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University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration gives students the business agility to compete in the global economy. Led by our collaborative faculty, we emphasize experience-based learning, international immersion, and team-based projects. Our location in Pittsburgh, Pa. gives students abundant opportunities for internships, consulting projects, case competitions, and cultural activities. We have a network of 26,000 alumni in more than 90 countries, all graduates of a program ranked among the world's best by independent publications and continuously accredited by AACSB International.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 141

Program Information

University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Says

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration gives students the business agility to compete in the global economy. Led by our collaborative faculty, we emphasize experience-based learning, international immersion, and team-based projects. Our location in Pittsburgh, Pa. gives students abundant opportunities for internships, consulting projects, case competitions, and cultural activities. We have a network of 26,000 alumni in more than 90 countries, all graduates of a program ranked among the world's best by independent publications and continuously accredited by AACSB International.

Specializations Offered: Finance, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#73 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 35% accepted out of 432 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 551
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business are evaluated on their demonstrated leadership skills, record of accomplishment, previous academic performance, and analytical skills as well as their future potential as leaders in business. The average GPA for the matriculating class of 2009 was 3.3 with an average GMAT of 602. While no...Applicants to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business are evaluated on their demonstrated leadership skills, record of accomplishment, previous academic performance, and analytical skills as well as their future potential as leaders in business. The average GPA for the matriculating class of 2009 was 3.3 with an average GMAT of 602. While not a strict requirement for every prospective candidate, evaluative interviews are conducted regularly prior to the first application deadline. Last year, 97 percent of applicants to the full-time MBA program were interviewed. Interviews for part-time candidates are arranged by invitation and take place after the admissions committee's initial review of a candidate's application.

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Important Dates

Round 1
July

1

Deadline
August

25

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 701
Percent International Students 41%
Total Full-Time Faculty 88
Full-Time Faculty 76%

Student Life

Katz students are “a very diverse group.” There is “a large percentage of foreign students as well as a large female population. The students also have a wide variety of work back­grounds and they bring this to classroom conversations.” Overall, students describe themselves as “active, intelligent, ambitious, a good group of individuals with good overall work ethic.” Those directly out of undergraduate tend to be “young and fun-lov­ing individuals with an excitement to learn the tools and acquire the expertise to advance their business careers.” Part-time and returning students “generally have work and fam­ily lives outside of school” and “are able to bring their own life experiences to group and project work” which “enhances the learning experience.” Life on campus is “both exciting and stressful. There are always plenty of opportunities for various activities within professional and social realms.” One student jokes, “There are too many different activities, lectures, clubs, etc. to choose from. Something is always going on.” Working professionals note, “being a full-time employee and part-time stu­dent is difficult.” However, “this school tries to tailor courses to meet the needs of busy adults while still catering to full-time students as well.”

Career

In terms of job placement students here say, “the social networks…are priceless. I feel if I ever lost my current job, through my developed network I would be employed very quickly.” In addition, “the network events and alumni database are particularly helpful.” Most importantly, Katz has a long arm into the Pittsburgh community and the Pennsylvania region at large. However, students say “career services could be more involved in getting more companies on site for recruiting;” however they are quick to attribute any dip in recruiting opportunities to “the recession and difficult times as far as hiring and job availability in general.” In 2010, 70 percent of graduating Katz MBA students had received a job offer prior to graduation with a mean base salary of $71,328. Though by in large students accepted jobs in the surrounding Middle Atlantic region, an impressive 30.4 percent accepted jobs internationally. Financial services, manufacturing, consulting, and technology remain fields with big draws for Katz grads. Bayer, IBM, Deloitte & Touche, Crane Co., and Ford Motor Company were listed as the top five employers.

