Become
Your
Signature
Self

with the Signature MBA

18
Months

Graduate
Earlier

Cohort
Experience

Integrated
Learning

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The Signature Path

Designed to be completed as a cohort experience in only 18 months, our redesigned Signature MBA program provides you with time for a summer internship and includes an intensive integrated learning capstone experience during your final semester, while providing a path to rejoin the workforce four months earlier than a traditional two-year MBA program. Students will bring significant post-bachelor professional experience and a desire to advance or switch industries or professional field. The program begins in early August with coursework concluding 18 months later with an immersive capstone experience.

Integrated Learning. Individualized. Accelerate Your Career

We provide a strong, broad foundation of business knowledge and we empower you to tailor a program that builds on your unique strengths, life experiences, and professional goals to accelerate your career through integrated learning.

Integrative coursework in strategic communications, computational thinking, and the core MBA curriculum provide the framework for integrated learning. Elective coursework provides experience-based learning opportunities to hone your skills in integrative management. Co-curricular experiences such as case competitions, community-based projects, summer internships, and professional development programming further complement and reinforce the knowledge you gain through the coursework.

You will have many opportunities to individualize your program by choosing the right mix of elective coursework for you. In addition to selecting electives based on your interests, you may choose to complete a Credential, Academy, and/or Business Disruption Series course(s) as part of your MBA studies.

Credentials

As a Katz student, you may choose to complete a Katz Credential in order to highlight expertise and hands-on experience in a particular business area. Credentials are composed of a bundle of specialized coursework that builds your capabilities, knowledge, and experience in a meaningful way. Choose from one of the thoughtfully designed tracks informed by industry trends, or consult with an advisor to customize a credential based upon your professional goals.

BUSINESS DISCIPLINE

CREDENTIAL

TRACK(S)

Accounting

Micro-Credential in Accounting

Financial Disclosures

Managerial Decision Making

Finance

Micro-Credential in Finance

Corporate Finance

Corporate Valuation

Investment & Trading

Marketing

 

Micro-Credential in Marketing Foundations 

Building Customer Relationships

Micro-Credential in Marketing Strategy

Value Creation & Management

Micro-Credential in Marketing Analytics

Digital Marketing & Big Data

Organizational Behavior

Micro-Credential in Leading People in Organizations

Leading People in Organizations

Micro-Credential in Management Consulting

Management Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Micro-Credential in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Business Analytics & Operations

Micro-Credential in Management Science

Business Analytics

Process & Quality Management

Supply Chain Management

Information Systems & Technology Management

 

Micro-Credential in Technology Management

Digital Innovation

IT Project Management

Information Systems Design

Micro-Credential in Data Programming for Business Insights

 

Data Programming

Integrated Learning Academy

The Academy is an elective, integrated learning experience designed to enhance your business acumen, build cross-functional dexterity, and deepen your fundamental knowledge by focusing on one industry or area. The Academy makes the business disciplines come alive by visiting a diverse set of organizations and meeting with industry leaders as well as subject matter experts to assist in solving real-time business problems. The Katz Academy is offered in the Fall term in high-demand fields such as technology management, life sciences, and non-profit management.

Business Disruption Series

This innovative series of elective courses provide an opportunity to learn “what is business disruption?” and how to become a catalyst for change through the exploration of a new idea, technology, or product. Faculty highlight their research and industry engagement on relevant and current business issues and trends. One recent example is “Exploring AR (augmented reality) Marketing” taught by Dr. Vanitha Swanimathan.

Tuition and Program Fees

Please view the Signature MBA program tuition by visiting IR.Pitt.Edu (opens in new tab)

Accelerate Your Career

Accelerate your career journey with individualized coaching and mentoring from seasoned business professionals and exceptional career counseling staff. Community-based networking and one-on-one support enable you to get the most out of your integrated learning experiences and achieve your post-graduation career goal.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

It was very clear to me that Katz was the perfect option for my education and future career. Great medical care strikes a balance between both business and medicine. My time at Katz allowed me to shadow and connect with UPMC doctors and get an inside look at the business side of medical startups.

Tom Cwalina

MBA '20

There was a great spirit of cooperation and camaraderie amongst my fellow students. I keep in touch with a number of my fellow Katz classmates to this day and we all agree that our time at Katz had a significant impact on our lives and careers.

Scott Frenz

MBA '02