The University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business has two full-time MBA options: a one-year program and a two-year program. Both are fairly small, intimate experiences with the school entering less than 100 students in each of the past two years–and both are filled with a good bit of experiential learning opportunities to offset the younger age of the students here who tend to have a bit less work experience.
The Katz two-year MBA program is designed for those who seek a traditional graduate business education. Students gain real-world experience through an optional professional internship following the first year of study or through Katz Consulting Field Projects, electives, community service projects, and interactions with business leaders during case competitions and campus visits.
Degree requirements for the program include a minimum of 57 credits, an appropriate distribution of 22.5 credits of required core courses and 30 credits of elective courses, a maximum of 15.0 credits per term, and a minimum cumulative quality point average of 3.0.
Katz two-year students start in August and graduate 20 months later in April.
In U.S. News, Katz jumped to 52nd from a rank of 85 in 2011, making Katz the fastest rising program in the ranking over the past three years. The Financial Times’ 2013 list, moreover, ranked the school in the top 20 among public institutions and the #1 salary in increase in the United States.
In 2013, Forbes and The Economist, which rank schools on the basis of return-on-investment, ranked Katz in the top 25 among public institutions and as the #1 return on investment in the United States per The Economist.
Katz has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to provide a sample list of employers that hired graduate MBAs.