The Katz Graduate School of Business delivers a high-quality business education that stresses experienced-based learning and the development of an appropriate mix of hard and soft skills to ensure students' success in a competitive, global marketplace. The Katz School's strong relationships with organizations ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to innovative start-ups, help us continuously improve our business of educating business people and help our students find jobs following graduation.
The University established its Graduate School of Business in 1960 and began offering the nation's first one-year Master of Business Administration program. Dedicated and renamed in 1987, owing to the generosity of entrepreneur Joseph M. Katz, the school is recognized as a leader in education and research.
The University of Pittsburgh was one of 16 founding members of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Today, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Pitt is proud to have been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1919.
Together with the College of Business Administration which offers undergraduate business degrees, and five education and research centers, The Katz Graduate School of Business constitutes Pitt Business. Pitt Business academic areas are Accounting, Decisions, Operations and Information Technology, Finance, Organizations and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Business Economics.
Pitt Business Strategic Initiatives
- A commitment to experience-based learning (EBL) that is distinctive and effective enough to provide the school and students with a competitive edge.
- A dedication to globalism, which drives business opportunity in response to the shifting centers of economic growth. It is noteworthy that globalism requires a commitment to diversity.
- A focus on supply chain and value chain management that overcomes gaps in our curriculum addresses the growing importance of knowledge management and technology transfer and promotes the integration of research across faculty groups.
- An emphasis on entrepreneurship that is embraced as a frame of mind rather than a context (e.g., small business or for-profit organizations) and spotlights selected niches.
- A desire to collaborate with other units of the University of Pittsburgh.
The school will be differentiated from its competitors by a systematic adherence to EBL and a renewed emphasis on principles of speed and value that long characterized the brand equity of the Katz MBA program. Members of the Pitt Business community see the strategic initiatives and differentiators as a platform to regain top-tier status for the school. The links among reputation, intellectual leadership, student success and satisfaction, and resources are clear and give rise to an urgent commitment to our strategic initiatives.
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