• Experience-Based Learning

    At Katz, we believe that real-world experience is the best teacher. For that reason, we built our business school around experience-based learning outcomes. We believe learning by doing enables students to put in to practice the theories learned in the classroom. This 'hands-on' approach empowers students to gain the critical cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills necessary to succeed in today's business world.

    We offer our graduate students a unique menu of domestic and global experience-based learning opportunities. Students can choose from case studies, consulting projects, simulations, case competitions and fellowships. This active learning approach enables you to be Katz Ready on day one.


  • Unconventional Learning

    Our capstone course ties together everything students learn in their core classes. The capstone course is an applied strategic management and general management course designed to give students a realistic assignment as an executive in a simulated athletic footwear company. Using a computer simulation, students compete against students from other teams as they try to add value to their companies. Teams report to a real external board of directors, who provide approvals and feedback during the simulation. 

    At the end of the course, students participate in a symposium where they are asked to articulate their vision of the company moving forward, and discuss with executives and Katz faculty the transferable skills they enhanced in the program. 

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    Management Simulation

  • Solving Real-World Problems

    The Katz Graduate School of Business faculty have offered the Consulting Field Project course for more than two decades. This course teaches management consulting as a problem-solving framework, allowing students to apply the analytical tools and concepts taught at Katz to real-world problems. The final requirement of the projects is the McKinsey Cup Competition. Teams present their project summary to a panel of judges who evaluate each presentation based on its rigor and content. Select projects qualify as Global Consulting Projects and involve complex business or organizational problems relative to a global or off-shore issue, challenge, or problem.

    If your organization is interested in sponsoring a Project Course, contact Katz Lecturer Bud Smith (412-648-1547; budsmith@katz.pitt.edu).

    Course Structure

    The project includes up to five students assembled as a team, with one student designated by the team as the team lead. The project involves a single "client" organization. The client will provide the team with a project of immediacy, as well as an executive dedicated to assist the team. The team also has an assigned faculty coach to ensure students are procuring the appropriate data and communicating effectively with the client. 


    Responsibilities of Sponsoring Organizations

    • Defining the scope of the project in discussion with the faculty member

    • Appointing a coordinator who will meet with the students regularly

    • Share relevant data and contextual information in a timely fashion with the students

    • Identifying executives who participate in the project presentations to make sure project is on track

    • Provide feedback on the course


    Recent Sponsoring Organizations

    Katz Consulting Field Projects Sponsoring Organizations

    McKinsey Cup 

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    Consulting Field Projects

  • Case Competitions

    Student teams compete for the best solution to a business-related case study. Within a short time frame, students must read, analyze, and prepare their solution to the challenge. Case competitions test students' critical thinking skills while enhancing their teamwork and interpersonal skills. Students work with their peers to develop a problem, solution, and presentation. 

    Recent case competitions have included the Key Bank Minority MBA Case Competition, Daniel's Race and Case, and the University of Michigan's Renewable Energy Case Competition. 

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    Case Competitions

  • The Katz Invitational

    This signature case competition is hosted by the Katz MBA Program Office. The event draws on other top MBA programs from across the United States.

    The case is multi-dimensional, designed to test the teams' ability to collaborate on different business disciplines. It gives students the opportunity to evaluate a tough business situation in multiple perspectives in a very short period of time and to present their recommendations to senior executives. The ultimate goal is to allow students to apply their business education to deliver unique and creative recommendations. 

    Katz Invitational 

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    The Katz Invitational


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