The Katz Graduate School of Business is part of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. Ranked among the world's finest programs, the Katz Executive MBA Worldwide Program prepares high-talent professionals with significant experience to move up to more strategic roles and enables them achieve greater success in global markets.
The Katz EMBA program operates on three continents. Students have the opportunity to enroll in one of three locations: Europe (Prague, Czech Republic), North America (Pittsburgh, US), and South America (São Paulo, Brazil). A hallmark of the Katz EMBA program is the Global Executive Forums. These forums are one-week trips that students take to each location, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in international markets and gain networking exposure with foreign classmates and business leaders. The Global Executive Forums are central to understanding business in new global contexts.
The Katz EMBA program awards its graduates a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Students learn as a single cohort - no matter which location they enroll in, they earn the exact same degree. They complete the same curriculum and study under the same faculty: Katz's renowned professors are flown from the U.S. into the Prague and São Paulo locations to lead study modules in person, thus ensuring the same excellent quality of executive education. The Katz EMBA program is consistently ranked among top programs in Central and Eastern Europe and has been active in the region for more than 20 yearslonger than any other program. Katz is among the few U.S. schools in the CEE region to offer a program accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Since AACSB accreditation is the universal gold standard in business school certification, the Katz MBA degree is respected all over the world.
In an Executive MBA program, students learn not only from professors, but also from their colleagues in the class through frequent team assignments and interaction with experienced executives from various backgrounds. This is why strict admission requirements are an important guarantee of the programs quality. The Katz EMBA program is designed for successful working professionals who want to move into more strategic roles in the global economy. On average, Katz EMBA students have 14 years of work experience, including nine years in a managerial role, and many hold senior-level positions. They have already earned academic degrees in various fields. Typically, Katz EMBA students speak multiple languages; they come from nearly a dozen countries in a given year and often travel across Europe as part of their regular job. They work in a variety of industries from financial services and manufacturing to the energy and media industry.
The Katz EMBA program is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Very few U.S. schools in the Central and Eastern Europe region hold this accreditation, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. In fact, Pitt has been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1919.
The Katz EMBA program takes 16 months to complete. Classes are scheduled once a month over a long weekend, Wednesday through Sunday. The block scheduling structure is designed to minimize disruptions to students' work and family life and is well-suited even for those commuting from across Europe.
Additionally, students will complete three Global Executive Forums. A Global Executive Forum lasts one week, Monday through Friday. Two of the Forums are held in Pittsburgh (US) – one at the very beginning and on at the end of the program, when the global class also attends their graduation ceremony in Pittsburgh - and one is held in Prague (CZ), and one in São Paulo (Brazil). The schedule for the Katz EMBA is set a full year in advance, which gives our students the notice that they need to plan accordingly
Katz professors are flown from the United States to locations in Prague and São Paulo and deliver every study module in person. The professors, internationally respected for their academic research and industry consulting work, embrace entrepreneurship as a frame of mind. They are widely published in top-ranked research journals and provide expert opinions in leading publications including The Economist and the Financial Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
At 48 credits, the management-focused curriculum encompasses the business concepts and analytical tools used by senior executives around the world. Students have the ability to personalize their degree by selecting electives. The core courses include the following:
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Weekend classes every 2 weeks.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
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At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.
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).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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