The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School

Where Theory Meets Practice

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration leverages the opportunities created by our urban location and strong research culture to prepare students to be catalysts for change. Our mission is to merge communities of knowledge with communities of practice to create exceptional experience-based learning outcomes for students and relevant insights for business leaders.

The Katz MBA program was established in 1960, although the business school's roots go back to 1907, with the University of Pittsburgh's Evening School of Economics, Accounts, and Finance. Katz was the world's first to offer a one-year MBA program. That spirit of innovation guides us today and is reflected in the life's work of the school's namesake: the late Joseph M. Katz, a consummate entrepreneur, businessman, and Pittsburgher.

Katz graduates form a worldwide network  23,000 Katz alumni live and work in more than 90 countries. That is to say nothing of the broader reach of the University of Pittsburgh,  a world-respected leader across virtually all disciplines. That includes the undergraduate College of Business Administration, whose annual enrollment tops 2,000 students, and complements the nearly 1,000 students in Katz's master's and doctoral programs.

Led by Dean Arjang Assad, the rigorous academic programs at Katz are based upon four key principles:

  • Experience-based learning.  Katz graduates make an impact on day one because credit hours are "ramp up" time. Our students learn from entrepreneurial faculty. They prep for the day-to-day demands of business through Consulting Field Projects, fellowships, professional development training, internships and co-ops, and national case competitions.
  • Collaboration. Through Pitt, students and faculty have opportunities to an abundance of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Additionally, at every stage, Katz students serve on cross-functional teams and complete group projects.  We're molding a new breed of leader: The open-minded contributor who is ready for any challenge.
  • Innovation. Business agility is a must for businesses and individuals. Our flexible framework enables students to load up on electives, and pursue interdisciplinary certificates and joint or dual degrees. Katz offers a certificate program in Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship that prepares students for product development, new venture initiation, and product commercialization, among other areas.
  • Globalism. The Katz International Business Center provides access to an array of international business opportunities. Additionally, Katz offers a Global Management Certificate and two joint degree options with Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In global commerce, the efficient coordination of the supply chains creates value.