• Executive MBA Worldwide

    The Katz EMBA Worldwide Program features a cohort-based curriculum with the same demanding coures and projects as a traditional MBA program but in an accelerated time frame. The schedule allows you to keep your current rigorous work schedule while completing an MBA degree.

  • Overview

  • Executive MBA Worldwide

    At Katz, we prepare well-established professionals reach the next level in their careers. See our sample schedule below.

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    Term 1

    Summer, Fall & Spring



    • Class Introduction/Learning Community Workshop (EMBA)

      Class Introduction/Learning Community Workshop (EMBA)

    • Organizational Behavior: Leadership and Team Effectiveness (EMBA)

      Organizational Behavior: Leadership and Team Effectiveness (EMBA)

      Course Description

      As organizations become flatter, organizational effectiveness relies more and more on interpersonal skills and management of small groups and teams. This course addresses interpersonal effectiveness, decision making and problem solving, effective group processes, and motivation of key employees.

    • Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Control

      Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Control

      Course Description

      This course places a fundamental emphasis on the use of statistics for modeling and solving problems in marketing, finance, human resources, and operations management. It discusses how statistics can help managers grasp and solve common managerial problems. The integrated statistical tools and methodologies that are useful in a managerial environment are discussed in depth.

    • Global Human Resource Management (EMBA)

      Global Human Resource Management (EMBA)

      Course Description

      Whether you work in operations, finance, marketing, or other fields, your ability to maximize human capital will be fundamental to your organization's success. Using case studies, this course discusses the influence of changing technologies, public policy directives, and international competitive requirements as they affect decisions relating to staffing, compensation, employee relations, and human resource development.

    • Financial Accounting: Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis

      Financial Accounting: Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis

      Course Description

      In this course, students learn how to read financial reports with insight and confidence. Topics include performance dimensions, nature of present-value concepts, accounting assets and equities, financial analysis, fiduciary and managerial control, alternate accounting principles, and ethical dimensions of reporting.

    • Negotiating for Business Executives (EMBA)

      Negotiating for Business Executives (EMBA)

      Course Description

      This fast-paced, multimedia course aims to help you negotiate better deals, a skill that is useful in business as well as life. The course focuses on how to prepare for a negotiation to increase results; how to deal with difficult negotiators; how to increase your power against a strong counterpart; how to transform competitive negotiations into collaborative ones; and how to adapt to different negotiating styles across cultures. The course uses exercises, simulations, and videos to build your negotiating competency.

    • Business Ethics and Public Policy (EMBA)

      Business Ethics and Public Policy (EMBA)

      Course Description

      Leaders need to skillfully and responsibly face the challenges of a changing global business environment. This course examines concepts, issues, and tools related to the management of ethics, social responsibility in business, and the management of public affairs and regulation.

    • BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1

      1.5 CREDITS

      BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1

      Course Description

      The main objective of this course is to gain understanding of the theory and practice of financial decision making. This course develops the tools and framework necessary to address the central question in corporate finance: What investment projects should be undertaken to maximize shareholder wealth? To examine this question, we will learn how to value an uncertain stream of cash flows and apply the concept of the time value of money in valuing bonds 11 and equity. The course covers a number of market-based investment criteria and develops an entity valuation model, based on discounted cash flows (DCF) used for standard capital budgeting decisions. We will conclude with a short introduction to the concept of risk and return, resulting in the cost of capital. We will cover a case discussion on capital budgeting to put our framework in a more realistic environment. Financial Management 1 is a prerequisite for taking Financial Management 2. Prerequisites: BACC 2401 Financial Accounting and BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis. These courses can be taken as co-requisites during the same term. Participating in the Financial Management I: Workshop on Time Value of Money is required prior to enrollment.

    • Information Technology and Business Value

      Information Technology and Business Value

      Course Description

      When should an organization move into a new technology? How do you know if a new technology will give your business a competitive edge? This course equips you with the tools to answer those critical questions and, through case studies, provides an overview of how general managers can apply information technology (IT) to increase their effectiveness. With the help of case studies, it examines how IT provides information to support decision making, cooperative work, organizational competitive advantage, and inter-organizational communication.

