LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2014) — For the first time ever, the Professional Evening MBA programs in the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics will be offering certifications in three important areas — Project Management, Global Management, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Previously, these certifications had only been offered as a part of Gatton’s accelerated One-Year MBA program.
Applications for incoming students to the Professional Evening MBA will be accepted until July 1, with classes in both the two-year and three-year evening options beginning in late August. With regard to the new certification offerings, Gatton’s MBA Center will pay for all instruction and materials while students are responsible for the cost of the certification exam.
“These certification offerings enhance an already strong program for our evening MBA students,” said Steve Skinner, associate dean for graduate programs and chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain. “For a number of years, our MBA Policy Committee has observed the positive impacts of these certifications on students in our one-year program. Now our evening students will have the same access.”
Gatton MBA Programs Director Harvie Wilkinson said the college sought the input of current and former students when considering these enhancements.
“Our goal always is to keep students at the heart of our offerings,” Wilkinson said. “Virtually all of the students in our two-year and three-year Professional Evening MBA programs have job responsibilities during regular business hours. They come to the table with a valuable, real-world perspective. Listening to that perspective is the guiding force driving these enhancements.”
The evening MBA programs average 45 to 50 new students each year.