Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare)

Learn and engage with other healthcare professionals

Healthcare leaders are facing serious challenges with balancing the requirements of clinical medicine and financial business strategies. The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) track provides the business knowledge to meet today's healthcare management challenges and is designed for current healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, administrators and academia.  

Healthcare professionals will engage from first-rate professors and other industry leaders in healthcare-specific class sections, while still taking classes the core business classes with other working professionals from various industries such as engineering, law, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, banking and finance, etc.


Admissions & Preparatory Courses 

Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy. Submitted applications are considered on a rollling 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). 

The MBA faculty assumes that all new students possess a profiency in basic accounting and economics. As a result, the following MBA Preparatory courses are required to be completed: Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. For all majors (except for Engineering, Finance and Mathematics) the following courses are also strongly recommended: Business Math & Statistics and Excel for MBA. After careful examination of each applicant's prior coursework, the MBA Admissions Committee will make specific recommendations concerning which courses (if any) will be required. The program recommends that all required MBA preparatory courses be satisfied by the application deadlines. 

Learn More


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. 

Learn More


Program Description & Curriculum

Earn your degree at a pace that works best for you.

The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) program has been tailored to accomodate the fast-paced, demanding schedule of the working healthcare professional, so you can choose the pace that works best for you. The curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study, or a three-year plan of study. The five healthcare-specific courses are Healthcare Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Health Service and System Organization. The courses denoted in Blue make up the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value - Finance and Business track. Click here for more information. 

Two Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial and Managerial Accounting MKT 600 - Marketing Management
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics DIS 612 - Supply Chain Management
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy DIS 620 - Management Information Systems in Decision Making
DIS 651 - Quantiative Analysis in Business Decision Making MKT 601 - Marketing Research
MGT 612 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

Three Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two Year Three
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial and Managerial Accounting MKT 600 - Marketing Management MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics DIS 612 - Supply Chain Management CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy DIS 620 - Management Information Systems in Decision Making MKT 601 - Marketing Research
DIS 651 - Quantiative Analysis in Business Decision Making MGT 612 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

Tuition & Financial Aid

2016 – 2017 Tuition

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
MBA Tuition* $32,000 $37,000
Mandatory Fees (full-time)** $2,622 $2,622
Total Cost For Program*** $34,622 $39,622
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
MBA Tuition* $32,000 $37,000
Mandatory Fees (part-time)** $1,458 $1,458
Total Cost For Program*** $33,458 $38,458

*Includes mandatory registration fee. Tuition rate will not change while continously enrolled in program. 
**Mandatory fees are subject to change while continuously enrolled in program. 
*** Total costs do not include books, certification fees, or any living expense. Book Estimate is $2500 - $3000 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.


MBA Spotlight 

Phillip Chang

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

Timothy Mullett

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

Zaki Hassan

Zaki U. Hassan, MD
Medical Director of Anesthesiology, Clinical Simulation at the University of Kentucky Healthcare 

Arundathi Reddy

Arundathi Reddy, MD
Chief Pediatric Anesthesiology and Medical Director at the University of Kentucky Healthcare