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Online Master of Business Administration

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for working professionals who want to advance their career, broaden their global business mindset, and distinguish themselves in the workplace.

This is more than your typical MBA degree. Offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville, this MBA delivers proven business theories, practices, and leadership skills, to make you a more engaged and effective business professional. With a 10-day international study trip, innovative electives, and certificate opportunities in areas like Franchise Management or Distilled Spirits Business, you can specialize your degree and stand out in today’s competitive market.


Complete your degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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The online MBA requires 36 core credit hours (12 courses) and 9 credit hours in electives (3 courses).

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Expand your global business savvy with an international study trip (optional).

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"This is a unique and exciting MBA program because it is built on what makes Louisville, Louisville. Our MBA students have the option to customize their degree with one of our industry-based certificates that focus on the unique expertise required by local industries. The online platform enables professionals working in those industries to access the program from wherever they are in the world."


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How Much Will I Pay?

$32,000 bundled tuition + fees (total program cost)

Tuition & Aid    

Program cost does not include textbooks or airfare for the international trip. Competitive scholarships are available.


  • Develop vital business skills needed to lead teams and improve the bottom line.
  • Expand your global business savvy with an international study trip.
  • Engage with world-class faculty who have extensive industry background and leadership experience.
  • Learn from business leaders, guest speakers, and successful alumni.
  • Network with other business professionals across the globe.
  • Access your coursework from anywhere with 100% online classes.
  • Complete the program in 20 months (5 semesters), or faster if dual-status.
  • Skip the GMAT/GRE – visit the Apply Now page to see if you qualify for a waiver.

Does your business or employer offer tuition reimbursement?

You may be required to submit a request for tuition reimbursement. Download a Sample Request Letter [PDF] to get started.


Expand Your Global Mindset

International Study Trip

Experience global business firsthand during a 10-day international study trip, which is included* in the cost of the program. On the trip, you will gain exposure to a variety of companies, industries, and cultures through a mix of business visits, service learning projects, and cultural immersion activities.

You will expand your network by traveling with UofL students from the online, professional, full-time, and entrepreneurship MBA programs, as well as College of Business faculty members.

Trips occur in May and often span two countries. There are several concurrent trips, which means you will have several options to choose from. Past locations for international study trips include Argentina and Chile, Romania and Croatia, China and Taiwan, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, India and United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.

* The international study trip benefit includes programming costs, hotels, most meals, visa fees, cultural immersion admissions, in-country guides and transportation, and between-country transportation. Airfare to the destination and some incidentals are excluded. Contact Tristan Boisseau, Online Learning Enrollment Counselor, at 502.852.5221 or tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu.

Develop Specialized Expertise

Graduate Certificates & Innovative Electives

Gain expertise and differentiate yourself in the market with specialized electives. You can complete a certificate in a focused business area or mix-and-match electives to fit your business interests.

  • Franchise Management Certificate – learn critical insights and practical knowledge needed to acquire, run, and grow a franchise business.
  • Distilled Spirits Business Certificate – gain broad-based understanding of the knowledge needed to manage business operations in the distilled spirits industry, including finance, operations, branding, and more.
  • Other electives are available online and on-campus across various disciplines.
  • One-day on-campus professional development (PD) courses are available in inclusive leadership, crisis management, negotiation, and business etiquette. Complete three PD courses and earn 1.5 credit hours of electives.

Utilize Your Military Experience

Military-Friendly Features

The University of Louisville is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. As a military-friendly institution, the College of Business offers several features to assist service members pursuing their MBA:

  • Skip the GMAT – waivers are available for military officers with 5+ years of experience and Non-Commissioned Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers with 10+ years of experience.
  • Get credit for the work you’ve already completed – up to 6 credits of graduate-level ACE credits can be applied to your MBA elective requirements.
  • Defray the cost of the program – competitive, merit-based scholarships are available for active duty military and veterans.
  • Stay on track – if you deploy during the program, an academic advisor will work with you to map a personalized plan to get you on the fastest route to graduation.

Currently pursuing or recently earned a graduate or professional degree from UofL?

You could qualify for dual-status and complete your MBA in just 4 semesters! Reach out to Tristan Boisseau, Online Enrollment Counselor, at 800.871.8635 or online@louisville.edu for more details.

