Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business // 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 14-25. 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 2023 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 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.

    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.



    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