What criteria is used for acceptance into the MBA?
Our goal is to admit academically and professionally strong applicants who show the greatest potential for successfully completing the program and succeeding in a leadership capacity. We look for applicants whose backgrounds will contribute to the academic excellence and the demographic, educational and experiential diversity of each class. Because our goal is to prepare or enhance business leaders of the future, our review includes all aspects of an applicant's background. Academic qualifications will include undergraduate major, institutions, GPA, and GMAT/GRE scores (if required). Another part of our evaluation involves a review of your personal statement, work experience, letter of recommendation, writing skills as well as extracurricular, community and professional activities. From this review, the MBA Admissions Committee will determine a candidate's leadership experience and potential, along with overall motivation to succeed in a graduate program and beyond.
What are the admissions requirements for the MBA?
Please refer to our Admissions Requirements and International Admissions Requirements. The different dual degree options can have additional or different admissions expectations/timelines. All recommended applications by the MBA Center must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky.
Do you require MBA preparatory ("prerequisite") courses?
Yes, both the One Year MBA and Professional MBA programs require the following MBA preparatory (or "prerequisite") courses: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. We strongly recommend incoming students that do not have a Business or STEM undergraduate degree (or not confident in their math skills or statistics) to complete Business Math and Statistics. In addition, we strongly recommend incoming students that have not regularly worked with Microsoft Excel (either professionally or academically) to complete an Excel for MBA Students course. Candidates can apply into the program without the required MBA preparatory courses; however, they must be completed before the final application deadline which is May 11th (One Year MBA) and July 1st (Professional MBA). To learn about the options of satisfying these preparatory courses, please visit our MBA Preparatory Course page.
Where do I apply?
Please visit the University of Kentucky's Graduate School page to submit a graduate application to the MBA program. All recommended applications by the MBA Center must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky.
When should I apply to the MBA program?
Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions cycle until the application deadlines which is May 11th for the One Year MBA and July 1st for the Professional MBA. If the program becomes full before the designated application deadlines, then the MBA Admissions Committee will consider a waitlist. As a result, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible, especially if they wish to be considered for possible scholarship award (only available in the One Year MBA). Some of the dual degree programs can carry different admissions expectations/timelines or scholarship deadlines.
Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?
We accept either the GMAT or GRE as part of the graduate entrance exam requirement. We recommend visiting the GMAT and GRE sites for more information. Please make sure to review our GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy to see if you can qualify for a possible waiver.
What is an acceptable GMAT/GRE score and GPA?
We do not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. The average GMAT or GRE score (and GPA) of applicants admitted to the program varies from year to year, depending on the pool of applications received. While we consider many elements of an applicant's background when making admission decisions, it is important that applicants have a competitive GMAT or GRE score (and GPA). We realize there are certain limitations with standardized tests; however, the GMAT & GRE scores (and GPA) give us a very important comparison among applicants from different schools and majors. Therefore, we encourage you to prepare for the GMAT or GRE exam and consider retaking if you do not score competitively. The University of Kentucky's Graduate School requires a minimum 2.75 GPA for entry into any Master’s program. If the MBA Center wants to admit an applicant to the MBA program with a GPA below 2.75, then a waiver must be recommended and then approved by the Graduate School here at the University of Kentucky. Please visit the class profile pages for the One Year MBA and Professional MBA programs which reflect the averages for both GMAT/GRE scores and GPA's entering the MBA program.
How should I best prepare to take the GRE or GMAT exams?
We encourage applicants to prepare well in order to score competitively on the GMAT or on the GRE. If you feel that your GMAT or GRE score does not reflect your true abilities, we strongly encourage you to retake the test to improve your score. We will use the highest score earned on the GMAT or GRE. There are some online resources available for both the GMAT and GRE on their designated websites: Prepare for the GMAT or Prepare for the GRE.
Do you have a GMAT/GRE waiver policy?
Yes, please refer to the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy for additional information and instructions. Each candidate is evaluated individually by the MBA Admissions Committee. All waivers must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky.
Do you offer scholarships for the MBA program?
Yes, however scholarships are only offered in the One Year MBA program. Scholarships are limited and competitive and are determined by the UK MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of a candidate’s application. All applications received by the designated scholarship deadlines are automatically considered for the general scholarship award. Candidates who apply after the scholarship deadline will be considered (as funds are available). All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application, so there is no separate scholarship application required.
What is the application/scholarship deadlines?
One Year MBA
International Application Deadline – January 15th
Priority Scholarship Deadline - January 15th
Final Scholarship Deadline - April 1st (if funds are still available)
Domestic Application Deadline – May 11th
Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) – Fall Semester
International Application Deadline – March 15th
Domestic Application Deadline – July 1st
Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) – Spring Semester
International Application Deadline – August 15th
Domestic Application Deadline – December 7th
When do classes start for the MBA program and is attending New Student Orientation required?
The One Year MBA students begin their course of study in early-June of each year. The Professional MBA students begin in late-August for the Fall Semester and early-January for the Spring Semester. Attending New Student Orientation in person is strongly encouraged. For the One Year MBA program, New Student Orientation is a 3-day event. For the Professional MBA, it's typically a 2-day event. All accepted candidates, including online "distance learners", are asked to make appropriate arrangements and accommodations so they can be present. By attending New Student Orientation, we believe that our candidates are better prepared for the program expectations and can begin to build positive relationships with their peers and classmates. The UK MBA Center typically will announce the dates of New Student Orientation a few months in advance.
Are there online options?
Yes, however only in the Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) programs. We encourage you to learn more about the Real-Time, Online MBA and how it works.
Do I need a business background to enter the MBA program?
Candidates do not need a business degree to enter the UK MBA program. We seek qualified candidates from all academic backgrounds, and our cross-disciplinary curriculum program allows candidates from all majors to be successful in the program. Please visit the class profile pages for the One Year MBA and Professional MBA programs which reflect the different academic majors entering the program.
Does the MBA program accept transfer credits?
The One Year MBA does not typically accept transfer credit as the integrative experience and core courses are an integral part of this program's experience. The Professional MBA programs can consider up to nine credit hours with approval by the MBA Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. Applicable courses cannot be considered from awarded degrees. For the full transfer credit policy, please refer to the Graduate School Bulletin.
What are the minimum requirements for graduating?
MBA students are held to the highest academic standards. Failure to meet expectations of academic progress can result in dismissal from the program. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate from the MBA Program. It is noted that under the Graduate School policy, a student is permitted one repeat option during his/her course of study. University of Kentucky Graduate School policy stipulates that when students have completed 12 hours or more semester hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of less the 3.00, they will be placed on scholastic probation. Students will have one full-time semester or the equivalent (9 hours) to remove the scholastic probation by attaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA. If probation is not removed, students are subject to dismissal from the Graduate School.
What is the accreditation?
The Gatton College of Business and Economics has been accredited by AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1926. Accreditation by AACSB has been earned by less than 5% of the worlds business programs and demonstrates a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students. The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call 404-679-4500, or online at www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of the University of Kentucky.