required courses, Global Executive Forums, and electives, totaling 48 credit hours. Your classroom hours stress discussion, case analyses, team and small-group projects, and computer simulations.

Is a bachelor’s degree in business required to join the program?

While an undergraduate degree is required, a bachelor’s degree in business administration is not. Many students in the Katz EMBA program have degrees in engineering or business administration; some have degrees in medicine, law, foreign affairs, or other areas.

Is the GMAT required?

In some cases the GMAT is optional, although it is recommended for any applicant who would benefit by enhancing their application materials with a successful GMAT score. In some cases, the GMAT is required to help us assess the applicant's ability to perform successfully in the graduate-level courses of the EMBA curriculum.

Is the TOEFL required?

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of all non-native speakers of English. For more information on the TOEFL Web site. For more information on the IELTS Web site.

Am I too busy to earn an MBA from Katz?

Your organizational and family commitments are important to you. That's why we've designed the program to be as compact as possible. Courses are delivered concisely and conveniently. In Pittsburgh, classes are held every other week on Fridays and Saturdays, while in São Paulo classes are blocked out once a month from Wednesday through Sunday. The schedule is set a full 18 months in advance, meaning that your participation is predictable and manageable.

Am I too experienced to benefit from the Katz EMBA Worldwide program?

Katz Executive MBA Worldwide students come from a variety of functional and professional areas. They average about 12 to 14 years of work experience in their fields, but some have significantly more. Executives who come to our program late in their careers are often those looking for international assignments or are preparing to take on top leadership roles in the corporate world. They know that the economy is global and that they have business opportunities far beyond their borders.

What can I expect from the Global Executive Forums?

Global Executive Forums are unique to the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program. During the Global Executive Forums, students participate in coursework with a faculty member from the University, work in international study groups with their colleagues from around the world, and learn important region information through contact with local business leaders. The Global Executive Forums assist participants in developing a global network of contacts, which will serve them throughout their professional lives and will help to make them more savvy international managers.

Do you offer any non-degree certificate courses?

Yes, we offer executive education programs lasting from one to 10 days, in all the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide locations. Contact the program director at the location nearest you to inquire about partner organization benefits.

Could I join the program without an employer sponsorship?

Yes. While the majority of our students receive some support from their organization, employer sponsorship is not a requirement. We often have executives who are in the process of transitioning from one career to another (for example, a medical doctor who would like to work for a pharmaceutical company) and participate in the program as a means to facilitate this transition. It is important, though, that your employer sponsors time off, so that you can dedicate yourself to the program.

What does the Katz Executive EMBA Worldwide program cost?

Our EMBA program is priced competitively for your market. See the tuition page for more details or contact the program director nearest you.

How do I apply?

Contact the nearest University of Pittsburgh EMBA Worldwide office, or download the application information.