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Your Guide to Kentucky MBA Programs

By Esther Zunker

The masters of business administration – the MBA – is the gold standard creden­tial for a career in business. Developing valuable skills in business management, it provides edu­cation in foundational business prac­tices, such as accounting, finance, marketing and management, oftentimes with a focus in one of these areas or a certain business sector. The MBA remains the most sought after post-grad­uate degree in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

There are many benefits of obtaining a MBA, the most significant being greater employment opportunities in business administration.

Luckily, in this day and age there are numerous ways to earn an MBA in Ken­tucky, from traditional full-time classroom instruction, to evening or weekend-only sessions, to completely online teaching and various hybrid programs.

Following is a list of MBA programs at public and private colleges and universities with details about each to help make the all-important decision of which program to choose.

PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Eastern Kentucky University

Location: Richmond

Type: State comprehensive university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $15,000

Minimum Credit Hours: 30

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: General, Accounting, Integrated Communications

Campus Requirements: Students will meet once a month in a traditional setting (6 p.m.-8:45 p.m.), and then have three online sessions for the rest of the month.

Why choose this program: Flexible scheduling allows students to take as many or as few courses a semester as they want. Small class sizes foster indi­vidual interaction between faculty and students. The state-of-the-art Business and Technology Center provides stu­dents with an ideal environment in which to learn.

Kentucky State University

Location: Frankfort

Type: Public university

Accreditation: ACBSP

Base Program Cost: Not Available

Minimum Credit Hours: 30 hours with a bachelor’s in Business; 42 hours with­out a Business bachelor’s

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: Varies based on schedule preference

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: General, Marketing, Management and Accounting

Campus Requirements: On-campus classes

Why choose this program: The Master of Business Administration degree pro­grams are designed to prepare strategi­cally thinking business professionals for successful careers in the private and public sectors.

Morehead State University

Location: Morehead

Type: State comprehensive university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $579 per credit hour or $1,737 per course; $17,370 total.

Minimum Credit Hours: 30

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: Varies

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: General; Health Systems Management track requires 36 semester credit hours.

Campus Requirements: None

Why choose this program: MSU’s MBA program is offered in a 100 percent online environment. Students may com­plete the program in as little as one year with no residency requirement. The pro­gram is designed for individuals seeking to improve their career success and is focused on working managers.

Murray State University

Location: Murray

Type: State comprehensive university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $19,725

Per Credit Hour: $657.50

Minimum Credit Hours: 30

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 12 months

Online Concentrations: General; Human Resource Management. Other concentrations in the pipeline.

Campus Requirements: No

Why choose this program: Murray launched one of the nation’s first 100 percent online MBA programs in 2005 and thus has the depth and breadth of experience to advance the national and international business education needs of today’s student, who need come to Murray only for their commencement. All faculty have traditional PhDs, inter­national experience and the mindset that students invest in an MBA to get value for money; they go out of their way to be helpful.

Under a rolling admissions process, students may start in the fall, spring or summer and finish at their own pace, tak­ing a minimum of one graduate course at a time. The Canvas platform used for instruction provides the opportunity for students to network.

Northern Kentucky University

Location: Highland Heights

Type: State comprehensive university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: In-state: $629 per credit hour; $3,775 per semester for the six-semester program

Minimum Credit Hours: 36 credit hours

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: Two-year program; cohort-based; six straight semesters for completion

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: N/A

Campus Requirements: Two weekday evenings; classes are hybrid: two-thirds are in-class, one-third out of class (e.g. online lectures, group work, etc.)

Why choose this program: The MBA from NKU provides an integrated cur­riculum, hybrid courses and small cohort class sizes. The NKU MBA pro­gram has been nationally recognized and has achieved significant success in its four years in existence after having replaced the more traditional, disci­pline-specific course delivery format that had existed at NKU since the pro­gram’s inception in 1979. The program offers a cohort-based, lock-step inte­grated curriculum, and in response to consumer and organizational changes, NKU is further adapting its program delivery and structure to offer more ver­satility and customization while still delivering quality outcomes. This pro­gram will be admitting students for the Fall 2017 semester.

