The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Master of Business Administration program was ranked the No. 30 MBA program in the world in a new 2020-21 survey – 23 places on its highest-ranked time MBA programs from The Economist. The Katz MBA was also ranked 13th among US public universities and 20th in the nation.
The annual ranking is based on a combination of quantitative data from schools, reviews of current MBA students and alumni on career opportunities, educational experience and personal growth, salary increases and networking opportunities for alumni.
“Being in the top 30 in the world is an incredible achievement for our MBA program and for the entire Pitt business community,” said Arjang A. Assad, Dean of Henry E. Haller Jr. “The accuracy, quality, and individual service The Katz MBA’s reputation is evident. And we have the leaderboard to support that. “
Pitt also scored high in the US News & World Report 2021 Best Business Schools Ranking, climbing to 17th place among public institutions in the US and 39th overall – the highest US news ranking for the Katz School in 20 years.
And Poets & Quants recently recognized Katz as one of the top five business schools that have climbed the most in the MBA rankings in the past ten years.
Sara B. Moeller, assistant dean for graduate programs, told Poets & Quants that continued advancement of experiential learning, new courses and programs have enabled the school to keep students agile and well-prepared for an ever-changing market – something which is becoming more and more attractive to employers.
The Katz School’s Signature MBA program is evolving. It has recently been redesigned to allow students to graduate in 18 months instead of a full two years, while the final semester includes a summer internship and an intense capstone.
What the students say
Student satisfaction played a key role in The Economist’s MBA ranking.
“It’s very exciting that Katz is being recognized for how great it is,” said Malena Hirsch, who will be doing her MBA / MHA this year. “Katz’s MBA program has made a significant contribution to my development, both professionally and personally. From the faculty to the Career Management Team, every Katz member strives to challenge you and support you to get the best out of you, ”said Hirsch. “Katz embodies the rigor of a large program with the personal touch and support of a smaller program. It is perfectly clear that students are the priority and center of everything they do. “
Patrick Savage, a sophomore MBA student in finance who graduated this spring, said: “What drew me to Katz at the beginning of my MBA search and further increased my pride in completing my studies here is the incredible quality of the people associated with the program.
“Year after year, Katz brings together extremely talented, diverse student populations with a world-class faculty that brings experience-based business theory and real utility to life in a personal setting,” he said. “This is what sets Katz apart from other programs.”
Bianca Payton, who will complete her MBA in 2023, values the knowledge, experiential learning, and community of classmates, faculties, and staff. “All of this together creates a Katz family that is enriched with support and an environment full of opportunities for people to develop professionally and personally.”
Check out this Katz school bulletin for more information on The Economist’s latest ranking for the program.
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Paul T. Harper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics, has developed a new course, Race and Business Ethics, which addresses issues of structural racism, justice and capitalism. “The last thing I want to do is have students not be prepared to deal with the awakening giant of racial consciousness,” Harper said. “You see a moral settlement here. I couldn’t see how a high quality business school could go on without it.