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Each University of Nebraska campus is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission


Business Administration, MBA

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Designed to meet the demands of busy working professionals, the Masters in Business Administration is internationally recognized as one of the premier degrees delivered online.


Program Specialization

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Grad BusinessThis online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree equips future business leaders with the qualitative and quantitative skills required to succeed in the business world of today and tomorrow.

The online MBA degree program emphasizes managerial skills, team building, ethics, and leadership. Case analysis and presentation skills are incorporated in the curriculum to prepare the graduate to make a difference in her or his chosen career.

The online MBA is a cross-discipline degree that requires study in each of the Business areas. Students may also choose an area of specialization:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Graduate Certificates

In addition to the specializations that are part of the MBA program, students may choose to enroll in a Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management certificate program.

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this online program is also accredited by:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Accountancy is separately accredited by AACSB.

AACSB Accredited


Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$531.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$531.00
3 credit hour$1,593.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,593.00


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$531.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$531.00
3 credit hour$1,593.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$1,593.00
Tuition rate for full-time military is $451.35 per credit hour.

The MBA curriculum consists of 16 three credit hour courses for a total of 48 semester hours.

Prerequisites for the MBA program include: calculus, statistics, and evidence of computer literacy which must be completed within the first semester of the MBA program.

8 Week Accelerated Terms

The online MBA schedule consists of five eight-week terms per year. Each course is worth three semester hours of credit. Students are allowed to take one or two courses per term. Both the July and September terms are considered to be part of the fall semester. Both the January and March terms are considered to be part of the spring semester. There is one summer term.

The curriculum includes the following components:

Core requirements 30 credit hours All core courses, with the exception of GRBA 853, should be taken before any electives (GRBA 853 should be taken in the last semester of classes)
Breadth elective requirements 9 credit hours

Breadth electives must be taken from three of the five interdepartmental business areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, or management; at least six of the nine hours must be graduate-level only (800 or 900 level)

Electives 9 credit hours May be taken from any of the five interdepartmental business areas listed above or can be taken from outside of CBA if pre-approved by your adviser; at least six of the nine hours must be graduate-level only (800 or 900 level)
International Overlay  3 credit hours One of your elective coures must come from the list of approved international overlay courses


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Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Introduction to Business Stategy

GRBA 808
Improve the student’s ability to think strategically and to provide an intellectual framework that enhances understanding of the MBA program. Naking sense of corporate complexity and market uncertainty to derive a competitive firm strategy; why firms choose to compete in certain businesses; which business strategies are successful in which environments; and how firms can change in response to dynamic environments. An overarching model for strategic formulation and implementation is developed to facilitate an integrated understanding of the courses that comprise the MBA curriculum. Readings and lectures illustrate strategic management theories and frameworks while case discussions and projects provide opportunities for application.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Financial Accounting

GRBA 809

Basics of financial accounting and reporting. The construction of financial statements and their interpretation for internal and external users of financial information. GRBA 809 is not open to Masters of Professional Accountancy (MPA) students.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Managerial Finance

GRBA 811
A case course designed to meet the financial core requirement in the MBA program. Application of financial theory to business problems. Financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital structure planning, cost of capital, and capital expenditure analysis.

Managerial Economics

GRBA 812
Applies economics to problems faced by managers in both the private and public sector. Consideration is given to the impact of the economic environment on decisions made by the firm including the effects of legal, regulatory and social constraints. Internal allocation of resources in organizations from an economic perspective. Economic tools that aid managers, including statistical analysis, are applied to practical decisions.

Managerial Marketing

GRBA 813
Mixture of case discussions, readings, lectures, plus written and oral assignments. Development of analytical and decision making skills, and an understanding of the market forces which influence those decisions. Major emphasis on the decision areas of product, distribution, personal selling, advertising and pricing, as well as on the development of integrated marketing programs. Social, ethical, and global issues.

