Diversity Candidates

Committed To You

We’re committed to you as an individual, and we’ll work with you to ensure you’re receiving whatever support you need to be successful as a Katz MBA student. The following options are just some of the resources and organizations you’ll have available to you as a student:

  • A variety of student and alumni organizations—including the National Association of Women MBAs for female students, Katz Alliance for LGBTQ business students, and the Roberto Clemente MBA Association and Pitt Black MBA Network for African American students—in addition to more than 300 University of Pittsburgh student organizations.
  • Scholarship and mentoring support for business students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Proximity to the City of Pittsburgh, a melting pot of different cultures. The non-profit Vibrant Pittsburgh is dedicated to recruiting a more diverse workforce to the Pittsburgh region as well as providing invaluable resources.

On average, our students come from more than 10 states and eight countries and are taught by faculty members who hail from all over the globe. Katz expands your worldview, because the next generation of business won’t be defined by today’s geographical borders. Different ways of thinking spur new ideas and growth opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunities

Katz offers scholarships during the admissions cycle for students from underrepresented backgrounds and for military candidates. In particular, Katz has traditionally awarded qualified graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with scholarship funds for enrollment in the MBA or PhD programs. For more information about scholarships, contact us at mba@katz.pitt.edu

National Black MBA Association Partner Scholarship. In partnership with the National Black MBA Association, the Katz MBA program awards up to five full scholarships per admissions cycle to cover the full cost of tuition and fees for the full-time MBA program for diversity candidates who are current members of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and an active member of a NBMBAA chapter. Complete this form to nominate yourself or someone else for the NBMBAA Partner Chapter Scholarship.

Joseph M. Katz Diversity Scholarship. The award, made during the admissions process, is based on merit and need. Katz works with various organizations to identify well-qualified candidates, who, in addition to their scholarship, receive membership into the organization, which provides valuable networking opportunities.

Pittsburgh Chapter ALPFA. The local chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting provides scholarship funding to MBA students who are members of its organization.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs. The NSHMBA University Partnership Program provides financial assistance to qualified MBA students. Katz is one of the program’s partners.

Are You an HBCU Graduate?

If you’re a graduate of a Historically Black College or University, let us know. Katz has a long tradition of awarding qualified graduates of HBCUs with scholarship funds. Katz and the University of Pittsburgh have been privileged to graduate MBAs and PhDs from many HBCUs, including Lincoln University, Cheyney University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Virginia State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University, Spelman College, and Hampton University.

Diversity Recruiting and Networking Events

  • National Black MBA Association Conference
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference
  • Bond Hill Graduate School Fair, Cheyney University
  • Lincoln University Job Fair/Professional/Graduate School Day
  • Fattah Conference on Higher Education
  • McNair National Research Conference and Graduate School Fair
  • Minorities in Pittsburgh Conference
  • Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association

Our Partners

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

The National Association of Black Accountants represents the interests of African-Americans and other minorities in the fields of accounting, auditing, tax, consulting, finance, and information technology. Our membership is inclusive to all levels, from entry-level staff to senior executives and entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh Chapter’s mission is to address the professional needs of chapter members and to build leaders that shape the future of accounting, finance, and business professions. To achieve this mission, and with the invaluable assistance of corporate partners, we facilitate activities throughout the year to support our membership through professional development sessions, community service initiatives, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities. NABA works with the business school to identify applicants for the MBA and MAcc programs.

ALPFA – Building Latino Business Leaders

ALPFA is the nation’s largest and fastest growing Latino association with more than 23,000 members and 160 chapters serving business professionals and students for over 40 years. ALPFA is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills. Benefits of student membership include access to scholarship opportunities, skills development workshops, networking with key hiring professionals and sponsors, case study competitions, and discounts to the annual national convention. ALPFA offers scholarships to students, in the US or Puerto Rico, who are pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies. In the past year, ALPFA awarded over $750,000 in scholarships and in-kind tuition. Learn more about ALPFA and scholarship opportunities.

ALPFA Pittsburgh was launched in 2008 and hosts professional, student, and networking events throughout the year. ALPFA Pittsburgh is generously supported by a number of local corporations, including BNY Mellon, PNC, H.J. Heinz, PwC, KPMG, PPG, Highmark, Deloitte, and Erie Insurance. ALPFA Pittsburgh was recently awarded the 2013 National Developing Chapter of the Year at the ALPFA National Convention in Washington, D.C. Learn more about local scholarships and event information or become a member at pittsburgh.alpfa.org or contact us at info@pittsburgh.alpfa.org. ALPFA works with the business school to identify candidates for the MBA and MAcc programs.

Contact Us

Tre’ Coles
Associate Director of Student Diversity Recruitment
E-Mail: tac183@pitt.edu


Katz has a close-knit, supportive community that is conducive to both professional and personal development. I know almost all of my professors and peers, and they know me by name. The flexible curriculum allows students to chart their own paths, and study what they most enjoy.

Abhinav Sharma

MBA '18

Katz provides networking and career guidance early in the MBA process. The impressive number of events and case competition help me represent the school and keep me involved. Katz’s focus on Experience-based Learning gives real-world context to concepts learned in class. I credit the unparalleled scholastic environment to an immensely knowledgeable faculty and camaraderie generated by the career office.

Matthew Linaburg

MBA '18