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Top 30 MBA Program in the WOrld

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business recently earned its highest ranking of all time—the No. 30 MBA program in the world.

As announced by The Economist in their 2020-21 full-time MBA program rankings, Katz was ranked No. 13 among public U.S. universities, No. 20 in the U.S., and No. 30 in the world.

This outstanding achievement marks a jump of 23 spots from our last global ranking in 2019. Our highest ranking yet comes from an increase in components such as career opportunities, educational experience and personal growth, increase in salary, and networking opportunities.

“Rather than just about hanging on, many schools are positively flourishing,” noted The Economist article.

This major ranking places Katz above MBA programs at Michigan State University, Boston University, and the University of Maryland.

“The rankings this year will reflect a lot of change brought about by COVID-19,” says Brian Matvey, Associate Director of Business Analytics. “There will be new baselines established as we move forward into a post-pandemic world, and our success in this ranking highlights our ability to adapt quickly in changing times, among other strengths.”

Katz has seen remarkable improvements over the last year, most notably in the metrics that come from surveys of our current students and recent alumni, suggesting an overall increase in student satisfaction.

Those metrics, which use data from 2019 graduates, include indicators such as alumnus rating of career services, faculty, culture and classmates, programming, and facilities.

“After an unprecedented and challenging year, Katz continues to rise to the occasion come out on top,” says Sara Moeller, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. “This recognition not only solidifies our success as a program, but encourages us to keep working, to keep reinventing, in order to push the edge of what’s possible.”

In addition, Katz received improvements in student characteristic metrics, which include factors such as average GMAT score, average number of work experience years, and student geographical diversity.

Traditionally, these rankings are released in the fall. Due to a delay, these rankings reflect results for the 2020-21 year.

“Top 30 in the world is an incredible achievement for our MBA program and for the Pitt Business community, as a whole,” said Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean. “The rigor, quality, individualized service, and reputation of the Katz MBA is evident. And we have the rankings to support it.”

Learn more about our MBA program and other rankings.