The Ph.D. program in management is a research-oriented opportunity for students to prepare
for successful academic careers as faculty in Colleges of Business and related disciplines.
We prepare students to pursue high quality scholarship, and to perform effectively in the
classroom. The program requires full-time participation.
Earn a Big Ten Ph.D. in management and receive exceptional value for your doctoral education!
We are inviting applications for admission to the program in the Fall. We anticipate
admitting 2-3 students per year. Students admitted to the program typically will have a
Master's degree in a Business discipline or related field from an accredited university.
A GMAT score will be required as part of the admission process (GRE scores will also be accepted.)
for admission include previous academic records and areas of research interests.
General Information about the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Management:
- Doctoral students will be encouraged to work with a number of Management faculty over their
time in the program.
- Both the Management Core and the Methods Core are required of all Management doctoral students.
- Students will pursue "Related Courses" rather than a formal minor. The Related courses selected
will vary with each student depending on his/her needs and interests.
- A student's "area of expertise" will be determined by work on the dissertation and other
publications and course work.
- The Comprehensive Exam will be administered in the student's third year of residency.
- Applications will be considered from military personnel who are granted leave to attend
a full-time doctoral program. As a condition of admission, the applicant must agree to perform
the duties routinely expected of all doctoral students, including attending classes, serving as
a TA/RA, completing summer research projects, and teaching classes.
The program provides a broad base in contemporary issues in Management, and normally will take
at least four years to complete: two to two and a half years of coursework, with the remainder
devoted to dissertation research, teaching, and other research projects aimed at assisting
students develop their own programmatic research agenda.
A Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska is required to complete a minimum of 90 hours
of study. Up to 36 hours of coursework credit from an MBA or other Master's degree may be
applied to the 90 hours. The remaining hours typically will be satisfied as follows:
- 18 hours of coursework in core Management topics such as Organizational Behavior,
Human Resources, Strategy, Leadership, and Organization Theory.
- 18 hours of coursework in Research Design and Statistics
- 9 hours of course work in a related, support area
- 12 or more dissertation hours
Students are required to complete a research paper during their first full year of residence.
This paper will be done under the supervision of a faculty member who has provided the data for
the paper. Each student is expected to take sufficient lead in the project to merit second
authorship, although this may not always happen. The student will formally present the paper
in the following Fall semester. The paper will be submitted for consideration for presentation
at an approved conference. Course work credit will not be earned for this project.
Students will be required to complete a research paper during their second full year of
residence. Each student is expected to be first author on the resulting paper. Each paper will
be formally presented in the following Fall semester, and each paper will be submitted for
consideration for presentation at an approved conference.
Ph.D. students are expected to be active partners in the academic community. They will have
opportunities to work with different faculty, develop independent research projects, collaborate
on joint projects, and participate in various brownbag sessions, current topics seminars, and
doctoral development sessions. Also, as appropriate, students will have opportunities to develop
their teaching skills. The UNL community fosters high academic achievement as well as diverse
social organizations and events. The city of Lincoln is friendly and easy to navigate with a
nationally noted low crime rate, a wide range of housing choices, a reliable public transit system
and numerous options for recreational and personal interest activities.
All students accepted into the Ph.D. program in Management will receive an assistantship
stipend, tuition remission, and basic health insurance offered by the University of Nebraska's
student health insurance plan. Students may also expect some support for travel to professional
meetings where they are presenting papers based on their research.
The graduate assistantship in Management includes a 10-month per year stipend and full tuition
remission for all courses taken during the year including courses taken in the summer. The
assistantship assignment consists of assisting faculty with research projects and/or class
management. Although the department does not guarantee the opportunity for Ph.D. students
to supplement their assistantship awards, there are a limited number of summer teaching
opportunities that offer additional compensation.
We also offer a limited number of fellowships in partnership with the university, and we
encourage all of our students to apply. Whether or not a student receives a fellowship or
other support, the department expects all students to work as graduate assistants. We
consider this apprenticeship to be an integral part of the Ph.D. education.
As an additional benefit, 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 basis.
Students are welcome to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in Management for the Fall 2013 term.
Please note: All application materials (except transcripts and finance resource certification) must be submitted electronically. Do not send paper recommendation forms or resume.
Ask each college or university that you have attended to send one official transcript to:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
Tel: (402) 472-2875
Three letters of reference are required and should be submitted through GAMES.
Your resume should be submitted through GAMES.
A brief statement of purpose discussing your interest in Management is required. This statement should
address why you are interested in a Ph.D., what you hope to accomplish with the degree, and why you are
interested in the Management Ph.D. at Nebraska. The Statement of Purpose should also be submitted through
You should register to take the GMAT and have the results
forwarded to UNL (use institution code S40-HW-48).
You should also submit your scores through GAMES.
We will also accept GRE scores, but GMAT scores are preferred.
International Students should also include:
- TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT) (Use institution code 6877)
Guidelines for international students can be found at
All materials should be submitted by March 1, 2013.