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Why Choose CBA?
The University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration (CBA) is the undergraduate division of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Whether you plan on a corporate career or are headed toward options like small business, public service, international affairs, or law, CBA provides a strong foundation for future success.
CBA offers impressive academic programs—consistently ranked among the nation’s best undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report—and also links you to professional-development opportunities such as internships and networking. In addition, CBA's unique strategy places a dual focus on both academic and career development from day one freshman year. This strategy is designed to produce CBA graduates who exhibit a high degree of readiness to take their next step into the professional world after graduation and who are highly satisfied with the opportunities they are able to secure based on the excellence of their academic and extracurricular record.
CBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked CBA among the top 10 percent of AACSB-accredited programs.
CBA is the undergraduate division of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, which is known worldwide for its accelerated one-year MBA program, executive programs, and other competitive business programs. The Katz School faculty—the same faculty that teaches at the MBA, doctoral, and executive levels—teaches CBA business courses. CBA students benefit from the considerable international experience and business expertise of this talented graduate-school faculty. Learn about our academic programs.
Pittsburgh is an exciting place to be a student. You'll find that Pittsburgh offers business students a distinct advantage: corporate connections. As a major corporate center, Pittsburgh provides options for internships in every field of business, with national and international corporations as well as smaller businesses and organizations. CBA Career Services is designed to help students take full advantage of these opportunities. In addition, students can access many resources university-wide through the Pitt Career Development Office and Student Employment & Placement Assistance.
The Katz School was one of the first schools in the country to be designated an International Business Center (IBC) by the United States federal government. The IBC makes the Katz School a focus for international business research, curriculum development, and exchange programs. For CBA students, this means that the undergraduate business curriculum provides a strong global perspective.
Area-studies certificates are available in Asian studies, African studies, global studies, Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies, and West European studies. Pitt offers more than 30 foreign languages.
You will be strongly encouraged to experience another culture firsthand through a study-abroad program —choose from numerous Pitt-sponsored programs and Pitt-affiliated programs throughout the world.
CBA distinguishes itself among business programs through its focus on experience-based learning. As a CBA student, you will have access to a wealth of internships, international, and leadership opportunities. In the classroom, you will expand your skills through participation in case studies, group work, and presentations. As well, you can take advantage of options like "projects courses," including Consulting Field Projects and courses with international study components. Another interesting example is CBA's Projects in Marketing class, a senior-level elective that allows students to gain marketing experience through work for corporate clients. Students in this class have attracted considerable attention through national marketing championships they've won with Honda (twice), Nissan, Goal Financial, American Eagle Outfitters, and Chevrolet.
Experience may also be gained in the Pitt Business Financial Analysis Laboratory. The $2.3 million facility located in Mervis Hall allows students to work with the equipment and technology used in the capital markets industry. The lab provides students with exposure to real-time financial information flows and analytic tools. The 3000 square foot space resembles the trading floor maintained by an investment bank or financial firm, and is equipped with 58 computer stations, tote display boards, a ticker, plasma display screens, and presentation technologies.
In CBA, we encourage entrepreneurial thinking and behavior in our students. This applies to students who are interested in running their own business someday or who simply want to innovate within their organization and career. Ranging from coursework and competitive events to internships and a special living learning community, CBA students have many opportunities to explore entrepreneurship at Pitt.
Student Services and Organizations
CBA offers one-on-one academic advising, a wide range of student organizations, internships, co-ops, leadership development, career planning, a special Living Learning Community for CBA students, honor societies, and scholarships to enhance your CBA experience. Visit Student Services to learn more.
The College of Business Administration offers a high-quality education at an affordable price. View up-to-date information on tuition rates and required fees.