Professional MBA

Learn and engage with other working professionals

The Professional MBA program is a diverse network of working professionals and executives from various industries such as engineering, law, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, technology, banking/finance, government and military. Many of our candidates are interested advancing in their current careers, switching careers, pursuing managerial, technical and leadership roles, or entrepreneurship. Offered in two-year and three-year plans of study with dual degree options available for certain candidates, students can bring their daily work responsibilities into the classroom and then immediately apply what they've learned in the workplace. In addition, graduates and alumni of the UK MBA are able to pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles. Visit our career outcomes to learn more, along with our committment to diversity


Real-Time, Online Option

The new Real-Time, Online option offers candidates the opportunity to attend classes in person (traditional), online from any location (distance learning), or a combination of both (blended). This experience delivers a live classroom environment allowing students to learn, connect and participate in a virtual space with faculty, classmates and project teams. This real-time, online option will launch in the Fall of 2019.

Real-Time, Online Option


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early into the program. The Professional MBA offers two class starts each year in August (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester). Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses, FAQ's and the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Certifications & Concentration

MBA students at the University of Kentucky can 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

Coupled with the Professional MBA, 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 which allow graduates to pursue highly specialized, multifaceted employment opportunities.

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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 (EST). Students have the option of participating in the classroom, online in real time or a combination of both. 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:

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

Z. George Zhang

Dr. Z. George Zhang
Senior Director and General Manager, Valvoline China at Valvoline

Yajaira Aich West

Yajaira Aich West
Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director at PNC

Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips
Founding Partner of Strategy First Partners, LLC

Laura Boison

Laura Boison
Market President at BB&T

Latarika Young

Latarika (Tari) Young
Engineering Manager at Lexmark International, Inc.

Ashley Bielefeld

Ashley Bielefeld
Business Development Manager at Messer Construction

Kimra Cole

Kimra Cole
President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Gas of Kentucky

John Brown

John Brown
President at Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc. and VP at Peoples Natural Gas

Taunya Phillips

Taunya Phillips
Senior Associate Director, New Ventures & Alliances at University of Kentucky


Tuition & Funding

2019 – 2020 Tuition and Fees

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident**** Online Student**** Non-Resident****
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $33,839 $33,839 $39,907
Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $2,698 $514 $2,698
Approximate Total Program Cost*** $36,537 $34,353 $42,605
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident**** Online Student**** Non-Resident****
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $33,873 $33,873 $39,941
Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $2,016 $540 $2,016
Approximate Total Program Cost*** $35,889 $34,413 $41,957

*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. Please refer to UK's Registrars page for the most updated tuition/feesAll rates are subject to change and typically increase each year.
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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. For graduate and professional program students enrolled exclusively in distance learning courses, any fully online courses (i.e., Internet, web-based), will be assessed using the applicable resident tuition rate, regardless of residency status. (UK's Registrar's Tuition and Fees, Footnote 4).

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.

Fall 2019 Start Date: August 21

  • Before August 21: 100% refund
  • August 22 – August 29: 80% refund
  • August 30 – September 20: 50% refund
  • After September 20: No refund

Spring 2020 Start Date: January 9

  • Before January 9: 100% refund
  • January 10 – January 17: 80% refund
  • January 18 – February 7: 50% refund
  • After February 7: 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.

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.

Financial Aid

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


Accreditation 

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) | christopher.carney@uky.edu