University of Kentucky One-Year Accelerated MBA Program

Location: Lexington

Type: State land grant, research university

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: Tuition: $12,428; plus program fee: $10,982

Minimum Credit Hours: 51 credit hours

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes. (Waived if applicant has a professional degree.)

Minimum Time Commitment: 11-month program; June to May

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: General MBA, but a number of certifi­cate programs are available with addi­tional classroom work, including project management, global commerce and strategy, and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. No MBA courses are online, but all prerequisites can be completed online, including options through IVY software.

Campus Requirements: On-campus classes

Why choose this program: Gatton Col­lege of Business and Economics’ accel­erated option is an intensive, cross-disciplinary, hands-on experience to make graduates world ready for busi­ness. The teaching philosophy incorpo­rates core business processes, including marketing, management and finance, as well as more technical courses in quantitative analysis, operations (sup­ply chain) management, global man­agement and data analysis. It includes corporate-critical areas such as leader­ship, communication and presentation skills, ethics, and strategic thinking. Some curriculum takes place in interac­tive corporate-setting learning laborato­ries through the Project Connect team internship program.

University of Kentucky Professional Evening MBA Program

Location: Lexington

Type: State land grant, research university

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: Tuition: $718 per credit hour; plus program fee: $1,373 per semester

Minimum Credit Hours: 36 credit hours

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes. (Waived if the applicant has a professional degree.)

Minimum Time Commitment: Two-year or three-year tracks; fall and spring semesters; start dates are August and January each year.

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: General MBA, but a number of certificate programs are available with additional classroom work, including project management, global commerce and strategy, and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Also, UK is launching this August 2016 a new MBA Healthcare concentration. No MBA courses are online, but all prerequisites can be completed online, including options through IVY software.

Campus Requirements: On-campus classes

Why choose this program: The UK Gatton College of Business and Economics Professional Evening track is designed for working professionals looking to succeed in a wide variety of professional contexts. Anchored by a series of rigorous foundation courses in economics, finance, marketing, management, accounting and information systems, the curriculum seeks to build upon the knowledge a working professional has already attained during his/her career. During the program, the students will enhance their leadership, communication, problem-solving, critical-thinking and team-building skills.

University of Kentucky/University of Louisville Joint Executive MBA Program

Location: Lexington and Louisville

Type: Public, research universities

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: $67,500 total cost, paid in four equal installments

Minimum Credit Hours: 46

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 20 months

Concentration: Executive skills for mid- to C-level professional.

Campus Requirements: Classes on cam­pus Fridays/Saturdays – half at UK, half at UofL

Why choose this program: The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have partnered to create an executive MBA program that will help students advance to the next stages of their professional careers. Designed for mid-level to C-level execu­tives from for-profit, nonprofit and gov­ernment organizations, the UK/UofL Executive MBA presents the leadership skills and hands-on tools needed to pro­pel their careers.

Designed with busy schedules in mind, the joint EMBA program is a cohorted program meeting every other Friday and Saturday over 20 months. The heart of the program allows stu­dents to study and network with other business leaders while learning from faculty at both institutions who are on the cutting edge in their respective fields. The program was designed to bring the best and most experienced faculty together to work collaboratively with an elite set of business talent.

University of Louisville Full-Time MBA

Location: Louisville

Type: Public, research university

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: $32,000 Minimum Credit Hours: 45 or 48 (45 for non-intern­ship track, 48 for internship track)

Minimum Time Commitment: 13 months

Why choose this program: The full-time MBA is a 13-month accelerated program ideal for recent college graduates and those seeking practical work experience. The competitive paid internship option allows students to gain work experience while offsetting the cost of tuition. The Class of 2015 saw a 94 percent job place­ment rate. Students attend classes in the evenings while working the internship during the day. An international trip is integrated into the program (excluding airfare), exposing students to businesses and cultures around the world.

