On-Campus FAQ

On Campus FAQ

What are your admission deadlines?

You may apply for admission for the Fall, Spring or Summer semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester.

Fall semester: To be considered for fellowships we recommend submitting your application by April 1; otherwise, July 1 for U.S. applicants.
April 1 for international applicants

Spring semester:
November 1 for U.S. applicants
October 1 for international applicants

Summer semester:
April 1 for U.S. applicants
February 1 for international applicants

What are the prerequisites for your program?

The prerequisites are an undergraduate course in statistics and calculus.

Is the online application the only way to apply?

Yes. We no longer accept paper applications or other documents. The application is a two-part process. The day after you complete and submit the initial application information, you will receive an email with instructions on completing the MBA application through the GAMES admission system. Once all items are completed in GAMES and you have submitted your GMAT or GRE scores, you may submit the application.

I do not have 2 years of management/leadership experience. Can I still be admitted to the program?

Yes, you can still be admitted. Two years experience, 3.0 GPA and the 600 GMAT score are recommendations, not requirements. However, relevant work experience assists our students in relating to course material.

Can I send transcripts?

Applicants can upload unofficial transcripts into MyRed. Once admitted, you will be required to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate Studies office.

Under what circumstances will you waive the GMAT?

Applicants to the MBA program who hold a Ph.D., JD, MD or Pharm D, or are currently enrolled in medical school, do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score. MBA applicants who have been admitted to the Nebraska College of Law do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score.

Additionally, if you have 7 or more years of significant managerial, operational or decision making experience and an acceptable undergraduate GPA, you may qualify for a GMAT waiver. For more information please refer to our Admission Requirements.

How long will it take for my application to be reviewed?

Once your application has been submitted and test scores are verified, the admissions committee will review the application. Decisions are typically made within two weeks.

Can I take classes before I’m admitted?

If you have met the prerequisite requirements for the intended course you wish to take, we will allow up to 12 credit hours completion prior to admission to the MBA program.

Do you accept transfer credit?

We will accept up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level transfer credit from AACSB accredited business programs and up to six credit hours of graduate-level relevant courses from non-AACSB accredited programs. Transfer courses taken more than five years ago will not be accepted.

Transfer credit decisions are made by the admissions committee at the time your application package is reviewed for admission. If you want the committee to consider courses for transfer, please include a request for transfer credit along with course descriptions and syllabi with your application package. While we will not pre-approve transfer credit, AACSB accredited courses that most closely match our core courses are most likely to be approved for transfer. Credit from non-AACSB accredited programs will only be considered for elective credit and will not be considered to replace core or cross-functional courses.

My undergraduate degree is not in business. Can I still pursue an MBA?

Yes. Many of our students have received undergraduate degrees in other fields. The only course prerequisites for our program are calculus and statistics.

How long does it take to complete the MBA program?

Full-time students can complete the MBA in two years or less. Part-time students finish the program in three to five years, depending on the number of classes taken in each semester.

When are classes usually offered?

Core required classes are typically held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Elective course times vary.

How do I pay for my degree?

Graduate courses are eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). In graduate school, six credits per semester is considered part time and nine or more is considered full time. August and October terms are considered the fall semester. January and March are considered the spring semester. In the summer, you must take two courses to qualify for financial aid. http://www.unl.edu/scholfa/graduate_students.shtml

There are often fellowships and graduate assistantships available.

I am interested in the dual degree program with Law School. How do I apply?

Students must apply for each program separately and be admitted separately. Students can save one year by completing the dual degree program.

What does your curriculum look like?

The program is 48 hours. There are 10 core classes (30 hours), nine hours of breadth electives, and nine hours of electives. You can learn more here: http://cba.unl.edu/mba/students/prospective/#CU.

Contact Us

Graduate Programs Office
CoB 201
730 N. 14th Street
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
402-472-2338
sspanel3@unl.edu