One Year MBA

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

New applications for 2018 class will open in August.
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 and military candidates in the program having diverse academic backgrounds in areas such as engineering, communications, STEM, agriculture, arts and sciences, 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.

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 rollling admissions cycle, so it is strongly recommended in applying early into the program. Each year, the domestic application deadline for the One Year MBA program is May 11th and the international application deadline is January 15th (assuming there is still space in the program).

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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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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 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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Team Competitions

MBA students will have the opportunity to participate in various competitions such as business plan and business concept competitions as well as case competitions. This is a premier extracurricular opportunity to compete among the best MBA students from across the region at top-level competitions, including the Alltech Innovation Competition, the Southeastern Conference Case Competition and Idea State U Competition, among others.

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Program Description & Curriculum

One Year MBA, an immersive and versatile experience

The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program is shorter and more immersive than 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).

Summer - 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
Project Connect I (Internship) 4
Fall I - First Eight Weeks
ACC 628 - Financial/Managerial Accounting 3
MKT 600 - Marketing Management 3
Fall II - Second Eight Weeks
MGT 610 - Global Management 3
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy 3
MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis 3
MGT 624 - Entrepreneurship & Business Start-Ups 3
Electives (Full 16 Weeks)
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution 3
MKT 601 - Marketing Research 3
Total Hours for Semester 22
Spring Semester
Project Connect II (Internship) 4
Spring I - First Eight Weeks
MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy 3
Spring II - Second Eight Weeks
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II 3
Electives (Full 16 Weeks)
FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing 3
MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations 3
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations 3
MBA TBD - Advanced Analytics in Decision Making 3
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total Program Hours 51

Alumni Spotlight

Nithya Venugopal

Nithya Venugopal, DMD
Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives at Western University of Health Sciences

John Lindsey

John Lindsey
Supply Chain Manager at RJ Corman Railroad Group

Sean Roberson

Sean Roberson
Manager at Ernst & Young (EY)

Jerrod Sills

Jerrod Sills
Supply Planning Manager at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Ravi Mahajan

Ravi Mahajan
Head of Consumer Operations at Google

Tory Stewart

Tory Stewart
Business Consultant, Chief of Staff at Humana

Benjamin Osei

Benjamin Osei
Associate Brand Manager of Jack Daniel's Craft & Luxury at Brown-Forman

Kelsey Underwood

Kelsey Underwood
CMO of Teqnizan, Growth Strategist of Strategy Consultant, CEO & Co-Founder of Re-Module

Erica Miles

Erica Miles
Senior Analyst at US GAO

Tuition & Financial Aid

2017 – 2018 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 2017 $6,400 $7,400
Fall 2017 $13,543 $15,543
Spring 2018 $13,543 $15,543
Total $33,486 $38,486

*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.

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 2017 Start Date: June 8th

  • By June 7th: 100%
  • June 9th: 80%
  • June 10th – June 22nd: 50%
  • After June 22nd: No refund

Fall 2017 Start Date: August 23rd

  • August 22nd: 100%
  • August 23rd – August 29th: 80%
  • August 30th –September 20th: 50%
  • After September 20th: No refund

Spring 2018 Start Date: January 10th

  • January 9th: 100%
  • January 10th – January 17th: 80%
  • January 18th – February 7th: 50%
  • After February 7th: No refund

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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. Students must attend full-time and maintain at least a 3.25 graduate GPA. 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.Scholarships can be considered by the MBA Admissions Committee up until the 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.

Contact Us

For any questions about the One Year MBA 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) |