International Applicants

International Admissions Process:

  • Start/Submit your Application along with the international application fee of $75.
  • GMAT or GRE Score sent to the University of Kentucky (School code = 1837). Admission decisions may be based, in part, on unofficial scores, but official scores are required prior to full admitted status. The GRE or GMAT exam may be waived by the MBA Admission Committee if the applicant meets certain criteria outlined in the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy. All waivers must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky.
  • International Transcripts are evaluated in-house by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky to determine equivalency to a US bachelor's degree along with cumulative UGPA. Applicants should possess a four-year undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0. Make sure to upload all of the necessary documents when submitting the MBA application. All transcripts and documentation must be approved by the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. Graduate School also requires transcript(s) in both languages, if applicable, as well as the diploma and degree certificate. Official transcripts, hard copies, need to be mailed to the University of Kentucky Graduate School, 202 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033. For more information on sending/mailing transcripts, please refer to the Graduate School's Transcripts.
  • TOEFL or IELTS is required to be sent to the University of Kentucky (School code = 1837), except for those who hold a degree from a U.S. institution of higher education or whose native language is English. International candidates must submit the official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall minimum score of 550 (written exam) or 213 (computer exam), and the Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.5 or higher. International students can also submit the official results of the IBT (Internet Based Test) for the TOEFL with a minimum score of 79 or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum total score of 6.5.
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an individual (e.g., professors, current or former supervisors, etc.) who can objectively assess the quality of your character, capabilities and accomplishments as well as your overall potential as an MBA student and future business leader.
  • Professional Resume/CV highlighting professional experience, educational history, and accomplishments. Cover letters are not required.
  • Personal Statement on the topic of "Servant Leadership" answering the following prompt:
    The success of most economic, organizational and political systems depend, in part, on the effective leadership within these groups. There are several different leadership modes or styles, including servant leadership. Some would argue that servant leadership is a way of life which focuses on service to others while adhering to appropriate ethical and moral behavior. Do you believe that this type of leadership can improve the overall effectiveness and well-being of an organization? In your leadership experience, have you practiced components of servant leadership?
  • Application Deadlines for the One Year MBA program each year is January 15th. For the Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare), the application deadlines are March 15th (Fall Semester) and August 15th (Spring Semester) of each year.
  • Preparatory Courses or "Prerequisites" are required for candidates that haven't completed coursework in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting in their undergraduate studies. The MBA preparatory courses are not an admissions requirement; however, they must be satisfied before the start of the program. Candidates can still apply (and be considered for conditional acceptance) before completing all of the required preparatory courses.
  • Scholarships: Scholarships are only available for the One Year MBA and applicable dual degree programs. All applications received by the designated deadlines are automatically considered for general scholarship awards. Candidates who apply after the scholarship deadlines will be considered, as funds are available. All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application. No separate scholarship application is required. 

Distinguished Chinese Student Scholarship

This scholarship is for incoming Chinese students who have been admitted to the MBA, MSF, or undergraduate programs in business at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. The application deadline each year for consideration is May 1. Click Here To Apply.

International Student Services

The University of Kentucky, the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Graduate School offers several campus wide/college specific student organizations and engagement groups along with other ways to get connected on campus for our international students:

MBA Alumni Spotlight: 

Imane Sari

Imane Sari Hohmann
Global Channel Capability Manager at Cummins, Inc.

Tiffany Larsh

Tiffany Larsh
Sales Operations Analyst for GE Lighting

Saman Rahimi

Saman Rahimi
Senior Global Supply Chain Specialist at Alltech

Domingo Solis Hernandez

Domingo Solis Hernandez
Managing Director at Macquarie Group

Ole Wendroth

Emmanuelle Barralis
Manager in FS Transaction Services at EY

Yiting Jian

Yiting Jian
Enterprise Sourcing Category Management Analyst at Kroger

Shota Joel Kisuule

Shota Joel Kisuule Yamashita
Technical Trainer/Course Developer at UD Trucks Japan Sales Division

Srishti Mahajan

Srishti Mahajan
Global Promotions Lead, Marketing at Amazon

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) |

Nancy Johnson
Associate Dean of International and Graduate Programs
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 257-2976 (office) |