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Students Say

Students are drawn to the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business for its “value, location, course offerings, [and] study abroad program.” In addi­tion, many tout “the small class size, accessibility of the administration and faculty, and the collegial and collaborative environment, percent of matriculating students hailing from abroad.” As one student says, “we have a very international class at Katz. In my first year, about 55 percent of the class hailed from outside the U.S., including China, Taiwan, India, and Europe.” This is not surprising given the school’s “dual-degree pro­grams and international connections with universities abroad.” In 1960, Katz became the first business school to offer a one-year MBA program designed for students with a strong background in business or economics. Students continue to laud the “reputation of [the] finance department [and] reputation for placement in finance-related careers.” In addition, the school offers a part-time program where work­ing professionals can pursue an advanced degree in their field through evening classes. In the part-time program, “classes meet at night for three hours and some of the work can be a little tedious after you have put in a full day of work.” The full-time, two-year MBA program focuses on providing students with a longer, more comprehensive intro­duction to all aspects of business management. The first-semester students “are focused on the core MBA classes.” “Starting the second semester, students are able to start taking electives.” Overall, students say the faculty here “is adequate.” Professors are “smart, engaged and come from diverse backgrounds—from prominent Fortune 500 companies to non-profits and start-up companies. They’re generally very good at soft skills while maintaining a high level of skill in the more technical aspects of b-school.” “The course offerings in cer­tain departments are not extensive, particularly in marketing” and “adjunct professors are particularly weak.” As is the case at many large research universities, others add a cautionary note saying, “professors are a mixed bag, ranging from excellent teachers who are extremely accessible, to…being so concerned with their research that they treat students like a nuisance.” The administration however “is amazing.” “I love the fact that the Dean knows students by name.” “One can just walk into the Dean’s office. The Dean and his staff at the MBA Programs Office interact with students all the time.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Institute for Industrial Competitiveness; International Business Centers; Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence; The Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership; Center for Health and Care Work; Office of Technology Management; Technology Commercialization Alliance.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    1) Katzport http://www.business.pitt.edu/katz/mba/career/katzport.php 2) English Language Institute 3) Accent Language Modification and Improvement (Language Assessment Workshop)

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Networking, giving back, and speakers series

  • Minority Support Groups:

    1) Diversity scholarships 2) National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Pittsburgh Chapter MBA 3) Association of Latino Professionals in Finance (ALPFA) 4) Annual Diversity Recruiting Luncheon 5) Annual Orientation Breakfast 6) Funded travel to diversity job fairs and case competitions 7) Regularly scheduled update meetings 8) Pitt Black MBA Network
    9) Roberto Clemente MBA Association http://www.business.pitt.edu/katz/mba/admissions/diversity/index.php

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    We provide a system of peer mentoring for all students in the MBA program. http://www.business.pitt.edu/katz/mba/career/index.php

  • Research Facilities:

    Institute for Industrial Competitiveness; International Business Centers; Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence; The Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership; Center for Health and Care Work; Office of Technology Management; Technology Commercialization Alliance.

  • Study Abroad:

    1) Foreign exchange programs with German institutions: a)The Universität Augsburg b) The European Business School (Oestrich Winkel) 2) Foreign exchange program with Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso, Chile 3) Foreign exchange program with Euromed Management, Marseille, France 4) Summer internships abroad as part of the MBA/MIB 5) Study abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay and India in cooperation with the School of Engineering

  • Women Support Groups:

    MBA Womens International

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business include:

Jeffrey A. Davis - Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Robert Paserick - President, Boeing Shared Services Group

Kevin Woods Sharer - Chair & CEO Amgen, Inc.

Raymond William Smith - Chairman Verizon Ventures

Frank Gaoning Ning - CEO and Chairman of COFCO, Ltd. (China)

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte, Crane, SDLC Partners, PNC, IBM

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 36% $71,425
Technical 29% $85,449
Consulting 27% $82,708
Consulting 26% $78,720
Other 26% $72,378
Manufacturing 21% $77,529
Finance / Accounting 20% $71,654
Operations / Logistics 18% $77,800
Marketing / Sales 17% $65,069
Other 11% $70,000
Financial Services 11% $60,286

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 87%
Three Month Employment 96%
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