Is there a residency requirement? Can I study part-time?
The Ph.D. program is a full-time, residential program.
How many students are typically admitted to the program each year?
Normally 2-3 students are admitted each year.
Can I apply for spring or summer admission?
Admission is for fall semester only.
How long does it take to complete the doctoral program?
The program provides a broad base in contemporary issues in management and normally will take four years
to complete: two years of coursework, with the remainder devoted to dissertation research, teaching, and
research projects focused on developing a programmatic research agenda.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline is February 5 to guarantee full consideration. We normally review application in February, but
may review applications again in March or April if openings are available.
What supporting documents are required with an application?
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university attended, three
letters of reference, a resume, a personal statement, verification of English proficiency (if your native
language is not English) and GMAT test score. International student are also required to include their TOEFL
How are applications evaluated?
The Management Ph.D. Committee reviews applications using a portfolio approach that considers GMAT/GRE
scores, academic performance as evidenced by transcripts, letters of recommendation, the personal
statement and resume. We are looking to see if there is a good fit between your abilities and desired
outcomes and the goals of our doctoral program.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
No, we do not have a GPA requirement, although we expect applicants to have performed well in relevant coursework.
Can I substitute a GRE score for a GMAT score?
Our strong preference is that you take the GMAT, but we will consider GRE scores.
What code do I use for the GMAT?
Use institution code S40-HW-48.
Are there specific course prerequisites required for entry to the Ph.D. program?
There are no specific course prerequisites, but you must demonstrate strong writing skills and quantitative ability.
How do I handle letters of reference?
When you log in to UNL's Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System
(GAMES), you will be able
to provide contact information for your reference letter writers. After you have provided a valid email,
you will be able to click a button for each reference to have an email request sent to them. This email
will contain a secure link with which they can upload a letter. Please do not have them send hard-copies.
Be aware that, for security reasons, once you send a request, you will be locked out of making changes to
the reference's contact information.
Do you require work experience for admission to the Ph.D. program?
It is not required. Relevant work experience is one aspect of this portfolio, but strong academic performance
and intellectual ability are also critically important.
Do I need to have a master's degree?
While a master's degree is not an absolute requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program, candidates who
possess a master's degree will be more competitive in the admissions process.
Do I have to provide evidence of English proficiency to be considered?
If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to undertake
advanced academic work in an English-speaking institution. More information can be found here:
Is there a minimum TOEFL requirement?
The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper version), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (iBT test).
The institution code for the TOEFL is 6877. School Type is #2 -Graduate Management
I will soon receive my master's degree from a university in another country and its official
language of instruction is English. I wonder if it qualifies for a TOEFL waiver.
To see if the university is on the list for which waivers will apply, please contact the
Studies office or check the
Graduate Studies webpage
pertaining to English.
Where can I find more information for international students?
Guidelines for international students can be found at:
Do you provide health insurance coverage?
All graduate assistants with appointments that qualify for tuition remission receive basic coverage
under the university's student health insurance plan. Dependent plans are also available on an optional
Is graduate student housing available through UNL?
Students are housed on and off campus. UNL offers apartment-style halls. The Courtyards and The Village
are designed for single, upperclass, graduate students or non-traditional freshman (resident 20 years of
age or older with a freshman classification) ready for a more independent living environment. For more