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Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business – University of Pittsburgh - Full-Time MBA

Pittsburgh Katz Full-Time MBA Program Structure

Katz offers two different full-time MBA structures: a one-year program that begins each May, and a two-year program that begins each August. Students in the two-year program must complete 57 credits to graduate, and students in the one-year program must complete 51 credits. Both intakes of students undergo a week-long orientation prior to the start of classes, and the one-year students complete a summer semester before starting fall classes with the two-year intake.


The Katz MBA program requires between 51 and 57 credits comprised of a mixture of core courses, electives, and global learning opportunities. Students can also choose between six concentrations including finance, management information systems, marketing, operations, strategy, and organizational behavior and human resources management. MBA students can also opt to pursue one of ten different certificates: corporate financial management, corporate valuation, digital marketing, global management, global supply chain management, investments and trading, organizational leadership, project management, sustainability, and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Certificates require 10.5 credits of coursework for completion.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

U.S. News & World Report: 43
Bloomberg: 82
Forbes: 37
Financial Times: 73
The Economist: 53

Class Profile

Pittsburgh full-time MBA students in the most recent class at Katz entered the program with an average GMAT of 640 and an average GPA of 3.45. Female students comprised 29 percent of the class, and international students from over 12 countries make up 39 percent of the class. Prior to entering Katz, students majored in a variety of subjects as undergraduates, including 24 percent from the humanities/social sciences, 23 percent from engineering backgrounds, 19 percent from business, and 16 percent in mathematics/physical sciences.

The school estimates there are 105-120 new students and 75 second-year students enrolled in the program each year.

Career Statistics

Katz’s Career Management Center provides students with a plethora of resources to aid in their career search, including resume review, one-on-one advising sessions, strengthsfinder assessments, job postings and on-campus recruitment efforts, and career fairs. Using these efforts, 95 percent of students in the Class of 2018 had received a job offer by three months after graduation. The average starting salary for the Class of 2018 was $99,861.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Two-Year MBA program at Katz is $11,730 per term for in-state students. Adding in fees including a professional development fee, activity fee, and wellness fee, the total cost per term is $13,705. Over the four required terms, total tuition and fees for the Pittsburgh full-time MBA is $54,280 for in-state students. For out-of-state students, this number rises to $18,430 per term and $73,720 total.

In the One-Year MBA, tuition and fees come to $17,615 per term for in-state students. For a total of three required terms, the total cost is $52,845. For out-of-state students, tuition and fees amount to $23,915 per term, or $71,745 total.

Merit-based scholarships are available to Katz students and all applicants are automatically considered. Educational and private loans are both offered, as well as a number of fellowship


To apply to either the Two-Year or One-Year MBA programs, students must submit the following: an online application form, two recommendations, essay responses, a $50 USD application fee, a current resume, official transcripts, official GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable. Interviews are offered by invitation only and can be conducted in person or via Skype video.

Work experience is not explicitly required in order to apply, but it is suggested.

Application deadlines are as follows:

One-Year MBA Deadlines

Round 1 – October 1
Round 2 – December 1
Round 3 – February 1 (deadline for scholarship consideration)

Two-Year MBA Deadlines

Round 1 – October 1
Round 2 – December 1
Round 3 – February 1 (deadline for scholarship consideration)
Round 4 – April 1

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