Global Business Expertise

University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School students have ample opportunities to practice international business. The MBA program offers consulting and research projects that enable students to practice business in a foreign country. The experience brings to life the theories and concepts discussed in the program. Additionally, students have the option of completing a Global Management Certificate or pursue a second degree in an international business area. Students may also take language courses, offered through the IBC, which help to ease language barriers to foreign assignments.

Management Experiences Abroad

  • The Global Research Practicum is a three-credit MBA course featuring lectures on a specific country, a research project, and a one-week trip abroad to culminate the research.  The IBC Global EBL Travel Award provides six (6) IBC scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to Katz students participating in a GRP. Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
    • (1) Applying for any of the 2017 GRP courses
    • (2) Being a Katz Masters or MBA student.

Applications for the IBC Global EBL Travel Award are made during the online application process for the GRP program. Students applying for the IBC tuition scholarships will be asked to respond to the following questions: 

    • How will this international experience based learning opportunity fit and/or add to your Katz professional and academic development portfolio? (250 word essay)
    • Why do you need the travel award (100 words)
    • IBC Global EBL Travel Award recipients may be asked you to share their GRP experience via the Katz social media channels and with other students upon their return, including participating in Global EBL Scholars discussion panels or future GRP orientation sessions.
    • Please contact Jacqueline Saslawski if you have questions. 

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  • Consulting Field Projects are three-credit courses in which students work on a project for a sponsor client. Not all projects have an international travel component, although past teams have traveled to China and Japan for Westinghouse Electric's nuclear power plant division and to Brazil for RPM Industries.
  • Global Issue Workshops are three-credit courses in which students address regional business or related issues requiring decisive action. These workshops are led by Katz faculty teaming with Pitt alumni, local business people, or other experts. 

Academic Programs

  • CPT Internship Practicum.  This course prepares students for internship opportunities by focusing on career management, organizations, and people skills in the context of global executive mobility. 
  • Global Management Certificate. Katz MBAs, required to complete a certificate in addition to their concentration, have the option of pursuing global business management certificate. The 10.5-credit academic path requires the student to complete an experience-based course in another country, as well as complete coursework that blends international business with a topical area.
  • Mini Courses: BRICS Today. Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University collaborate to offer compressed courses, taught by expert faculty, with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, followed by a research paper. The courses are one-credit hour or three units for CMU students, with about 14 hours of lectures and an expected 30 hours of work for the paper. Registered students are required to complete specified follow-up assignments to receive full credit. The courses focus on countries with emerging economies: Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa.
  • MBA Language Classes. The IBC offers foreign business language instruction to small groups of at least five MBA students. We can offer Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, or any other language of interest. The course is 1.5 credits. Classes are offered for three hours per week over the entire semester. If you would like to study a language, find four other classmates interested in taking the same language for credit at approximately the same level. Please contact the IBC to set up the class.
  • Master's in International Development and Public and International Affairs are available through Katz's partnership with Pitt's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. To be eligible, students must enroll as a joint-degree student. When they graduate, they will receive both a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) and a master's degree in the specified area of international study.
  • The Graduate Student Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship is one of the most generous awards offered by the three area studies centers at the University of Pittsburgh. The prestigious award enables the recipient to devote his or her efforts full time to graduate study. Recipients receive full tuition, plus an $18,000 living stipend for one year. 

Student Club

The International Business Association strives to serve, promote, and educate the Pitt Business community on international business practices, awareness of cultures, and career opportunities. The IBA invites the business community to join them for site visits, guest speaker events, and forums. Members have the opportunity to participate in activities and leadership roles.