The MBA Sustainability admits one selective and diverse cohort each fall. Students come from around the world and bring a wide range of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds that enrich the classroom and active learning experience.
Class size and composition: A typical cohort is comprised of 30 students, half men and half women. Domestic students have hailed from 25 states and all regions of the United States, and international representation has included China, India, France, Korea, Peru, Palestine, New Zealand and the Philippines. About 10% of students identified themselves as belonging to a minority. Approximately half had lived or studied abroad. Our average student age is 27, but a typical cohort has students that range in age from their early twenties to their forties; these generational differences are often a powerful asset when students solve real-world problems.
Standardized admission scores: We look for above average GMAT scores (550). The average GMAT for the program is 590. Students who receive merit financial aid, such as fellowships and graduate assistantships, tend to have scores well above 600, and students who substitute the GRE have combined average scores over 300 (1200 on the paper test). When evaluating candidates for admission and merit awards, we look closely at the writing and integrated reasoning scores for potential to succeed in a team-oriented, action-learning environment that relies on effective communication skills.
English competency testing: Minimum score for admission is 90 on the TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS. The average TOEFL score range for admitted students in the MBA Sustainability program is 110.
Academic backgrounds: Nearly two-thirds of enrolled students majored in liberal arts, sciences, engineering, social sciences, the humanities and the arts. About one-third have undergraduate degrees in business. A significant number already had advanced degrees -- in law, environmental science, languages, economics or education -- before beginning the MBA program. All incoming students take on-line modules in business basics as a foundation or review during the summer before classes start, and students who have no background in core business subjects come to Pittsburgh in early August for a pre-MBA course.
Work experience: On average, students in the cohort have 2-3 years of professional, full-time work experience in everything from engineering and architecture to business and law and education and government. Cohorts often include returned Peace Corps volunteers, AmeriCorps veterans and Fulbright Scholars. We do accept students straight from undergraduate programs if internships, leadership and academic accomplishments suggest ability to succeed in graduate school.
Career placement - Since the program was launched in the fall of 2007, approximately 150 students have graduated across six academic years. Nearly all found jobs - managerial and management development jobs - with a wide array of employers of choice within a few months of graduation. Compensation packages vary based on prior work experience, geographic location and profit versus not-for-profit sector status.