Overview

Applicants
111
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.48
Years Work Experience
1.162
Average Age
25

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 700
GPA
3.22 - 3.8

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
April 1

Regular Application Deadline
May 11

Rolling Admission Deadline
May 11

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
25

92
Full-time
16
Underrepresented Minorities
16
Female
8
Part-time


Students Say

The Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky offers both a part-time Professional Evening MBA designed for the needs of local professionals and a full-time One Year Accelerated MBA. Many students in our survey identified the accelerated pace of the full-time program as a major attraction. It’s “a quick program that offers a more intense learning experience along with the opportunity to work with executives at some of the largest world corporations” through “Project Connect, a partnership between the university and industry to provide practical education via projects” with regional businesses.

Students in both programs appreciate that Gatton “is recognized [as] the best graduate business school in the state,” which “is very helpful in getting a job.” “Good professors” and the “relatively low” tuition is also appealing, of course. The Gatton curriculum “is broken into modules such as new product development, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, and financial analysis,” and “all tools and skills (finance, accounting, ops) are taught around the basis of these modules.” The program “stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in business,” another plus. This “very structured” program requires “a lot of group work.” “The whole program is team-based, which is going to be helpful in the future,” one student writes.

The Professional Evening MBA emphasizes a foundation in economics, finance, marketing, management, accounting, and information systems. Cross-functional teams of five are created and work with companies on projects in each of the three areas of emphasis. This is complemented by professors who are generally “very good and have a fairly structured teaching style” and blend “theory and real-world experience.” In recent years the school “has added many faculty with real-world experience and shaped the program and skill sets you learn around executives’ requests for incoming employees. It is amazing how tailored this program is to real work experience.” Part-timers appreciate how “the professors understand that their students are also working professionals and have other lives besides the classroom.” As a result, “the course load has not been unbearable, but it keeps you busy.”


Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Finance
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration
Finance

Certificate Programs

Business Administration
Healthcare Administration

Center for Research

Economics
Entrepeneurship
Investment Banking
Leadership/Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
To provide an overview of the role of sustainability in marketing strategy. We use the triple bottom line perspective to cast sustainability as the simultaneous pursuit of financial, social/relational & environmental performance. The course provides an assessment of current efforts to pursue sustainability with a primary focus on the interaction of the marketing organization with the environment. In the process, we investigate the interaction between consumption & the physical environment. We examine consumption processess in the household, industrial, servives, & transportation sectors of the economy. We subsequently address specific marketing tactics employed by firms seeking to maximize triple bottom line performance.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$54,971
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
81%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
54%
School Facilitiated
47%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
100%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

44%
Other
19%
Marketing
16%
Finance/Accounting
12%
General Management
9%
Operations/Logistics

Graduates Employed by Region

63%
South
28%
Midwest
7%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
Southwest

Students Say

MBA students have access to comprehensive career services through Gatton College’s Graham Office of Career Management, including a career development course, which is required for one-year students and optional for part-time students. They also host events such as a large, two-day career fair each semester, employer information sessions, and campus interviews. To help students prepare for these events, Career Management offers individualized coaching sessions on topics including: resume writing, job searching, networking, interviewing, salary negotiating, etiquette, and more.

Last year the average salary for a Gatton graduate was $56,980. Employers hiring Gatton MBAs include Aldi, Alltech, BB&T, Brown-Forman, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Fifth Third, Humana, Lexmark, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schneider Electric, Toyota, Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, CGI, GE, Target, Tempur-Sealy, Trane, UPS, 3M, Hitachi, Ashland, and LG&E.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 44% $55,500 $54,718 $41,500 $70,000
Marketing / Sales 19% $55,500 $53,438 $41,500 $70,000
Finance / Accounting 16% $53,000 $53,643 $47,500 $60,000
General Management 12% $55,000 $60,172 $50,859 $80,000
Operations / Logistics 9% $50,000 $55,000 $50,000 $70,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 49% $55,000 $54,976 $37,000 $80,000
Financial Services 19% $53,500 $52,563 $43,000 $60,000
Government 9% $50,680 $51,590 $50,000 $55,000
Manufacturing 9% $65,000 $65,000 $60,000 $70,000
Consulting 7% $57,000 $53,333 $45,000 $58,000
Technology 7%

Prominent Alumni

Paul Rooke
CEO, Lexmark International

W. Rodney McMullen
CEO, Kroger Company

Joseph W. Craft
Chairman, President, & CEO, Alliance Coal,LLC

Paul C. Varga
Chairman, President, & CEO, Brown-Forman Corporation

James E. Rogers, Jr.
Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy Corporation

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$31,804

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$21,003

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
84%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
78%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
84%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
78%

New Students Receiving Loans
37%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$31,948
Tuition (Out-State)
$36,948
Fees (In-State)
$1,538
Fees (Out-State)
$1,538

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$887
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,026
Fees (In-State)
$255
Fees (Out-State)
$255

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$8,250
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,100
Academic Expenses
$2,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
66
Part Time
72%

In State
27.0%
Out of State
73.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

11.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
8.00%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

For full-time MBAs, “Life at UK is focused on school rather than extracurricular activi- ties, largely because of the length and intensity of the program.” Cramming two years’ worth of learning into eleven months doesn’t leave a lot of time for extracurriculars or socializing. Full-timers generally live in “nice…well-priced” housing located “relatively close” to campus, “which is nice considering we are all working with companies [on Project Connect projects] and we have to meet daily.” The MBA group forms “a very strong community.” On days we have class, nearly all students arrive forty-five minutes to an hour early to socialize and visit” in the “dedicated MBA lounge...Professors will stop by as well.” When time permits, students enjoy getting out and about in Lexington, an “exciting” and “excellent city” with “plenty to do.”

Gatton full-timers don’t have “as much work experience as [students at] some schools,” but they are “hard workers and add a certain competitive edge in the classroom which I feel improves the overall experience. Outside of class, many of us commonly get together to socialize and even discuss business-related topics/concerns that arise in our work- places and in the economy.” The part-time student body includes a substantial number of “engineer-schooled and extremely goal-oriented” professionals.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Beverly Kemper
Assistant Director

Address
359A Gatton College of Business and Economics
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States

Phone
859-257-7722

Fax
859-323-9971

Email
kemper@uky.edu


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