Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare

With the University of Kentucky’s MBA in Healthcare, you’ll have the support necessary to further your skills and develop as a leader in the healthcare industry. Designed with you in mind, our program is built for flexibility, helping you navigate healthcare management's unique trials and challenges. As such, the MBA in Healthcare works to ensure you have all the tools you need to succeed.

Join a community of peers from every corner of the academic and professional landscape, and cultivate meaningful relationships to guide and uplift you along your MBA journey.

At the University of Kentucky, students in the MBA in Healthcare program make positive contributions to the healthcare industry and fellow members of their cohort. Our program builds a tight-knit group of individuals who accompany each other on this journey. The ideal candidate is thoughtful and driven with the desire to develop further their leadership skills and the initiative to expand their tool belt on a timeline that best suits them.

For a more detailed understanding of our specific admissions requirements, schedule a 1:1 session with our team. We look forward to answering any questions and guiding you through this process.

  • 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 MBA candidates are required to successfully complete MBA Math and an Economics primer in order to prepare for our program. Once accepted applicants confirm their acceptance into our program, additional information will be shared for MBA Math and the Economics primer. The cost for MBA Math is $100 per candidate, and takes approximately thirty hours to complete. The primer on Economics is free, and takes approximately fifteen hours to complete.

GRE and GMAT Information

GRE Exam
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GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy


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Learning that works for you.

At UK, our student’s sense of community is paramount, and we believe convenience and connection should coexist. As a member of the MBA in Healthcare program, you can attend classes online, in-person, or a combination, allowing you to tailor your learning experience to your needs.

While courses are taught in a traditional classroom setting, they are simultaneously streamed live. As such, all benefits of the UK’s Part-Time MBA program can be accessed and utilized online as they occur in person. This allows you to fully participate in classroom discussions and activities, ensuring you develop connections with faculty and fellow students.

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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Students in the UK MBA in Healthcare may complete the program over two or three years to better accommodate their individual lives and schedules. With the help of dedicated, empathetic faculty, candidates move through courses designed with them in mind, ensuring they reach their individual goals.

Participants complete five specialized courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Health Service and Systems Organization, qualifying them for the UK Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value, further differentiating them within their field.

Because we understand the unique demands of our candidates’ lives and careers, our courses meet just once a week. Students are also given the option of attending courses in-person, online, or through a combination of both, adapting their learning journey to their distinct needs.

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


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The UK MBA in Healthcare prides itself on being a nationally ranked program and offering unmatched value for our candidates. We also understand that every student has a unique set of needs and is on their own timeline. As such, the MBA in Healthcare can be completed over a two or three-year period to fit each student’s individual requirements better.

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) $36,368 $36,368 $43,626
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program) $2,726 $542 $2,726
Approximate Total Program Cost $39,094 $36,910 $46,352
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) $36,390 $36,390 $43,645
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program) $2,232 $558 $2,232
Approximate Total Program Cost $38,622 $36,948 $45,877
  • See University of Kentucky Tuition and Fees Page UK Tuition and Fees Page.
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    Refunds
    Students can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the Student Account Services website.

    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 Professional Resource Center (PRC) offers comprehensive career support services to all Gatton College of Business and Economics MBA and MS students. Students receive assistance in everything needed to launch a successful career during and after graduation, from resume development and job searches to LinkedIn profile buildout and interview preparation.

    As you make your way through the UK MBA in Healthcare, our team of faculty and staff will also be available for guidance, advice, and networking assistance, allowing you to make use of their valuable experience in and out of the classroom.

    Professional Development

    With the support and guidance of our career advisors, you will be provided numerous professional development opportunities to help develop your skills outside the classroom. Employer showcases alumni career panels, and talks from inspiring leaders are some of the invaluable events propelling you along your learning journey.

    Each year, candidates are given the opportunity to participate in certification programs, allowing them to further differentiate themselves in the workplace. These include:

    • Cultural Awareness for Global Business Workshop - This workshop program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to understand, work and flourish in and with cultures other than their own. Whether it be collaborating with peers, managing others, or leading groups, cultural awareness is becoming an increasingly important trait in the workforce.
    • Project Management Workshop – This workshop program provides participants with working knowledge of Project Management and Agile Management practices. Participants will gain an understanding of what project management is in general, waterfall concepts, agile concepts, terms, tools, and techniques to manage projects effectively.

    With the expertise and experience gained through the program, our alumni enjoy successful careers across the globe.

    Alumni Career Success

    Dr. Phillip Chang
    SVP and Chief Medical and Quality Officer
    Memorial Hermann Health System

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

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