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?
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Once you submit your application online, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail.
Is there an application fee?
An application fee of $50.00 is required to be submitted with your application. This is payable online by credit card or via mail with a check or money order made out to “University of Pittsburgh.”
Have you received the documents that will make my application complete?
It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the Admissions Office receives all required documents. We will accept transcripts and recommendations that are mailed directly to us. Test score reports will be mailed directly from the testing services. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. To check on our receipt of your documents, please log into your ApplyYourself portal. Within a few days of our receipt of any document, we will update the portal for your reference. If there is a problem, we will email you. Due to the number of documents received in our office, we are unable to verify our receipt of individual documents.
How will I be notified of the admission decision?
The Admissions Office will send a notification via email that a decision can be viewed on your ApplyYourself portal. An electronic letter will be available in the portal as well.
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 Full-Time MBA Program we do not defer admissions and request that you reapply for a subsequent year. We will, however, keep your application on file for two years. When you are ready to reapply, please contact the Admissions Office. Your re-application will be assessed in the context of the current application pool.
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?
Approximately 60-75 new students and 60 second-year students are enrolled each year.
How do you assess candidates for admission? What are the most important criteria Is work experience required?
We assess a candidate by reviewing his or her entire application. Undergraduate academic performance, GMAT/GRE score, and years of full-time post-undergraduate work experience are the quantitative criteria that we consider. Also important are the qualitative components of the application, including career goals, letters of recommendation, personal essays, management potential, demonstrated examples of leadership, community service, and the evaluative interview.
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?
Because we make admission decisions on the entirety of the application, we cannot provide a preliminary assessment of a candidate’s qualifications. Once we receive all the required application materials, your complete application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.
What are the requirements for the Full-Time MBA Program?
Students entering the Accelerated MBA Program must meet the following requirements:
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?
Students entering the Part-Time MBA Program must meet the following requirements:
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/Academic Documents from U.S. Institutions: We require current official transcripts from each college or university attended. Please submit documents from all academic work, undergraduate and graduate. You are responsible for obtaining all transcripts, including those from the University of Pittsburgh. If given the option, we recommend that you have the transcripts sent electronically.
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?
In addition to the online portion, please submit all remaining materials (transcripts, etc.) at the same time. If it is not possible to send everything at once, we will hold your application until we receive all the materials necessary to make it complete. Please be advised that our Admissions Committee will not review any application that is missing any required supplemental document.
Do you offer Conditional Admission?
No, we do not offer Conditional Admission.
Does my international academic background meet the requirements for the Katz MBA?
The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Admissions reviews the academic qualifications of all international applicants (or U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees who have studied outside the United States) and determines the comparability of the applicant’s academic qualifications to those of a bachelor’s degree earned at a U.S. regionally-accredited institution. Because we make admission decisions on the entirety of the application, we cannot provide a preliminary assessment of a candidate’s qualifications. Once we receive all the required application materials, your complete application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.
Can I waive the GMAT or GRE?
All applicants to the full-time MBA programs are expected to take the GMAT or GRE – the exams cannot be waived. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate or graduate quantitative coursework and significant work experience may be eligible for a waiver. Contact the Director of Admissions with a formal request.
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?
For the MBA programs, the Admission Committee does not employ the use of a cut-off score. Please note that GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.
Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS/DET?
We require the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or DET (Duolingo English Test) for all applicants whose citizenship is in a country where the only official language is not English, even if English has been the medium of instruction.
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?
The admission committee recommends a total score of 100 on the TOEFL, a score of 7.0 for the IELTS exam, and a 120 for the DET, but the minimum total scores to be eligible for admission consideration are an 80 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, and a 105 on the DET. Please note that scores are valid for two years.
Where can I find more information about the GMAT/GRE and exam registration?
You can find information about the GMAT at MBA.com, and information on the GRE is available at ETS.org/gre. Test tutorials, general tips and guidelines, as well as a complete list of test centers are available on these sites.
Do you offer any GMAT or GRE preparation courses?
Several GMAT and GRE preparation courses are offered in the Pittsburgh area, including:
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?
All MBA Programs (academic year 2021-2022 start): 45 credits
Dual Degree Programs:
Joint Degree Programs: Vary slightly by program
Part-time MBA Program: 45 credits
How are courses graded in the MBA program?
Most of our classes include group projects, case studies, and quizzes, as well as mid-term and final exams. Although the Katz School does have an overall grading policy, each faculty member determines his/her own weight for quizzes, exams, projects, and case studies as well as for attendance and class participation.
Does Katz offer classes on a non-degree basis?
Students may apply as a “non-degree” student or for a non-degree program such as a credential. With approval, students may take a maximum of twelve credits as a non-degree student. If you eventually decide to enroll in an MBA program, any credits you take will transfer into the program.
May I schedule a campus tour or class observation?
On-Campus Information Sessions – Attend a group information session to receive advice on the application process and learn more about the curriculum.