GMAT Required: Yes

Campus Requirements: UofL Belknap Campus

University of Louisville Professional (Part-time) MBA

Location: Louisville

Type: Public, research university

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: Tuition is $32,000 and includes an international trip

Minimum Credit Hours: 45

Minimum Time Commitment: 20 months

Why choose this program: The Profes­sional MBA is a 20-month program for working professionals, offering evening or weekend class schedules. Its cohort- and team-based learning environment allows students to complete the program with the same group from start to finish. Focused electives allow specialization in healthcare, marketing and business ana­lytics. An international trip is integrated in the program (excluding airfare), exposing students to businesses and cul­tures around the world.

GMAT Required: Yes

Campus Requirements: UofL Belknap Campus

University of Louisville Entrepreneurship MBA

Location: Louisville

Type: Public, research university

Accreditation: AACSB and SACS

Base Program Cost: $32,000

Minimum Credit Hours: 48 or 54 (48 for business consulting track, 54 for business plan competition track)

Minimum Time Commitment: 20 months

Why choose this program: The Entrepre­neurship MBA was created to give stu­dents the skills needed to successfully launch a new business or provide innova­tive leadership within an existing organi­zation. The cohort- and team-based learning environment offers energizing team-building and problem-solving expe­riences. A track is available for students who want to compete in business plan competitions for real start-up capital and business plan feedback. The business con­sulting track delivers learning experiences to students in real-world environments. An international trip is integrated into the program (excluding airfare), expos­ing students to businesses and cultures around the world.

GMAT Required: Yes

Campus Requirements: UofL Belknap Campus

Western Kentucky University

Location: Bowling Green

Type: State comprehensive university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: Full-time general MBA is $16,995 tuition for Kentucky residents, $22,803 for non-residents; Professional MBA is $31,710; online MBA is $20,394 (estimated 4 percent tuition increase for 2016-2017).

Minimum Credit Hours: 33 hours for full-time general and online MBA, 36 hours for PMBA

GMAT Required: Yes, for the full-time and online programs but not for the PMBA program, which requires five years of qualifying managerial or pro­fessional experience.

Minimum Time Commitment: One year for general MBA; two years for PMBA; 18 months to five years to com­plete online MBA.

Concentrations: General

Campus Requirements: Yes, for full-time general MBA and PMBA.

Why choose this program: WKU has flexibility with three separate programs to meet the diverse needs of today’s stu­dents with online, weekend and accel­erated-delivery methods. The quality of the programs is reflected in WKU grad­uates’ scores on the MBA exit exam used nationally. The PMBA ranks in the top 5 percent nationally; the online program ranks in the top 10 percent; and the full-time program ranks in the top 20 percent.

PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES

Sullivan University

Location: Louisville

Type: Four-year, private

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Base Program Cost: $26,160

Per Credit Hour: $545

Minimum Credit Hours: 48

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Concentrations: Accounting, health­care management, hospitality manage­ment, public management, strategic human capital management

Campus Requirements: Offered on campus and online

Why choose this program: The masters in business program at Sullivan Univer­sity is a career-focused program that enables students to individualize their educational interests. The curric­ulum is designed to develop skills in leadership, team-building, communica­tions, decision-making, critical think­ing, analysis, and research techniques. The program meets the market­place need for professionals with mana­gerial skills (both qualitative and quantitative) in the problem-solving realm. The commitment is to the stu­dent and their career through focused, hands-on education.

PRIVATE NON-PROFIT COLLEGES

Asbury University

Location: Wilmore

Type: Private, Christian, Liberal Arts

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Program Cost: $592 per credit hour

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: Yes

Time Commitment: 20 months on tra­ditional cohort track; 4+1 programs for bachelor’s and MBA in five years and for MBA Accounting; at-own-pace track available

Campus Requirements: One week at end of program for capstone presenta­tions and graduation.

