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Accelerated MBA

Basic Requirements

We seek students that are ready to pursue the knowledge and practice to lead business organizations through collaboration and with the desire to be a catalyst for change.

An applicant will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or similar from an accredited U.S. university, or the non-U.S. equivalent. It is expected that applicants will have taken the GMAT or GRE exam. International applicants who are not a citizen of a country whose official language is English will be required to take an English language proficiency exam.

Application

Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.

You will submit the following in order to complete your application:

  • Two recommendations
  • Essay responses
  • Current Résumé
  • Transcripts/Academic documents
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores*
  • Official TOEFL, Duolingo English, or IELTS test results (international applicants)
  • Application fee

Competitive applications typically include official and satisfactory results on the GMAT (preferably 600 or higher) or GRE (preferably high 150s in each section). International applicants additionally may need to provide official and satisfactory English test scores; the TOEFL (preferably 100 or higher), Duolingo English (preferably 125 or higher) or IELTS (preferably 7 or higher).

Applicants who can demonstrate the following two criteria may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver:

  • exceptional quantitative and qualitative skills through a prior graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, and
  • extensive post-bachelor’s professional experience

To determine if you are eligible for a GMAT/GRE waive, contact the director of Admissions at mba@katz.pitt.edu or call +1 412-648-1506.

Interview Process

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. While not a strict requirement of every prospective candidate, evaluative interviews are conducted regularly. Shortly after you submit your online application, you may receive an e-mail invitation to register for an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the full-time MBA programs, including the Accelerated MBA and Dual & Joint MBA/MS degree programs, in rounds beginning in October through June for Fall (August) start.

For you to be guaranteed consideration for a given round, we must receive your application and all component parts, including official exam scores, by the stated deadline dates.

The application deadline dates and associated notification dates that define each round for Fall (August) start are:

Application Deadline Decision Notification
October 1 December 15
December 1 February 15
February 1 April 15
April 1
(This is also the deadline for international applicants and scholarship consideration.)
May 15
July 1 (contact mba@katz.pitt.edu to determine eligibility for late application) TBD
Signature MBA

Basic Requirements

We seek students that are ready to pursue the knowledge and practice to lead business organizations through collaboration and with the desire to be a catalyst for change. An applicant will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or similar from an accredited U.S. university, or the non-U.S. equivalent. It is expected that applicants will have taken the GMAT or GRE exam. International applicants who are not a citizen of a country whose official language is English will be required to take an English language proficiency exam.

Application

Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will submit the following in order to complete your application:
  • Two recommendations
  • Essay responses
  • Current Résumé
  • Transcripts/Academic documents
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores*
  • Official TOEFL, Duolingo English, or IELTS test results (international applicants)
  • Application fee
Competitive applications typically include official and satisfactory results on the GMAT (preferably 600 or higher) or GRE (preferably high 150s in each section). International applicants additionally may need to provide official and satisfactory English test scores; the TOEFL (preferably 100 or higher), Duolingo English (preferably 125 or higher) or IELTS (preferably 7 or higher). Applicants who can demonstrate the following two criteria may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver:
  • exceptional quantitative and qualitative skills through a prior graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, and
  • extensive post-bachelor’s professional experience
To determine if you are eligible for a GMAT/GRE waive, contact the director of Admissions at mba@katz.pitt.edu or call +1 412-648-1506.

Interview Process

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. While not a strict requirement of every prospective candidate, evaluative interviews are conducted regularly. Shortly after you submit your online application, you may receive an e-mail invitation to register for an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the Two-Year MBA program in rounds between October and June. The deadline dates and associated notification dates define each round. For you to be guaranteed consideration for a given round, we must receive your application and all component parts, including official exam scores, by the following deadline dates. The dates for the August start are:
Application Deadline Decision Notification
October 1 December 15
December 1 February 15
February 1 April 15
April 1
(This is also the deadline for international applicants and scholarship consideration.)
May 15
July 1 (contact mba@katz.pitt.edu to determine eligibility for late application) TBD
Part-Time MBA

Basic Requirements

We seek students that are ready to pursue the knowledge and practice to lead business organizations through collaboration and with the desire to be a catalyst for change.

