Committed To You
Our pursuit of academic excellence in education and research is inseparable from a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
At the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, we create leaders that use business as a force for social good. Our programs are designed to help you accelerate your career success and become a dynamic leader who makes a positive, lasting impact.
Your Student Experience
Our multi-disciplinary curriculum, hands-on coursework, case competitions, consulting projects, and simulations prepare students for global leadership. In the Consulting Field Project course, students work with a client to solve an immediate business problem. Our approach to “integrated learning” enables students to put concepts into action through real-world experiences.
Our faculty members, ranked among the best worldwide by The Economist, have impeccable academic credentials and extensive industry experience. Professor Paul Harper, who earned the 2021 Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum, teaches a social entrepreneurship course that focuses on connecting Black businesses with Pittsburgh’s tech sector. He is also developing student experience programs on the African continent. Other opportunities include:
- Inclusive Leadership Co-Curricular Certificate allows students to network in a series of equity, diversity, and inclusion workshops led by faculty, staff, business leaders, and community leaders.
- Super Analytics Challenge encourages students to work collaboratively to solve community issues. Previous challenges have focused on food insecurity and homelessness.
The strategic plan for Pitt includes a commitment to “create an inclusive and equitable environment.” For Pitt Business, this has resulted in an updated curriculum, new hiring policies, and other work to sustain a culture of inclusion. Through the University’s first custom Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) certification program, our faculty and staff learn about diversity consciousness, generational diversity, and antiracist practices. We also offer opportunities to connect with people, and celebrate cultures, from all over the world:
- Affinity groups within Pitt and Pitt Business by race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, disability, religion, nationality, veteran status, or other identities.
- Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms: 31 rooms celebrate the cultures of ethnic groups worldwide.
- Pitt’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion provides leadership and resources to create welcoming and respectful environments for everyone.
- Proximity to the City of Pittsburgh, a mix of different cultures. The non-profit Vibrant Pittsburgh is dedicated to recruiting a more diverse workforce and provides invaluable resources.
Financial Assistance and Scholarships?
Affordable education is of paramount importance. Katz has traditionally awarded qualified graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with scholarship funds for enrollment in the MBA or PhD programs. Other examples include:
- National Black MBA Association Partnership Scholarship
- Joseph M. Katz Diversity Scholarship
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (Pittsburgh chapter)
- National Society of Hispanic MBAs Partnership
Get more information on tuition and financial aid here.
Career Development and Jobs
Your Katz experience is tailored to advance your specific academic and professional goals. About 90 percent of Katz students secure job offers within 90 days of graduation. The average starting salary is nearly $100,000. Close to 60 percent also receive a signing bonus.
Major companies that have hired our students include:
Associate Director of Student Diversity Recruitment
“At Katz, we’re in small cohorts of classmates that encourage, push, and sometimes disagree with each other, affording each person the opportunity to become their best self to make a lasting impact on the world.”
“By being supportive, informing me about programs to apply to, fostering my skills, and leveraging myself for opportunities to enhance my professional career, the instructors and other students have supported every aspect of my intersectionality as a Black Woman. I’ve succeeded and thrived throughout my program, and I know that this is just the beginning.”