One Year MBA

Achieve a world-class MBA, in only one year.

The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA option is an intensive, cross-disciplinary, hands-on experience. The teaching philosophy incorporates a number of core business processes positioned for both business and non-business graduates with students in the program having diverse academic backgrounds in areas such as engineering, communications, STEM, psychology, agriculture and political science, as well as business. All of this takes place in highly interactive, action-based courses and learning laboratories situated in the corporate setting through the built-in internship program called Project Connect.


The MBA faculty assumes that all new students possess a profiency in basic accounting and economics. As a result, the following prerequisites must be satisfied before the start of the program: Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. 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. 

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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. 

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Project Connect

The cornerstone of the One Year MBA is the unique internship program called Project Connect. We’ve redefined the traditional internship experience by integrating it into the core curriculum, so students can apply what they are learning in classes to real-world projects. For 32 weeks, student teams are paired with high-ranking corporate executives at reputable companies to work on projects of importance to the executives’ corporation. These projects focus on core business processes such as: data analysis, marketing research, supply chain management, logistics and business finance strategies.

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Program Description & Curriculum

Achieve a world-class MBA, in only one year. 

The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program starts in early-June and ends in late-May of each year. At 51-credit hours, students will complete five, eight-week sessions through a number of classes each day including marketing, management, and finance; as well as more technical business courses such as quantitative analysis, operations management (supply chain), global management, and data analysis. In addition, students will be working on relevant and timely projects assigned and supervised by the Project Connect corporate partners. This chart shows the complete One Year MBA track, including elective course options: 

Summer Term
First Eight Weeks
DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making 3
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics 3
MGT 697 - Leadership, Communications and Ethics 3
MBA 630 - Professional Development 1
Total Hours 10
Fall Semester
Sixteen Weeks
MBA 640 - Project Connect I (Internship) 4
First Eight Weeks
ACC 628 - Managerial / Financial Accounting 3
MKT 600 - Marketing Management 3
MGT 610 - Global Management 3
Second Eight Weeks
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy 3
MKT 601 - Marketing Research (Data Analytics) 3
Electives include:
MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking and Analysis
MGT 624 - Entreprenuership & Business Start-Ups

Total Hours for Semester 22
Spring Semester
Sixteen Weeks
MBA 642 - Project Connect II (Internship) 4
First Eight Weeks
FIN 645 - Corporate Investment and Financing Policy 3
DIS 612 - Supply Chain Operations 3
MGT 612 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 3
Second Eight Weeks
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II 3
Elective (optional): 
MGT 620 - Personnel and Industrial Relations 
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total Hours for Semester 51


Tuition & Financial Aid

2016 – 2017 Tuition

  Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
MBA Tuition* $32,000 $37,000
Mandatory Fees $1,486 $1,486
Total Cost For Program** $33,486 $38,486

Tuition will be billed in the following manner.

  Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Summer 2016 $6,400 $7,400
Fall 2016 $13,543 $15,543
Spring 2017 $13,543 $15,543
Total $33,486 $38,486

*Includes mandatory registration fee. Tuition will not change while continuously enrolled in program. 
** Total costs do NOT include books, certification fees, or any living expenses. Book Estimate for the One Year Program is $2500 - $3000

All 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.

Information on Refunds for the Three Terms

Students who withdraw from the program are subject to the following refund policy.

Summer 2016 Start Date: June 9th 

(1)  By June 8th: 100%

(2)  June 10th: 80%

(3)  June 11th – June 23rd: 50%

(4)  After June 23rd:  No refund

Fall 2016 Start Date: August 24th 

(1)  August 23rd: 100%

(2)  August 24th  – August 30th: 80%

(3)  August 31st–September 21st: 50%

(4)  After September 21st:  No refund

Spring 2017 Start Date: January 11th 

(1)  January 10th: 100%

(2)  January 11th – January 18th  80%

(3)  January 19th – February 8th: 50%

(4)  After February 8th:  No refund

Financial Aid

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. These awards are funded by a variety of private endowments. These scholarships are granted for a maximum of two semesters provided the student attends full-time and maintains at least a 3.25 graduate GPA. These scholarships are limited and competitive, and are determined by the MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of the candidate’s application, with emphasis on the GMAT or GRE scores and undergraduate academic achievement. Scholarships can be considered up until the scholarship deadline which is April 1st, if funds are still available. Files complete after April 1st will be considered if funds are still available.

Other Fellowships

The Graduate School also offers a limited number of highly competitive and specialized fellowships and scholarships. For more information, please visit the Graduate School's Fellowship page.