An applicant will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or similar from an accredited U.S. university, or the non-U.S. equivalent. It is expected that applicants will have taken the GMAT or GRE exam. International applicants who are not a citizen of a country whose official language is English will be required to take an English language proficiency exam.

Application

Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.

You will submit the following in order to complete your application:

  • Two recommendations
  • Essay responses
  • Current Résumé
  • Transcripts/Academic documents
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores*
  • Official TOEFL, Duolingo English, or IELTS test results (international applicants)
  • Application fee

Competitive applications typically include official and satisfactory results on the GMAT (preferably 600 or higher) or GRE (preferably high 150s in each section). International applicants additionally may need to provide official and satisfactory English test scores; the TOEFL (preferably 100 or higher), Duolingo English (preferably 125 or higher) or IELTS (preferably 7 or higher).

Applicants who can demonstrate the following two criteria may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver:

  • exceptional quantitative and qualitative skills through a prior graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, and
  • extensive post-bachelor’s professional experience

To determine if you are eligible for a GMAT/GRE waive, contact the director of Admissions at mba@katz.pitt.edu or call +1 412-648-1506.

Interview Process

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. Interviews are conducted in person or via video conference. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews. Details are provided in the interview invitation.

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the Professional MBA program on a rolling basis, with three entry points during the year. To be guaranteed consideration for a given entry, we must receive your application and all component parts by the following deadline dates.

Application Deadlines Decision Notification
July 1 (for August entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
November 1 (for January entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
March 1 (for May entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
Joint and Dual Degree MBA

Basic Requirements

We seek students that are ready to pursue the knowledge and practice to lead business organizations through collaboration and with the desire to be a catalyst for change. An applicant will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or similar from an accredited U.S. university, or the non-U.S. equivalent. It is expected that applicants will have taken the GMAT or GRE exam. International applicants who are not a citizen of a country whose official language is English will be required to take an English language proficiency exam.

The Application

Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will submit the following in order to complete your application:
  • Two recommendations
  • Essay responses
  • Current Résumé
  • Transcripts/Academic documents
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores*
  • Official TOEFL, Duolingo English, or IELTS test results (international applicants)
  • Application fee
Competitive applications typically include official and satisfactory results on the GMAT (preferably 600 or higher) or GRE (preferably high 150s in each section). International applicants additionally may need to provide official and satisfactory English test scores; the TOEFL (preferably 100 or higher), Duolingo English (preferably 125 or higher) or IELTS (preferably 7 or higher). Applicants who can demonstrate the following two criteria may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver:
  • exceptional quantitative and qualitative skills through a prior graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, and
  • extensive post-bachelor’s professional experience
To determine if you are eligible for a GMAT/GRE waive, contact the director of Admissions at mba@katz.pitt.edu or call +1 412-648-1506.

Interview Process

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. While not a strict requirement of every prospective candidate, evaluative interviews are conducted regularly. Shortly after you submit your online application, you may receive an e-mail invitation to register for an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the full-time MBA programs, including the Accelerated MBA and Dual & Joint MBA/MS degree programs, in rounds beginning in October through June for Fall (August) start. For you to be guaranteed consideration for a given round, we must receive your application and all component parts, including official exam scores, by the stated deadline dates. The application deadline dates and associated notification dates that define each round for Fall (August) start are:
Application Deadline Decision Notification
October 1 December 15
December 1 February 15
February 1 April 15
April 1 (This is also the deadline for international applicants and scholarship consideration.) May 15
July 1 (contact mba@katz.pitt.edu to determine eligibility for late application) TBD
Master of Science Programs

