Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business // Orientation

Orientation

You are about to begin your transformation and embark on the journey to achieve your personal and professional goals. With hard work, teamwork, and dedication, you will achieve those goals. From technology to team-building, we want you to succeed, and we will be with you every step of the way to assist you. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, welcome!

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Orientation for all full-time master’s students will take place on August 15th-26th for FT Masters students. We recommend that all students arrive in Pittsburgh in early August to get comfortable in the city before orientation begins. Orientation for PT MBA students beginning in Fall 2022 will be in late August. 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 graduateprograms@katz.pitt.edu 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.

Immunizations

Graduate-level students are required to have their immunizations against Varicella (Chicken Pox), Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Be sure to complete the immunization forms and bring the completed forms with you when you arrive on campus, or send them in beforehand.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Booster

The University of Pittsburgh requires every student, faculty, and staff member to comply with certain mitigation measures unless they provide proof that they have been vaccinated.  People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • After their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines, or
  • After a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

We know that 96% of our students, faculty, and staff across all campuses are vaccinated and that many people in our community have sought out booster shots. If you have received a booster shot, please update your record and upload an additional photo of your vaccination card.

The use of information regarding an individual’s vaccination status will be limited to the purposes of our virus control program and will be accessed only by appropriately authorized personnel.

Prior to starting the process, it is recommended that you photograph or scan the front of the card which includes your name, what COVID-19 vaccine you received and the date(s) you received the vaccine. Save this photo or file to your computer or smartphone to upload as described below.

If you lost your vaccination card, please visit the PittCoVax Vaccination Center on Fifth Avenue where they can provide a replacement after verifying vaccination information.

Students

Upload your proof of vaccination to your campus student health service.

Student E-mail ID and Student ID Card

Please check your mail and e-mail for instructions on obtaining your Pitt student e-mail identification. This is important as you will receive specific log-in information that will allow you to access your e-mail account and be permitted to enter the Pitt system. Once you have matriculated, you should be able to visit Panther Central at your convenience to obtain your student ID. Visit the Panther Central Website for more information. ID photos are also used to populate the faculty class rosters, and your ID can be used for a variety of services as described on the Panther Central website.

Career Management Center (CMC) Requirements

During the summer, there will be four modules that Career Management has set up for you to complete by August 1. Please check your Pitt email for further instructions and information. If you have any questions, please contact Career Management. Part-Time MBA students are not required to complete career modules.

IT Information and Laptop Computers

You can connect to the wireless network upon arrival to campus. In short, all you need to do is connect to SETUP-PITT-WIFI, open your web browser, and follow the directions that appear on-screen.

You will need a laptop computer in time for orientation. Be sure to set up your laptop when you arrive at Katz.

Please refer to the Katz IT help pages. Mac users should make their appointment to install Windows as soon as possible. Call 412-624-4357 to request an appointment for a Parallels or Bootcamp setup. Appointment slots fill up quickly at the start of a new academic year.

Exemption Exams

At the Katz Graduate School of Business, we offer exemption exams for some courses. If you feel you have the subject knowledge or work experience in a certain field, we highly encourage you to take the exemption exams. For more information, visit our Exemption Exams page. If you have questions about the exemption exams, please contact mbaadvising@katz.pitt.edu.

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 casualbusiness professional, and casual (t-shirt and jeans).

Dietary Preferences

During the course of orientation, we will be hosting a number of dining events. Please make sure that you complete this 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.

Student Health Services

Please review Pitt’s studen​t health insurance plan information. If you have any questions please contact the Member Services number that is noted in the document.

Accessibility

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact the University of Pittsburgh Office of Disability Resources and Services at least three weeks in advance in order for us to provide seamless access. For general questions about accessibility services at the University of Pittsburgh, please visit https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/drs/.

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