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


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: November 17, 2021.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $31,280

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $53,000

Acceptance Rate: 45%

Full-Time Enrollment: 124

Average GPA: 3.21

Median GMAT: 630

Median GRE: 311

International: 48%

Minority: 17%

Female: 36%

Male: 64%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Round 4: October 1, 2021 | Round 2: December 1, 2021 | Round 3: February 1, 2022 | Round 4: April 1, 2022

The Katz Graduate School of Business MBA: What You Need To Know

In 1963, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh became the first school to offer a one-year accelerated MBA program and continues to offer stellar programs. Katz has a one-year program and a two-year program: both are fairly small, intimate experiences with small cohort sizes 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.

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.

The programs start with the foundations of business fundamentals familiar to all MBAs, but candidates can then choose from focuses in Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Operations Supply Chain Management, and Digital Innovation to name a few.

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 internship following the first year of study and through Katz Consulting Field Projects, electives, community service projects, and interactions with business leaders during case competitions and campus visits.

Katz two-year students start in August and graduate 20 months later in April. The full-time program’s one-year option clocks in at just 11 months — in line with most European MBAs. The two-year MBA offers six more credits of electives than the one-year program, but perhaps most significantly, the one-year option has no internship.

The one-year tends to appeal to students who want a career-accelerator while intending to stay with their existing employer, and the two-year is more exploratory. The two-year program includes an intensive integrated learning capstone experience during the final semester, while providing a path to rejoin the workforce four months earlier than a traditional two-year MBA program.

At 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.”

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2019 MBAs To Watch: Jordan Talmadge, University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

Contact Information

301 Mervis Hall
3950 Roberto Clemente Dr.
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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