Master of Science Programs Admissions

Note: Admissions information for MS Accounting programs can be found here.

Basic Requirements

Students interested in submitting a competitive application should have a 3.0 GPA and at least a 600 on the GMAT exam. International applicants must have a minimum score of at least 80 on TOEFL, 105 on the Duolingo English Test, or 6.5 on the IELTS in order to be eligible for admission consideration. No prior work experience or prerequisite courses are required. 

To recognize prospective students for their academic achievement, graduating students or recent graduates applying to any of Katz’s Master of Science programs within five years of completion of their degrees may be eligible for an exemption of the GMAT or GRE if they meet the following criteria:

  • 3.25 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent
  • 3.0 quantitative GPA (in finance, accounting, economics, calculus, statistics, and mathematics) and a minimum of 6 credit hours of quantitative courses that include either statistics or calculus

Waiver of the GMAT does not imply a guarantee of admission. Admission to a Master of Science program is dependent upon a complete review of all application materials. At the discretion of the admissions committee, applicants who do not have a solid quantitative background will be asked to take the GMAT or GRE.

Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to

Application Components

In order to be considered for admission to an MS program, an applicant must submit all of the following items:

Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will also submit the following:

Application fee of $50. Each applicant is required to submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. You are permitted to pay by bank check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card. If paying by check, please make the check payable to the University of Pittsburgh, and mail to: Master's Admissions, 301 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. If paying by credit card, please follow the instructions for payment which are included in the online application.

Official transcripts. An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application. The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process. Once an applicant is admitted to the program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested.

Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business, use the appropriate code listed in the chart below.

Note: The GMAT is not required for University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students applying to the Katz Master of Science programs. Please view the GMAT waiver policy for additional information.

Two letters of recommendation from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and email address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic e-mail from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation.

International applicants must also submit the following: (a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business, use the appropriate code listed in the chart below.

All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to:

Katz Graduate Admissions
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
301 Mervis Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

Testing Codes

MS Finance DPZ-M5-35 4657 B157
MS Finance and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-35 4657 B157
MS Management Information Systems DPZ-M5-18 4657 B595
MS Marketing Science DPZ-M5-62 4657 B156
MS Marketing Science and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-62 4657 B156
MS Supply Chain Management DPZ-M5-28 4657 B155
MS Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics DPZ-M5-28 4657 B155

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for this program on a rolling basis. To be guaranteed consideration for the program, the Admissions Committee must have received a completed application that includes all required documents. The application deadlines for the Fall start date are as follows:

Application Deadline Decision Notification
November 1 January 15
January 1 March 15
March 1 May 15
May 1
*Deadline for domestic and international applicants
June 1
July 1
*Deadline for domestic applicants.
TBD due to COVID-19

The Master of Science programs offer a part-time option for working professionals. The application deadlines are as follows:

Application Deadlines Decision Notification
July 1 (for August entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
November 1 (for January entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
March 1 (for May entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application