Real-Time, Online MBA

Engage and learn 100% online in real-time.

Unlike standard MBA programs, candidates in the Real-Time, Online MBA can attend classes in person, online from any location, or a combination of both. Our technology delivers a live and virtual classroom environment in which students can learn, connect and participate with faculty, classmates and project teams. Available in the existing Professional MBA, Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) and applicable dual degree programs, this online option provides a unique opportunity for traditional students to explore virtual collaboration.

How does it work?

Through our interactive, participatory in-classroom experience, online candidates receive the same benefits traditional MBA students enjoy, including program customization through elective MBA courses, professional development workshops, and access to the in-house Graham Office of Career Management.


Students can attend class in person, online, or a combination of both. This allows distance learners to participate fully in the classroom experience.


Classes are broadcasted live, with a professor addressing in-class and online students simultaneously. Online students interact with the professor, in-class students and other online students.


All faculty and support teams have the knowledge and training to deliver a high-level of learning in an online environment. Gatton recognized that real-time, online learning was an ideal solution for many students and invested the necessary resources to provide a quality experience.


Online and in-class students can collaborate in groups to complete projects. All students complete the same assignments and exams. A dedicated teaching assistant is available to help with any technical issues.


All students have access to a learning management system, which contains everything associated with the course, including videos of past classes, a discussion board, office hours, class notes and more.

Technology Requirements

Classes are conducted using the live video and web conferencing platform, Zoom. The only requirements are Wi-Fi, a computer and a webcam. Once enrolled in the program, a link will be provided to join the class. It's that simple.

Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Because the Real-Time, Online MBA course content is identical to our existing Professional MBA, Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) and applicable dual degree programs, the admission requirements are also the same. Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so early application is strongly recommended. Fall semester classes start in August and Spring semester classes start in January of each year. Before applying, please review the Admissions Requirements, Preparatory Courses, GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy and FAQ's. In addition, we do strongly recommend that our distance learners plan to attend New Student Orientation in person.

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Program Description & Curriculum

Customize your MBA for your goals and schedule.

While designed around the full schedules of working professionals, predetermined class times provide the structure and accountability needed for successful degree completion. Offered in both two-year (20 months) and three-year (32 months) plans of study, all classes meet weekly from 6-8:30 p.m. (EST). Throughout the program, students can attend class in person, take the class 100% online, or any combination of both. Below are links to course sequences for the Professional MBA and the Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare).

Professional MBAProfessional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare)

Tuition & Funding

Investing in Gatton’s Professional MBA program can help professionals enhance their career opportunities and receive increased compensation and job promotions. Our tuition is competitive and financial aid opportunities is available to those who qualify.

Tuition and Funding UK Student Account Services

Culture & Careers

On-campus and distance online learners in Gatton's MBA programs can take advantage of the same campus resources, student benefits and program opportunities. At each step of the way, we provide ways for you to make lasting connections and build your professional business network inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, all students will have access to the in-house career team called the Graham Office of Career Management.

Our Culture Career Support Diversity Commitment

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. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Contact Us

For any questions about the Real-Time, Online MBA option offered in either the Professional MBA or the Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare), please contact:

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) |