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CBA Academic Updates


Launching in Fall 2019, the College of Business Administration (CBA) will provide students with the opportunity to earn a certificate in sports management.

Consisting of 18 academic credits, the Certificate Program in Sports Management (CPSM) will contribute to students’ preparation for a career in a sports or sports-related industry. Students will learn to see sports not from the lens of a fan or an athlete, but as a multi-faceted, multidisciplined business. The curriculum includes an experiential learning requirement whereby students are able to apply the skills they learn to real-life problems.

“I am thrilled that we have added the Certificate Program in Sports Management to the portfolio of opportunities for our students,” says Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of CBA and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. “This will provide an opportunity for business students to complement their academic major with a focus on opportunities within the sports industry.”

Sports are woven into the fabric of Western Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh is home to numerous championship professional teams, the University of Pittsburgh’s Division 1 sports teams, and the corporate headquarters of market leaders in sports-related fields, such as DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Students have the opportunity to complete internships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as with Pitt Athletics.

The CPSM is offered to CBA students or other students pursuing double degrees from the business school and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.


Last summer, the inaugural Haller Global Honors Fellowship Program was launched, allowing a select group of students to complete an early-exposure study abroad experience in the weeks leading up to the start of the fall term.

“Our goal was to create a cohortbased program that would bring honors students together and develop their global competence as part of our mission of taking students ‘From the Classroom, To the City, To the World,’” says Murrell. Offered exclusively to incoming firstyear students in the Pitt Business Honors Program, the global fellowship is a four-week program held from mid-July to mid-August.

Students spend the first two weeks in Pittsburgh, completing an accelerated honors version of the fourcredit course Managing in Complex Environments, with local site visits to Google, EY, KPMG, and Everyday Cafe. The students then travel to Dublin, Ireland, to examine the country’s thriving technology and innovation sector through site visits to the European headquarters of Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, and more.

“One of the great things about early exposure to study abroad is that the data shows that students who study abroad early are likely to study abroad again during their college experience,” says Bryan Schultz, director of international programs at CBA. “The international immersion they gain is a vital part of developing their global competence as future business leaders.”


Building on its existing portfolio, CBA, in collaboration with the Katz Graduate School of Business, has added two new accelerated degree programs. Students can now complete their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in three years, and then earn either their Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS).

New Programs:

• 3+1.5 BSBA and MBA

• 3+1 BSBA and MS in Management Information Systems

Existing Programs

• 3+1 BSBA and MS in Accounting

• 3+3 BSBA and Juris Doctorate (JD)


When Bob Grossic (BSBA ’08, MBA ’10), director of Medicaid strategy and performance management at Highmark Inc., heard about the Mentoring Match Program at the College of Business Administration (CBA), he knew he wanted to give back to the Pitt community. “I believe mentoring is one of the most important and rewarding activities that a professional can participate in, both from the mentor’s and the mentee’s perspective,” Grossic says. “I feel proud to offer my advice by mentoring students, hearing their stories, and answering their questions.”

Shortly after volunteering for the program, he was contacted by Teresa Leatherow (BSBA ’19), a supply chain management and business information systems student headed into her senior year. Grossic coached Leatherow on the consulting industry and helped her prepare for interviews. Eventually, an opportunity emerged at Highmark in the company’s prestigious Leadership Acceleration Program. Leatherow applied, was accepted by Highmark, and started the program after graduation in April 2019.

Students and alumni can create a Mentoring Match profile in minutes. The system uses an algorithm to suggest alumni matches who have similar interests. Students also have the ability to search for alumni by applying filters, including company, job title, industry, and geographic location. Students are encouraged to use the platform for quick exchanges with alumni for questions, resume reviews, and interview tips.

“The important thing for students to remember is that the alumni want to hear from you,” says Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of CBA and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. “Every one of them signed up on their own because they remember what it was like being a student and want to help.”

This pay-it-forward attitude also resonated with Katie Hazelbach (BSBA ’15), a partnership activation executive with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis. She connected with Matt Gary, a junior focusing on business information systems and marketing, because he was looking for an edge to break into the sports industry.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to ‘work in sports,’ and I believed I could offer advice to someone trying to forge his or her own path,” Hazelbach says. “I was hoping to use it as a way to remain connected to the university.”

Hazelbach offered advice on classes to take, professors to talk to, and conferences to attend. She even shared her professional contacts, putting Gary in touch with a colleague at the NBA headquarters in New York City. That gave Gary, who at the time was interning for the ACC Network, an inside track to the highly competitive NBA summer internship program.

“Alumni should get involved because it’s easy to forget that someone once helped them,” Hazelbach says. “Along the way, there is at least one person who reached out a hand or offered a piece of advice that had a profound effect on all of us. It’s important to pay it forward. You never know how your words and actions can impact someone.”

Katz and CBA alumni interested in participating in the Mentoring Match program can learn more information at pittbusiness.xinspire.com.