    • BQOM 2524 Production Management and Process Improvement

      1.5 CREDITS

      BQOM 2524 Production Management and Process Improvement

      Course Description

      This course is concerned with the continuous improvement principles involved in the production of goods and services. We provide procedures for an efficient management of the flow of materials within an organization characterized by multiple products and uncertain demand conditions. The examples discussed relate to manufacturing context as well as to service supply chains. Prerequisites: BQOM 2523 Process Engineering.

    • Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions

      Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions

      Course Description

      Using powerful negotiating tools such as game theory, signaling, and Nash equilibriums, this course helps the student to understand how markets reconcile the separate needs of consumers and producers. This course provides a crucial economic framework for managerial decisions.

    • Marketing Management

      Marketing Management

      Course Description

      This dynamic, fast-moving course is taught, in part, by using a simulation, where students make decisions about when to launch products and how to promote them. The course discusses such fundamental topics as proper choice of pricing, packaging, advertising, selling, and distribution of products—and ultimately develops your ability to put those ideas into practice. Issues of customer satisfaction, market orientation, quality, cross-functional integration, and new product development teams are addressed.

    • E-Business Strategy (EMBA)

      E-Business Strategy (EMBA)

    • BSEO 2531 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Initiation

      3 CREDITS

      BSEO 2531 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Initiation

      Course Description

      This course describes the entrepreneurial process, from developing a framework for analyzing prospective new ventures to examining typical problems encountered in the early life of new ventures, as well as exploring some potential areas for future entrepreneurial activity. Prerequisite: BACC 2401—Financial Accounting; BMKT 2409—Marketing Management; and BFIN 2409—Financial Management I.

      3 Credits

    • BSPP 2112 Leading Organizations to Innovate Smarter

      BSPP 2112 Leading Organizations to Innovate Smarter

      Course Description

      This course addresses the critical role of a firm’s top management in guiding a firm toward more positive innovation outcomes. We specifically focus on the role of executive leadership in developing a firm’s capability for breakthrough innovation – a primary source of sustained competitive advantage and economic growth. We distinguish between what leaders need to do during invention and innovation, and emphasize barriers that hinder established firms’ capabilities to produce breakthrough innovations. We examine how strategic leaders can augment a firm’s ability to “innovate smarter” by better utilizing the diversity of expertise that resides within the organization and within the firm’s partnerships. The concepts we’ll discuss are grounded in decades of research on creativity and technological innovation, as well as strategic management, leadership, and teams. We’ll discuss how strategic leaders apply these concepts today. Prerequisite(s): None


    Term 2

    Summer & Fall



    • Decision Optimization and Risk Management

      Decision Optimization and Risk Management

      Course Description

      Sophisticated and user-friendly decision technologies play an increasingly important role in optimizing decisions and in managing risk by managers and executives at all levels. Indeed, the utilization of these technologies in a time-sensitive manner can have a tremendous impact on a company’s profitability and can even mean the difference between competitive success and failure. This course focuses on modeling and analyzing complex problems with such technologies. Specifically, methodologies discussed include linear and nonlinear optimization, simulation, and decision analysis.

    • Strategic Cost Management

      Strategic Cost Management

      Course Description

      Firms around the world are under pressure to maximize efficiency. Even leading companies that are dominant players in their markets must learn to minimize costs to remain competitive. This course focuses on determining the costs of products and services as well as illustrating how managers can best use this information in the planning and control of business operations.

    • Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage I (EMBA)

      Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage I (EMBA)

      Course Description

      The course focuses on formulating and implementing strategies to compete in today’s fast-changing global economy. Beginning with a hands-on understanding of powerful analytical frameworks, the course will prepare managers to anticipate and confidently face the implementation challenges of gaining and sustaining competitive advantage in an uncertain world.

    • Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage I (EMBA)

      Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage I (EMBA)

      Course Description

      The course focuses on formulating and implementing strategies to compete in today’s fast-changing global economy. Beginning with a hands-on understanding of powerful analytical frameworks, the course will prepare managers to anticipate and confidently face the implementation challenges of gaining and sustaining competitive advantage in an uncertain world.

