The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) provides the business knowledge to meet today's healthcare management challenges and is designed for current healthcare professionals such as physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, professional administrators and academia. Healthcare professionals will learn from experienced professors and other industry leaders in healthcare-specific class sections while still taking the core business classes with other working professionals from various industries such as engineering, law, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, banking and finance, and military. This program is also offered in some of the dual degree MBA options for certain candidates. 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.
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 (For Leaders in Healthcare) 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.
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.
The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Pharmacy and Law at the University of Kentucky to offer unique dual degree programs, coupled with the Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates.
Program Description & Curriculum
Learn the language of business within healthcare.
The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) has been tailored for the working healthcare professional seeking to increase their business acumen. The curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study, or a three-year plan of study. Each class meets just once a week in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The 36-credit hour program consists of 9 core business classes (27 credits), five of which are healthcare specific sections and 3 elective courses. The five healthcare-specific courses are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Health Service and System Organization, which can be taken as a stand-alone certificate called the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.
Two Year Plan of Study
|Year One||Year Two|
|Fall Semester||ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting|
|ECO 610 - Managerial Economics||CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization|
|MKT 600 - Marketing Management||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 & Managerial Accounting||MKT 600 - Marketing Management||CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization|
|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:
Phillip K. Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer at the University of Kentucky Healthcare
Timothy W. Mullett, MD
Thoracic Surgeon at the University of Kentucky Healthcare
Finance Director at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry
Zaki Hassan, MD
Medical Director and Professor of Anesthesiology at UK Healthcare
Matia K. Cary
Brand Manager at Tempur Sealy International
Romil Chadha, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Kentucky
Tuition & Funding
2018– 2019 Tuition and Fees
|Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester)||Kentucky Resident||Non-Resident|
|Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)*||$32,853||$38,372|
|Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)**||$2,698||$2,698|
|Approximate Total Cost***||$35,551||$41,070|
|Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester)||Kentucky Resident||Non-Resident|
|Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)*||$32,886||$38,405|
Part-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)**
|Approximate Total Cost***||$34,416||$39,935|
*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 current rates are subject to change and typically increase each year
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 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.