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 (20 months) and three-year (32 months) 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 commitment 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 8 core business classes (24 credits) and four electives (12 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||Elective Course*|
|Spring Semester||FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy|
|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 699 - Business Policy & Strategy|
|ECO 610 - Managerial Economics||Elective Course*|
|Spring Semester||FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy||
|DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making||
*MBA Elective Courses Include:
|FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing||
MGT 695 - Design Thinking (Study Abroad in Grenoble, France)
|FIN 695 - Data Management & Modeling||MKT 601 - Marketing Research|
|MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations||MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I**|
|MBA 660 - Data Visualization||MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance**|
|MGT 610 - Global Management||MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization**|
|MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution||MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II**|
|**These electives represent the individual courses required to graduate with the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration|
Dr. Z. George Zhang
Senior Director and General Manager, Valvoline China at Valvoline
Yajaira Aich West
Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director at PNC
Founding Partner of Strategy First Partners, LLC
Market President at BB&T
Latarika (Tari) Young
Engineering Manager at Lexmark International, Inc.
Customer Management Associate Account Manager at PepsiCo
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. A distance learning fee of $30 is charged per course or elective that have an online option.
*** Total costs do not include books, online distance learning 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/fees. All 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. 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).
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 2020 Start Date: August 26
- Before August 26: 100% refund
- August 27 – September 3rd: 80% refund
- September 4th – October 5th: 50% refund
- After October 5th: 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
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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.