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 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 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
Fall I - First Eight Weeks 
ACC 628 - Financial / Managerial Accounting 3
MKT 600 - Marketing Management 3
MGT 612 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution  3
MKT 601 - Marketing Research 3
Fall II - Second Eight Weeks
MGT 610 - Global Management 3
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy 3
MGT 612 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution  3
MKT 601 - Marketing Research 3
MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking and Analysis 3
MGT 624 - Entreprenuership & Business Start-Ups 3
Total Hours for Semester 22
Spring Semester
Sixteen Weeks
MBA 642 - Project Connect II (Internship) 4
Spring I - First Eight Weeks
MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy 3
FIN 645 - Corporate Investment and Financing 3
MGT 620 - Personnel and Industrial Relations 3
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations 3
MBA TBD - Advanced Analytics in Decision Making 3
Spring II - Second Eight Weeks
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations 3
FIN 645 - Corporate Investment and Financing 3
MGT 620 - Personnel and Industrial Relations 3
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations  3
MBA TBD - Advanced Analytics in Decision Making 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II 3
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total MBA Program Hours 51

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Kelsey Underwood

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Donna Hart

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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 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) |