Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare)

Learn and engage with other healthcare professionals

Register to attend the Professional MBA Open House on Dec. 7th
The Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare provides the business knowledge to meet today's healthcare management challenges and is designed for current healthcare professionals such as physicians (including residents), nurses, pharmacists, professional administrators and academia. Healthcare professionals will learn from experienced professors and other industry leaders in healthcare-specific class sections while still taking the core business classes with other working professionals from various industries such as engineering, law, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, banking and finance, and military. This program is also offered in some of the dual degree MBA options for certain candidates.


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy. Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it is strongly recommended in applying early into the program. The fall application deadline for the Professional MBA program is July 1st (domestic candidates) and March 15th (international candidates). The spring application deadline for the Professional MBA program is December 7th (domestic candidates) and August 15th (international candidates).

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Professional Certifications

During the course of the year, MBA students at the University of Kentucky will have the opportunity to earn value-added professional certifications from one of several certifying institutions. The program offers certifications in Project Management, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and the Global Commerce and Strategy.

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Dual Degrees

The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Pharmacy and Law at the University of Kentucky to offer unique dual degree programs, coupled with the Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates. 

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Program Description & Curriculum

Learn the language of business within healthcare.

The Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare has been tailored for the working healthcare professional seeking to increase their business acumen. The curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study, or a three-year plan of study. Each class meets just once a week in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The 36-credit hour program consists of 9 core business classes (27 credits), five of which are healthcare specific sections (highlighted in bold below) and 3 elective courses. The five healthcare-specific courses are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Health Service and System Organization, which can be taken as a stand-alone certificate called the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.

Two Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting

MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy

ECO 610 - Managerial Economics CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
MKT 600 - Marketing Management Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making Elective Course*
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations Elective Course*

Three Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two Year Three
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting MKT 600 - Marketing Management CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics

MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy

Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making

Elective Course*

Elective Course*

*MBA Elective Courses Include:

MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis MGT 624 - Entrepreneurship & Business Start-Ups
MKT 601 - Marketing Research FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations MKT 695 - Advanced Analytics in Decision Making
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations
MGT 695 - Design Thinking (Study Abroad in Grenoble, France)

MBA Spotlight

Phillip Chang

Phillip K. Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer at the University of Kentucky Healthcare

Tim Mullett

Timothy W. Mullett, MD
Thoracic Surgeon at the University of Kentucky Healthcaree

Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend
Finance Director at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry

Siva Gandhapudi

Siva Gandhapudi
Senior Research Scientist at University of Kentucky Healthcare

Nicole Bell

Nicole Bell
Assistant Director of Accounts Payable Services at University of Kentucky

Matia Cary

Matia K. Cary
Sr. Manager Clinical Support Operations at United Allergy Services

Ronnie Zeidan

Ronnie Zeidan, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Kentucky Healthcare

Leslie McKinney

Leslie McKinney
Revenue Cycle Director at Eastern State Hospital

Zain Guduru

Zain Guduru, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Movement Disorders Program at University of Kentucky's College of Medicine


Tuition & Financial Aid

2017 – 2018 Tuition and Fees

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $31,896 $36,896
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $2,726 $2,726
Approximate Total Cost*** $34,622 $39,622
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $31,928 $36,928

Part-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)**

$1,530 $1,530
Approximate Total Cost*** $33,458 $38,458

*Tuition rate will not change while continuously enrolled in the program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to first semester's tuition.
**Mandatory fees are subject to change while continuously enrolled in the program.
*** Total costs do not include books, certification fees, or any living expense. Book Estimate is $2000 - $2500 for the entire program.

All current rates are subject to change.

Note: If you are a non-resident candidate, please refer to the UK Graduate School to determine eligibility for Kentucky Graduate Scholarships and in-state tuition rates. Students who withdraw from the program are subject to the following refund policy:

Fall 2017 Start Date: August 23

(1) August 23: 100%

(2) August 24 – August 30: 80%

(3) August 31 –September 21: 50%

(4) After September 21: No refund

Spring 2017 Start Date: January 11

(1) January 11: 100%

(2) January 12 – January 18: 80%

(3) January 19 – February 8: 50%

(4) After February 8: No refund

University of Kentucky's Employee Education Program (EEP)

Employees may take advantage of tuition benefits at the University of Kentucky by receiving a tuition waiver for UK coursework in order to further their career development, pursue other academic interests or build coursework to enhance their foundation for career change or advancement. For more information, please contact the University of Kentucky's HR Education Benefits at edubenefits@uky.edu.

Financial Aid

For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.


Contact Us

For any questions about the Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare program, please contact:

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) | christopher.carney@uky.edu