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.
Credit Hours Are Ramp-Up Time
At Katz, Experience-Based Learning is our central curricular focus. We use real-world experiences to teach you the hard skills (the analytic-driven technical competencies) and the soft skills (people-based skills such as leadership and teamwork) that are necessary to be a business leader. At Katz, you are able to complete an array of client-based projects, internships and co-ops, global business immersions, internal and external case competitions, research fellowships, and more. Watch a video about the Katz Experience.
The following Experience-Based Learning experiences are critical to our MBA program:
- Consulting Field Projects let you work as management consultants on challenging projects for real companies located around the globe. Your team is given a scope of work and then you spend the course of a semester completing the project, before ultimately presenting it to the client and presenting it in the school’s McKinsey Cup case competition. Past Consulting Field Project clients have included Westinghouse Electric; Thomson Reuters; Philips, Inc.; Bank of New York Mellon; and UPMC. Watch a video about the Consulting Field Project course.
- Ethics and social responsibility fellowship programs give you the experience of applying business principles to a community-enhancing issue. Our Kenneth R. Woodcock Leadership Fellowship Program lets you serve as a guest member on the boards of directors of greater Pittsburgh nonprofits and economic development organizations. Our BNY Mellon Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fellowship Program lets you work in a consulting capacity for a Pittsburgh organization on a CSR-themed project. Past clients have included the government of Allegheny County, Sustainable Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Watch a video about the fellowship programs.
- The Management Simulation lets you tie together everything you learned in the core courses by having the experience of running a company in a simulated, competitive environment. As the capstone to the MBA program, it involves reporting your work to a board of directors made up of real managers and executives from the Pittsburgh area.
- The Global Research Practicum gives you an opportunity to travel abroad to conduct research and to meet with local and multinational companies, and learn about their business practices and culture through a short-term, project-based trip. Three trips are offered in a typical year, and past locations have included cities in Asia, Europe, and South America. Watch a video about the Global Research Practicum.
- At a more fundamental level, every Katz course incorporates case studies, group projects, and assignments tied to current events. This active learning model prepares you to think on your feet, so that you can stand tall when the sands of change shift underneath you. Watch a video about class projects at Katz.
Pittsburgh is More Than Our Address
Named the best city for millennials (Forbes, 2016) and best city for 20-somethings (Greatist.com, 2016), the city of Pittsburgh has become a world destination for education, culture, entrepreneurship, and research.
At Katz, you’re able to take advantage of the ties we’ve built with Pittsburgh’s business community. Some of the nation’s largest corporations—and a number of exciting startups—are located just a few miles from our urban campus. We’re proud to live in a city that has successfully reinvented itself and faces a bright future. We believe the world can learn a lot from how Pittsburgh has grown new businesses and supported entrepreneurship in the face of economic upheaval. We believe the world can learn from how Pittsburgh has found innovative ways to implement new public and private partnerships that advance the common good. As a Katz student, you’ll be able to take the lessons learned in Pittsburgh to organizations all over the world.
Customize Your MBA Experience
The Katz MBA provides both a solid grounding in management fundamentals and the opportunity to customize your skill set through electives. We offer areas of concentration that enable you to specialize in Finance, Management of Information Systems, Marketing, Operations, Strategy, or Organizational Behavior and HR Management. Then you select from ten certificates that allow you to further refine your focus. The certificates, which are shaped by market demand, contain a mandatory experience-based learning component. The combination of your concentration and certificate, combined with your complete of Experience-Based Learning, will prepare you to be Katz Ready.
At Katz, it’s a point of pride that our professors are accessible and approachable to students, while also being at the top of their fields. Our professors serve in a leadership capacity at top research journals and are also regularly sought out by industry-leading businesses for consulting projects. In that sense, our faculty members represent the best of both worlds: academic excellence combined with real-world experience. As a student, you can expect the opportunity to interact with faculty who will challenge you to grow as business professionals through a curriculum that emphasizes solving real business problems.
Global Alumni Network
The Katz alumni network has more than 23,000 members in nearly 90 countries. This global network ensures that Katz students and alumni have a support system in virtually every country. Our leadership ranks include more than 1,000 board chairs, CEOs, and presidents, as well as owners, founders, and cofounders of start-ups.
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