Katz MBA Courses

Providing the Fundamentals of Management and Professional Communication for Postdoctoral Trainees

Introductory Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Courses


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Cultivating a portfolio of professional skills during your postdoctoral training will provide you a significant competitive advantage over your peers when you are ready to enter the job market regardless of your career goals or eventual career path.

The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, in partnership with the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development, is offering special sections of three of its introductory Masters of Business Administration (MBA) courses exclusively for postdoctoral trainees. These courses are being made available to postdocs on a non-degree basis to introduce emerging scientists and scholars to the essential managerial and professional skills valued and sought after by employers across all sectors of the workforce.


COURSES 

BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior (1.5 credits)
As organizations continue to emphasize team-based and often cross-functional approaches, learning the skills to be both an effective leader and team member are critical to be successful in organizations today. This course is designed to introduce participants to the theories, concepts and applications of behavioral sciences used by organizations. It focuses on understanding theories of human behavior and their application to strategic and operational problems in management. The course analyzes behavior from three different lenses: individual (such as personality and emotional intelligence), group (teamwork, decision making, conflict, leadership), and organizational (culture, creativity and change). At the completion of this course, you should have acquired an understanding of the many factors and dynamics which influence group behavior. In essence, this course will provide an overview of group behavior in the workplace and group dynamics, help you develop the skills needed to be effective as a team member and as a team leader, and familiarize you with organizational concepts for application to specific real-world situations.

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BOAH 2517 Interpersonal Skills for Managers I (1.5 credits)
Research today suggests that specific interpersonal skills are critical to career growth and personal satisfaction. This course will introduce participants to theories, concepts and practical applications that will enhance their job effectiveness, career development and general well-being. This course familiarizes you with the interpersonal skills that will set you apart from competitors for positions in this global economy. Self-reflection through experiential exercises is a core element of the class as participants will complete a series of surveys and activities to understand the nature and level of selected interpersonal skills possessed and how they might be exhibited in the workplace. Specific topics to be covered include: emotional intelligence, power, influence, decision making, conflict handling, networking and negotiation.

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BOAH 2528 Strategic Communication (1.5 credits)
Instructor: Carolyn Kerr, MA
Effective professional, strategic communication plays a critical role in individual, group and corporate success. This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop the critical skills and competencies necessary to effectively utilize communication (written, oral and nonverbal) throughout your career. In this course, we will examine how to develop a communication strategy to support your personal brand by assessing your audience, creating and then refining your message. Specific approaches to other types of professional business communication, including the use of persuasive and informative techniques and the difference in sharing good and bad news, will also be examined with a focus on the powerful role effective communication plays in personal and organizational success. Students in the course will be heavily involved in experiential exercises, allowing them to practice employment-related communication, including resume, cover letter and thank you note development, interviewing via phone, video conference and in-person, and initial orientation and socialization in the job.

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SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

8-Week Postdoctoral Schedule: January 21, 2019 - March 15, 2019

BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior 1

Tuesdays,
6:00-8:00pm

1105 Scaife Hall

FALL 2019 SCHEDULE

8-Week Postdoctoral Schedule: To Be Announced (TBA)

BOAH 2517 Interpersonal Skills for Managers

TBA

TBA

BOAH 2528 Strategic Communication

TBA

TBA

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ELIGIBILITY

Postdoctoral associates, postdoctoral scholars, and research associates university-wide, who earned their doctoral degrees at English-speaking institutions, are eligible to apply for non-degree student admission.

Others must demonstrate:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 100
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least Band 7
  • Completion of University of Pittsburgh English as a Second Language Courses
English language proficiency testing will be offered on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the English Language Institute. More information on how to register is coming soon.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Enrollment is limited. The seats will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis upon completion of registration.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 Semester is January 10, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the Non-Degree Graduate Student Admission Application and submit it to postdoc@hs.pitt.edu.

Download the Application Form

NOTE: Admission applications are being processed through a special arrangement with the School of Medicine under Plan Code GCD-ND (Graduate Career Development Non-Degree). Graduate credits earned at the University of Pittsburgh as a non-degree student may be later applied to a certificate or degree program; but, admission to the University of Pittsburgh under a non-degree status does not guarantee later matriculation to a certificate or degree program.

REGISTRATION

These course sections are limited to postdoctoral trainees and research associates; therefore, registration is by special permit only. After receipt of an admissions application, an advisor will contact applicants with instructions on how to complete the registration process. Financial responsibility is incurred upon registration.

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

Description of Postdoctoral Educational Benefits: View Benefits

Illustration of financial responsibility for a 1.5-credit graduate course after tuition benefits are applied: View Illustration

Postdocs are encouraged to ask their faculty mentors to reimburse their out-of-pocket expenses for graduate credit courses.

REQUEST TO CONSULT WITH AN ADVISOR

If you have any questions, email postdoc@hs.pitt.edu or call (412) 648-8486 to speak with an advisor.

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