Professional MBA

Advance your career and achieve your aspirations with the University of Kentucky‘s Professional MBA. Designed for aspiring business leaders, our Professional MBA delivers the knowledge and skillsets required to take the next step in your professional career journey, through a flexible, customizable experience. As a member of our community you will cultivate purposeful connections with peers from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive individual career services
  • Rigorous, customizable curriculum
  • Extensive professional development options
  • Dedicated, experienced faculty
  • Vibrant global alumni network
  • In-person or distance learning

Applications are now being accepted! After you review the admission requirements below make sure to set up an individual appointment with our team to answer any questions you may have about our program and tell us how we can support you as a candidate for the UK MBA. We accept candidates for the fall and spring semesters.

  • Graduate School Application and application fee
  • GMAT or GRE: The Institution Code for the UK Graduate School is 1837
  • Resume or CV
  • Undergraduate transcripts: Minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 2.75
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement: Write a personal statement (500 words or less) about your career goals. Include how you anticipate you will grow and change as a person, a professional, and a leader in your time as an MBA student in order to help you achieve your career goals. Consider: What mindset will you need to succeed during your MBA experience? How will you contribute to the Gatton College as a student and alumni? How will you contribute to your future employer, community, and society?

International students are required to submit all application requirements above and a demonstration of English proficiency.

  • TOEFL / IELTS accepted. Minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The TOEFL Institution Code for the UK Graduate School is 1837.
  • TOEFL / IELTS waiver can be offered to students who earned their bachelors' degrees from other U.S. universities.
  • An interview with the admissions committee is required.

International students in the program must take at least nine credit hours per semester in order to maintain the full-time student status. Students may apply for a reduced course load the last semester.

For more information, contact Yingnan Song.

  • Once the application fee and all supporting materials are submitted for consideration, application files are reviewed by the MBA Admissions Committee.
  • Candidates may be requested to sit for an interview prior to a decision being finalized.
  • Applications are processed on a rolling basis and recommendations are typically made to the Graduate School within one month from submission.
  • To confirm spot in the UK MBA accepted candidates must return both their statement of acceptance and seat deposit.

All incoming students are required to possess basic proficiency in economics and accounting. Additionally, we recommend candidates become familiar with business math and Microsoft Excel. Preparatory courses must be completed prior to starting classes.

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GRE and GMAT Information

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Engage and learn 100% online in real time.

You can access all the benefits of our Professional MBA program in an online format. The convenient option gives students the choice of attending class online from any location, in-person, or a combination of both.

Our real time online option provides our candidates the opportunity to engage with their peers and instructors, helping to form meaningful relationships throughout their experience in our program.

As with our traditional programs, the Real-Time Online MBA can be completed in either two or three years. Courses are taught in the classroom and broadcast live on designated weeknights from 6-8:30 p.m., EST.

Whether completing the UK Professional MBA over two or three years, our core curriculum provides the broad business, strategic, and managerial acumen to take the next step in your career journey. Our elective options allow our candidates to customize the curriculum to their specific career aspirations.

Each course meets just once a week from 6-8:30 p.m., EST and students can attend in-person, online, or through a combination of both to accommodate their individual schedules.

Fall

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 9 credit hours.

A study of the application of accounting information and services in the recognition or solution of management problems in business.

Analysis of applications of economic theory to management decision making. Such problems as demand and cost determination, pricing, and capital budgeting are treated.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of: the role of marketing function in an organization; the types of marketing decisions and analytical procedures involved in making each decision; the overall marketing planning process; and, the impact of the social, economic, and legal environment on marketing decisions.

Spring

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 9 credit hours including 6 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

A study of financial management from the viewpoint of the corporate financial officer. Areas studied include capital budgeting, capital structure, financing decisions, working capital management, dividend policy, and mergers and acquisitions.

A study of key problem formulation and solution procedures in business decision making. The topics studied include statistical techniques integrated in decision making under uncertainty, decision trees, queuing problems, and value of information. A major segment of the course is devoted to the study of linear programming problems, sensitivity analysis, assignment problems, and transportation problems.

A critical examination of behavior and performance within organizations and between organizations. Special attention is paid to the problem of performance at the individual, group, and formal organizational level.

Fall

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 9 credit hours including 3 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

An immersive study of the supply chain management involving the management of key business processes, the flow of goods and information, and relationships with fellow members of the supply chain. Open only to One Year MBA students.

This course examines the problems of managing a business enterprise which spans international boundaries. Students will develop an understanding of the political, social, economic, and technological factors driving globalization and will consider the impact of these forces on competition, markets, industry structure, and organization.

