One Year MBA

Accelerate your career

Our nationally ranked full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program is an immersive, cross-disciplinary, hands-on experience with virtual collaboration designed for recent graduates, young professionals, military and emerging leaders across all academic backgrounds. This program attracts academic backgrounds in engineering, communications, STEM, health sciences, agriculture, arts and sciences, as well as business. The program includes highly interactive, experiential courses situated in the corporate setting through the built-in internship program called Project Connect. In addition, graduates and alumni of the program pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles in a virtual world. Visit our career outcomes to learn more, along with our commitment to diversitysuccess stories and campus culture.

Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early. All applications received by the scholarship deadline are automatically considered for general scholarship awards. All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application (no separate scholarship application is required). Before applying to the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses, FAQ's and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Project Connect Internship

The cornerstone of the One Year MBA is the unique internship program called Project Connect. For 32 weeks, student teams are paired with companies to work on projects of importance to the companies. These projects focus on core business processes such as: data analysis, marketing research, growth strategies, supply chain management, logistics and operations.

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Workshops, Certifications & Concentrations

During the course of the year, UK MBA students will have the opportunity to earn complete workshops in Project Management as well as Global Commerce and Strategy, and earn their Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma certification. 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

The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Engineering, Law, Medicine and Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky to offer dual degree programs, coupled with the One Year MBA, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates.

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Program Description & Curriculum

One Year MBA, a redefining business education experience.

The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program is shorter and more immersive than most comparable programs. Positioned for both business and non-business majors, the cross-disciplinary curriculum includes courses in marketing, management, and finance; as well as more technical business courses such as quantitative analysis, operations management (supply chain), marketing research, global management, and data analysis. Throughout the program, students will develop valuable skills in areas of: critical thinking and problem-solving skills; communications, both written and presentation skills and teaming and leadership skills. The chart below includes the complete One Year MBA program curriculum, including core classes (39 credits) and elective course options (12 credits).

Summer Term
DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making  3
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics 3
MGT 697 - Leadership, Communications and Ethics 3
MBA 630 - Professional Development 1
Total Hours 10
Fall Semester
MKT 600 - Marketing Management (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 610 - Global Management (second 8 weeks) 3
ACC 628 - Financial/Managerial Accounting (16 weeks) 3
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy (16 weeks) 3
MBA 640 - Project Connect Internship I (16 weeks) 4
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course* 3

Total Hours for Semester

Spring Semester
MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II (second 8 weeks) 3
MBA 642 - Project Connect Internship II (16 weeks) 4
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course* 3
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total Program Hours 51

*MBA Elective Courses Include:

FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing MKT 601 - Marketing Research
FIN 695 - Data Management & Modeling MBA 660 - 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 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II**

*All electives are 16 weeks
**These electives represent the individual courses required to graduate with the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration

Alumni Spotlight

Ajay Patel

Ajay Patel
Investment Bank Analyst, Renewable Energy Finance at J. P. Morgan

Taylor Corbett

Taylor Corbett
Program Manager at United States Air Force

Zachary Cain

Zachary Cain
Senior Marketing Analyst, Market Intelligence at UPS

Chris Rodonis

Chris Rodonis
Chief Operating Officer at Allegiance Industries, Inc.

Benjamin Osei

Benjamin Osei
Associate Brand Manager of Jack Daniel's Craft & Luxury at Brown-Forman

Tiffany Larsh

Tiffany Larsh
Sales Operations Program Manager at GE Lighting, a Savant Systems Company

Yiting Jian

Yiting Jian
Enterprise Sourcing Category Management Analyst at Kroger

Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Papa John's International

Naveen Vijayan

Naveen Vijayan
Data Science Manager at Amazon

Tuition & Funding

2020 – 2021 Tuition and Fees

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
One Year MBA Tuition* $34,264 $40,798
Mandatory Fees $1,524 $1,524
Approximate Total Cost** $35,788 $42,322

Tuition will be billed in the following schedule:

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
Summer Term $6,778 $6778
Fall Semester $14,504 $17,771
Spring Semester $14,504 $17,771
Approximate Total** $35,788 $42,322

*Tuition will not change while continuously enrolled in program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
** Total costs do not include books, online distance learning fees or living expenses. Book estimate is between $2,000 – $2,500. A distance learning fee of $10 per credit hour is charged per course (or elective) that has an online option. Please refer to UK's Registrars page for the most updated tuition/fees. All current 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.

Student Payments

The University of Kentucky's Student Account Services provides several ways to pay tuition and other charges, which can be found here.

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.

Funding Options & Scholarships

All applications received by the Priority Scholarship Deadline, January 15, are automatically considered for general scholarship awards. Candidates who apply after the scholarship deadline will be considered through April 1st, as funds are available. All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application. No separate scholarship application is required. For additional funding options (including searchable databases, federal and specialized funding opportunities, external sources or additional resources for underrepresented minorities) please visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School's Funding Opportunities. For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.

Kentucky Scholars Program

The Gatton College of Business and Economics selects qualified students to receive Kentucky Scholars Awards, which are funded by a variety of private endowments. All accepted students and majors into the UK MBA are eligible for this scholarship consideration. These scholarships are limited, and are determined by the MBA Admissions Committee based on the overall competitiveness of a candidate’s application, including GMAT/GRE scores and undergraduate academic achievement. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the first priority scholarship deadline which is January 15. Scholarships can be considered by the MBA Admissions Committee up until the final scholarship deadline which is April 1st (if funds are still available). After April 1st, completed files can still be considered for scholarships (if funds are still available).

University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarships

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association is pleased to provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Kentucky. The UK Alumni Association and Alumni Clubs provided 185 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.


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, Tuition and FundingMBA Preparatory Courses, GMAT/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) |