Business Administration (MBA)

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Business Administration (MBA) Overview

In Chatham’s Masters of Business Administration program, students develop the skills and knowledge identified by business leaders as vital in an increasingly competitive job market–skills like entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, effective communication, and leadership. Students can choose from specializations in Healthcare Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy, Food and Agriculture, Information Management, and Accounting, or select courses to develop a personalized curriculum for their career responsibilities and aspirations.

Degrees Offered
  • MBA
Program School
Application Deadline


Fall recommended deadline: July 1 (rolling admission until August 1)
Spring recommended deadline: November 1

Credits Required


The MBA can be completed in two years as a full-time student. A part-time option is also available. 

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Affording the MBA

Best Online MBA Program

In 2020, Chatham's MBA program was ranked a Best Online MBA Program by U.S. News and World Report. 

Explore the MBA Degree:

The MBA curriculum is designed for working adults, and all courses are available either online or on our Shadyside campus.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants with less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through other achievements may be granted conditional admission.
  • Pre-requisite courses in Financial Accounting and Business Statistics (completed prior to enrollment)
  • Completed Application Form, including submission of the following documents:
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Essay - In approximately 500 words, please explain why you are interested in pursuing this degree. How will the degree impact your future personal and career goals?  
    • Two letters of recommendation, from an academic source and/or direct work supervisor
    • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, sent directly by the institutions

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: 412-365-1609

International Applicants

International Applicants to the MBA program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.

A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web pages.

BUS550: Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

BUS699: Business Consulting Capstone

This course is the culminating experience in the MBA program. Students apply professional-level business consulting skills learned in the MBA program. Business Consulting Capstone student teams solve business problems for businesses and entrepreneurs.

BUS551: Informatics in Healthcare

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organization’s performance and impact on patient outcomes.

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By enrolling in Chatham’s MBA program, I have acquired invaluable skills and business knowledge. The relationships I have made will no doubt provide me with a network that will fulfill my professional and personal goals in the future.


Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

Full Faculty
James Pierson
Program Chair/Director Business & Entrepreneurship Department

MBA Graduate Assistantships

Work as a graduate assistant in a flexible, fast-paced office environment while pursuing full-time MBA studies. In addition to providing financial assistance, these positions offer valuable hands-on experience, expanded learning opportunities, and professional skill development.

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Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Many events are open to students, and there are other ways for students to participate, too.


The Department of Business and Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

Chatham Business Insight

Learn about funding opportunities and read about people, events, and other activities associated with the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship on Chatham’s Business Insight blog.

Student Achievement and Outcomes

See our public disclosure of Student Achievement. 

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Business Administration

Alumni Profile: Aafke Loney, MBA '11

Aafke Loney, MBA '11, didn't plan for her family's lifelong involvement in hockey to blend seamlessly with her passion for business; it just happened that way.

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“By enrolling in Chatham’s MBA program, I have acquired invaluable skills and business knowledge. The relationships I have made will no doubt provide me with a network that will fulfill my professional and personal goals in the future.”—Holly Shrivner, MBA ’14


“I really enjoyed the professors throughout the program as all of them had actual working experiences in the field rather than being purely scholastic with no hand-on experience.”—Philip Valent, MBA ‘16

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“I have been twice as productive due to what I have learned in my courses. More importantly, I have been able to build long term relationships with corporate clients.”—Sasha King, MBA '17


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Roy (Jake) Jacobson

Dr. Roy (Jake) Jacobson, M.D. Ph.D., an MBA '14 graduate of the Healthcare Management concentration, is currently the Medical Director in Corporate Care Management for UPMC. 

Alumni Careers

Alumni have worked at institutions including; BNY Mellon; PNC; Oracle; Giant Eagle; Mylan; Knopp Biosciences LLC, Pittsburgh; MSA-The Safety Company; MAYA Design; RAND Corporation; Smith & Nephew, Hamburg, Germany; Microbac Laboratories, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; The Citizens Savings Bank; Portland General Electric, Portland, OR; the University of Pittsburgh.

Internship Opportunities

Students have held internships at organizations including Merrill Lynch, Ariba, Cleveland Clinic, Gateway Health, Conservation International, Westinghouse, Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Deloitte, and the Children’s Home.

A Look at the (Award-Winning) Chatham Women's Business Center

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center (CWBC), part of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE), was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the 2018 Women’s Business Center of the Year. We look at why.  

Former Starbucks SVP of Corporate Responsibility Joins Chatham University as Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business

Sandra E. Taylor, an internationally recognized expert in corporate responsibility joins the Chatham University faculty as Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business. Taylor is the former Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Starbucks and the founder and President of the consulting firm, Sustainable Business International.