Frequently Asked Questions
MBA Frequently Asked Questions
Can you send me an application?
Katz applicants apply to our programs using our online application. You may edit your application at any time prior to submitting by logging in with your designated PIN and password. Please also refer to the application instructions for a list of required documents you must submit in addition to the online application. Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at 412-648-1700 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When can I start the MBA program?
The Full-Time MBA and dual/joint degree programs begin in early August. The Part-Time MBA Program has three start dates: August, January, and May.
Have you received my application?
Is there an application fee?
Have you received the documents that will make my application complete?
How will I be notified of the admission decision?
Can I transfer into your MBA program? Can I transfer credits from other MBA programs?
You need to go through the normal application process. Following your admission to the program, you may apply to have your credits transferred through the Masters Program Office at 412-648-1666 or email@example.com. We will consider transfer credits from MBA programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Any credits you wish to transfer will be subject to review by a Katz faculty member. We will accept up to 15 transfer credits for the MBA program. We do not generally accept transfer credits into a dual or joint-degree program.
If I am accepted into the MBA program, is it possible to defer admission to a future date?
For the part-time MBA Program, upon formal approval by the Director of Admissions, deferrals may be granted for a maximum of two start dates beyond the original term of acceptance. Requests for deferrals should be submitted in writing. Applicants who wish to defer admission beyond two start dates will be required to follow the reapplication procedure outlined for the Full-Time MBA Program.
What is the size of the Signature MBA program?
How do you assess candidates for admission? What are the most important criteria Is work experience required?
Work experience can be an important differentiator for you during the admissions process. Moreover, it is important as you seek post-MBA employment. Although work experience is not an absolute requirement for admission to the full-time MBA and dual/joint degree programs, it helps us distinguish one applicant from another.
We will consider significant internship experience in addition to full-time and part-time work experience. However, we ask that you clearly identify your work experience as such on your résumé.
Prior work experience, with business knowledge learned and integrated learning experienced undertaken at the Katz School, make an MBA student more desirable in a highly competitive job market. Recruiters look for you to connect your past work experience and MBA skill set to the job for which you are applying.
Will you provide a preliminary assessment of my qualifications?
What are the requirements for the Full-Time MBA Program?
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university (as determined by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation) or the non-U.S. equivalent; TOEFL/IELTS/DET score (if applicable). Please refer to TOEFL requirements listed in the Academics and Test Scores section of the FAQ’s; Satisfactory GMAT/GRE score or other strong evidence of academic ability in the areas above, to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee; At least two years of relevant work experience
Students entering the full-time MBA and Joint- and Dual-Degree Programs must meet the following criteria:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university (as determined by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation) or the non-U.S. equivalent; Satisfactory GMAT/GRE score; TOEFL/IELTS/DET score, if applicable. Please refer to TOEFL/IELTS/DET requirements listed in the Academics and Test Scores section of the FAQ’s
Work experience can be an important differentiator for you during the admissions process. Moreover, it is important as you seek post-MBA employment. Although work experience is not an absolute requirement for admission to the two-year and dual/joint degree programs, it helps us distinguish one applicant from another.
We will consider significant internship experience in addition to full-time and part-time work experience. However, we ask that you clearly identify your work experience as one of these three categories on your résumé.
Prior work experience, in addition to the transformation process (including both academic and integrated learning components) undertaken at the Katz School, make an MBA student more desirable in a highly-competitive job market. Recruiters look for you to connect your past work experience and MBA skill set to the job for which you are applying.
What are the requirements for the Part-Time MBA Program?
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university (as determined by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation) or the non-U.S. equivalent; Satisfactory GMAT/GRE score; TOEFL/IELTS/DET score, if applicable. Please refer to TOEFL/IELTS/DET requirements listed in the Academics and Test Scores section of the FAQ’s; Evidence of work experience and demonstrated responsibility and leadership
Solid communication and interpersonal skills—evaluated through written essays and recommendations—are also highly desirable qualities in a Part-time MBA student. After initial review of the application, the admissions committee may invite select applicants to conduct a formal evaluative interview.
Do you require transcripts from all schools I previously attended or just the school from which I graduated? Should I have my transcripts sent directly to you, or should I send them with my other application materials?
Official transcripts or credentials are those that bear the original signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. The envelopes containing your official transcripts must be sealed and signed across the envelope flap by the institution’s registrar and arrive in our office unopened.
Official Transcripts/Academic Documents from non-U.S. Institutions: We require current official transcripts/mark sheets from each university attended. Official documents are defined as original academic records issued by the institution attended that bear the actual-not photocopied-signature of the registrar or appropriate official and the seal/stamp of the issuing institution.
Please submit documents from all academic work – undergraduate (Bachelor’s level) and graduate (Master’s level and above). Please do not send secondary educational documents. These documents must be for EACH YEAR of university-level study, must list the course names, and must list the grades received. The official grading scale/system from each university attended must also be submitted.
You are also required to submit certified copies of your degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) that were issued to you at the convocation.
If your university issues the academic documents and diploma degree certificate in a language other than English, you must submit a certified copy of the original document in the original language PLUS a certified English translation. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records. We will not accept self-translated academic documents.
Official transcripts/academic documents should be mailed with all other application materials in one envelope. If necessary, transcripts may be sent directly from your school to the MBA Admissions Office.
