Prospective Students

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Prospective Students

Our 48-credit hour program gives your MBA credibility in the business world. The College of Business Administration MBA faculty and staff work hard to provide an exceptional education and the best possible graduate experience. You will have something to be proud of – you will earn a respected MBA at Nebraska. You will go places.
You will Start Something.


YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT MATTERS

Your MBA education is just that – an investment. We recognize your hard work and dedication. The education and experience you’ll receive will make you stand out among your business peers. Allow us to invest in you throughout the duration of your program. Become a competitive business professional.

GRADUATE PROGRAM EVENTS

Register with our online form or call 402-472-2338
Date Time (CST) Topic Location Registration Deadline
09/22/16 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 09/21/16
10/19/16 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 10/18/16
10/26/16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAIAA information session online* 10/25/16
11/16/16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAIAA information session online* 11/15/16
11/17/16 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 11/16/16
12/13/16 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 12/12/16
12/21/16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAIAA information session online* 12/20/16
01/18/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 01/17/17
02/16/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 02/15/17
03/23/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 03/22/17
04/18/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 04/17/17
05/17/17 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MBA program information webinar online* 05/16/17

*These information sessions will be conducted online, allowing you to participate from your home or office computer!

• Why Lincoln? •

WE ARE RANKED

Online MBA ranked

12th

in the world by Financial Times
Online MBA ranked

2nd

in the Big Ten for veterans by U.S. News & World Report
Online MBA ranked

15th

in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

 
Online MBA ranked

17th

in the nation by The Princeton Review
 

JOINT PROGRAMS

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Juris Doctor/MBA

Partner your MBA with the College of Law at UNL. The core business education you’ll gain from the College of Business Administration, coupled with a solid foundation of law knowledge will make you unstoppable. Are you up for the challenge?

 

Master of Architecture/MBA

Give your MBA added value with a Master of Architecture. Apply the innovative and collaborative architecture concepts to your core business foundation education to make yourself more marketable. Make the most out of your grad school years at Nebraska.

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

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Business Analytics Certificate

The business analytics graduate certificate program enables students to solve practical business problems using data and analytics. The required courses explore concepts in basic and multivariate statistics with incorporation of hands-on data analysis. Students will practice developing solutions to specific business problems through data, become familiar with the SAS language and explore past performance and customer behavior to learn how to drive business.

 

Supply Chain Management Certificate

The supply chain management graduate certificate program exposes students to current issues and solutions to management problems regarding planning and forecasting, purchasing, distribution and customer service. You will learn to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient while sharpening analytical skills.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You may apply for admission for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students admitted before the semester starts may take classes in either of the two eight-week terms (term A or term B) offered that semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester. Application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for the Spring semester, and April 1 for the Summer semester.

  1. Bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA recommended
    1. Official transcripts are required for admission.
  2. GMAT or GRE score
    1. A GMAT score of 600 is highly recommended. Alternatively, a comparable GRE score will be considered. Scores must be from the last five years.
    2. 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.
    3. If you have 7 or more years of significant managerial, operational or decision making experience and an acceptable undergraduate GPA, you are not required to submit a GMAT score. You must, however, submit as a reference your current supervisor who can verify your work experience. Please include this person as one of your references in section 3 below. In the first part of your Personal Statement, you should include your request for the GMAT waiver based on your work experience. All GMAT waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for a GMAT waiver, candidates must start an application.
    4. If you choose to take the GMAT, please have your results forwarded to UNL (school code S40-HW-48). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into GAMES. GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Please visit the official GMAT website for more information and to register for the test.
    5. If you choose to take the GRE, please have your results forwarded to UNL (school code 6877). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into GAMES. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted. A comparison tool is available to see how your GRE scores compare to our recommended 600 GMAT. Please visit the official GRE website for more information and to register for the test.
  3. Three reference names and contact information
    1. Three individual reference names are required when applying. All three contacts must be former or current supervisors or professors. The references will be contacted only if the committee deems it necessary. No recommendation letters are needed.
  4. Personal Statement
    1. All applicants are required to submit a personal statement through GAMES. The statement is evaluated on content, sentence structure and grammar. The word limit is 750 words or less. It should include the following:
      1. Briefly describe your past professional experience and relevant skills.
      2. What would you contribute to our MBA program?
      3. What are some of your short and long term professional goals?
      4. How would a University of Nebraska–Lincoln MBA assist you in achieving your goals?
  5. Professional Resume
    1. A professional resume should be submitted through GAMES. Please include the following: relevant work experience, skills and involvement and education.
  6. TOEFL exam (required for international students)
    1. TOEFL (link to: https://www.ets.org/toefl) score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT)
    2. Alternatively, international students may submit IELTS scores. A score of 6.5 is required.
  7. Prerequisites for MBA program
    1. Statistics
    2. Calculus
International Applicant Requirement

International applicants must score at least 550 (213 computer-based) or 80 iBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS English proficiency test.

For more information on the TOEFL visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.

For more information on the IELTS, please visit http://www.ielts.org/.

CURRICULUM

The Core (30 Hours)

All core courses, with the exception of GRBA853, should be taken before any electives.
View course descriptions in the UNL Graduate Studies Course Bulletin.

