The University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business prepare students to take the business lessons they’ve learned into the world. The prestigious programs are AACSB accredited, and Pitt Business is Cliftonstrengths Certified by Gallup. During their first semester, students will take the Cliftonstrengths assessment to determine their greatest talent themes. Students will then receive individualized advising by Business Strengths Coaches throughout the remainder of their college experience. Graduates have a 97% placement rate, and the 2018 MBA class had an average starting salary of $99,861.
Students can customize their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Theory is taught in the classroom, but the city of Pittsburg provides learning opportunities for students with Major League Baseball, Fox Sports, and PNC Financial Services. The brightest and most determined students can graduate with the Honors distinction by participating in nine-credit hours of enhanced academics, featuring opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty and an experience-based learning capstone.
The MBA is offered in a one-year or two-year format, as well as a more flexible Professional MBA. Concentrations are available in Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, or Strategy. Specialized Master of Science degrees can be completed in approximately nine to twelve months, and include options in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health and Wellness Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, Supply Chain Management, or Supply Chain Management + Industrial Engineering. Nine Katz graduate certificates can be earned in conjunction with one of these degrees. Graduate students also have opportunities to compete in Katz Invitational Case Competition, work on consulting field projects, and complete the Management Simulation Capstone. The highly competitive Ph.D. is ideal for students who want to be recognized as experts in the field of Accounting, Business Analytics and Operations, Finance, Information Systems and Technology Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, or Strategic Management.
Students foster strong bonds with other business students by living in one of the three Pitt Business Living Learning Communities: Freshman, Global Leadership, or Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Pitt Business Outside of the Classroom program challenged students to become well-rounded. In this program, students level up through participation in various activities designed to strengthen 10 competencies such as Leadership Develop, Career and Professional Development, Social Engagement, and Personal Financial Literacy. Students who achieve a Level 4 status in five or more competencies will be recognized at graduation. More than 25 Pitt Business organizations exist to give students first-hand experience similar to that of running a business. Students in these organizations are responsible for planning and executing events, reaching out to schedule guest speakers, and managing a budget. Some of the business organizations include the Association for Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion, Fashion Business Association, League of Emerging Analytical Professionals, and Women in Sports and Events.
Students in the part-time MBA complete the majority of their coursework online and are only required to spend two or three weekends on campus throughout the course of three years.