Chatham University

Located amongst Pittsburgh's entrepreneurial hotbed with the likes of Google Pittsburgh, the exciting new Bakery Square and Carnegie Mellon University, the Chatham Master of Business Administration program prepares aspiring professionals for successful careers in specialized fields through an innovative curriculum, a dynamic network of business leaders, and collaboration with progressive centers like Chatham's award-winning Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE).

The Chatham MBA has been developed as the MBA program for working adults. In addition to the flexibility of core coursework that can be completed either online or on campus, corporate partner discounts, competitive graduate assistantships, grant-funded positions, internships, and assistance with professional memberships and networking events further enhance opportunities for professionals. Qualified MBA students can earn graduate credits through credit transfer or the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), or test out of the college-level pre-requisites through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Also, full-time Chatham students are allowed to take one course each semester from PCHE institutions including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. All Chatham University students have access to free public transportation in the City of Pittsburgh, and free evening parking on campus.

Chatham University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in International Business, Bachelor of Arts in Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.


American Eagle Outfitters
Giant Eagle
Paragon Foods
D3 Oncology Solutions
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development

MBA Chatter

  • "Enrolling in Chatham's MBA program was a great decision for me. I have acquired invaluable skills and business knowledge throughout my two years in the program. The relationships I have made with students and staff will no doubt provide me with a network that will fulfill my professional and personal goals in the future."

    – Holly Shriver, December '14 Graduate

  • "Chatham's MBA program has facilitated the opportunity, through both curricular and co-curricular activities, to build relationships with students, faculty, alumni and professionals. I've attended many seminars, socials, networking events and have worked directly with organizations to solve real-world problems."

    – Steph Churchel, December '14 Graduate

  • "Teaching is a passion of mine. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than the privilege of working with students, building their confidence, and providing a knowledge base that will benefit them in their careers and life."

    – Stephen Lippiello,
    Corporate Finance Professor

  • "The MBA program at Chatham University is equipping me to think beyond the traditional way of doing business and challenging me to discover methods of operation that are greater than status quo. Working with other students in the program on group tasks has forced me to listen and lead in a more cooperative fashion."

    – Drue Parish, Spring '15 Graduate

  • "Our faculty is deeply committed to creating future business leaders through both in-demand specialties and entrepreneurship training. This unique approach enables our students to think both fast and slow, and to create new opportunities through innovative pursuits."

    – Tingting (Rachel) Chung, Ph.D.,
    Program Director

Healthcare Management

Healthcare Management

The Healthcare Management concentration is dedicated to helping practitioners strengthen their business acumen while preparing business professionals to succeed in management and executive roles in the healthcare field. Read more.

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management concentration prepares students to lead businesses' sourcing, logistics management, partner collaboration, procurement, and conversion practices for a strategic advantage. Read more.


Sustainable Business

The Sustainability concentration provides students with a practical, application-focused education that prepares graduates to understand factors, shape practices, and seize sustainability-related strategic opportunities for organizations. Read more.

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy

Entrepreneurial Leadership for Women

The EL&S concentration is designed to develop creative and knowledgeable leaders for 21st century business by addressing the distinctive challenges entrepreneurs face in today's business climate. Read more.

Dual Degree Master of Sustainability-MBA program

Chatham University's Master of Sustainability program in the Falk School of Sustainability, in partnership with Chatham's MBA program, has developed a dual degree program that positions graduates for sustainability management and leadership in sustainable business sectors. The program includes foundational coursework in both business and sustainability and extends the breadth and depth of students' knowledge bases with advanced work in sustainable business and other sustainability and business courses. Read more.


  • Jacqueline Travisano, MBA
    EVP/COO, Nova Southeastern University

    Jackie Travisano

    Travisano was recently named by the Florida Diversity Council as the 2014 recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award, recognizing individuals who demonstrate leadership excellence, accomplishments in expertise, positive influence, integrity, and professional growth. Read more.

  • Aafke Loney, MBA '11
    Co-owner, Youngstown Phantoms

    Aafke Loney

    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. Aafke, along with her husband Troy Loney, are now the proud co-owners of the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. Read more.

  • Jake Jacobson, MBA '14
    Corporate Care Management Medical Director, UPMC

    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. Jake has been working at UPMC since he was recruited from Cincinnati over 3 years ago. Read more.

  • Susanne Cole, MBA
    President & CEO, Pressley Ridge

    Susanne Cole

    Cole, a native of Charleston W.Va., joined Pressley Ridge in 1990 and served in progressively more responsible roles throughout her tenure, including senior vice president of programs and executive vice president and chief operating officer prior to her appointment as CEO. Read more.

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. The CWE has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005, with programs like Small Business Basics, MyBusiness, MyBoard, and events like the annual Think Big Forum and the monthly Women's Business Leaders Breakfast Series. Visit the CWE page.


In 2010, Chatham established the Falk School, one of the earliest sustainability schools in the country, to provide leadership for overcoming sustainability challenges from the local level to a global scale. With offerings like the MSUS-MBA Dual Degree, Sustainable Business Concentration in the MBA program, and the Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership, the Falk School aims to ensure success in sustainability advancement through programs of study built upon real-world learning and practice.


Chatham's Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies programs allows us to leverage our strengths across the allied health fields to improve the practice of patient care. This expertise and these connections extend to the Healthcare Management concentration in the MBA program to inform the full scope of the healthcare field and bring together members from the various functions to align the increasingly demanding and evolving healthcare sector.


Networking and engaging in professional communities is critical to building a successful business career. The Chatham MBA program provides students with a free, one-year membership to a variety of national and Pittsburgh Chapter professional organizations that are fully representative of our program's concentration areas. Learn more.

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • The Association for Operations Management
  • Project Management Institute
  • National Black MBA Association - Pittsburgh Chapter
  • MBA Women International - Pittsburgh Professional Chapter
  • Professional Pricing Society
  • Net Impact
  • American Marketing Association
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


Chatham recognizes that life knowledge may provide knowledge equivalent to graduate-level learning outcomes. That's why we offer our Prior Learning Assessment program to qualifying graduate students. Degree-seeking Chatham University graduate students may earn a maximum of six (6) credits through PLA and transfer courses. PLA credit may be awarded either through the development of a portfolio or by attaining a passing score on a challenge exam. This is just one of the ways Chatham makes graduate studies work for working professionals. Learn more about Graduate PLA.

Students can also test out of undergraduate pre-requisite courses through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Learn more about CLEP.

Graduate Prior Learning Assessment Program at Chatham University

The Business Case

Sustainability infographic

The Chatham MBA program requires 36 credits for completion; with Prior Learning Assessment credits, that number is cut to 30. PLA allows students to lighten their course loads, save time, and save money — three advantages for which anyone can make a strong business case.