Applied Organizational Behavior

GRBA 814
Critical behavioral science theories that contribute to the effective management of human behavior in organizations. Conceptual frameworks that help diagnose and explain the potential for common interpersonal problems. These models serve as the foundation for student efforts to develop behavioral skills and intervention techniques that promote effective individual and team activity leading to positive managerial experiences. Communication, power and influence, conflict management, and perception.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Supply Chain Management Strategies

GRBA 815
Strategic implications for the management and coordination of supply chains, including both internal and external operations and the information systems necessary for support.  Relationships between operations and information systems and other functional areas of organizations, e.g., accounting, marketing, finance, and engineering/R&D are evaluated, along with relationships with other organizations in the supply chain, are emphasized.

Strategic Human Resource Management

GRBA 816
Development of an understanding of how human resource decisions, strategies, and practices contribute to business performance and a firm’s competitive advantage. The Approach to human resource management from a strategic perspective, as it focuses on the relationship between HRM practices and business performance. A general management perspective by focusing on the role of managers and how they can execute effective and ethical human resource practices that support strategic objectives.

Prerequisites: GRBA 808 and admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Business Analytics

GRBA 851
Broad understanding and knowledge of important business analytic topics and how they can be used to support decision making in all business areas, government, education, and agriculture. Technical procedures used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for decision making.  Data exploration and how it results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes to result in unique and new information on which decisions can be made.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA or MPA program and/or permission of the MBA director

Strategic Management and Business Policy

GRBA 853
Development and implementation of corporate strategies and policies. Interrelationships between the external and internal environments of the organization (including functional areas) are stressed through identification, analysis, and implementation of solutions to strategic situations facing varying types of organizations. Policy cases, live cases/industry analyses, and an executive-level simulation game. Bridging the gap between management theory and practice.
Elective Courses

Income Tax and Management Decisions

ACCT 817
The impact of Federal income tax law on management decisions, more from the viewpoint of recognizing problems than prescribing solutions.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Formerly ACCT...

ACCT 888

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Formerly ACCT 801)

Prereq: intermediate accounting or ACCT 805. Effective utilization of accounting information presented in financial statements. Primary financial statements, revenue recognition practices, the financial reporting system, the effects of accounting method choice on reported financial data, and firm valuation.

International Finance

ECON 822
Determinants of exchange rates, international payments, and inflation, unemployment, national income, and interest rates in an open economy. International monetary system and capital and financial markets, and of the mechanisms by which a national economy and the rest of the world adjust to external disturbances.

Introduction to Econometrics

ECON 817

Designed to give undergraduate and master's level economics students and introduction to basic econometrics methods including economic model estimation and analyses of economic data. Hypothesis formulation and testing, economic prediction and problems in analyzing economic cross-section and time series data are considered.

International Trade

ECON 821
Determinants of the volume, prices, and commodity composition of trade. Effects of trade, international resource movements, trade restrictions on resource allocation, income distribution, and social welfare.

From Single Market to Single Currency

ECON 996
During the last decade, the completion of the 1992 Single Market and the introduction of the euro have affected not only European Union member states but also global business development. This course aims to provide a full and detailed understanding of the origins, development and future economic strategy of the expanding European Union. Special attention will be paid to customs union theory, the single currency and monetary union, the 1992 Single Market, fiscal policy, and the EU's trade and agricultural policies. The impact of the EU of event in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union will also be stressed, and the process of economic transformation to market economies will be analyzed in detail. Emphasis will also be placed on the role of Germany after reunification, the comparative economic performance of the EEU in relation to NAFTA and Asia - Pacific, the disputes between Britain and the EU, and future potential Eastern enlargement.

International Business

GRBA 852
Reconsideration of marketing, management, accounting, and financial concepts within and between foreign environments. Understanding of alternative cultural, economic, and political systems which affect the operations of business firms. Attention to functional business decision making.

Multinational Financial Analysis

FINA 850
International aspects of financial management. Exchange risk analysis and management. Accessing international capital markets. International capital budgeting. Numerical optimization technique.

Portfolio Management

FINA 863
The workings of securities markets. The fundamental intuition of the risk-return trade-off. The role of information in financial markets. All major asset pricing models and application to risk management in a portfolio context.

