Gatton College of Business & Economics

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Nancy Johnson

Director of Graduate Studies in Business Administration

Associate Dean of International and Graduate Programs, Kalam India Studies Endowed Professor of Management

Gatton College of Business & Economics

  • MBA
  • Ph.D

The University of Kentucky MBA is not your typical MBA. More than just a business education degree, our MBA is a redefining business experience. We offer a suite of competitive MBA programs designed to give you a broader understanding of business strategies and insights through engaging real-world experiences. Visit for more information.

A PhD in Business Administration is also available from the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. 



Master of Business Administration


Equipping world-ready leaders for tomorrow's business world. 

An MBA from the University of Kentucky offers more than just a business education. Our program offers extensive networking opportunities through a loyal university alumni base of more than 300,000 in all 50 states and many countries around the world. The alumni connection here at the University of Kentucky is proven and we will help our students build relationships with this established community of friends and business partners. Our modern business education complex, opened in 2016, places the Gatton College of Business and Economics building at the top of the best business facilities in the country. Outfitted with high-tech classrooms and laboratories, the building transforms and modernizes the way students learn and conduct research. MBA students have the ability to conduct cutting-edge research and network with leading business executives and academic scholars, along with exclusive collaboration with regional, national and international companies. 

Our Professional MBA and Professional MBA for Leaders in Healthcare programs are also available online in a unique, real time format accessible from anywhere you are. Find out more at




It's more than just classes, it's a redefining experience. 

More than simply a business education degree, our MBA is a redefining experience designed to help shape our students into future business leaders. Housed inside the $65 million Gatton College of Business and Economics (which was funded 100% through philanthropy), we are equipped to give our MBAs a broader understanding of business functions through engagement and collaboration. Our students are immersed in real-world business experiences brought into the classroom by leading executives and our experienced faculty.

Masters Program

Application Requirements
  1. Start the Graduate School Application and submit the application fee directly to the Graduate School.
  2. Official Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
    • Applicants should possess a four-year undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0. Official transcripts need to be mailed to the University of Kentucky Graduate School, 202 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033. Electronic transcripts through the major clearinghouses and by secure email, directly from the institution are acceptable.
  3. Resume
    1. Professional Resume/CV highlighting professional experience, educational history, and accomplishments. Cover letters are not required.
  4. Personal Statement on the topic of "Personal and Professional Growth" answering the following prompt:
    1. 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?
  5. One Letter of Recommendation from an individual (e.g., professors, current or former supervisors, etc.) who can objectively assess the quality of your character, capabilities and accomplishments as well as your overall potential as an MBA student and future business leader.
  6. GRE or GMAT scores are required, however:
    • GRE/GMAT waivers are offered to applicants who satisfy certain criteria.
  7. MBA Preparatory Courses may also be required for certain candidates to be completed before the start of the program.


Application Deadlines
  • Spring: November 30
  • Summer: May 11
  • Fall: July 1

PhD Program

The mission of the doctoral program is to prepare students for successful careers in higher education, at government institutes, “think-tanks”, business corporations and financial institutions. To accomplish this mission, the program prepares graduates to comprehend and evaluate research, to perform research that advances knowledge, and to provide effective instruction, all within a business-related discipline and in a supportive collegial environment.

The PhD in Business Administration is available in the following concentrations: Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Methods, Management, Marketing & Supply Chain.  Click Here for more information.

Program Contact Information

Christopher Carney

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


Nancy Johnson

Director of Graduate Studies in Business Administration

Associate Dean of International and Graduate Programs, Kalam India Studies Endowed Professor of Management

Gatton College of Business & Economics