Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare

Accelerate your career with the University of Kentucky’s Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare. Specifically designed to support the professional development of the healthcare industry our program offers the flexibility and customization candidates need to navigate today’s healthcare management challenges.

As a member of our community you will cultivate purposeful connections with peers from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Why the UK MBA

  • Comprehensive individual career services
  • Rigorous, personalized curriculum
  • Extensive professional development options
  • Dedicated, experienced faculty
  • Vibrant global alumni network
  • Convenient attendance options
  • Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value

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.

  • 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 / DUOLINGO accepted. Minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum DUOLING is 115, (add comma) plus an online interview. 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 for Leaders in Healthcare 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.

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.

State Authorization and Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence.


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Whether completing the UK Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare over two or three years, candidates move through a comprehensive sequence of courses designed to lay the foundation for future individual exploration in a wide variety of elective course options.

Participants complete five specialized courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Health Service and Systems Organization. This course sequence also qualifies candidates for the UK Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.

Each course meets just once a week from 6pm – 8:30pm Eastern 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.

An introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States, including its composition, functioning, the interrelationships of organizations and professional groups within the system in various settings, health care terminology, and major problems and issues in the delivery of health services.

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.

An introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States, including its composition, functioning, the interrelationships of organizations and professional groups within the system in various settings, health care terminology, and major problems and issues in the delivery of health services.

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.

The Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration equips our candidates with the tools they need to develop, finance, and launch their entrepreneurial endeavors.

MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I
MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II
MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance
MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization

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

FIN 645: Corporate Investment & Financing
FIN 695: Data Management & Modeling
MBA 616: Supply Chain Operations
MBA 660: Data Visualization
MGT 612: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
MGT 620: Personnel & Industrial Relations
MGT 690: Strategic Thinking & Analysis
MGT 695: Where is Design Thinking
MKT 601: Marketing Research

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


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As a nationally ranked MBA program the UK Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare 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
UK Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare 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
UK Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare 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

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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.

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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. Students receive assistance in everything needed to launch a successful career after graduation, from resume development and job searches to LinkedIn profile buildout and interview preparation.

As you hone your career search as a student in the MBA program, you can also expect to receive guidance and networking from our faculty who bring their own extensive experience in industry into the classroom.

Professional Development

In addition to support from our career services team, all students in the UK MBA engage professional development opportunities outside the classroom. Our team regularly hosts employer showcases, alumni career panels, and inspiring leadership speakers designed to complement your academic curriculum.

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

Alumni Career Success

Dr. Phillip Chang
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Alumni of the UK MBA go on to wide variety of successful career endeavors around the world.

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