Options, Futures, and Derivative Securities

FINA 867
Analysis of the properties of derivative securities that are commonly encountered in practice. Examines the theoretical framework within which derivative securities can be valued. Discussion of alternative hedging strategies for financial institutions and portfolio managers.

Leadership in a Global Context

MNGT 828
U.S. enterprises operating in the global economy. The manner in which cultural, economic, political, and social differences affect the management of business, governmental, military, and other enterprises is considered. Problems of managing in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Data Mining Applications

MNGT 853

Data mining applies quantitative analysis to support humans in identifying actionable information from large amounts of data. Actionable means that value can be obtained, which for businesses usually relates to making money. This course will focus on how data mining has been successfully applied in business. It will also describe in non-technical terms how the statistical and artificial intelligence-based tools commonly used in data mining work. The course will also address ethical issues related to the use of information obtained through data mining.

Strategic Issues in Marketing Communications

MRKT 830
Analysis and application of current concepts regarding the formulation and evaluation of marketing communication strategy in organizations which operate on a profit and not-for-profit basis.

Marketing and Globalization

MRKT 855
Globalization and resulting changes in the business environment. Access to new consumers, new supplies. The effect on consumer choices. Readings from scholarly and popular press, videos, and a “real world” application. Marketing strategies developed for Nebraska firms and organizations such as value-added food marketers.

Prerequisites: GRBA 813 or equivalent

Services Marketing

MRKT 826
Services marketing and the services marketing process. Key concepts, issues and terminology. Specific tools and frameworks enabling communication with other professional marketers and analysis of services marketing situations to make realistic recommendations for managerial action.

Prerequisites for the MBA program include: calculus, statistics, and evidence of computer literacy

James F. Brown, Jr., D.B.A., Professor, Accountancy

Dennis M. Conley, Ph.D., Professor, Agricultural Economics

Richard DeFusco, Ph.D., Professor, Finance

Donna Dudney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Finance

John Geppert, Ph.D., Professor, Finance

Kerri Hiatt, Distance Program Coordinator

Gordon V. Karels, Ph.D., Professor; Chair, Dept of Finance

Gary Lynne, Ph.D., Professor

Marc J. Schniederjans, Ph.D., Professor

Paul Shoemaker, Ph.D., Director, School of Accountancy

Scott R. Swenseth, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Management

Mary Uhl-Bien, Ph.D., Professor, Business Ethics and Leadership

Hendrik van den Berg, Ph.D., Professor, Economics

Emre Unlu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Finance

Guidelines for Admittance

To be admitted to this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree, 3.00 GPA recommended
  • GMAT, score of 600 recommended. Alternatively a comparable GRE score can be considered. Applicants to the MBA program who hold an MD, or are currently enrolled in medical school, do not have to submit GMAT or GRE scores. MBA applicants who have a PhD are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but the test does not have to be taken within the last five years.
  • Relevant work experience, two years recommended

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the College of Business Administration:
    • GMAT, score of 600 recommended (comparable GRE score can also be considered)
      • You should register to take the GMAT® and have the results forwarded to UNL (school code S40-HW-48)
      • You should also submit your scores through GAMES
    • Personal statement submitted through GAMES. The statement is evaluated on content, sentence structure and grammar. It should be 750 words or less and include the following:
      • Briefly describe your past professional experience and relevant skills
      • What would you contribute to the MBA program?
      • What are some of your short and long term professional goals?
      • How would a University of Nebraska–Lincoln MBA assist you in achieving your goals?
    • Professional resume submitted through GAMES, include the following:
      • Relevant work experience
      • Education
      • Skills and involvement

Application Deadlines

The application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials and may take as long as one month to finalize.

Applicants are to submit applications 45 days in advance of the term of interest.

8 Week Accelerated Terms

The online MBA schedule consists of five eight-week terms per year. Each course is worth three semester hours of credit. Students are allowed to take one or two courses per term. 

Both the July and September terms are considered part of the fall semester. Both the January and March terms are considered part of the spring semester. There is one summer term.


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Program Contact
Kerri Hiatt 
Phone: 402.472.9033

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