Master of Business Administration (MBA) Admissions Selection Criteria and Interviews

An admissions committee made up of admissions staff and faculty review every application to Katz. To select students for our program, the admissions committee evaluates your application materials as well as feedback from any additional interactions you may have had with admissions representatives. As part of this highly competitive selection process, we consider a variety of criteria that measure your demonstrated skills and assess your potential as a Katz MBA student, future business leader, and alumnus/alumna.

We assess you in three different areas, including:

  • Previous academic performance and analytical skill
By evaluating your prior course work and your score on the GMAT or GRE exams, we assess your ability to conduct quantitative analysis, your business acumen, and your overall intellectual ability. We look for high 600s on the GMAT or high 150s in each section of the GRE. Note that some fields, particularly consulting, may require a different score range. Howeve we evaluate the applicant's overall academic credentials including undergraduate performance. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and record of accomplishments
Your résumé reflects your work experience to this point. In addition to your resumé, during your interview you will have an opportunity to articulate examples of your ability to assume responsibility and use your leadership skills to achieve measurable results. Your recommendation forms also give us insight into these areas, as well as your interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Goals and objectives
You have the opportunity through your personal essays and during your interview to convey the plan you have mapped for your future career. It is important for us to see how you connect your experiences to your future aspirations. Please use the optional essay to include any additional information that you would like us to include in the evaluation of your application. 


Interviews are conducted on campus, off campus (depending on Admissions' recruitment schedule), or via Skype video if is not possible to meet in person. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

Full-time MBA Program

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. A requirement for all Full-time MBA admitted applicants, evaluative interviews are conducted by a variety of Katz personnel from our local MBA Admissions office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Interviews are conducted in-person or via Skype video; we are sorry that we do not conduct telephone interviews. Details are provided in the interview invitation.

Professional MBA Program

Interviews are arranged by invitation and take place after the admissions committee's initial review of a candidate's application.