At Katz, we prepare students for a business world that is constantly changing. Our Two-Year MBA program is rooted in experience-based learning. We transform students into business leaders who practice globalism, collaboration, and innovation.
Katz gives students the best of both worlds. Students receive a comprehensive business education and choose a core business area of specialization. They develop the strategic mindset to think big picture and possess the expertise that adds immediate value to a company.
Our program is designed to help focused individuals advance or change their careers. Katz offers the personalized attention of a small school, but is a part of something big: the University of Pittsburgh, which is a large research institution situated in a major U.S. city. In 2011, 90 percent of Katz students received job offers within 90 days of graduation. Some work for Fortune 500 companies with offices in Pittsburgh and others move to cities across the world.
Make Lasting Connections
The networks students build at Katz are enduring. Our award-winning faculty members mentor students and provide guidance that pays long-term dividends. Our 23,000+ alumni reside in nearly 90 different countries and help open doors for Katz MBAs. Our Career Management team has established strong relationships with corporate recruiters and business leaders, making both groups a regular presence on the Katz campus.
Learn by Doing
Experience-based learning is the backbone of the Katz curriculum. Many of our students complete Consulting Field Projects, which give them the opportunity to work as management consultants, sometimes for multi-billion-dollar companies. Our finance classes are held in our Financial Analysis Lab, a 3,000 square-foot facility that, much like a Wall Street trading room, has a running ticker, tote boards, and bank of computers loaded with analysis software. Students grow their understanding of international business by studying abroad or by completing a Global Research Practicum.
Stand Out from the Competition
At Katz, students enhance foundations in the business fundamentals by selecting a concentration. We offer concentrations in finance; information systems; marketing; operations management; organizational behavior and management; and strategy, environment, and organizations. Katz also gives students the opportunity to further refine business talents by completing a certificate. Katz MBA Certificates include: Global Supply Chain Management Certificate; Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Organizational Leadership Certificate; Global Management Certificate; Corporate Valuation Certificate; Corporate Financial Management Certificate; Investments and Trading Certificate; Project Management Certificate; Digital Marketing Certificate.
Upon formal admission to the full-time, Two-Year MBA program, a student must fulfill the following requirements in order to receive the MBA degree:
A minimum of 57 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
Students must declare an area of concentration and a Katz certificate of study to which elective credits will be applied
A Sample Schedule with All Required Courses for Katz Two-Year MBA
Transition Module: August
Technical Workshops Concentrations/Dual-Degree Presentations Registration and Information Procedures sessions Career Evaluation
Year One, Fall Term - 15 credits
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)
BMKT 2409 Marketing Management (1.5 credits)
BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior (1.5 credits)
1.5 elective credits of your choice
Year One, Spring Term - 15 credits
BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies (1.5 credits)
BSPP 2409 Strategic Management (1.5 credits)
BMIS 2409 Information Systems (1.5 credits)
BSEO 2401 Business Ethics & Social Performance (1.5 credits)
9 elective credits of your choice
Year Two, Fall & Spring Terms - 15 credits, both semesters
Caveat: To prevent scheduling complications, it is strongly recommended for students to satisfy as many core courses prior to his/her final term as possible. Ideally, a student should enroll into only one (1) core course during the final term, if necessary.
Creator of the Business of Humanity® project. Explores how to improve organization's decision making, especially in developing economies. Recipient of Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIMA Ahmedabad.
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.
A recipient of the PBAN scholarship, Brian Burton (MBA '15) was able to take advantage of outside the classroom opportunities while earning his MBA, which helped prepare him to re-enter the workforce following graduation.
Michelle Masters (MBA '16) and David Uber (MBA '16) received the 2016 Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management Award for Outstanding SCM Masters Students. Both distinguished themselves through leadership roles in student organizations and participation in supply-chain management activities and case competitions.