Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business // Academics and Advising

Academics and Advising

Welcome!

We are pleased to congratulate you on your acceptance to Katz! As academic advisors, we will be assisting you over your studies with course selection, registration, and academic progress. We look forward to supporting your efforts while at Katz. Our academic advising assignments are based on the course of study you plan to pursue at Katz.

The transcripts that you submitted with your application of admissions to the Master’s program are now the property of Katz. We are not permitted to release these transcripts or a copy of the transcripts to you. For that reason we suggest that you bring extra copies of your transcript with you.

Katz MBA Certificates

Katz certificates provide experience-based learning opportunities and illustrate the importance of collaboration across business areas. MBA students are not required to complete a certificate; however, you can distinguish yourself with a Katz certificate that gives you additional hands-on experience in a core business area. To declare a certificate, fill out the Certificate Declaration Form and submit it to your academic advisor.

Katz offers the following certificates:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management Science
  • Technology Management
  • Business Analytics
MS Certificates

Students in full-time MS programs are eligible to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.

In addition, students may consider applying to other Pitt Graduate Certificate programs. A separate application may be necessary.

Course Abstract and Schedules

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Accelerated and Signature MBA Curriculum Plans and Degree Requirements
Katz offers students a variety of programs for earning their master’s degree. Listed below are the curriculum plans for the various programs. Each plan includes degree requirements, a sample schedule, information about course selection and sequencing, as well as a fillable curriculum check sheet. These curriculum plans help to keep students aware of their academic expectations as well as their degree progress. If you have specific questions concerning one of the curriculum plans, please consult your academic advisor or e-mail the MBA Advising Team.

MBA Full-Time Programs

  • FT Accelerated MBA Curriculum Plan
  • FT Signature MBA Curriculum Plan
  • FT MBA-JD Curriculum Plan
  • FT MBA-MID Curriculum Plan
  • FT MBA-MPIA Curriculum Plan
  • FT MBA-MS Engineering Curriculum Plan
  • FT MBA-MIS Curriculum Plan​
  • FT MBA-MHA Curriculum
Part-Time MBA Curriculum Plans and Degree Requirements

Katz offers students a variety of programs for earning their master’s degree. Listed below are the curriculum plans for the various programs. Each plan includes degree requirements, a sample schedule, information about course selection and sequencing, as well as a fillable curriculum check sheet. These curriculum plans help to keep students aware of their academic expectations as well as their degree progress. If you have specific questions concerning one of the curriculum plans, please consult your academic advisor or e-mail the MBA Advising Team.

Part-Time MBA Programs

  • Part-Time MBA Curriculum Plan
  • Part-Time MBA-MS Engineering Curriculum Plan
  • Part-Time MBA MS-MIS Curriculum Plan
MS Curriculum Plans and Degree Requirements
Katz offers students a variety of programs for earning their master’s degree. Listed below are the curriculum plans for the various programs. Each plan includes degree requirements, a sample schedule, information about course selection and sequencing, as well as a fillable curriculum check sheet. These curriculum plans help to keep students aware of their academic expectations as well as their degree progress. If you have specific questions concerning one of the curriculum plans, please consult your academic advisor or e-mail the MS Advising Team.

MS Full-Time Programs

  • FT MS-Acct. Curriculum Plan (Two-Term Students)
  • FT MS-Finance Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-Finance+BA Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-MSci Curriculum Plan
  • ​FT MS-MSci+BA Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-MIS Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-SCM Curriculum Plan​
  • FT MS-Accounting and Business Analytics Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-Finance and Business Analytics Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-Marketing Science and Business Analytics Curriculum Plan
  • FT MS-Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics Curriculum Plan
Exemption Exams (Part-Time MBA)

Exemption exams are offered each semester for Professional MBA students.

Any student who is already a Certified Public Accountant is exempt from taking Financial Accounting. You must provide us with a copy of your CPA license.

Katz offers exemption exams for the following core required courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Economic Analysis
  • Financial Management 1
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Decision Tech
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic Management 
  • Statistical Analysis

If you have any questions regarding exemption exams or decide that you no longer want to take an exam after registering for one, contact MBA Advising.