Why choose this program: The Howard Dayton School of Business equips com­mitted business leaders for the purpose of eliminating economic, social and spiritual poverty around the world. Asbury’s mission is to provide a rigor­ous, student-centric education that emphasizes collaboration, critical and innovative thinking while curating and cultivating integrity and character. Asbury offers four different cohort

Bellarmine University

Location: Louisville

Type: Independent, private, Catholic university

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: Tuition is subject to change on a yearly basis. Cost per credit hour: $730 (beginning Fall 2016); additional costs: $2,000 interna­tional trip; $1,100 case fees

Minimum Credit Hours: 48

GMAT Required: Combination of GMAT and cumulative GPA taken

Time Commitment: Varies based on schedule preference

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: Beginning in Fall 2015: finance, health­care leadership, marketing, strategic consulting, taxation

Campus Requirements: On-campus classes

Why choose this program: Bellarmine’s MBA is taught by faculty with a combi­nation of professional and academic experience, offering real-world per­spectives on practical business solu­tions. With Bellarmine’s flexible programs, students can earn an MBA on weeknights or weekends at the same cost as the state schools.

Brescia University

Location: Owensboro

Type: Private, faith-based

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Base Program Cost: N/A

Per Credit Hour: $500/credit hour

Minimum Credit Hours: 33

GMAT Required: No. Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Campus Requirements: Yes. Comple­tion of pre-requisite courses if not already completed during undergradu­ate study

Why choose this program: The MBA pro­gram is designed to make furthering edu­cation manageable even with the busy schedule of work, family and daily life. This program typically takes about three semesters of full-time study to complete. Classes generally meet every other Satur­day for eight weeks for a total of four class meetings.

Campbellsville University

Location: Campbellsville

Type: Private, faith-based

Accreditation: IACBE

Base Program Cost: $17,568

Per Credit Hour: $488 currently; $499 after July 1

Minimum Credit Hours: 36 hours

GMAT/GRE Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 12 months

Concentrations: Church management, healthcare management, human resource management, information technology, international business, marketing

Campus Requirements: Campus requirements are the same as online.

Why choose this program: The MBA at Campbellsville University is affordable and customizable. Non-business stu­dents have the opportunity to work through an online primer to gain the knowledge needed to get started. Eth­ics is the common thread that is woven through the program and an aspect that is desired in today’s global market­place. It can be completed in two years or as little as one year depending on the student’s graduation goals. The professors are professional and avail­able. The courses are streamlined and student friendly.

McKendree University

Location: Louisville, Radcliff and Online

Type: Independent, private, nonprofit

Accreditation: IACBE

Base Program Cost: Tuition is subject to change on a yearly basis. Cost per credit hour: $480 (beginning Fall 2016)

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: No

Time Commitment: 12- 24 months. Varies based on schedule preference

Campus Requirements: Both the Mas­ter of Business Administration (MBA) and the MBA with Human Resource Management Concentration programs focus on integrated learning experi­ences, which allow students to develop problem-solving and team-building skills in an environment where they can learn from both the faculty and each other. The format allows students to balance professional and personal schedules while completing the degree.

Midway University

Location: Midway

Type: Four-year, private

Accreditation: Overall institutional accreditation is from SACSCOC; no specific MBA program accreditation

Base Program Cost: $16,380 (30 credit hours); with area of concentration $19,656 (36 credit hours)

Per Credit Hour: $546

Minimum Credit Hours: 30 hours – general MBA; 36 hours – MBA with spe­cialization

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: The gen­eral MBA program can be completed in 12 to 15 months. An MBA with specializa­tion can be completed in as little as 18 months. Most students complete the pro­gram in 24 months or less.

