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Globally Ranked and Recognized

Recognized as being among
the best in the world.

The University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration and Katz Graduate School of Business are annually recognized as being among the best in the world when it comes to our academic programs, exceptional value, faculty quality, and innovative research. Our programs are regularly awarded rankings that reflect our excellence. That’s where you, as a Pitt alumnus, come in. Your feedback and participation are essential to maintaining our reputation and positive momentum in the rankings.

CBA and Katz have both achieved their highest rankings ever in recent years. The rankings in which we actively participate include U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Financial Times, Poets & Quants, The Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek. These rankings are widely viewed by prospective students, alumni and employers around the world.

Our success in the rankings is directly linked to our alumni participation. If you receive one of these surveys, please take a few minutes to share your Pitt experience.

Alumni of the Katz Full-Time MBA program can generally expect to receive the ranking surveys below in the years after graduation:

The Economist Financial Times
1 Year after Graduation 3 Years after Graduation
Forbes Bloomberg BusinessWeek
5 Years after Graduation 6 Years after Graduation

CBA alumni can expect to receive a ranking survey for the Poets & Quants Undergraduate Business School Ranking two years after graduation.

All rankings have different methodologies, weightings, and survey groups which often lead to different results. We are proud of our many impressive accolades, but our priority will always continue to be preparing students for successful careers in a global business environment.

Please consider updating your information in order to make sure ranking surveys are sent to your current email address. Survey groups and participation requirements may change at the discretion of each ranking publication. Contact rankings@katz.pitt.edu for additional ranking questions and to find out how you can help expand our University’s impressive legacy of success.

Stats & Rankings for MBA

#30

MBA Program in the World

The Economist
2020

#7

Online MBA Program

Forbes
2021

#10

Online MBA Program in the U.S.

Poets&Quants

#1

in “Years to Payback” an MBA Investment among All U.S. Universities

Forbes Best Business Schools Ranking 2019

#1

Business School for International Students in the U.S.

BusinessBecause 2018

#3

in Corporate Social Responsibility among
All U.S. Universities

Financial Times
MBA Ranking
2020

#4

in “Salary Increase Percentage” among All U.S. Public Universities

The Economist MBA Ranking
2019

 

#5

in “Education Experience” among All U.S. Public Universities

The Economist MBA Ranking 2019

#11

One-Year MBA Program
in the U.S.

Poets & Quants Top One-Year MBA Program
2020

#12

Two-Year MBA Program
in the World

The Wall Street Journal
/ Times Higher Education
2018

 

#26

Part-Time MBA Program among All U.S. Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report Best Part-Time MBA Program
2021

139%

“Salary Increase” Relative to Pre-MBA Salary

Financial Times MBA Rankings
2020

MBA Careers

88%

of MBA students had job
offers at graduation

94%

of MBA students had job offers 90 days post-graduation

$107,793

average starting salary and bonus, Class of 2019

Based on 2019 MBA CSEA data

Executive MBA

#3

in Corporate Social Responsibility among
All U.S. Universities

Financial Times EMBA Ranking
2019

 

#3

in Salary Percentage Increase
Two Years After Graduation
among all U.S. Universities

The Economist EMBA Ranking
2018

 

#5

Executive MBA Program
among U.S. Public Institutions

Financial Times EMBA Ranking
2019

 

#5

in Career Advancement
in the World

Ivey Exec Global EMBA Ranking
2019

 

#7

in Curriculum in the World

Ivey Exec Global EMBA Ranking
2019

 

#9

in International Course
Experience among All
U.S. Universities

Financial Times EMBA Ranking
2019

 

#16

Executive MBA Program
in the World

Ivey Exec Global EMBA Ranking
2019

 

81%

Promoted or Growing Their Own Company since Graduation

The Economist EMBA Ranking
2018

 

Master of Science Programs

#9

Master of Science in Accounting
Program among U.S.
Public Universities

The Financial Engineer MS in
Accounting Ranking
2020

 

#14

Master of Science in Marketing Program among All U.S. Universities

QS MS in Marketing Ranking
2020

 

#14

Master of Science in Finance Program among U.S. Public Universities

QS MS in Finance Ranking
2018

 

73%

 

of Katz Graduates Pass the CPA Exam on Their First Attempt Compared to the National Average of 49%

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Programs

#1

Public Business School in Pennsylvania

Poets&Quants
2020

 

#9

Best Value for U.S. Business Schools

Poets&Quants
2021

 

Top 15

Public Business Schools in the U.S.

Poets&Quants
2021

 

Faculty

#3

in U.S. and #5 in World
in Faculty Quality

The Economist MBA Ranking
2018

 

#5

in Faculty Gender Balance among Public Universities

Financial Times MBA Ranking
2020

 

#23

in Marketing Research Productivity among
All U.S. Universities

UT Dallas Top 100 Business Schools Report, Marketing Journals
2020

#26

in Research Productivity among Public Universities

UT Dallas Top 100 Business Schools Report
2020

 

#44

in Research Productivity among All U.S. Universities

UT Dallas Top 100 Business Schools Report
2020

 

Most Highly Cited Paper Ever in the Field of Software Engineering

Information and Software Technology
2016
Chris F. Kemerer and David M. Roderick
Professor of Information Systems

Alumni

#1

in Breadth of Alumni Network
in the World

The Economist MBA Ranking
2019

 

#25

in Potential to Network
in the World

The Economist MBA Ranking
2018

 

The University of Pittsburgh

#1

Public University in the Northeastern United States

Wall Street Journal

#19

Nation’s Top Public Colleges and Universities

U.S. News & World Report
2021

#47

Best Global Universities 

U.S. News & World Report

Z

Best College for LGBTQ+ students

Best Colleges

Pittsburgh

#3

Coolest City to Visit

National Geographic Traveler

#50

Best Places to Live in America

Business Insider

Z

One of the Best Cities to Start a Business

Inc. Magazine

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As a transfer student into accounting, the accounting Kickstart really put things in perspective and helped orientate me on things I had to do to not fall behind.

James Campbell

BSBA Accounting '22

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Allison Smith

BSBA Marketing '22