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

MBA Program Stats

Annual Tuition: $31,870

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $54,004

Acceptance Rate: 34%

Full-Time Enrollment: 87

Average GPA: 3.4

Median GMAT: 640

Median GRE: 311

International: 47%

Minority: 9%

Female: 31%

Male: 69%

Average Age: 28

What You Need To Know

At Pittsburgh Katz, they stress real-world, experience-based learning, which “empowers students to gain the critical cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s business world.” The Katz School of Business offers a signature 18-month MBA geared towards students exploring their path, and a one-year accelerated MBA geared towards students who want a career accelerator; as well as a joint & dual degree MBA, and an MBA with Business Analytics.

Pittsburgh is a city with a strong business community and plenty of post-MBA career opportunities, with major companies in the area such as PNC Financial Services Group, UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), Allegheny Technologies, and Heinz.

“As an international student, I chose Katz because of professional support from the career management team. They provide great advice and resources to help students during their job search and focus on their priorities. Most international students like me may lack working experience in the U.S. Professional support is essential for us. The Katz career management center offers one-on-one support to explore future career goals, develop personal branding, and attend networking events. I am excited to continue to work with the career management team during my MBA journey,” says MBA Min Cai.

Academics And Programs

Signature MBA – Our redesigned Signature MBA program provides you with time for a summer internship and includes an intensive integrated learning capstone experience during your final semester, while providing a path to rejoin the workforce four months earlier than a traditional two-year MBA program.

Accelerated MBA – Highly focused and designed to offer you the fastest return on your investment, the Accelerated MBA program enables you to complete a Katz MBA full-time in an intensive 12-month format, minimizing the time you spend away from the workforce.

Part-Time MBA – The part-time MBA programs are designed to be completed in 2-3 years. Plus, you can receive personalized career advice from our Executives in Residence and get access to Pitt’s extensive alumni network in the field of your choice.

Joint Degree MBA – Each of the Joint Degree MBA programs has been designed and is managed in collaboration with leading graduate schools within the University of Pittsburgh, to provide multiple focuses of study with an intensive, fast-tracked curriculum.

MBA with Business Analytics – The brand-new, STEM-designated Master of Business Administration with Business Analytics program requires students to complete the existing graduation requirements for both the Master of Business Administration degree and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Students will immerse themselves in cutting-edge quantitative methods and analytical tools, statistics, data mining, and data-driven decision-making.

Why Students Chose

“What made Katz stand out from the four other business schools that I had an offer from was the experience-based learning and the executives in residence components of the program. While researching the prospects of Katz before even applying, I was able to talk to many alumni, read Poets & Quants articles, and get familiar with these components. You can read all the books you want and listen to all the lectures you can get, but if the ‘real deal’ isn’t there, what good does it do? I am able to take classes that are fundamentally based on real-world problems, work closely with the career management team, and book a mock interview to have an advisory session with experienced executives in our school, and leverage such a huge alumni network all over the nation – these are the qualities that really put the Katz Graduate School of Business on my priority radar. Now that I am enrolled in the program, all I have to do is to take the full advantage of having such great opportunities.” Nijat Behbudov (‘21)

“Technology and management have become two sides of the same coin. It is important for one to have both of these skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s business world. I want to move into techno-commercial roles, which required rich experience in the IT field, building my technical expertise, and gaining the basic knowledge of delivery, results, returns, and strategy, Hence, I wanted a technical underflow to my MBA. At Katz, I’m pursuing the dual Full-Time MBA/MS in Management Information Systems degree program, which allows me to develop my management skills and polish my technical knowledge.” Raunaq Lala (‘21)

“At Katz, I am doing the MBA/MS in Management Information Systems (MIS) dual-degree program. The dual master’s degree allows me to combine my experience in the information technology industry and leverage that experience with new skills I learn as I complete my MBA degree. Pittsburgh is a city that has seen growth during the past few years in the information technology industry. With the additional MIS degree, I will be in touch with current trends in the technology industry. By the time I graduate from b-school, I expect to be an expert in two of the most sought out fields in today’s industrial world—technology and business.” Mathew Roy (‘21)

“Experience-based learning was the key factor in choosing Katz. I have always thought the best way to learn is by doing. The classroom is a great place to discuss ideas and philosophies, but nothing will substitute the knowledge gained from real-world experiences.” John Sopko (‘21)