Concentrations: Four concentrations are offered completely online – equine studies, healthcare administration, tourism and event management, and sport management.

Campus Requirements: The tourism and event management area of concen­tration courses are offered on the Mid­way campus and provide hands-on training in the cultural aspects of Ken­tucky’s bourbon industry.

None for the general MBA program, which can be completed 100 percent online, and none for the other three areas of concentrations, which also can be completed 100 percent online.

Why choose this program: The program offers students a high level of personal attention and is affordable, with a com­petitive credit-hour tuition rate in the market and many financial options for students. Midway’s faculty supports stu­dents in the online learning environ­ment, are responsive to their individualized needs and always avail­able for in-person, phone or online chat sessions to answer questions. The unique areas of concentration allow stu­dents to all have the same foundation coursework but specialize in one of four workforce segments that are important to the regional economy of Kentucky: equine, healthcare, tourism and sports.

Spalding University

Program: Master of Science in Business Communication (MSBC) at Spalding University’s School of Business. Accord­ing to Spalding officials: “We have learned over the 10-year tenure of this program that the MSBC is much more relevant for many as compared to the MBA, depending on the desired career path of the individual.”

Location: Louisville

Type: Private, faith-based

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Base Program Cost: $20,295

Per Credit Hour: $615

Minimum Credit Hours: 33

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 10 months

Concentrations: Organizational leader­ship (OL), nonprofit administration (NA), healthcare management (HM), or accounting concentrations.

Campus Requirements: All courses can be taken face-to-face or online

Why choose this program: The MSBC cur­riculum prepares business professionals to communicate within and across disci­plines and business functions of their organizations, as well as up and down organizational hierarchies. The role of communication in business decisions is the thread that runs through all courses and links them together. MSBC students have a unique opportunity to develop tra­ditional business competencies while improving interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Each course within the program is developed to incorporate all of these aspects, as well as critical and strategic thinking skills. The result is grad­uates with strong capabilities in problem solving, prioritizing, making the right/ethical decisions and managing self and others. Employers continually express their desire to have a labor pool with this skillset. Graduates of the MSBC program fulfill this need.

Thomas More College

Location: Crestview Hills

Type: Private

Accreditation: SACSCOC and ACBSP

Base Program Cost: $20,280

Per Credit Hour: $520

Minimum Credit Hours: 39

GMAT Required: Yes, if applicant GPA below 2.7

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Campus Requirements: Available online or in classroom

Why choose this program: Through the use of the continuing case project, the Thomas More graduate program offers a comprehensive look at decision mak­ing from a broad-based perspective. The Masters Project in the Thomas More curriculum allows students to apply business research techniques in a very hands-on approach. Students find that this allows them to establish a criti­cal link between academic theory and business application.

University of Pikeville (UPIKE)

Location: Pikeville

Type: Private

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Base Program Cost: $14,796

Per Credit Hour: $411

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 16 months

Campus Requirements: Yes

Why choose this program: The Cole­man College of Business at UPIKE offers two options in the MBA program: the MBA in management and an MBA in healthcare management. The pro­gram is delivered in the evenings and online, providing the flexibility to earn a degree while working.

University of the Cumberlands

Location: Williamsburg

Type: Private, faith-based

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Base Program Cost: $9,450 (tuition); $50 technology fee (per bi-term)

Per Credit Hour: $315

Minimum Credit Hours: 30

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Concentrations/Online Concentrations: Accounting. Other concentrations coming online this summer and fall: strategic management, entrepreneur­ship, marketing, nonprofit administra­tion, and healthcare administration.

Campus Requirements: No

Why choose this program: The University of the Cumberlands’ MBA program offers support and flexibility for working profes­sionals while also providing students with a rich curriculum with challenging assign­ments, group projects, online courses and the most current and relevant case stud­ies. Students will have instructors who are experts in their field and advisors who are knowledgeable and accessible, as well as unique networking opportunities and career preparation.

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