The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) program provides the business knowledge to meet today's healthcare management challenges. Healthcare professionals such as physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, administrators and military will learn from experienced professors and other industry leaders in healthcare-specific class sections alongside core business classes and electives. In addition, graduates and alumni of the UK MBA can pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles (inside or outside of healthcare) in an ever-changing virtual world. Visit our career outcomes, campus culture, commitment to diversity and success stories to learn more.
Real-Time, Online Option
The new Real-Time, Online option offers candidates the opportunity to attend classes in person (traditional), online from any location (distance learning), or a combination of both (blended). This experience delivers a live classroom environment allowing students to learn, connect and participate in a virtual space with faculty, classmates and project teams.
Admissions & Preparatory Courses
Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early into the program. The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) offers two class starts each year in August (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester). Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses, FAQ's and the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.
Certifications & Concentration
MBA students at the University of Kentucky can earn value-added professional certifications in Project Management, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and Global Commerce and Strategy. Candidates can take entrepreneurship electives or obtain the full concentration in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. For healthcare leaders, candidates can also consider obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.
The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Pharmacy and Law at the University of Kentucky to offer unique dual degree programs, coupled with the Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates.
Learn the language of business within healthcare.
The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) has been tailored for the working healthcare professional seeking to increase their business acumen. The curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study (20 months) , or a three-year plan of study (32 months). Each class meets just once a week in the evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in person or online in real-time. The 36-credit hour program consists of 8 core business classes (four of which are healthcare specific sections) and four elective courses. The healthcare-specific courses are Accounting, Economics, Finance and Health Service & System Organization, which can be taken as a stand-alone certificate called the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.
Two Year Plan of Study:
|Year One||Year Two|
|Fall Semester||ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting|
|ECO 610 - Managerial Economics||CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization|
|MKT 600 - Marketing Management||Elective Course*|
|Spring Semester||FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy|
|DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making||Elective Course*|
|MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations||Elective Course*|
Three Year Plan of Study:
|Year One||Year Two||Year Three|
|Fall Semester||ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting||MKT 600 - Marketing Management||CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization|
|ECO 610 - Managerial Economics||Elective Course*|
|Spring Semester||FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy|
|DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making||
*MBA Elective Courses Include:
|FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing||MGT 695 - Design Thinking|
|FIN 695 - Data Management & Modeling||MKT 601 - Marketing Research|
|MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations||MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I**|
|MBA 660 - Data Visualization||MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance**|
|MGT 610 - Global Management||MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization**|
|MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution|
|MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis|
*All electives are 16 weeks except for MGT 695 - Design Thinking (Study Abroad). In response to COVID-19, the study abroad course may not be available this year.
Phillip K. Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Timothy W. Mullett, MD
Thoracic Surgeon at the UK Healthcare
Finance Director at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry
Zaki Hassan, MD
Medical Director and Professor of Anesthesiology at UK Healthcare
Preetham Talari, MD
Associate Professor Of Medicine at UK HealthCare
Romil Chadha, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at UK Healthcare
Revenue Cycle Director, HIS Project Manager at Eastern State Hospital
Siddharth Kapoor, MD
Associate Profess, Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine
Arundathi Reddy, MD
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
2020 – 2021 Tuition and Fees
|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|
Part-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)**
|Approximate Total Program Cost***||$36,265||$34,788||$42,792|
*Tuition rate will not change while continuously enrolled in the program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to first semester's tuition.
**Mandatory fees are subject to change while continuously enrolled in the program. A distance learning fee of $10 per credit hour is charged per course (or elective) that has an online option.
*** Total costs do not include books, online distance learning fees or any living expense. Book estimate is $2000 - $2500 for the entire program. Please refer to UK's Registrars page for the most updated tuition/fees. All 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. For graduate and professional program students enrolled exclusively in distance learning courses, any fully online courses (i.e., Internet, web-based), will be assessed using the applicable resident tuition rate, regardless of residency status. (View the .pdf here)
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.
Employees may take advantage of tuition benefits at the University of Kentucky by receiving a tuition waiver for UK coursework in order to further their career development, pursue other academic interests or build coursework to enhance their foundation for career change or advancement. For more information, please contact the University of Kentucky's HR Education Benefits at email@example.com.
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.
For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.
Before applying into the MBA program please review the Admissions Requirements, Tuition and Funding, MBA Preparatory Courses, GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy and FAQ's. For any questions or additional information, please contact:
Dr. Zaki Hassan
UK MBA Liaison
Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
Enterprise Director of Simulation, University of Kentucky/ UK Healthcare
Medical Director of the UK Healthcare Comprehensive Simulation Center
Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology