University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program

One-Year MBA Program

In 1963, the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School became the world's first business school to offer a One-Year MBA program. The world has changed a lot since then, but our pioneering spirit and focus on accelerated career growth have stayed the same.

We help students advance in their fields by providing a 360-degree understanding of business operations. MBA students leave Katz able to walk into a business and add value from day one. By focusing on building business agility, our students can thrive in a world that's always changing.

Re-enter the Workforce...Fast

Compared to a traditional two-year program, the Katz One-Year MBA program provides a faster return on investment. The MBA program begins in May and finishes the following April. The condensed timeline means that students shoulder a highly intensive course load. However, we still give our MBA students the flexibility to design a schedule that fits their needs. 

Collaboration Required

Diversity is one of the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA program's greatest strengths. While a proven skill for business is a common thread, it is not uncommon to have a class composed of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), engineers, doctors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and individuals poised to take over the family business. Katz MBA students build interdisciplinary skills by working with people from different backgrounds, and different ways of thinking.

MBA Degree Requirements

University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School applicants have substantial work experience and strong academic backgrounds. The ideal MBA candidate has focused career goals and has earned an undergraduate degree. No prerequisite courses are required in order to be eligible to apply. After being admitted into the One-Year MBA program, a student must fulfill the following requirements to graduate:

  • A minimum of 51 credits of approved graduate work
  • The appropriate distribution of required core courses and elective courses
  • A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0
  • Students must declare an area of concentration and a Katz certificate of study to which elective credits will be applied

Tuition and Scholarships

All applications completed by the February 1 deadline are considered for merit-based scholarships. Tuition and fees for the One Year MBA program (in-state and out of state)


A Sample Schedule for a One-Year MBA

Summer Term - 15 credits from the following offerings*

  • BACC 2401 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • BECN 2401 Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions (3 credits)
  • BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1 (1.5 credits)
  • BFIN 2410 Financial Management 2 (1.5 credits)
  • BMIS 2409 Information Systems (1.5 credits)
  • BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior (1.5 credits)
  • BMKT 2409 Marketing Management (1.5 credits)
  • Elective credits of your choice

*Students will work with advisors to select the optimal course schedule for the first semester of study.

Fall Term - 18 credits

  • BSEO 2401 Business Ethics & Social Performance (1.5 credits)
  • BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies in Manufacturing & Operations Management (1.5 credits)
  • BMKT 2409 Marketing Management (1.5 credits)**
  • BECN 2401 Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions (3 credits)**
  • Elective credits of your choice

** Enrolled if not completed in first semester of study

Spring Term - 18 credits

  • BSPP 2409 Strategic Management (1.5 credits)
  • BIND 2444 Competitive Management Simulation (3 credits)
  • Elective credits of your choice