    Exemption Exams (MS)

    Exemption exams are offered to full-time Master’s students during Orientation.

    Any student who is already a Certified Public Accountant is exempt from taking Financial Accounting. You must provide us with a copy of your CPA license.

    Katz offers exemption exams for the following core required courses:

    • Financial Accounting
    • Economic Analysis
    • Financial Management 1
    • Marketing Management
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Decision Tech
    • Information Systems
    • Strategic Management 
    • Statistical Analysis

    If you have any questions regarding exemption exams or decide that you no longer want to take an exam after registering for one, contact MS Advising.

    Experience-Based Learning

    At Katz, we believe that real-world experience is the best teacher. For that reason, we built our business school around experience-based learning outcomes. We believe learning by doing enables students to put in to practice the theories learned in the classroom. This hands-on approach empowers students to gain the critical cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s business world.

    We offer our graduate students a unique menu of domestic and global experience-based learning opportunities. Students can choose from case studies, consulting projects, simulations, case competitions and fellowships. This active learning approach enables you to be Katz Ready on day one.

    Select highlights include:

    This list is by no means complete and more information can be found through current course abstracts or by contacting your academic advisor or Bill McShane (wmcshane@katz.pitt.edu).

    Global Learning

    Students in full-time MS programs are eligible to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.

    In addition, students may consider applying to other Pitt Graduate Certificate programs. A separate application may be necessary.

    MBA Registration

    MBA students may register online after the first semester.

    Self-Enrollment Tutorial (MBA Students Only)

    • Prepare for self-enrollment
    • Add a course
    • Drop a course
    • Swap a course
    • Wait list for closed/full courses
    • Wait-listing information for Katz students

    Full-Time MBA Cross-Registration: Local Academic Institutions

    The Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) cross-registration agreement is an initiative among local academic institutions that provides an opportunity for full-time students to attend courses at various participating colleges and universities as a guest student. AACSB-accredited institutions in the greater Pittsburgh area include Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business; Duquesne University, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business; and Robert Morris University. Cross-registration is limited to full-time MBA students registered during the fall and spring terms only. PLEASE NOTE: PCHE cross-registration does not apply to part-time students. If you are intersted in cross-registration, review this document and complete all necessary steps.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where are you located?

    The Master’s Admissions office is located in 301 Mervis Hall. The office assists Master’s students throughout their studies with questions regarding registration, transfer credits, exemption exams, grades, and scheduling of classes.

    Do I still need to attend Katz's required accounting course if I took business accounting classes as an undergraduate?
    Yes, only graduate level courses can be acceptable for transfer. See the answer to the next question to find out how to receive transfer credits for a previously taken graduate level course.
    Can I transfer credits from previously completed business courses?

    If you completed a graduate course at a college or university accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), did not use this course for a previous degree and you received a grade of B or better, you can submit the required paperwork and ask that this course be evaluated for transfer credits. The required paperwork consists of an official transcript, copy of the course syllabus, and the Transfer Credit Request Form which  you can obtain from the ‘Forms​‘ page of StudentNet.  Once you submit this paperwork to your academic advisor, a Katz faculty member will review this information and an advisor will notify you, indicating whether or not you will receive transfer credit.

    How can I be exempted from taking a required course?
    How do I find out my Student ID number?
    How do I know how much my bill is, and when will it be due?
    How do I update or change my personal information?
    What takes place during orientation?
    What courses are required for the completion of the Master's degrees?
    How can I learn more about the Katz Dual Degree Programs and Concentration areas?
    Who do I contact to obtain a letter verifying that I am a student registered at the University of Pittsburgh so my spouse, family members or friends can obtain a visa to come and visit me?

    STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

    I chose Katz because of the world-class faculty and students: the professors here are well-versed in their fields, passionate about teaching, and want to see their students succeed academically and professionally; the students are dedicated to excellence and form an excellent professional network. 

    Tyler Wilson

    MBA '19

    I chose Katz for the course offerings. I knew I could build on my strengths through the strong core curriculum with specific classes that would help me learn invaluable tactics and strategies for my career. The international community at Katz is eye-opening. Learning from individuals who come from all over the world is a valuable experience in and of itself.

    Robert Innis

    MBA '18