Executive MBA in Healthcare Admissions

Application Process

You must submit the following to be considered for admittance to the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School EMBA Program in Healthcare:

  • Online Application or Hard-Copy Application
  • Current Résumé
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Self-recommendation letter describing your:
    • Current job responsibilities and assignments
    • Finest achievements and greatest disappointments
    • Challenges you have met within your organization
    • Civic and community activities and offices held
    • Reasons and motivations for entering the EMBA program
    • Professional and personal goals and plans
  • In-Person Interview
  • College or University Transcripts
  • Official GMAT score (optional in some cases). Use code: DPZ-M5-98
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Our TOEFL code is: 2927-02

If you are sending your application by mail, please mail to:

University of Pittsburgh
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Katz-UPMC EMBA Healthcare Program
5th Floor, Alumni Hall
4227 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Application Evaluation

Candidates are evaluated based on the following:

1. Professional Experience and Potential

A minimum of five years of professional experience is required. Ten years is recommended, as the average Katz EMBA student has 14 years of experience. Furthermore, applicants should be in a management position. Individuals who are reentering the workforce or undergoing a career transition should contact us for more information. Strong academic performance or exceptional test scores can compensate for individuals in the early stages of their career development. However, in all cases, applicants must demonstrate a record of strong job performance, positive career progression, and high growth potential.

2. Previous Academic Performance

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent is required. Candidates whose GPA was below 3.0 or who have less than 10 years professional experience must take the GMAT exam. (See GMAT Scores section for additional information)

3. GMAT Scores

We use the GMAT exam to assess an applicant's ability to perform in graduate-level courses. The GMAT exam is not required for all candidates; however, a successful score may strengthen your application.

If you fall into any of these categories, a GMAT exam is required:

Have less than 10 years of professional experience. For candidates with a master's degree, eight years of professional experience is required

  • Had an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Earned an undergraduate degree in an area with little or no quantitative coursework
  • When you sign up for the GMAT exam, send your results directly to us, by using the code DPZ-M5-98

4. Organizational Support

Your employer must indicate its willingness to give you sufficient time to complete our EMBA class schedule. In addition to time off, many candidates receive some form of financial support from their employers; however, this is not required.

5. English Language Proficiency

English is the language of the Katz Executive MBA programs, even in our locations abroad. Citizens of a country where English is not the official language must present an official score from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing system). However, individuals who earned a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in an English-speaking country are exempt.

For the TOEFL exam, a score of 100 or higher is desired. No score below 80 will be accepted. On the IELTS, a score of seven or higher is desired. No score below 6.5 will be accepted. Applicants who fail to meet these requirements must verify their English-language proficiency by sitting for an additional test. You must send your TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to us. The TOEFL code is 2927-02. For information about the IELTS.

6. Interview

Interviews are the final stage of our selection process. The interview helps us to assess your motivation for enrolling our Executive MBA in Healthcare program, the quality of your academic and professional experience, and your plans for future personal and career growth.

Offer of Admissions

We make admissions decisions typically within three weeks of receiving a complete application package. Your application will either be accepted, rejected, or wait-listed. If wait-listed, an admissions decision may not be made until three months before classes begin. At that time, those with the strongest credentials are admitted.

Contact Us

Questions? You can contact us here:

Telephone: 412-648-1600
Fax: 412-648-1787
embahealthcare@katz.pitt.edu