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

Pittsburgh Katz Professional MBA Program Structure

The University of Pittsburgh Katz Professional MBA is designed for the working student with a fully customizable, on-campus and online hybrid format. Students complete coursework during the week at their own pace, and then come to campus two or three weekends a semester for in-person learning. There are three intakes a year, in August, January, and May. Most students complete the program within three years.


All students take a series of 1.5 and 3 credit core courses to build business fundamentals. Following completion of the core curriculum, students choose between six concentration options to further specialize their studies: finance, management information systems, marketing, operations, strategy, or organizational behavior and human resources management.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 48

Class Profile

Professional MBA students in the most recent class at Katz entered the program with an average GMAT of 563 and an average GPA of 3.34. Female students comprised 34 percent of the class. Prior to entering Katz, students majored in a variety of subjects as undergraduates, including 38 percent from business backgrounds, 18 percent from the humanities/social sciences, 14 percent from mathematics/physical sciences, and 12 percent from engineering backgrounds.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost per credit for the Pittsburgh Professional MBA program is $1,347 for in-state residents, and $2,084 for out-of-state residents, with $445 of mandatory fees per term. With 51 required credits overall, this brings the total tuition cost to $69,697 for in-state students, and $106,284 for out-of-state students.

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 opportunities.


Students must submit the following components to apply for the Professional MBA program: an online application form, two recommendations, essay responses, an application fee, a current resume, official transcripts, official GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable.

GMAT/GRE waivers may be available for applicants who demonstrate strong skills through a prior graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, an exceptional academic record from an undergraduate degree program at Pitt Business, or extensive professional experience.
Interviews are offered by invitation only and can be conducted in person or via Skype video.

Applications deadlines are as follows:

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the Professional MBA program on a rolling basis, with three entry points during the year. To be guaranteed consideration for a given entry, we must receive your application and all component parts by the following deadline dates.

Application Deadlines Decision Notification
July 1 (for August entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
November 1 (for January entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
March 1 (for May entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application

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