    • Interpersonal Skills for Managers (EMBA)

      Interpersonal Skills for Managers (EMBA)


    Academic Schedules

    Pittsburgh and São Paulo

    In the São Paulo location, classes are held once a month from Wednesday through Sunday. The schedule allows students from throughout Brazil and other parts of South America to travel in for class.


    In the Pittsburgh location, classes are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays every two weeks. Class is held on the Fifth Floor of Alumni Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus.


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    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    Before You Apply

    Basic Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements before filling out an online application.


    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.



    An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent is required.



    If you fall into any of these following categories, a GMAT exam may be 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



    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.



    English is the language of the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program, 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.


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


    The Application

    Getting Started

    The following information and components are necessary to advance in the application process.

    Required Components

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

    • Online Application

    • Current Résumé

    • Two Recommendations

    • 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

      (Optional in some cases). Use code: DPZ-M5-98)

    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

      Our TOEFL code is: 2927-02

    Mail or fax your paper application and submit your materials directly to the EMBA location you wish to attend. Please do not email your application.


    Interview Process


    Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee.

    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    Frequently Asked Questions


    • What is an Executive MBA (EMBA) program?

      EMBA programs differ from traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs because they are designed for more experienced executives and managers, who often need to balance their studies with their careers.

      Like an MBA program, an EMBA program provides comprehensive experience in business administration. The Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program helps students develop a vision of the organization as a whole, and prepares them for senior leadership roles.

    • Why is the Katz EMBA called “EMBA Worldwide”??
      The Katz EMBA Worldwide program is global in scope, as we offer our classes in the North America (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and South America (São Paulo, Brazil). Our students travel between the locations through Global Executive Forums, trips where they immerse themselves in international business through coursework, site visits to companies, and interactions with business leaders and their classmates. This international exposure is an important element of our program. The ability to compete on a global stage is an imperative skill for leaders of organizations.
    • What degree do I receive and is it recognized?
      Your diploma will be recognized and respected globally. Students in the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program are granted a Master of Business Administration degree and diploma from the University of Pittsburgh, whether they study in North America or South America.
    • Do the curriculum and faculty differ from program to program?
      The curriculum, faculty, and selection process are the same for all Katz Executive MBA Worldwide locations. Because we use the same curriculum, faculty, and selection process at every site, you are assured of receiving the same high-quality degree no matter where you choose to earn your degree. Your diploma will be recognized and respected both locally and globally.
    • What does the curriculum include?
      The Katz Executive MBA Worldwide curriculum provides a solid balance among courses on leadership, strategy, productivity, and analysis, with additional focus on issues like cross-cultural management and group and team effectiveness. The curriculum includes a mix of required courses, Global Executive Forums, and electives, totaling 48 credit hours. Your classroom hours stress discussion, case analyses, team and small-group projects, and computer simulations.
    • Is a bachelor’s degree in business required to join the program?
      While an undergraduate degree is required, a bachelor’s degree in business administration is not. Many students in the Katz EMBA program have degrees in engineering or business administration; some have degrees in medicine, law, foreign affairs, or other areas.
    • Is the GMAT required?
      In some cases the GMAT is optional, although it is recommended for any applicant who would benefit by enhancing their application materials with a successful GMAT score. In some cases, the GMAT is required to help us assess the applicant's ability to perform successfully in the graduate-level courses of the EMBA curriculum.
    • Is the TOEFL required?
      The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of all non-native speakers of English. For more information on the TOEFL Web site. For more information on the IELTS Web site.
    • Am I too busy to earn an MBA from Katz?
      Your organizational and family commitments are important to you. That's why we've designed the program to be as compact as possible. Courses are delivered concisely and conveniently. In Pittsburgh, classes are held every other week on Fridays and Saturdays, while in São Paulo classes are blocked out once a month from Wednesday through Sunday. The schedule is set a full 18 months in advance, meaning that your participation is predictable and manageable.
    • Am I too experienced to benefit from the Katz EMBA Worldwide program?
      Katz Executive MBA Worldwide students come from a variety of functional and professional areas. They average about 12 to 14 years of work experience in their fields, but some have significantly more. Executives who come to our program late in their careers are often those looking for international assignments or are preparing to take on top leadership roles in the corporate world. They know that the economy is global and that they have business opportunities far beyond their borders.
    • What can I expect from the Global Executive Forums?
      Global Executive Forums are unique to the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide program. During the Global Executive Forums, students participate in coursework with a faculty member from the University, work in international study groups with their colleagues from around the world, and learn important region information through contact with local business leaders. The Global Executive Forums assist participants in developing a global network of contacts, which will serve them throughout their professional lives and will help to make them more savvy international managers.
    • Do you offer any non-degree certificate courses?
      Yes, we offer executive education programs lasting from one to 10 days, in all the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide locations. Contact the program director at the location nearest you to inquire about partner organization benefits.
    • Could I join the program without an employer sponsorship?
      Yes. While the majority of our students receive some support from their organization, employer sponsorship is not a requirement. We often have executives who are in the process of transitioning from one career to another (for example, a medical doctor who would like to work for a pharmaceutical company) and participate in the program as a means to facilitate this transition. It is important, though, that your employer sponsors time off, so that you can dedicate yourself to the program.
    • What does the Katz Executive EMBA Worldwide program cost?
      Our EMBA program is priced competitively for your market. See the tuition page for more details or contact the program director nearest you.
    • How do I apply?
      Contact the nearest University of Pittsburgh EMBA Worldwide office, or download the application information.

