MBA Admissions

University of Kentucky MBA applications are now being considered for the 2018 class! Let us help you through the process with the following admissions requirements:

International Students

International students (with the exception of those who hold a degree from a U.S. institution of higher education) must submit the official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall minimum score of 550 (written exam) or 213 (computer exam), and the Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.5 or higher. International students can also submit the official results of the IBT (Internet Based Test) for the TOEFL with a minimum score of 79 or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum total score of 6.5.

  • Start the Graduate School Application and submit the application fee directly to the Graduate School.
  • Official GMAT or GRE Score sent to the University of Kentucky (School code = 1837). Admission decisions may be based, in part, on unofficial scores, but official scores are required prior to full admitted status. The GRE or GMAT exam may be waived by the MBA Admission Committee if the applicant meets certain criteria outlined in the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.
  • Official Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. Applicants should possess a four-year undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0. Official transcripts need to be mailed to the University of Kentucky Graduate School, 202 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033. Electronic transcripts through the major clearinghouses and by secure email, directly from the institution are acceptable.
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an individual (e.g., professors, current or former supervisors, etc.) who is able to objectively assess the quality of your character, capabilities and accomplishments as well as your overall potential as an MBA student and future business leader.
  • Professional Resume/CV highlighting professional experience, educational history, and accomplishments. Cover letters are not required.
  • Personal Statement on the topic of "Servant Leadership" answering the following prompt:
    The success of most economic, organizational and political systems depend, in part, on the effective leadership within these groups. There are a number of different leadership modes or styles, including servant leadership. Some would argue that servant leadership is a way of life which focuses on service to others while adherring to appropriate ethical and moral behavior. Do you believe that this type of leadership can improve the overall effectiveness and well-being of an organization? In your leadership experience, have you practiced components of servant leadership?
  • Preparatory Courses or "prerequisites" may also be required for certain candidates that haven't completed Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting. The MBA preparatory courses are not an admisisons requirement, however they must be satisfied before the start of the program. As a result, candidates can still apply (and be considered for conditional acceptance) before completing all of the required preparatory courses. 

For any questions about the UK MBA admissions process, please contact:

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) |