The Katz Part-Time MBA delivers the exceptional Experience-Based Learning approach for which Katz is globally known, but in a flexible format that lets you completely customize your education. Do you have a full-time job with a rigid schedule? No problem—you have the option of taking classes in the morning, afternoon, or night. Do you prefer a heavy course load or a light one? Either is fine—you get to progress through the program at entirely your own pace.
Whether you wish to fast-track your career, change professions, or launch your own startup business, the Katz Part-Time MBA is designed to help you achieve your objectives. Led by our emphasis on Experience-Based Learning, we will provide you with a thorough grounding in business fundamentals and will develop your skills in communication, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork. At Katz, we’ll get you ready to handle any tough business challenge. Are you ready? You can be.
Katz MBA Degree Snapshot
Minimum of 51 credits
On-campus program, with morning, afternoon, and evening classes available
Students are able to take from 3 to 18 academic credits per term*
Reputation for Excellence
Would you rather have an MBA degree that is respected only in Pittsburgh, or one that is respected all over the world? Our full-time MBA program is ranked among the top programs in each of the major rankings. As a part-time student, you have the opportunity to leverage the reputation and prestige of the full-time Katz MBA, but while creating your own flexible, manageable course schedule.
In addition to being top-ranked, Katz is accredited by AACSB International, and the University of Pittsburgh was one of the founding members of the organization nearly 100 years ago. Our reputation is helped by faculty members who draw upon a blend of professional experiences and prestigious academic credentials, as 97 percent of Katz professors have at least one PhD.
Katz Ready Advantage
Experience-Based Learning is at the core of the Katz MBA degree. It’s why recruiters, time and time again, remark on the ability of our graduates to come in, roll up their sleeves, and immediately solve problems. This is what it means to be Katz Ready. We offer an array of real-world experiences including:
Wide variety of industry-specific case competitions
Global Alumni Network
As a Katz student, you immediately gain access to Pitt’s vast alumni network of more than 310,000 people. Within that network, our business school is among the most active and most international, with alumni in more than 90 countries. Katz’s alumni office coordinates more than 60 events each year, including many in the Pittsburgh region. The Katz Part-Time MBA is large enough to let you harness the full resources of Pitt, but small enough that we actually know your name.
Completing an MBA is one of the most significant investments you'll ever make. At Katz, we are committed to making sure you get the best possible return on that investment, whether it is through a promotion, a new job, or an expanded network. For the working professional, the ROI is immediate, as you are able to immediately apply what you are learning to your job.
Our MBA Office team will work with you every step of the way so that you are able to custom design an MBA experience to best suit your needs. Through the Katz Part-Time MBA program, you will receive a degree that is high in value, with one of the top ROIs in the world.
Flexibility Comes First
The Katz Part-Time MBA is designed to fit seamlessly within your busy professional schedule and demanding personal life. You have the flexibility to take morning, afternoon, and evening classes; to take classes in the fall, spring, or summer terms; and to decide how quickly—or slowly—you want to complete the program. You are able to take anywhere from three to 18 credits per academic term. Furthermore, we understand that sometimes it’s necessary to adjust your plans based on unexpected life events. Therefore, you are able to take a break from the program if you need to. You have five years from when you start your first class to complete the program.
The Katz Part-Time MBA also gives you the opportunity to customize your MBA around your professional objectives. You will take a minimum of 51 credits, of which 28.5 are electives, and our advisors will help you personalize the curriculum to meet your unique objectives.
Upon formal admission into the Katz Part-Time MBA, a student must fulfill the following requirements in order to receive the MBA degree:
A minimum of 51 credits of approved graduate-level coursework
The appropriate distribution of required core courses and elective courses
A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0
The Katz Part-Time MBA gives students the flexibility to complete the program at their own pace. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and in the evening from 6:20 to 9 p.m. Some courses are also offered on Saturdays.
Below is a sample path for admitted students who intend to follow a three-year plan. These students typically register for 18 credits per year. Fourteen-week courses are worth three credits, while seven-week courses are worth 1.5 credits.
BACC 2401 Financial Accounting (3.0 credits)
BECN 2401 Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions (3.0 credits)
* From 1 to 8.9 credits, students are charged per-credit (Part-Time MBA rate). From 9 to 15 credits, students are charged a flat fee (Two-Year MBA rate). At over 15 credits, students are charged the flat fee, plus per credit for credits over 15.
Widely published in the areas of pricing, product bundling, co-branding, e-commerce, and sales force management. Serves on Journal of Marketing editorial board. Recipient of numerous teaching awards. Former executive with Indian subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH.
The Katz Graduate School of Business welcomed 82 full-time MBA candidates in the 2016-17 academic year. The students participated in a two-week orientation that focused on the themes central to the Katz MBA program: innovation, experience-based learning, collaboration, and globalism.
A new report by Gartner, a global information technology research company, ranks the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business as the No. 18 program in North America for the quality of its graduate-level supply chain management programs. The report evaluates schools on program school, industry impact, and program size.
Joe Pieri, director of Katz MBA programs, has more than two decades of experience in education. His philosophy of student success is grounded in challenge and support, and ensuring that each student feels like they are capable, connected, and contributing.
Christopher Mensah (MBA '15) is an industrial engineer for the Veterans Engineering Resource Center of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He says his knowledge of business fundamentals are essential to managing a successful non-profit organization.