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 recent graduates, young professionals, military and emerging leaders across all academic backgrounds. The program's curriculum incorporates a diverse mix of core business courses, electives, professional workshops and career support to help candidates become well-rounded and nimble. This program attracts academic backgrounds in engineering, communications, STEM, health sciences, agriculture, arts and sciences, as well as business. The experience includes highly interactive, experiential courses situated in the corporate settings through the built-in internship program called Project Connect. In addition, graduates and alumni of the program pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles. Visit our career outcomes to learn more, along with our committment to diversity. 

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, FAQ's 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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Certifications & Concentration

During the course of the year, MBA students at the University of Kentucky will have the opportunity to earn value-added professional certifications in Project Management, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and Global Commerce and Strategy. Candidates also have the opportunity to take entrepreneurship electives or obtain the full concentration in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. 

Professional Certifications Entrepreneurship Concentration

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
MBA 640 - 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
MBA 642 - 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:

FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing MKT 695 - Data Visualization
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I**
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance**
MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization**
MGT 695 - Design Thinking (Study Abroad in Grenoble, France) MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II**
MKT 601 - Marketing Research
**These electives represent the individual courses required to graduate with the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration

Alumni Spotlight

Jasmine Afshar

Jasmine Afshar
Operations Analyst at GenCanna

Taylor Corbett

Taylor Corbett
VC-25B Interiors Program Manager at United States Air Force

Zachary Cain

Zachary Cain
Senior Marketing Analyst, Market Intelligence at UPS

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy
Operations Manager at Convoy Inc.

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

Erika Penrose

Erika Penrose
CSA Consultant at 84.51˚

Mousa Ackall

Mousa Ackall
Director of Marketing at Knotel

Tuition & Funding

2019 – 2020 Tuition and Fees

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
One Year MBA Tuition* $33,893 $39,963
Mandatory Fees $1,524 $1,524
Approximate Total Cost** $35,417 $41,487

Tuition will be billed in the following schedule:

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
Summer 2018 $6,778 $7992
Fall 2018 $14,319 $16,747
Spring 2019 $14,319 $16,747
Approximate Total** $35,417 $41,487

*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. 
***The policy for determining residency is established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education. Students who are unsure of their residency status, should refer to the Registrar’s Office Residency Policy before applying for admission.

Tuition Refunds

Students who withdraw from the program are subject to the Fee Liability Policy as stated on the University of Kentucky Registrar's page. The University Fee Liability Policy is published in the Schedule of Classes and the University Bulletin. Under this policy, students who officially withdraw from the University by canceling his or her registration via myUK or in writing through the Registrar’s Office or withdraws from a course before the first day of the semester as designated in the official University Calendar is entitled to a full refund of registration fees paid or to cancellation of the amount owed for the term.

Summer 2019 Start Date: June 13

  • Before June 13: 100%
  • June 14 – June 19: 80%
  • June 20 – June 27: 50%
  • Beginning June 28 - No Refund

Fall 2019 Start Date: August 26

  • August 25: 100%
  • August 26 – August 30: 80%
  • August 31 – September 20: 50%
  • Beginning September 21 - No refund

Spring 2020 Start Date: January 15

  • January 14: 100%
  • January 15 – January 22: 80%
  • January 23 – February 12: 50%
  • Beginning February 13 - 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.


The Gatton College of Business and Economics has been accredited by AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1926. Accreditation by AACSB has been earned by less than 5% of the worlds business programs and demonstrates a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students. The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

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Contact Us

Before applying into the MBA program please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory CoursesGMAT/GRE Waiver Policy and FAQ's. For any questions or additional information, please contact:

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) |