Professional MBA

Learn and engage with other working professionals

Spring cohort begins in January 2018.
The Professional MBA is a part-time, evening program that brings together a diverse network of working professionals from various work experiences, companies, and industries. These professionals bring career experiences from industries such as engineering, law, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, technology, banking/finance, government and military. Offered in either a two year or three year plan of study, our Professional MBA students have the opportunity to bring in their daily work responsibilities into the classroom and then immediately apply what they learn in the workplace the following day. This program is also offered in some of the dual degree MBA options for certain candidates. 


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 rolling admissions cycle, so it is strongly recommended in applying early. The Fall application deadline for the Professional MBA program is July 1st (domestic candidates) and March 15th (international candidates). The Spring application deadline for the Professional MBA program is December 7th (domestic candidates) and August 15th (international candidates).

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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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Dual Degrees

The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Law and Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky to offer unique dual degree programs, coupled with the Professional MBA, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates. 

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Program Description & Curriculum

Customize your courses to fit your schedule.

Designed around the busy schedule of the working professional, the part-time Professional MBA curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study or a three-year plan of study with all classes meeting just once a week in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The Professional MBA is 36 credits, which consists of 9 core business classes (27 credits) and three electives (9 credits). Below is a proposed course sequence in both the two year and three year plan of study:

Two Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics MGT 610 - Global Management

MKT 600 - Marketing Management

Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making Elective Course*
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations Elective Course*

Three Year Plan of Study

Year One Year Two Year Three
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial and Managerial Accounting MKT 600 - Marketing Management MGT 610 - Global Management
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics

MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy

Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making

Elective Course*

Elective Course*

*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

Z. George Zhang

Z. George Zhang
Director, Technical International at Valvoline

Carol Steltenkamp

Carol Steltenkamp
Chief Medical Information Officer at UK Healthcare

Kyle Goodwin

Kyle Goodwin
City Engineer, Director at the City of Georgetown, Kentucky

Jorge Gotuzzo

Jorge Gotuzzo
Global Marketing Director at Pace International LLC

Jessica Heavrin

Jessica Heavrin
Project Manager at Lexmark International, Inc. 

Greg Mullins

Greg Mullins
Vice President, Government Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Candice Rogers

Candice Rogers
President at Paladin, Inc.

John Brown

John Brown
COO at Delta Natural Gas Co., Inc.

Kristel Smith

Kristel Smith
Director, Kentucky Innovation Network at Eastern Kentucky University


Tuition & Financial Aid

2017 – 2018 Tuition and Fees

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $31,896 $36,896
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $2,726 $2,726
Approximate Total Cost*** $34,622 $39,622
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $31,928 $36,928
Part-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $1,530 $1,530
Approximate Total Cost*** $33,458 $38,458

*Tuition rate will not change while continuously enrolled in the program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to first semester's tuition.
**Mandatory fees are subject to change while continuously enrolled in the program.
*** Total costs do not include books, certification fees, or any living expense. Book Estimate is $2000 - $2500 for the entire program.

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

Fall 2017 Start Date: August 23rd

(1) August 23: 100%

(2) August 24 – August 30: 80%

(3) August 31 – September 21: 50%

(4) After September 21: No refund

Spring 2017 Start Date: January 11th

(1) January 11: 100%

(2) January 12 – January 18: 80%

(3) January 19 – February 8: 50%

(4) After February 8: No refund

University of Kentucky's Employee Education Program (EEP)

Employees may take advantage of tuition benefits at the University of Kentucky by receiving a tuition waiver for UK coursework in order to further their career development, pursue other academic interests or build coursework to enhance their foundation for career change or advancement. For more information, please contact the University of Kentucky's HR Education Benefits at edubenefits@uky.edu.

Financial Aid

For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.


Contact Us

For any questions about the Professional 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) | christopher.carney@uky.edu