Professional Certifications

Obtain value-added credentials

All MBA students at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics have the opportunity to earn the following professional certifications while enrolled in the program:

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt 

The certificate course is designed to educate students on the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) process and associated tool sets. The Gatton College partners with the LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a trusted supply chain partner with a mission to advance the world’s supply chains. LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – specialize in Lean and Six Sigma principles that help organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and build operational excellence into their supply chains.  he education process consists of virtual lectures, four in-class review sessions, and three on-going review sessions. As part of the education process, students are tested on their conceptual knowledge of six sigma principles and are expected to apply these principles in MBA 642 to a company’s real-world process to achieve their Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Project Management 

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a certification that will demonstrate your knowledge in professional project management core language, basic concepts and readiness to engage in larger and more complex projects. This certification requires that applicants receive 23 hours of educational credits in order to sit for the exam. The UK MBA Program offers a 3-day certification class that will fulfill this 23 hour requirement. This is in addition to the 5 hour workshop offered in the One Year program.

Global Commerce and Strategy 

This certificate course is designed to educate students on foundational aspects of international business. The Gatton College partners with the World Trade Center Kentucky, a leading provider of trade education, consulting, and business trade missions.  Subject matter experts will also guest speak and provide guidance on certain topics. The training consists of approximately 20 classroom hourscovering topics including:

  • Import and export
  • Global branding and positioning
  • International risk management
  • Global currency
  • Foreign trade agreements
  • International legal considerations 

Please note: Each certification decision is determined by the certifying authority, not the Gatton College, and is not subject to appeal through University procedures.