Deadline Start Date Term
August 1 Fall August 17

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Steps to Apply

  1. Complete online application
  2. Submit $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Submit GMAT/GRE scores
    • Waivers are available to applicants who meet any of the following criteria. Submit a waiver request along with your application for admission.
      • Hold a quantitative-based master’s degree and/or a terminal degree from a regionally-accredited institution
      • Have 5+ years managerial experience with increasing levels of responsibility and an undergraduate degree that includes 30% or more quantitative courses
      • Military officer with 5+ years of service
      • Case-by-case waiver for exceptional candidates based on approval from Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement

If transcripts cannot be sent electronically (preferred) please mail to:
College of Business, MBA Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Complete application packet and waiver requests will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Candidates will be notified with a decision within 3-5 business days.

International Applicants – Additional Requirements

  • WES or ECE formal transcript evaluation – if you studied outside of the United States, you are required to submit your academic records for a formal evaluation (visit www.wes.org or www.ece.org for more information)
  • TOEFL scores – score of 79 and higher on the internet-based test required; scores must be 2 years old or less at the time of application

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact Tristan Boisseau, Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu.

The online MBA is a 45 credit hour program that requires 36 credit hours in core courses and 9 credit hours in electives. You can use your electives to earn a certificate in a specialized business area or select from a variety of innovative online and on-campus courses available across various disciplines.

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
1 Applied Microeconomics for Business 3.0
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analytics 3.0
Information Technology Management in a Digital Economy 3.0
2 Financial Accounting 3.0
Managerial Finance 3.0
Managerial Accounting 3.0
3 Global Learning (International Study Trip) 1.5
Global Business 1.5
Operations Design and Analysis 3.0
Marketing Management 3.0
4 Strategic Management 3.0
Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.0
Strategic Managerial Communication 3.0
5 Elective courses 9.0

Online Certificate Courses

Course Descriptions

MBA 626 Applied Microeconomics for Business
This course applies economic concepts to decisions affecting a firm's profit. Topics may include supply and demand, elasticity and market power, competition, pricing strategies, boundaries of the firm, economies of scale and scope, make versus buy decisions, transaction costs, information asymmetry, entry and exit strategies, and competitive analysis.

MBA 631 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analytics
This course covers the fundamental topics and subject matter related to statistics up through multiple regression modeling. A strong emphasis will be placed on how to use statistics, accomplished through student analysis of real world data sets during class periods and in the homework assignment.

MBA 668 Information Technology Management in a Digital Economy
This course provides students with an understanding of the effects of the digital environment on business models and how firms have to adapt to be competitive in a digital economy. Focuses on the management of technology in such an environment, with emphasis on management activities (e.g., planning, organizing, coordinating, assimilating new technologies, evaluating information technology investments, etc.) that will enable firms to make the most effective use of their information technology resources.

MBA 628 Financial Accounting
This course studies how firms collect important information & report it to outside parties (investors & creditors, primarily). Another course in the MBA program studies the collection/reporting of information within a firm, this course will examine the process of collecting/recording/summarizing data about the effects of transactions and events on the firm. The primary objective of this class is to develop the ability to read, understand, and (most importantly) interpret financial statements & related materials. If you have prior accounting experience, either through education or work, keep in mind this course is intended a range of MBA students, including those with no prior exposure to accounting.

MBA 635 Contemporary Financial Management (Managerial Finance)
This course examines tools and concepts in financial management, focusing on the concerns and methods of analysis employed by corporate financial managers. Topics include time value of money mathematics, net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR); basic stock and bond valuation; capital budgeting decisions and project evaluation; the principals of risk and return; the use of asset pricing models to estimate the cost of capital; and the determination of a firm's weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

MBA 625 Managerial Accounting
This course is devoted to structuring accounting information for use by managers in making decisions. Topics may include cost-volume-profit analysis, product costing, capital budgeting, activity-based costing, theory of constraints, balanced scorecard, and economic value added.

MBA 623 Global Learning
This course addresses the study of businesses, practices, cultures and experiences in foreign domains. The course includes an international research trip visiting foreign businesses, operating plants and cultural sites.

MBA 621 Global Business
This course studies foundations of the global economy, current trends in the global business environment and issues facing international organizations.

MBA 630 Operations: Design and Analysis
This course introduces standard terminology, basic models, and new concepts of operations management as applied to manufacturing and service firms. Topics may include systems planning, product quality and process capability, capacity planning, facility location and layout, material management, scheduling and process improvement.

