What criteria is used for admission into the MBA?
Our goal is to admit academically strong applicants who show the greatest potential for successfully completing the program and succeeding in a leadership position. 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 business leaders of the future, our review includes all aspects of an applicant's background. Your academic qualifications, which include undergraduate major, institutions, GPA, and GMAT or GRE scores, are all a part of the admissions process. In this review we try to assess whether you show the abilities and motivation to succeed in a graduate program. 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, we try to determine your leadership experience and potential.
What are the admissions requirements for the MBA?
Please refer to the updated Admissions Requirements.
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: Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. Our recommendation is to have the MBA preparatory courses completed by the designated application deadlines. For all majors (except for Engineering, Finance and Mathematics) we also strongly recommend the following courses: Business Math & Statistics and Excel for MBA. To learn about the options of satisfying these courses, please visit the MBA Preparatory Courses page.
When should I apply to the MBA program?
Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions cycle until the application deadlines. Thus, the MBA Admissions Committee can and will consider new applications throughout the year for early acceptance decisions. As a result, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible especially if they wish to be considered for possible scholarship award (scholarships are only awarded in the One Year MBA). Some of our dual degree programs can carry different admissions/scholarship deadlines.
Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?
It’s your decision as to which graduate test is best for you. We accept either the GMAT or GRE as part of the graduate entrance exam requirement, and do not prefer one over the other. 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 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. We realize there are certain limitations with standardized tests; however, the GMAT & GRE scores give us a very important comparison among applicants from different schools and majors. Therefore, we encourage you to prepare for the exam, take it as early as possible and consider retaking if you do not score competitively.
The University's Graduate School requires a minimum 2.75 GPA for entry into any Master’s program. If the Gatton College wants to admit an applicant to the MBA program with a GPA below 2.75, then a waiver must be 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 class averages for both GMAT/GRE scores and GPA's entering the 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 updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.
What are the application deadlines?
One Year MBA Program
Priority Scholarship Deadline - February 15th
Domestic Application Deadline – May 11th
International Application Deadline – January 15th
Professional MBA Program – Fall Semester
Domestic Application Deadline – July 1st
International Application Deadline – March 15th
Professional MBA Program – Spring Semester
Domestic Application Deadline – December 7th
International Application Deadline – August 15th
Do you offer scholarships for the MBA program?
Scholarships are only offered in the One Year MBA program. Scholarships are limited and competitive, and are determined by the MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of a candidate’s application with emphasis on GPA and GMAT/GRE score as well as academic backgrounds and diversity. The first Priority Scholarship deadline is February 15th, however scholarships can be considered up until the final scholarship deadline which is April 1st (if funds are still available). As a result, we recommend applying early into the program.
When do classes start for the MBA program?
The One Year MBA students begin their course of study in early-June of each year and the Professional MBA students begin in late-August for the Fall Semester and early-January for the Spring Semester.
Do I need a business background to enter the MBA program?
You do not need a business degree to enter the MBA program. We seek qualified candidates from all academic backgrounds, and our cross-disciplinary curriculum program allows anyone from any major 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 majors entering the program.
Does the MBA program accept transfer credits?
The One Year MBA program typically does not accept transfer credit as the integrative experiences and core courses are an integral part of the One Year MBA experience. The Professional Program will accept up to nine credit hours (3 courses) with approval by the MBA Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School.
What are the minimum requirements for graduating?
The One Year MBA Program requires 51 credit hours and students cannot receive a grade of "C" in nine credit hours (after a retake option) and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The Professional MBA program requires 36 credit hours. Students cannot receive a grade of "C" in more than six credit hours (after a retake option) and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.