University of Pittsburgh
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
3950 Roberto Clemente Drive
301 Mervis Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Attention: Application Materials
Do you need to receive all the materials for my application at the same time?
Do you offer Conditional Admission?
Does my international academic background meet the requirements for the Katz MBA?
Can I waive the GMAT or GRE?
To ensure delivery of your official GMAT score to Katz, make sure you use the correct Pearson Vue school code: DPZ-M5-46 for the Full-Time MBA Program and DPZ-M5-66 for the Part-time MBA Program.
For the GRE exam, please use code 4657 for all MBA programs. Please be advised that it is required that all sections of the GMAT and GRE exams be completed, including the Analytical Writing sections.
What is the cut-off score for the GMAT/GRE?
Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS/DET?
In cases where the applicant has earned an undergraduate or another graduate degree in the United States, the tests may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
Please be advised that there are several admissions offices within Pitt, and Katz Admissions will not receive your TOEFL score unless Institution Code 2927-02 is used. Please DO NOT use Institution Code 2998. For our office to receive your IELTS score, you must contact your testing center and request that an official score report be sent to:
Katz Graduate School of Business
3950 Roberto Clemente Drive
301 Mervis Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS/DET score you accept?
Where can I find more information about the GMAT/GRE and exam registration?
Do you offer any GMAT or GRE preparation courses?
Community College of Allegheny County, Downtown Center: 625 Stanwix St., Downtown; 412-391-1210; 10-week course
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions: 130 N. Bellefield Ave. Ste. 310, Oakland; 1-800-KAP-TEST; nine sessions
Princeton Review: 201 S. Craig St., Oakland; 800-273-8439; eight-week course
Veritas Test Prep Center at Sheraton Station Square: 300 W. Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh; 800-925-7737; seven-week course
What are the credit requirements for Katz MBA programs?
Dual Degree Programs:
Joint Degree Programs: Vary slightly by program
Part-time MBA Program: 45 credits
How are courses graded in the MBA program?
Does Katz offer classes on a non-degree basis?
May I schedule a campus tour or class observation?
Is an interview required? How do I schedule one?
Applicants to the Full-Time MBA Program: Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. A requirement for all Full-Time MBA admitted applicants, evaluative interviews are conducted by a variety of Katz personnel from our local MBA Admissions office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Interviews are conducted in-person or via Zoom; we are sorry that we do not conduct telephone interviews. Details are provided in the interview invitation.
Applicants to the Part-time MBA Program: Interviews are arranged by invitation and take place after the admissions committee’s initial review of a candidate’s application.
Can I meet with Katz representatives off-site? Are interviews conducted off campus?
Where are hotels or other places I can find accommodations when I visit?
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Place Pittsburgh, PA 15213 0.5 miles to Mervis Hall (within walking distance) Phone: 412-682-6200
Hampton Inn – Oakland
3315 Hamlet Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 0.8 miles to Mervis Hall Phone: 412-681-1000
Marriott, Residence Inn – Oakland
3896 Bigelow Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15213 1.1 miles to Mervis Hall Phone: 412-621-2200
Hilton Garden Inn
3454 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 0.4 miles to Mervis Hall (within walking distance) Phone: 412-683-2040 Fax: 412-683-3934
Where do students live? Do you have on-campus housing for graduate students?
What information is available for incoming students with regard to apartments or general housing questions?
The best place to begin your housing search is the University of Pittsburgh’s Housing Resource Center, located at 127 North Bellefield Avenue. The center has supplies of Apartment Rental Guide Magazine, Apartment Source, the Rental Guide of Greater Pittsburgh, and commercial publications of privately-owned rental housing. They can provide you with information on specialized rentals, home buying, and relocation information, as well as maps of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Contact the center by telephone at 412-624-6998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What clubs or student organizations exist at Katz?
Are there any organizations, clubs, or activities for the spouses of international students?
Spouses of international students may contact Global Pittsburgh, an independent, nonprofit community organization located in downtown Pittsburgh at 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1130, by telephone at 412-392-4513 or by e-mail at email@example.com. The organization’s mission is to promote cultural, educational, and commercial ties between Western Pennsylvanians and other people of the world. Global Pittsburgh serves visitors sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency and other governmental agencies, as well as those sponsored by regional businesses, universities, and medical centers. Global Pittsburgh arranges for international visitors to interact with their regional peers on professional and informal levels using a network of more than 2,500 volunteers annually. Depending on the nature of the activity, spouses are often invited to attend various Katz-sponsored events, as well.
Where can full-time and Professional MBA students park their cars when attending classes?
Is a laptop computer required?
What financial aid or scholarships are available?
Are there part-time jobs or work-study positions available for MBA students?
What opportunities does Katz have for integrated learning?
What resources do you offer to underrepresented populations?
How does the Career Management Center work with me?
The Career Management Center (CMC) offers a personalized approach to your job search planning and post-MBA career progression. The CMC is your partner in a lifelong process of career management. The CMC provides:
Career Advice: Career advising resources put students on the right path based on their strengths and realistic career goals
Experience-based Professional Development: Ensuring that students develop the appropriate interpersonal skills, sophistication, and business savvy that are critical to their success
Employer Engagement: Helping students secure positions that fit their professional objectives and the employers’ needs