Basic Requirements

Students interested in submitting a competitive application should have a 3.0 GPA and at least a 600 on the GMAT exam. International applicants must have a minimum score of at least 80 on TOEFL, 105 on the Duolingo English Test, or 6.5 on the IELTS in order to be eligible for admission consideration. No prior work experience or prerequisite courses are required. To recognize prospective students for their academic achievement, graduating students or recent graduates applying to any of Katz’s Master of Science programs within five years of completion of their degrees may be eligible for an exemption of the GMAT or GRE if they meet the following criteria:
  • 3.25 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent
  • 3.0 quantitative GPA (in finance, accounting, economics, calculus, statistics, and mathematics) and a minimum of 6 credit hours of quantitative courses that include either statistics or calculus
Waiver of the GMAT does not imply a guarantee of admission. Admission to a Master of Science program is dependent upon a complete review of all application materials. At the discretion of the admissions committee, applicants who do not have a solid quantitative background will be asked to take the GMAT or GRE. Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu.

Application Components

In order to be considered for admission to an MS program, an applicant must submit all of the following items: Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will also submit the following: Application fee of $50. Each applicant is required to submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. You are permitted to pay by bank check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card. If paying by check, please make the check payable to the University of Pittsburgh, and mail to: Master’s Admissions, 301 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. If paying by credit card, please follow the instructions for payment which are included in the online application. Official transcripts. An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application. The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process. Once an applicant is admitted to the program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested. Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business, use the appropriate code listed in the chart below. Note: The GMAT is not required for University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students applying to the Katz Master of Science programs. Please view the GMAT waiver policy for additional information. Two letters of recommendation from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and email address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic e-mail from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation. International applicants must also submit the following: (a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business, use the appropriate code listed in the chart below. All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to: Katz Graduate Admissions Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business 301 Mervis Hall University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15260 All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

Testing Codes

Program GMAT GRE TOEFL
MS Finance DPZ-M5-35 4657 B157
MS Finance and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-35 4657 B157
MS Management Information Systems DPZ-M5-18 4657 B595
MS Marketing Science DPZ-M5-62 4657 B156
MS Marketing Science and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-62 4657 B156
MS Supply Chain Management DPZ-M5-28 4657 B155
MS Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-28 4657 B155

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for this program on a rolling basis. To be guaranteed consideration for the program, the Admissions Committee must have received a completed application that includes all required documents. The application deadlines for the Fall start date are as follows:
Application Deadline Decision Notification
November 1 January 15
January 1 March 15
March 1 May 15
May 1 *Deadline for domestic and international applicants
June 1
July 1
*Deadline for domestic applicants.
TBD due to COVID-19
The Master of Science programs offer a part-time option for working professionals. The application deadlines are as follows:
Application Deadlines Decision Notification
July 1 (for August entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
November 1 (for January entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
March 1 (for May entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
MS in Accounting Admissions

In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) program or the MS in Accounting and Business Analytics program, you must submit all of the following items:

1. Online application

2. Application fee of $50. This fee is required of applicants who are not currently enrolled at University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and the College of Business Administration (CBA). This fee is not refundable. Please make check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh. (Do not send cash).

3. Official transcripts. An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application. The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process. Once an applicant is admitted to the program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested.

4. Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Accounting, the school code you must provide to Pearson Inc for the GMAT is DPZ-M5-58 and to ETS for the GRE is 4657.

5. Two letters of recommendation from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and e-mail address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic e-mail from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation.

6. International applicants must also submit the following: (a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores on the TOEFL, Duolingo English Test, or the IELTS (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). International applicants should have a score of at least 100 on TOEFL, 125 on the Duolingo English Test, or 7 on the IELTS to be competitive for admission.

All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to:

Katz Graduate Admissions
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
301 Mervis Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

Executive MBA in Healthcare

Program Start

Especially in times of uncertainty and challenge, America needs exceptional leaders to guide our healthcare institutions. The Executive MBA in Healthcare is designed to empower and enable leaders to think critically, make informed decisions, and inspire confidence. The planned start date for the next cohort is May 2021. For more information, schedule a time to discuss the Executive MBA in Healthcare with a member of our outreach team.

