What is the response to the COVID-19?

Please check for updates at http://gatton.uky.edu/coronavirus

What criteria is used for acceptance into the MBA?

Our goal is to admit academically and professionally strong applicants who show the greatest potential for successfully completing the program and succeeding in a leadership capacity. We look for applicants whose backgrounds will contribute to the academic excellence and the demographic, educational and experiential diversity of each class. Because our goal is to prepare or enhance business leaders of the future, our review includes all aspects of an applicant's background. Academic qualifications will include undergraduate major(s), institution(s) attended, cumulative GPA and GMAT/GRE scores (if required).

What are the admissions requirements for the MBA?

Please refer to our Admissions Requirements and International Admissions Requirements. The different dual degree options can have additional or different admissions expectations/timelines. All recommended applications by the MBA Center must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. 

Do you require MBA preparatory ("prerequisite") courses?

Yes, we require the following MBA preparatory (or "prerequisite") courses: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. To learn about the options of satisfying these preparatory courses, please visit our MBA Preparatory Course page.

Where do I apply?

Please visit the University of Kentucky's Graduate School page to submit a graduate application to the MBA program. All recommended applications by the MBA Center must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. 

When should I apply to the MBA program?

Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions cycle until the application deadlines. As a result, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible, especially if they wish to be considered for possible scholarship award (only available in the One Year MBA). Some of the dual degree programs can carry different admissions expectations/timelines or scholarship deadlines.

Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

We accept either the GMAT or GRE as part of the graduate entrance exam requirement. We recommend visiting the GMAT and GRE sites for more information. Please make sure to review our GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy to see if you can qualify for a possible waiver. New! GRE and GMAT exams both currently offer an online, at home option in response to COVID-19 called the GMAT Online Exam and GRE General Test at Home.

What is an acceptable GMAT/GRE score and GPA?

We do not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. The average GMAT or GRE score (and GPA) of applicants admitted to the program varies from year to year, depending on the pool of applications received. The University of Kentucky's Graduate School requires a minimum 2.75 GPA for entry into any Master’s program. Please visit the class profile pages for the current One Year MBA and Professional MBA programs which reflects the class averages for both GMAT/GRE scores and GPA's entering the MBA program. 

How should I best prepare to take the GRE or GMAT exams?

We encourage applicants to prepare accordingly in order to score competitively on the GMAT or GRE exam. If you feel that your GMAT or GRE score does not reflect your true abilities, we strongly encourage you to retake the test to improve your score. We will use the highest score earned on the GMAT or GRE (no super scores). There are some online resources available for both the GMAT and GRE on their designated websites: Prepare for the GMAT or Prepare for the GRE

Do you have a GMAT/GRE waiver policy?

Yes, please refer to the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy for additional information and instructions. Each candidate is evaluated individually by the MBA Admissions Committee. All recommended waivers must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. 

Do you offer scholarships for the MBA program?

Yes, however scholarships are only offered in the One Year MBA program. Scholarships are limited and competitive and are determined by the UK MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of a candidate’s application. All applications received by the designated scholarship deadlines are automatically considered for the general scholarship award. Candidates who apply after the scholarship deadline will be considered (as funds are available). All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application, so there is no separate scholarship application required.

What is the application/scholarship deadlines?

One Year MBA 
International Application Deadline – January 15th
Priority Scholarship Deadline - January 15th
Final Scholarship Deadline - April 1st (if funds are still available)
Domestic Application Deadline – May 11th

Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) – Fall Semester
International Application Deadline – March 15th
Domestic Application Deadline – July 23rd

Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) – Spring Semester
International Application Deadline – August 15th
Domestic Application Deadline – Nov. 30th

How much is the total investment (tuition + fees) for the program?

The total tuition and fees for the different UK MBA programs can be found below. Please note that certain dual degree programs can have different tuition rates for current UK students that qualify.

When do classes start for the MBA program? 

The One Year MBA students begin their course of study in early-June of each year. The Professional MBA students begin in late-August for the Fall Semester and early-January for the Spring Semester.

Is attending New Student Orientation required?

Attending New Student Orientation is strongly recommended for all students because the program sees great value in our candidates connecting with the UK MBA staff and faculty, their cohort and participating in all of the events, networking opportunities and speaker series. By attending, we believe that our candidates are better prepared for the program expectations and can begin to build positive relationships with their peers and classmates.

Are there distance learning options?

At this time all programs have an online, distance learning option. 

Do I need a business background to enter the MBA program?

Candidates do not need a business degree to enter the UK MBA program. We seek qualified candidates from all academic backgrounds, and our cross-disciplinary curriculum program allows candidates from all majors to be successful in the program. Please visit the class profile pages for the One Year MBA and Professional MBA programs which reflect the breakdown of business and non-business majors.

Does the MBA program accept transfer credits?

The One Year MBA does not typically accept transfer credit as the integrative experience and core courses are an integral part of this program's experience. The Professional MBA programs can consider up to nine credit hours with approval by the MBA Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. Applicable courses cannot be considered from awarded degrees. For the full transfer credit policy, please refer to the Graduate School Bulletin.

What are the minimum requirements for graduating?

An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate from the MBA Program.