Spring

During the Spring semester you will take a total of 9 credit hours including 6 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

Strategic issues associated with multi-industry, multi-national, multi-business and start-up management; strategy implementation and institutionalization; planning systems.

Fall

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours.

A study of the application of accounting information and services in the recognition or solution of management problems in business.

Analysis of applications of economic theory to management decision making. Such problems as demand and cost determination, pricing, and capital budgeting are treated.

Spring

During the Spring semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours.

A study of financial management from the viewpoint of the corporate financial officer. Areas studied include capital budgeting, capital structure, financing decisions, working capital management, dividend policy, and mergers and acquisitions.

A study of key problem formulation and solution procedures in business decision making. The topics studied include statistical techniques integrated in decision making under uncertainty, decision trees, queuing problems, and value of information. A major segment of the course is devoted to the study of linear programming problems, sensitivity analysis, assignment problems, and transportation problems.

Fall

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of: the role of marketing function in an organization; the types of marketing decisions and analytical procedures involved in making each decision; the overall marketing planning process; and, the impact of the social, economic, and legal environment on marketing decisions.

An immersive study of the supply chain management involving the management of key business processes, the flow of goods and information, and relationships with fellow members of the supply chain. Open only to One Year MBA students.

Spring

During the Spring semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours including 3 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

A critical examination of behavior and performance within organizations and between organizations. Special attention is paid to the problem of performance at the individual, group, and formal organizational level.

Fall

During the Fall semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours including 3 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

This course examines the problems of managing a business enterprise which spans international boundaries. Students will develop an understanding of the political, social, economic, and technological factors driving globalization and will consider the impact of these forces on competition, markets, industry structure, and organization.

Spring

During the Spring semester you will take a total of 6 credit hours including 3 credit hours of approved MBA electives.

Strategic issues associated with multi-industry, multi-national, multi-business and start-up management; strategy implementation and institutionalization; planning systems.

Students in the UK Professional MBA can curate their experience by choosing from a wide range of available elective course options.

  • Analytics (concentration)
  • Entrepreneurship (concentration)
  • Finance
  • Management / Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain

The UK Professional MBA will also consider up to 9 credit hours of transfer credit with prior approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

As a nationally ranked MBA program the UK Professional MBA offers a significant value to professionals looking to invest in their career progression.

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Distance Learning Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program) $34,214 $34,214 $40,740
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program) $2,698 $560 $2,698
Approximate Total Program Cost $36,913 $34,774 $43,439
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident Distance Learning Non-Resident
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program) $34,248 $34,248 $40,776
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program) $2,016 $540 $2,016
Approximate Total Program Cost $36,265 $34,788 $42,792

Items to Note

  • To reserve your spot in the program a non-refundable $500 deposit is required and will be applied to the first semester’s tuition.
  • Your tuition will not increase while continuously enrolled, however mandatory fees are subject to change. Please refer to the UK Registrar for the most up to date information on tuition and fees.
  • If electing our online option, a distance learning fee of $10/credit hour will be applied.
  • Course materials will cost approximately $2,500 over the course of the program.
  • Specifics regarding determination of residency status are available from the UK Registrar’s Office Residency Policy.
  • Any fully online courses will be charged the applicable resident tuition rate regardless of residency status.

Financial Assistance

University Level Funding Opportunities
The University of Kentucky Graduate School provides various funding opportunities for graduate students through fellowships, assistantships, and support funding.

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Career

The Graham Office of Career Management offers comprehensive career support services to all graduate students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Whether you are seeking to position yourself for promotion or change career paths, our dedicated graduate career advisors will provide the coaching needed to help you be successful with the next step in your career journey.

Additionally, you can also expect to receive guidance and networking opportunities from our faculty who bring their own extensive experience as well as professional networks into the classroom.

Networking and Leadership Exposure

As a candidate in our One Year MBA program, you will have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful business leaders through our:

  • Career panels
  • Leadership and special topics speakers
  • MBA Advisory Council
  • Alumni connections

Networking and Leadership Exposure

As a candidate in our One Year MBA program, you will have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful business leaders through our:

  • Career panels
  • Leadership and special topics speakers
  • MBA Advisory Council
  • Alumni connections

Workshops and Certificate Programs

Each year students can take advantage of three certification programs to increase their distinction in the workplace. These include:

Career Outcomes

George Zhang
Senior Director and General Manager
Valvoline China

Yajaira Aich West
Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director
PNC Bank

Latarika (Tari) Young
Senior Manager - Quality, Compliance and Sustainability
Lexmark

The MBA program works closely with the all the departments and the Gatton college to place our students in order for our students to have a successful career. For more outcomes click the button below.

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