  • GRBA808 – Intro to Business Strategy
  • GRBA809 – Financial Accounting
  • GRBA811 - Managerial Finance
  • GRBA812 - Managerial Economics
  • GRBA813 - Managerial Marketing
  • GRBA814 - Applied Organizational Behavior
  • GRBA815 - Supply Chain Management
  • GRBA816 - Human Resource Management
  • GRBA851 – Business Analytics
  • GRBA853 – Strategic Management and Business Policy
    This course is to be taken in the last semester of classes.

Electives (18 Hours)

Electives may be taken from any of the business areas or can be taken from outside CBA if pre-approved by your advisor.

Only 6 hours can be cross-listed with an undergraduate course (400/800). The remaining courses must be graduate-level only courses (800 or 900)

International Overlay

When choosing your elective courses, one of them must come from the list of approved international overlay courses.

  • ECON821 - International Trade
  • ECON822 - International Finance
  • ECON996 - Directed Readings: Single Market and Beyond (offered in the online program only)
  • FINA850 - Multinational Financial Analysis
  • GRBA852 – International Business
  • MRKT855 - Marketing and Globalization (offered in the online program only)
  • MNGT828 - Leadership in a Global Context (offered in the online program only)

GRBA 98 MBA Assessment (0 Credit Hours)

The MBA Assessment is required of graduating MBA students for assessment purposes. Comprised of a nationally normed exit exam, the MBA exit survey, an employment survey and other activities related to assessment.

Internships

Students with little full-time work experience are expected to participate in an internship. With faculty guidance, internships are designed to give students practical experience in managerial and/or administrative situations. A performance evaluation is given by the employer and faculty sponsor. The student will be required to summarize the learning experience by delivering a PowerPoint presentation to faculty and invited guests. Students can participate in a maximum of two internships and earn 3 hours of elective credit for each internship, for a maximum of 6 hours. The internship course (GRBA890) can be taken for a letter grade or as pass/no pass. For more information, please contact Jeannine Berge, CBA Career Coach.

DEADLINES

Online Program Applicants

You may apply for admission for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students admitted before the semester starts may take classes in either of the two eight-week terms (term A or term B) offered that semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester. Application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for the Spring semester, and April 1 for the Summer semester.

On-Campus Program Applicants

Applications will continue to be accepted after these dates, but there is no guarantee that they will be processed in time for the semester indicated. For priority consideration, your application packet (including GMAT or GRE scores), should be submitted by the following deadlines:

TermU.S. StudentsInternational Students
FallTo be fully considered for a fellowship: April 1/ Otherwise July1April 1
SpringNovember 1October 1
SummerApril 1February 1

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Part 1:

Apply online with the UNL Office of Graduate Studies and submit the $50 application fee.

 
Part 2:

Once you fill out the initial Graduate Studies application, you will receive information to complete the rest of your application in MyRed and GAMES.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended in MyRed.

 

All other application items will be submitted electronically via GAMES.

Part 3:

Once admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript that is sent directly from each institution you have attended either electronically or on paper to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend you complete this task at least 30 days prior to the term you wish to begin. At the time of admission, a registration hold will be placed on your account until official transcripts are received. Admission may be rescinded if discrepancies exist between uploaded transcripts and official transcripts.

Have your undergraduate institution send one physical transcript to:

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
UNL
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

If you are an international student, please refer to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

 

COURSE DEMO FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

This website is designed to give you an overview of the courses in the online MBA program and provide you with information about format and features used in the online courses and sample syllabus from classes.

Go to Blackboard: http://my.unl.edu

Click the word "Login" in the very upper right corner of the screen and on the next page below the affiliate login you'll see the words "Local Login". It doesn't look like a link, but it is. Click on it and the username and password areas will appear.

Username: onlinemba

Password: mba

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Current MBA tuition and fees can be found by visiting Tuition and Fees webpage.

Graduate Assistantships for On-Campus Students Only

A few graduate assistantships are available to MBA students each year.

  • Tuition remission of up to 12 credit hours per semester is provided for eligible assistantships during the semester of appointment.
  • Typically require 13 – 20 hours of work per week.
  • Some assistantships may also be available in the summer.
  • Positions are usually filled in the spring semester for the following academic year.

For more information on graduate assistantship benefits, refer to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Fellowships for On-Campus Students Only

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to help offset the costs of obtaining a graduate education.

  • Available to both newly admitted MBA students, as well as current degree-seeking MBA students.
  • Awarded to full-time students. At the graduate level, enrollment in nine credit hours is considered full-time.
  • Automatically awarded to the top MBA students based on academic record, including GMAT scores and GPA. Therefore, students do not need to complete a fellowship application to be considered.
  • Awarded beginning in April. In order to be considered, new students should submit their admissions application and materials by April 1st.
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Career Services in Your College

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The College of Business Administration at UNL has a dedicated team of career coaches to help our business students achieve their career goals. Our CBA career coaches are ready and willing to help our on-campus and online students in a variety of ways.

CONTACT US

Graduate Programs Office
CBA 125
1240 R Street
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
402-472-2338
cbagrad@unl.edu