MBA 640 Marketing Management
This course covers the fundamental topic and subject matter related to marketing management.

MBA 655 Strategic Management
This MBA capstone course is broad in scope and integrative of all required courses. The focus is on the strategic analysis, formulation, and implementation issues facing top management. Topics may include competition, core competencies, gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage at the business, corporate, and international levels, and corporate governance, structure, and entrepreneurship.

MBA 656 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
This course helps you develop knowledge and skills for managing and for leading that will help you begin to unleash that potential, even after the course is over. For managing, topics include organizational design, team design, job design, reward systems, hiring, firing, and employee assessment and development. For leading, topics include organizational entropy, organizational culture, transformation, moral insight, ambitious virtues, purpose, integrity, empathy, learning, inspiration, and change.

MBA 632 Strategic Managerial Communication
This course focuses on the intellectual tools needed to assume leadership positions and effectively communicate and influence others in professional contexts. Students will build upon proven competencies and constituent frameworks to improve their written and oral communication. Students will also develop an advanced understanding of instrumental, relational, and identity goals in communicative situations to enhance their message around diverse receivers and conditions.

  • Is the international trip required?

    No, although the trip does count as a core class. If you do not travel, there is an online course that non-travelers will complete. Please note: the trip is all-inclusive, outside of incidentals and airfare, so we highly encourage you attend if able. To learn more about the international study trip, please visit: https://business.louisville.edu/academics-programs/graduate-programs/apply/global-study-opportunities/international-study-trip/

  • Am I required to visit campus at any point?

    No, you are not required to visit campus. You are welcome to visit at any time to meet with faculty, admissions team, career services, etc., and to participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony.

  • Is there a part-time option?

    No. Our program is cohort based which means you will complete 9 credit hours per semester over 5 semesters. However, the courses themselves are accelerated, so you only ever take 1 course at a time, completing 3 – 4 courses in a semester. We have found that students appreciate the structure of the program (no worries over which class to take and when) and find that the structure helps them stay on course to graduate. Additionally, we manage your enrollment therefore lessening any undue stress of registration concerns.

  • Is there an active duty tuition rate?

    No, however we do offer a military scholarship up to $3,000.00 as well as GMAT waivers and up to 6 hours of transfer credit. Contact Tristan Boisseau at tristan.boisseau@louisville.edu to learn more about your opportunities.

  • Are there scholarship opportunities available?

    Yes! Click here to view the current list of graduate scholarships offered through our College of Business. Please note that scholarships are limited, therefore we encourage you to contact the MBA and Graduate Programs office at 502-852-6440 to discuss your situation.

  • What if I need to take a semester off (or am active duty and have to leave on orders)?

    This is not an issue, although we ask that you contact the MBA and Graduate Office and inform them of your situation. As with our on-campus programs, you would rejoin the next cohort and pick up where you left off.

  • Is the GMAT required?

    Yes, although we do offer a waiver option (learn more). The MBA program at UofL is quantitative, therefore the GMAT is a great preparatory tool for the math content required in the program.

    Should you have any concerns regarding the GMAT, we encourage you to contact the MBA and Graduate Admissions Office at 502-852-6440. Note: we will also accept GRE scores.

  • I don’t meet any of the conditions for the GMAT waiver, can I still apply for a waiver?

    Yes. The committee will review your waiver request and notify you of the decision.

  • What is the process for applying for the GMAT waiver?

    Complete the form as soon as possible at https://business.louisville.edu/graduate-programs-gmat-waiver-request/. Your request will be reviewed along with your completed application packet and you will be notified of the decision.

    Please note: you can gain provisional admission to the program pending GMAT/GRE scores, so it’s encouraged you begin and complete your application outside of those scores as soon as possible.

  • Can I start this program in the spring/summer?

    No, we currently only admit new students in the fall semester (August of each year).

  • How much time should I dedicate to each course per week?

    You should plan for 5-7 hours per week. If you are knowledgeable of the content, it may take less time. Each course is 100% online and completely asynchronous, so there are never specific class meeting times. You work around your own schedule each week to make sure your complete assignments, etc., by the deadline.

  • Are there any career services?

    Yes! Our College of Business offers career services for life. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.