Application Process

You must submit the following to be considered for admittance to the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School EMBA in Healthcare program:
  • Online Application
  • Current Résumé
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from your current supervisor, are required, with an option to submit up to three
  • Self-recommendation letter describing your:
    • Current job responsibilities and assignments
    • Finest achievements and greatest disappointments
    • Challenges you have met within your organization
    • Civic and community activities and offices held
    • Reasons and motivations for entering the EMBA program
    • Professional and personal goals and plans
  • Official College or University transcripts
    • Candidates with degrees from international higher education institutions should speak with a member of the outreach team for details regarding needed documentation and process
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-English native speakers. Our TOEFL code is: 2927-02
Letters of recommendation and official university transcripts should be emailed to executiveprograms@katz.pitt.edu. If you are unable to request digital transcripts, please direct official copies to be mailed to: University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business EMBA Healthcare Program 5th Floor, Alumni Hall 4227 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Application Evaluation

Candidates are evaluated based on the following: 1. Professional Experience and Potential A minimum of 12 years of professional experience is required, as the average Katz EMBA student has 14 years of experience. Furthermore, applicants should have experience in a management position or leadership role. Strong academic performance or exceptional test scores can compensate for individuals in the early stages of their career development. However, in all cases, applicants must demonstrate a record of strong job performance, positive career progression and high growth potential. 2. Previous Academic Performance An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent is required. An advanced degree is preferred. 3. Organizational Support Your employer must indicate its willingness to give you sufficient time to complete our EMBA class schedule. In addition to time off, many candidates receive some form of financial support from their employers; however, this is not required. 4. English Language Proficiency English is the language of the Katz Executive MBA programs. Citizens of a country where English is not the official language must present an official score from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). However, individuals who earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in an English-speaking country are exempt. For the TOEFL exam, a score of 100 or higher is desired. No score below 80 will be accepted. On the IELTS, a score of seven or higher is desired. No score below 6.5 will be accepted. Applicants who fail to meet these requirements must verify their English-language proficiency by sitting for an additional test. You must send your TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to us. The TOEFL code is 2927-02. 5. Interview Interviews are the final stage of our selection process. The interview helps us to assess your motivation for enrolling our Executive MBA in Healthcare program, the quality of your academic and professional experience, and your plans for future personal and career growth.

Offer of Admissions

We make admissions decisions typically within three weeks of receiving a complete application package and conducting an interview. Your application will either be accepted, rejected or wait-listed. If wait-listed, an admissions decision may not be made until a month before classes begin. At that time, those with the strongest credentials are admitted.

Contact Us

Questions? You can contact us here: Telephone: 412-648-1600 Fax: 412-648-1787 executiveprograms@katz.pitt.edu
PhD Program

Basic Requirements

  • Satisfactory GMAT/GRE Score
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Satisfactory TOEFL Score for International Applicants, If applicable

The Application

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our PhD Program in Business and help you plan for your future application submission. Katz will be accepting applications for our PhD Program in Business for September 2022 beginning May 1, 2021. Note: We will not be accepting applications for admission to our PhD program for September 2021.

  • Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.

You will also submit the following:

  • Application Fee
  • Three Recommendations
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Official transcripts will only be needed if the doctoral committee is interested in admitting you
  • Official GMAT or GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable

The school codes you must provide are DPZ-M5-90 for the GMAT and 2998-(major code) for the GRE. If the TOEFL applies to you, please provide the code 2998-02.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applying for September is January 1. However, it is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.

Micro-credentials

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from an accredited U.S. university or the non-U.S. equivalent.  

Application Components

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Essay
  • TOEFL/IELTS (international applicants)

Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Spring (January start) December 1
Summer (May start) April 1
Fall (August start) August 1

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