Our nationally ranked full-time, accelerated One Year MBA option is an immersive, cross-disciplinary, hands-on experience designed for both recent graduates, young professionals and dual degree candidates. The curriculum incorporates a number of core business processes positioned for both business and non-business students, along with military. This program attracts academic backgrounds in areas such as engineering, communications, STEM, health sciences, agriculture, arts and sciences, as well as business. The One Year MBA experience includes highly interactive, experiential courses situated in the corporate setting through the built-in internship program called Project Connect. In addition, graduates and alumni of the UK MBA are able to pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles. Visit our during career outcomes page to learn more.
Admissions & Preparatory Courses
Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early. All applications received by the scholarship deadline are automatically considered for general scholarship awards. All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application (no separate scholarship application is required). Before applying to the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.
Project Connect Internship
The cornerstone of the One Year MBA is the unique internship program called Project Connect. For 32 weeks, student teams are paired with companies to work on projects of importance to the companies. These projects focus on core business processes such as: data analysis, marketing research, growth strategies, supply chain management, logistics and operations.
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 in Global Commerce and Strategy.
The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Engineering, Law, Medicine and Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky to offer dual degree programs, coupled with the One Year MBA, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates.
Diversity builds better leaders. At the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, we believe that the opportunities to grow professionally are enhanced when the learning environment includes a variety of perspectives. That’s why the UK MBA program seeks to enroll students with a wide range of backgrounds, along with personal, professional and cultural experiences.
Program Description & Curriculum
One Year MBA, a redefining business education experience.
The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program is shorter and more immersive than most comparable programs. Positioned for both business and non-business majors, the cross-disciplinary curriculum includes classes in marketing, management, and finance; as well as more technical business courses such as quantitative analysis, operations management (supply chain), marketing research, global management, and data analysis. Students will also obtain valuable soft skills in areas of critical thinking, negotiations, presentations, communications and problem-solving. This chart shows the complete One Year MBA track, including core classes (39 credits) and elective course options (12 credits).
|Total Program Hours||51|
*MBA Elective Courses Include:
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Tuition & Funding
2018 – 2019 Tuition and Fees
|One Year MBA Tuition*||$32,906||$38,426|
|Approximate Total Cost**||$34,430||$39,950|
Tuition will be billed in the following manner.
*Tuition will not change while continuously enrolled in program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
** Total costs do not include books, certification fees, or any living expenses. Book Estimate for the One Year Program is $2,000 – $2,500.
All current rates are subject to change and typically increase each year
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.
Information on Refunds for the Three Terms
Students who withdraw from the program are subject to the following refund policy.
Summer 2018 Start Date: June 14th
- By June 13th: 100%
- June 14th: 80%
- June 20th – June 27th: 50%
- After June 28th: No refund
Fall 2018 Start Date: August 22rd
- August 21st: 100%
- August 22nd – August 28th: 80%
- August 29th –September 19th: 50%
- After September 20th: No refund
Spring 2019 Start Date: January 9th
- January 8th: 100%
- January 9th – January 15th: 80%
- January 16th – February 6th: 50%
- After February 7th: No refund
Funding Options & Scholarships
All applications received by the scholarship deadline, January 15th, are automatically considered for general scholarship awards. Candidates who apply after the scholarship deadline will be considered through April 1st, as funds are available. All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application. No separate scholarship application is required. For additional funding options (including searchable databases, federal and specialized funding opportunities, external sources or additional resources for underrepresented minorities) please visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School's Funding Opportunities. For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.
Kentucky Scholars Program
The Gatton College of Business and Economics selects qualified students to receive Kentucky Scholars Awards, which are funded by a variety of private endowments. All accepted students and majors into the UK MBA are eligible for this scholarship consideration. These scholarships are limited, and are determined by the MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of a candidate’s application, including GMAT/GRE scores and undergraduate academic achievement. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the first priority scholarship deadline which is January15th. Scholarships can be considered by the MBA Admissions Committee up until the final scholarship deadline which is April 1st (if funds are still available). After April 1st, completed files can still be considered for scholarships (if funds are still available).
University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarships
The University of Kentucky's Alumni Association is pleased to provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Kentucky. During 2017-2018, the UK Alumni Association and Alumni Clubs provided over 150 students with scholarships, ranging from $500 - $2,500. These awards are available through an application process that is independent of the need-based financial aid process. Please click here for more information.