Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Kentucky State University provides emphasizes a solid grounding in graduate business education, combined with sufficient elective course work to provide for individual preferences and career enhancement. The MBA program provides essential knowledge and skills that can be utilized by business professionals in both the private and public sectors. Elective course work may be chosen from four Business areas (accounting, marketing, management, and finance), Public Administration or Computer Science.

The Chairperson of the School of Business and the MBA Coordinator oversee the program, and are members of the University’s Graduate Council.


The core of the MBA program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful careers in business and nonprofit organizations. The program requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours, including 21 hours of core requirements and 9 hours of electives, and was designed by the faculty based on the best practices in business education. The core requirements are:

  • ACC 502 – Managerial Accounting
  • ECO 502 – Managerial Economics
  • FIN 530 – Corporate Finance
  • MIS 510 – Management Information Systems
  • MGT 560 – Human Behavior in Organizations
  • MKT 520 – Strategic Marketing Management
  • MGT 590 – Strategic Management (integrative, capstone experience)

The elective courses allow students to explore individual preferences and develop additional competencies appropriate to their interests. The courses may be chosen from one specific area or a mixture of disciplines (Accounting, Management, Marketing, Finance, Public Administration, or Computer Science).


The program accepts students with a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Candidates without undergraduate Business degrees will be required to show proficiency in the principles of accounting, economics, management, marketing, management information systems, finance, quantitative methods and statistics before enrolling in the MBA courses. Students without some or all of these proficiencies will be required to complete one or more of these prerequisite courses developed to provide this foundation.

For regular admission to the MBA program, a candidate must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Meet the program prerequisites
  • Have an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.7 or greater (on a 4.0 point scale)
  • Have a GMAT score of at least 400, or a GRE combined (verbal and quantitative) score of at least 286 on tests taken after November 2011.*
  • Submit a completed application – including a writing sample
  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • Provide official academic transcripts
  • Submit TOEFL scores (international students only)

* See information on “Waiver of GMAT for Advanced Degrees” in the KSU Catalogue

Candidates who do not meet admission requirements relating to the program prerequisites, undergraduate G.P.A., or GMAT score, may be admitted on a probationary basis. Probationary admission is based on demonstrated work record, career plans, academic record, letters of application, or other appropriate documentation. Admission decisions are made by the MBA Admissions Committee.

International Students

The University welcomes admission inquiries from international students. International students should have a complete admission application on file three months before the beginning of the semester in which they intend to enroll, and must also submit:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum scores of 525 (paper) and 173 (computer), and
  • Official transcripts, in English, with the translation certified

Non-English transcripts and certificates must be accompanied by an accredited evaluation and translation from an appropriate agency. This evaluation does not guarantee admission to Kentucky State University or acceptance of credits.


All candidates must submit a completed and signed application with a non-refundable fee of $30 ($100 for international students). Applications must be postmarked by July 1 for the Fall semester, and November 15 for the Spring semester. Early applications are encouraged.

Upon receipt of an official Letter of Acceptance, international students must prove his/her ability to meet college expenses by one of the following means:

  • An award of a full scholarship or similar financial aid covering tuition, room, and board, or
  • A confirmation deposit of $3,500 (US). A student may use a maximum of 65% of the deposit to pay the first semester’s tuition and fees. The balance will remain on account until the student graduates or withdraws from the University

In addition to meeting either of the above financial requirements, international students must also complete a Declaration and Certification Of Finances form to qualify for an Immigration Form (I-20) to be sent by the University.