June 12, 2012
Contact: Michele Sparks, Director of Communications (859) 257-0040
For Immediate Release
Gatton's Evening and One-Year MBAs on the Rise
With the preferred application deadline coming up on July 2, an air of positive momentum surrounds the fall 2012 class of students for the Evening MBA program in the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.
"We are drawing a very talented pool of applicants from diverse work backgrounds to the evening program's incoming class," said Harvie Wilkinson, director of MBA Programs and director of Gatton's Executive Education Center. "These applicants are men and women who already are out in the business work force and bring a real-world perspective to classroom discussions."
Students in Gatton's Evening MBA program can choose from two different options spread over either two or three years. Both options follow UK's semester schedule with two-year MBA students scheduling classes three nights per week and three-year students having classes two evenings a week.
"The Gatton Evening MBA allowed me to work with people from a multitude of backgrounds and ideas, as well as to expand my business knowledge," said Keith Roach, a graduate of the evening program. "It made me more competitive in today's market."
While there still is time to apply for this fall's class, Wilkinson encourages prospective evening MBA students to do so as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a record 82 students began their journey to an advanced business degree yesterday in Gatton's One-Year MBA Program. The academic calendar for this impressive cohort has been moved up three weeks to better align students with the corporate recruiting season.
"Not only is this the largest class of students that we've had in the one-year program since its inception in 2005, it also reflects a gifted academic profile, together with a growing number of women and international students in the group," said David Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. "We are very excited as we get started."
Gatton's One-Year MBA combines intensive, team-oriented classroom learning for students with hands-on experience working for corporations and firms across Central Kentucky and the Commonwealth through Project Connect.
"The One-Year MBA program challenged me to grow into the type of business leader I would hire," said recent graduate Alex Green, now working for Big Ass Fans in Lexington. "The structure of the program is demanding, but overcoming these challenges helps you to distinguish yourself from the crowd."
For more information on the Gatton MBA programs or to apply to the evening program, visit the college's website at www.gatton.uky.edu and click on 'MBA Programs.'