Executive MBA in Healthcare Admissions

Program Start

Especially in times of uncertainty and challenge, America needs exceptional leaders to guide our healthcare institutions. The Executive MBA in Healthcare is designed to empower and enable leaders to think critically, make informed decisions, and inspire confidence. The planned start date for the next cohort is May 2021. For more information, schedule a time to discuss the Executive MBA in Healthcare with a member of our outreach team.

Application Process

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

  • Online Application
  • Current Résumé
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from your current supervisor, are required, with an option to submit up to three
  • 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
  • Official College or University transcripts
    • Candidates with degrees from international higher education institutions should speak with a member of the outreach team for details regarding needed documentation and process
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-English native speakers. Our TOEFL code is: 2927-02

Letters of recommendation and official university transcripts should be emailed to executiveprograms@katz.pitt.edu.

If you are unable to request digital transcripts, please direct official copies to be mailed to:

University of Pittsburgh
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
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 12 years of professional experience is required, as the average Katz EMBA student has 14 years of experience. Furthermore, applicants should have experience in a management position or leadership role. 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. An advanced degree is preferred.

3. 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.

4. English Language Proficiency

English is the language of the Katz Executive MBA programs. 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. 

5. 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 and conducting an interview. Your application will either be accepted, rejected or wait-listed. If wait-listed, an admissions decision may not be made until a month 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