Global Management Certificate

Regardless of functional orientation, Katz MBAs are likely to be employed at global firms or move into international assignments at some point in their careers. The Global Management Certificate builds your cross-cultural competencies, knowledge of global markets, and skills for operating in a global environment. The knowledge base is essential as demand continues to grow for MBAs in Russia, Latin America, and Asian Pacific companies.

Katz MBAs have wide access to international opportunities through our International Business Center. The center collaborates with the University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies Center, European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence, and the University's African studies program.

The Global Management Certificate features an experience-based learning component in which you will travel abroad to work on a business project. The majority of the coursework is interdisciplinary in nature, as you have the option of studying accounting and finance, marketing and supply chain management, and strategy and human resources in a global context. The certificate also offers electives in which a specific BRIC country will be explored, in terms of its background, current affairs, and developments in business and technology.

A foreign language requirement is not part of the certificate program. However, we encourage competence in two or more languages because it improves your ability to secure international employment.

Credit Requirements

10.5 credits. 6 credits are required, 4.5 are electives.

Core Requirements
3 credits

It is recommended, though not required, that students take a core course early in the program. Students must complete at least 3 credits from the following course list unless they can demonstrate they have completed this material in prior courses:

  • Global Macroeconomics I; 1.5 credits, BECN 2509
  • Global Macroeconomics II; 1.5 credits, BECN 2510
  • Economics for International Business; 3 credits, BECN 2019
  • Cross-Cultural Management; 1.5 credits, BOAH 2527

Experience-based Learning Requirement
3 credits

Students must complete at least 3 credits from the following course list, although a short-term study abroad component with an experiential component that is not listed will be considered

  • Global Research Practicum; 3 credits BIND TBA
  • Consulting Field Project*; 3 credits, BIND 2024
  • Business and Engineering Collaborations; 3 credits, BIND 2000

*Consulting Field Project must have an international travel component to qualify for the certificate.

4.5 credits are required. Given the large number of courses, they are grouped into several interdisciplinary categories. You may take courses from any category.

  • Accounting and Finance
    • International Accounting; 3 credits, BACC 2253
    • Risk Management and Compliance Issues Facing International Organizations; 1.5 credits, BACC 2466
    • International Financial Management; 3 credits, BFIN 2043
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management
    • International Marketing; 1.5 credits, BMKT 2033
    • Managing Offshore Outsourcing; 1.5 credits, BOAH 2456
    • Global Supply Chain Management; 3 credits, BQOM 2533
    • Strategic Procurement and Sourcing Management; 1.5 credits, BQOM 2534
  • Strategy and Human Resources
    • Entering Foreign Markets; 1.5 credits, BIND 2554
    • Competing in Emerging Economies; 1.5 credits, BSEO 2506
    • Management of Strategic Alliances; 1.5 credits, BSEO 2511
    • The Business of Humanity: Strategic Management in the Era of Globalization, Innovation, and Shared Value; 3 credits, BSPP 2328
  • BRIC Country courses
    • India Today, China Today, Brazil Today, Russia Today; 1 credit, TBA.

Full-time and part-time students are eligible to receive a Global Management Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

  1. Completion of a combination of 6 required credits and 4.5 elective credits from the approved course list
  2. Completion of a global management experience to be chosen from one of the international project courses
  3. Grades of B or better for each course, required and elective
  4. A minimum B+ average (3.25 QPA) across all certificate-related courses and credits


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