Personal visits – Contact the Admissions office at 412-648-1700 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your own personal visit. Please provide at least two weeks’ notice if possible so that we can arrange meetings with students, staff, and faculty as well as classroom observation. Since MBA courses are not held on Fridays, personal visits are conducted Monday through Thursday.
Student Chats – The best people to talk to are the students who are earning their MBAs right now. Engage in a dialogue with a current Katz MBA student ambassador by sending an e-mail request to email@example.com.
Virtual Info-Session – Are you unable to visit campus? We have created Virtual Open House sessions for our out-of-town and international students to help them learn about the Katz MBA program.
Talk to our Faculty – Pitt Business faculty are researching the latest business concepts and theories to develop the best possible solutions for businesses. Whether they are generating new management theories, analyzing business cycles, researching the impact of governance, or testing distribution channels, our faculty members are recognized for their publications and contributions to business theory and business consulting. Regardless of your specific area of interest, we invite you to reach out to our faculty.
Is an interview required? How do I schedule one?
Interviews are conducted on campus or via Zoom if it is not possible to meet in person. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.
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?
Representatives from the Katz School’s MBA programs will be in select locations during the current recruiting year to provide information and meet with prospective MBA candidates. Please check the recruiting schedule on our website to see if we will be in your city. If not, you may conduct your interview via Zoom.
Where are hotels or other places I can find accommodations when I visit?
Below is a list of area hotels if you need to spend the night near campus. Please contact the hotels directly to make reservations, but be sure to request the University rate. Most hotels offer shuttle service to and from Pittsburgh International Airport and to various locations on campus.
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?
While there is not traditional dormitory-style housing on campus for graduate students, finding housing in the Pittsburgh/Oakland area is relatively easy and inexpensive. Most students live within walking distance or a short bus ride from the campus (transportation by bus is free when you present a valid Pitt student identification card). The University of Pittsburgh’s Housing Resource Center can assist graduate students in identifying, renting, leasing, or purchasing suitable living accommodations.
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?
There are a variety of student clubs and organizations at the Katz School including the Entrepreneurs’ Society, Finance Club, National Association of Women MBAs, Marketing Club, Business Technology Club, Operations Club, Consulting Club, and Toastmasters International. For more information on student clubs and organizations, including student government organizations, visit the Student Life section of our website.
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?
Students can obtain parking information and permit options by contacting the University’s Parking Services Office, located in 204 Brackenridge Hall. Students in need of daytime parking can request other designated parking lots ranging from $160-$368 per semester. Leases for part-time MBA students can be purchased for $71/term.
Is a laptop computer required?
Full-time students are required to have access to a Windows laptop computer. While Macs will be serviced, Windows-based laptops are recommended by the Katz IT Department. For the part-time MBA Program, students are not required to have a laptop computer. However, faculty members may require a laptop for specific courses; these requirements will be determined prior to course registration. Katz students are eligible for discounts when purchasing certain laptop brands and models through the University of Pittsburgh Bookstore.
What financial aid or scholarships are available?
All full-time applications (both international and domestic) are reviewed for scholarship awards. Scholarships are primarily based on merit. Applications are automatically reviewed for scholarship; no additional application is required. Scholarships available through the Katz School range from $5,000 to full tuition with the average award between $30,000-$40,000. Approximately 90 percent of our current MBA class has received scholarship funds. For other types of financial aid, such as educational loans or private, third-party scholarships, Katz students should work with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admission and Financial Aid (note this Office also services undergraduate students). For more information about financial aid, please visit the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid.
Are there part-time jobs or work-study positions available for MBA students?
Various offices throughout the Katz School hire full-time students for part-time administrative positions. In addition, the University’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence hires MBA students as consultants. Finally, students may work for faculty members as graders.
What opportunities does Katz have for integrated learning?
One of the defining characteristics of business education at Pitt Business is the importance we place on integrated learning. Whereas many business schools only mention the importance of experiential learning, we attempt to integrate learning across our curriculum. To accomplish this, we use simulations and case competitions and encourage students to become involved in one of our many Consulting Field Projects or to take on a consulting position (providing market research, business plan review, and financial plan development services to entrepreneurs in a number of different industries). The culmination of the course is the McKinsey Cup Competition where student teams compete for the coveted McKinsey Cup Trophy.
What resources do you offer to underrepresented populations?
The Katz School is committed to recruiting highly talented women, minorities, and military veterans. Women MBAs have opportunities to network through the National Association of Women MBAs chapter at Katz. Katz maintains contact with Pitt’s Veterans Services Office to ensure that military students are receiving all the benefits available to them. Scholarships exist for diverse students through Katz’s partnerships with the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and others.
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
What are some examples of job titles or career opportunities for MBA graduates?
Because the MBA is designed as a general management degree, the career path an MBA graduate takes is dependent upon his or her career goals and skills. Students graduate from an MBA program with a specialized business tool kit designed to help them excel in critical business areas such as problem analysis, strategic thinking, and conflict resolution. Many top employers representing major industries find our graduates’ attractive candidates for key positions.