Below are some questions that applicants have asked about our program. If you have additional questions, please ask us by sending an email to cobb@pitt.edu.

 

When is the deadline to submit my CoBB application?
CoBB has rolling admissions and admits incoming students in the Fall semester only. We evaluate applications as they are received and accept students continuously, until we reach capacity. Applications received after we are at capacity or after June 1 will be considered for admission the following year.
What is the GPA requirement?
The CoBB Master’s Program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.
What materials are required for application?
To apply to CoBB, you will need to submit:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities at which you have studied
  • A Personal Statement of roughly 2 pages
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Some international applicants will also need to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores
  • CoBB Student Handbook can be found here – CoBB Student Handbook
Do I have to submit MCAT, GRE, or DAT scores?
No, CoBB does not require MCAT, GRE or DAT scores.
Do I need to take TOEFL or IELTS?
Applicants who are citizens of countries where English is not the official language (and the Province of Quebec in Canada) are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum result of 600 paper test, 100 iBT on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 7.0 on the IELTS is required for admission to the program. Scores must be less than two years old. Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.

A current list of exempt countries can be found at
https://oafa.pitt.edu/apply/admissions-process/international-students/toefl-exceptions/

Do I need health insurance?
Students enrolled in the CoBB Program must have health insurance coverage. You have the option to obtain your own or of enrolling in the University sponsored programs. Review detailed information on the health insurance policies and plans. 
Do I need to upload my official transcripts in my application?
During the application process, we only require unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, whether or not a degree is granted.  Official transcripts for all schools listed on the application are required for all applicants who are offered admission and accept the offer. Official transcripts are required to be submitted prior to orientation in August.
How long does it take to complete the CoBB Master’s Program?
The CoBB Master’s Program is designed to be completed within 12 – 20 months, depending on the experience of the applicant.
Is there an application fee?
The current application fee is $50.
What is the tuition?
Graduate Tuition and Mandatory Fees can be found here.
Is financial assistance available?
All students are responsible for their own tuition.

CoBB does not offer grants or scholarships. Most students finance their education by utilizing Federal Direct loans (unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS), and/or private education loans.
Information on Federal options can be found at studentloans.gov. Private education loans are available through the websites of individual lenders. Private loans are typically issued in the student’s name and require a credit check. A credit worthy cosigner, who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, may be needed if the student’s credit is not sufficient. Students should compare interest rates, fees, and repayment options such as deferment and forbearance. Maximum loan amounts, loan terms, borrower qualification, repayment schedules, and interest rates vary among lenders. Some private education loans may require interest payments while the student is enrolled in school.

If you are going to apply for financial aid, use this link:
https://oafa.pitt.edu/financialaid/applying-for-aid/graduate-school-instructions/

Is this only a full-time program?

CoBB does not require students to be enrolled full-time, and we are continuously expanding our asynchronous and remote offerings; however, courses such as electives may still be offered only during weekdays.