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University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: July 1, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $26,076 In-State, $34,358 Out-of-State

Acceptance Rate: 34%

Full-Time Enrollment: 120

Average GPA: 3.32

International: 39%

Minority: 19%

Average Age: 28

Median GMAT: 640

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 510-710

Female: 39%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.8-3.8

Male: 61%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: October 1st, 2018. Round 2: December 1st, 2018. Round 3: February 1st, 2019. Round 4: April 1st, 2019. (February 1st, 2019 is the deadline for scholarship consideration)

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.

Rankings Analysis:
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.

Contact Information

372 Mervis Hall,
College of Business Administration
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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The Experience-Based MBA

At Katz, we believe in one constant—that business never stops reinventing itself, and neither should you. To be ready to continually adapt and grow, you’ll need a strong foundation in the fundamentals. We’ll build you one through exposure to real-world experiences, global business immersions, internships and co-ops, and team-based simulations. From the moment you step on campus, we’ll prepare you to be a leader who can immediately make a positive impact and solve problems of all sizes and types. We’ll get you ready to confidently respond to change, no matter what comes your way. Are You Ready? You Can Be.

Five Formats. One MBA.

At Katz, we give you the flexibility to select the MBA format that is right for you. Each program is grounded in our commitment to Experience-Based Learning and is taught by our world-class faculty, which ensures that, no matter which program you select, you’ll graduate with the tools needed to make an immediate positive impact.

  • One-Year MBA Reduce the time you spend away from the workforce and maximize your return on investment by completing the Katz MBA in an accelerated 11-month format.
  • Two-Year MBA The traditional-style MBA gives you a comprehensive understanding of business operations and leaves time for an internship experience.
  • Professional MBA Designed with the working professional in mind, the flexible program enables you to continue working while earning your MBA.
  • Executive MBA Tailored for mid-level and senior managers, this program enhances your strategic vision and executive skills. We offer both a Worldwide and a Healthcare track.
  • Joint and Dual Degrees You have the option of pairing your MBA with a master’s degree in law, engineering, information systems, international business, international development, public and international affairs, or public health.
  • Specialized Master’s Programs Katz also offers MS in business programs for students interested in quickly gaining professional skills in the areas of Accounting, Customer Insights, Finance, Management of Information Systems, and Supply Chain Management.


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