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University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration, Pitt Business

From the Classroom, To the City, To the World

The Classroom

As a Pitt Business student, your journey begins in the classroom. Here you learn from two kinds of great teachers: Pitt's world-renowned faculty and real-world experiences. Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program offers seven majors and five certificate programs, each complemented by an array of case studies, consulting projects, case competitions, internships, and global experiences. 

  • Outside the Classroom Curriculum — This extracurricular program is designed around the 10 functional categories that recruiters prize, categories such as professional development, cross-functional teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Students earn points for completing activities in each category and their proficiency is measured as they progress through different levels.
  • Living Learning Community — As an incoming freshman, you get started on your business education right away by living with fellow business students in the Bruce Hall dormitory.  Each of the four floors represents a "community" devoted to a specific interest area: Global Business, Social Responsibility, Business Honors, and Entertainment and Sports.  Residents participate in a variety of classroom lectures, special events, and projects to enrich their freshman year.

  • Pitt Business Honors Track — The 9-credit honors track lets exemplary students complete a more rigorous program of study with enhanced core classes, honors electives, and an experience-based learning capstone. The capstone gives students the option of completing either a research track with a faculty member, a global business experience, or a senior-level project with an experience-based learning focus. Honors students are guaranteed admission into the MBA or MS in Accounting programs of Pitt's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business if certain requirements are met.

The City

The City of Pittsburgh is the natural extension of the Pitt Business classroom. Our urban location lets students complete high-profile projects for Pittsburgh organizations and see their work get put immediately into action. The City of Pittsburgh, with its ongoing economic and cultural renaissance, is an ideal backdrop for our emphasis on breaking down the barriers between the classroom and outside world.

  • Client-Based Consulting — In the Projects in Marketing Course, students form a full-service marketing agency and envision, plan, and execute a strategic campaign for a client. Past teams have worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL, and have won national college competitions for their work with American Eagle Outfitters, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Nissan. In the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics, a key component is a service-learning project in which students complete a business challenge for a Pittsburgh organization.  Past teams have worked with a Pittsburgh client, while traveling to Italy and Paris to complete global corporate social responsibility projects.

  • Panther Projects — What if Pittsburgh organizations, particularly nonprofits, could somehow harness the collective power of Pitt Business students? Now they can, through Panther Projects, an initiative in which Pitt Business students work with a client and complete a series of strategic business projects over the course of multiple semesters.

  • Powerful Career Resources — The Pitt Business Career Services team has a longstanding partnership with top employers in Pittsburgh and worldwide. They help connect students with coveted jobs and internships, and prepare students for those positions through professional development services such as résumé workshops, interview practice sessions, and Executive-in-Residence counseling services. Additionally, students are able to meet with highly successful alumni in virtual and in-person networking sessions in the Robert S. McCulloch Family Alumni Networking Zone.

The World

The world stage is the ultimate destination of Pitt Business students, and they don't have to wait to get there — they go as part of their degree. We offer a Global Management major, a Certificate Program in International Business, exchange programs with foreign universities, and the opportunity to study abroad at more than 75 countries worldwide.

  • Global Business Institute — Pitt Business operates five international anchor locations year round, each of which enables students to take Pitt Business courses, while immersing themselves in another country's culture and business climate. Each location is grouped around a core business function: Buenos Aires is global management, London is finance and accounting, Florence is human resources, Shanghai is supply chain management, and Sydney is marketing and business information systems.

  • International Internship Program — Pitt Business offers a 14-week International Internship Program that lets students earn credits while working for companies abroad, ranging from global corporations such as Dow Chemical, Morningstar, General Motors, and Mylan, to small-to-mid-size international businesses. Internship cities change from year to year, although popular destinations include Beijing, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, and São Paulo.

  • Pitt Study Abroad — Pick any international city and there is a good chance Pitt give you the opportunity to study there. The Study Abroad Office offers programs in the fall, spring, and summer in more than 75 countries. Trips can have either a business or non-business focus, and the length of the trip ranges from as short as a week to a full year.