Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business // Orientation


August 14-25, 2023 – FT Master’s Orientation
August 19 & 20, 2023 – PMBA Orientation

The foundation of our orientation programming is built on three things:

    • The opportunity for you to build relationships with your peers as well as faculty and staff. Each group is a key part to supporting you in your master’s experience.
    • To understand the expectations we have of you as a member of the Katz community, and the expectations of your specific academic program. Orientation explores expectations related to both academics and engagement in co-curricular activities.
    • To learn about the resources and unique programming available to you that will assist with your academic, career, and professional development.

Please note that attendance is mandatory for all students. Materials will be provided to you at orientation and will be available for you to review when orientation has been completed. During orientation, you will receive an official Katz Graduate School of Business backpack. Look for more information about when distribution will be.

Questions about Orientation

Please e-mail if you have questions or conflicts regarding orientation programming. For financial aid or other admissions-related questions, please e-mail Admissions or call them at 412-648-1508. We will be communicating with you more over the coming weeks as you prepare and travel to campus, and you should make it a habit to check your Pitt email account for orientation communications.

Dress Code

We ask that you dress in smart casual a​ttire for orientation. Please check the schedule for special events where more specific attire is requested. Other dress-code examples are business professional, and casual (t-shirt and jeans). Please see here for further descriptions of the various dress-codes.

Pre-Orientation Survey

During the course of orientation, we will be hosting a number of dining events. Please make sure that you complete the Pre-Orientation Survey if you have not done so when it was sent by email, and make sure that you note any dietary preferences and restrictions. Our staff will do their best to accommodate any dietary needs you may have.



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