University of Pittsburgh
May 16, 2014

Return on Pitt MBA is No. 1 in U.S.

The Economist deems Pitt’s MBA degree the highest-yielding MBA after one year
Analysis also places the ROI of a Pitt MBA at no. 19 globally
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PITTSBURGH—A Pitt MBA degree offers the highest return on investment of any MBA program in the United States and the 19th-highest return globally, according to a new analysis of 109 full-time MBA programs from around the world issued by The Economist. According to the weekly news magazine, an MBA education from the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business yielded a 42 percent return on graduates’ investment one year after graduation.

The findings, published in the May 10 issue of the magazine, measured the return on investment of degrees from business schools included in the publication’s 2013 global MBA rankings, among them such elite institutions as Harvard Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Results were calculated by evaluating the programs according to three primary categories: salary forgone while students attended the program, tuition fees, and graduates’ post-MBA salaries.

In addition to being the top U.S. business school for return on investment, Katz yielded the 19th-highest return on investment in the world, joining institutions such as HEC Paris, Aston Business School in England, the University of Hong Kong, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad at the top of the chart.

“For students planning on earning an MBA degree in the United States, there’s no wiser investment than choosing to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business,” said John T. Delaney, dean of the Katz School and the College of Business Administration. “At Katz, we are proud to offer our students an education that maximizes the value of their degree, and we accomplish this through our innovative approach to experience-based learning, which gets our students ready to make an immediate impact upon graduation at organizations of all types and sizes.”

The Economist analysis follows several other recent recognitions of the value of a MBA degree from Pitt’s Katz School. In the Financial Times’ 2014 global MBA program rankings, Katz graduates had the highest average post-MBA salary increase in the United States at 132 percent. The Economist, Financial Times, and Forbes all have also recently ranked Katz in the Top 25 of U.S. public institutions and Top 50 of all U.S. institutions. And in U.S. News and World Report’s recent graduate school rankings, Katz has climbed more spots in the rankings than any other ranked business school in the United States over the past three years.

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business (Katz) and College of Business Administration (CBA) provide a high-quality, career-oriented business education for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. Building on Pittsburgh’s tradition of reinvention and business excellence, Pitt has constantly evolved its market-driven business education programs for more than 100 years based on global business demands. Through innovative, entrepreneurial degree programs focused on experience-based learning, Katz and CBA position graduates to immediately add value to any business.

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