One Year MBA

Achieve a world-class MBA, in only one year

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

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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 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. 

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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 in Global Commerce and Strategy.

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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 valuable extracurricular opportunity enables students 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 the Idea State U Competition, among others.

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Dual Degrees

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. 

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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).

Summer Term 
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 Internship I  4
ACC 628 - Financial/Managerial Accounting (Fall I)  3
MKT 600 - Marketing Management (Fall I) 3
MGT 610 - Global Management (Fall II) 3
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy (Fall II) 3
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course*  3

Total Hours for Semester

Spring Semester
Project Connect Internship II 4
MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy (Spring I) 3
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations (Spring II) 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II (Spring II) 3
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course* 3
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total Program Hours 51

*MBA Elective Courses Include:

MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis MGT 624 - Entrepreneurship & Business Start-Ups
MKT 601 - Marketing Research FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations MKT 695 - Advanced Analytics in Decision Making
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution  MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations
MGT 695 - Design Thinking (Study Abroad in Grenoble, France)

Alumni Spotlight

Sean Roberson

Sean Roberson
Senior Manager, Advisory Services at EY

Ana Megrelishvili

Ana Megrelishvili
Business Development Manager at Custom Sign Factory

Vladimir Goussev

Vladimir Goussev
Area Manager at Amazon

Chris Collins

Chris Collins
Assistant Trade Marketing Manager at Valvoline

Benjamin Osei

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

Tiffany Larsh

Tiffany Larsh
Sales Operations Analyst at GE Lighting

Nithya Venugopal

Nithya Venugopal, DMD
Dental Director of Program Integrity at Borrego Health

Kelsey Underwood

Kelsey Underwood
Senior Product and Brand Manager of Medibio Limited

Diana Merritt

Diana Merritt
Training Curriculum Program Manager at Google

Tuition & Funding

2018 – 2019 Tuition and Fees

Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
One Year MBA Tuition* $32,906 $38,426
Mandatory Fees $1,524 $1,524
Approximate Total Cost** $34,430 $39,950

Tuition will be billed in the following manner.

Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Summer 2018 $6,581 $7685
Fall 2018 $13,924 $16,132
Spring 2019 $13,924 $16,132
Approximate Total $34,430 $39,950

*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

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) |