    While earning your Katz MBA degree, you’ll build a global network. Your classmates have strong professional connections across North America and South America, and represent a wide range of industries and professional areas.

    Our class has included rising corporate stars, startup founders, medical doctors, military officers, engineers, and scientists. Regardless of background, our students are united by their drive to succeed, their demonstrated track record of success, and their intelligence and functional skills. You’ll learn to embrace this diversity. It enriches your global perspective.

    Compared with students in a traditional MBA program, Katz EMBA Worldwide students have more work experience — that’s what makes it an Executive MBA program. Some of your greatest learning in the program comes from the interactions you have with your classmates. Every student brings unique experiences that you can draw upon. This, combined with our globally focused curriculum and world-class faculty, will help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.


    Pittsburgh and São Paulo locations combined

    Female: 26%

    Average Work Experience: 7 Years

    Average Years of Management Experience: 12 Years


    Industries Represented:

    Consulting: 10%

    Banking: 2%

    Financial Services: 7%

    Manufacturing: 21%

    Media/Entertainment: 2%

    Real Estate: 2%

    Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare: 20%

    Petroleum Energy: 2%

    Technology: 10%

    Other: 24%



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  • Executive MBA Worldwide Locations

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    Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

    Program Cohort


    Your tuition is $80,000. It covers all books, cases, and simulations; hotel lodging at the Global Executive Forums (GEFs) in São Paulo and Prague; meals during all class sessions; and access to University of Pittsburgh resources including fitness facilities, libraries, and public transportation in the City of Pittsburgh with the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Please note that tuition does not include airfare to the (GEFs).

    A limited number of scholarships are available. U.S. citizens are able to finance their education through a federal Stafford loan for up to $20,500 per academic year and students may also receive a standard loan. Visit Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid page for more details.


    Your tuition is $56,500. It covers all books, cases, and simulations; hotel lodging at the Global Executive Forums (GEFs) in Pittsburgh and São Paulo; meals during all class sessions; and access to University of Pittsburgh resources when on campus, including fitness facilities, libraries, and public transportation. Additional items covered by tuition include a one-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal and various software packages through Microsoft Windows. Please note that tuition does not include airfare to the (GEFs).


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    Tuition & Fees

  • Executive MBA Worldwide Events

    Our prospective students in Pittsburgh and São Paulo, are offered a variety of ways through which you can learn more about the program. Participate in an online information session, join a faculty webinar, come to campus for Executive MBA for a Day, or attend one of our annual events.


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