“The key factor that led me to choose this program was the collaborative approach of learning that is followed at Katz. The focus on experiential learning encourages students and faculty to have an open interaction that fosters an environment to work together as a team rather than an environment that is just about cutthroat competition. In my professional experience of over a decade, I have experienced both competitive and collaborative environments at the workplace. I personally feel that we learn a lot more and prosper together when we collaborate – whether as teams in a company or as classmates in a B school.” Siddharth Srivastava (‘21)

Career Stats

Compensation Statistics of Katz MBAs

Career Statistics 2019 2018 2016 2015 2014
Average Base Salary $ 107,793 $ 99,861 $ 82,792 $ 88,027 $ 80,096
% of MBAs with Job Offer 3 months post   Graduation 94 95 92 91 96

Katz MBA Graduate Employment Offers

Employment Offers 2019 2018 2016 2015 2014
% of MBAs with Job Offer by Graduation 88 84 73
% of MBAs with Job Offer 3 months post   Graduation 94 95 92 91 96

Industry Choices of Katz MBAs

Industry 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Consulting 23 21 22 8 16
Manufacturing 18 18 38 23
*Finance / Accounting
Financial Services 18 27 18 26 12
*General Management 3
*Marketing / Sales
Technology 18 21 18 6 11
*Operations/Logistics 12
Pharma 2 2 4 7
Consumer Products 2 9
Energy 2 2 5
Other 19 18 18 18 17

Where Katz MBAs Went To Work

Top Hirers in 2017
Booz Allen Hamilton
Crane Co.
Denali Sourcing Services
ERIKS North America
Georgia Pacific
Giant Eagle
Howard Hanna
Kraft Heinz
Management Science Associates
Nationwide Insurance
Rockwell Automation
SDLC Partners
Sears Holdings Corporation
The Ayco Co. LP
The Hershey Co.
The Vanguard Group
Title21 Software
TriState Capital Bank
United Technologies Corporation

Admissions For Katz Graduate School of Business

From Pittsburgh Katz

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.

Student Features For Katz Graduate School Of Business

Meet Pittsburgh Katz’s MBA Class Of 2021

An experiential program draws an accomplished class

2023 MBA To Watch: Ammar Kinkhabwala, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“Driven by impact, inclusive in all aspects, a life-long learner, and a die-hard soccer enthusiast”

2023 MBA To Watch: Pearl Jacker Doe, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“Results-driven, highly adaptable in new environments, and continuously seeking growth”

2023 Best & Brightest MBA: Claire Howard, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“Resilient, Disciplined, Collaborative, Self-Aware, Adaptable, Ethical, Observant, Accountable, Dependable, Confident, Supportive, Attentive, Curious, Passionate, Ambitious”

2022 Best & Brightest MBA: Anthony C. Winfield Jr., University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“A dreamer that achieves every goal, brunch enthusiast, Old Fashion and The Office fanatic”

2022 Best & Brightest MBA: Amelia Parlier, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“I am an independent, adventurous visual artist with passions for human rights and entrepreneurship”

2021 Best & Brightest MBAs: Bianca Joi Payton, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“Energetic, eager, strategic problem-solver connecting and building networks with a great smile.”

2021 Best & Brightest MBAs: Malena Hirsch, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“An aspirational leader with grit, agility, and a passion for servant leadership”

2019 Best & Brightest MBAs: Ananya Gupta, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

"Class leader" wraps up successful stint as Consulting Club president

2022 MBA To Watch: S. Jalal Rahman, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

“Self-driven, passionate about life, empathetic and relationship-builder”

2020 MBAs To Watch: Chevy Graham, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

Standout student's drive & an MBA takes him to AstraZeneca

2019 MBAs To Watch: Shan Luan, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

'When Shan Luan sets a goal, her drive and motivation ensure that there is nothing that can stand in her way of obtaining it'

2019 MBAs To Watch: Carmelena Moffa, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

'Continually strives for more while raising the level of discourse among her classmates'

School Features

Pittsburgh Katz Names New Dean: Syracuse Whitman’s Eugene Anderson

Anderson replaces Arjang Assad, who became Katz's dean in 2015

Rankings Data For Katz Graduate School of Business

Katz MBA Rankings

Ranking 2023-2024 2022-2023 2021-2022 2020-2021 2019-2020
Poets&Quants 52 43 43 43 37

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