Business Administration, MBA

Master of Business Administration Degree

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 48
  • $650.00
  • $650.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program equips future business leaders with the qualitative and quantitative skills required to succeed in the business world of today and tomorrow. 

Students choose this program because:

  • The curriculum combines core competencies in-demand with employers with a flexible set of electives to make their degree fit their career path
  • World-class Big Ten faculty offers dynamic online learning experiences and courses backed by scholarly research and leads the conversation on what's next in business
  • The network of peers that spans multiple industries, job titles and geographic locations, who provide meaningful connections and exceptional peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • The ability to partner with career professionals

Core courses in this program provide students with comprehensive skills directly applicable to today's business world. Courses are delivered completely online, optimized for mobile access and offered in 8-week terms.

The online MBA degree program emphasizes:

  • Managerial skills
  • Team building
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Case analysis

Students pursuing the MBA may also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics or supply chain management, using the same list of available electives. UNL's MBA is recognized in the top 15 online MBA programs in the world as the best value for the money in the U.S. by Financial Times.

Career Outlook: The online MBA degree program prepares students to advance their careers by developing the managerial skills needed to be successful. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business, financial and sales occupations have some of the highest wage premiums for workers with a master's degree. The education and experience students receive allows them to stand out among business peers and become competitive business professionals.

Career paths may include:

  • Accounting Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Executive
  • Business Owner
  • Consultant
  • Finance Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager

Specialization: Students have the option to declare a minor when applying for admission to the Master of Business Administration program, or when establishing a plan of study. The specialization is reported on the student’s transcript. This cross-discipline online MBA requires study in each of the business areas. 

Areas of specialization in the Bachelor of Business Administration program:

  • Business Analytics (48)
  • Finance (48)
  • International Business (48)
  • Supply Chain Management (48)

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Previous work experience

    One year recommended

  4. Taken the GRE or GMAT

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    The statement is evaluated on content, sentence structure and grammar. It should be 750 words or less and include the following: 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 this degree assist you in achieving your goals?

  7. Official/Unoffical transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Professional resume

  9. 3 references and contact information. All three references must be former or current supervisors or professors.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GRBA 812Managerial Economics3
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.
GRBA 813Managerial Marketing3
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.
GRBA 815Supply Chain Management Strategies3
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.
GRBA 814Applied Organizational Behavior3
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.
GRBA 851Business Analytics3
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.
GRBA 853Strategic Management and Business Policy3
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.
GRBA 816Strategic Human Resource Management3
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.
GRBA 808Introduction to Business Strategy3
Improve the student's ability to think strategically and to provide an intellectual framework that enhances understanding of the MBA program. Making 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.
GRBA 809Financial Accounting3
Basics of financial accounting and reporting. The construction of financial statements and their interpretation for internal and external users of financial information.
GRBA 811Managerial Finance3
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FINA 863Portfolio Management3
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. Prerequisite: GRBA 811
SCMA 834Advanced Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management3
Focus on the improvement of supply chain operations through the application of lean management principles. Topics include just-in-time, six-sigma, theory of constraints, and associated tools and applications. The course would be offered primarily in the on-line MBA program. Prerequisites: GRBA 815.
ECON 817Introductory Econometrics3
Designed to give undergraduate and master's level economics students an introduction to basic econometric 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. Prerequisite: ECON 210, or both ECON 211 and ECON 212; ECON 215 or equivalent.
ECON 822International Finance3
Determinants of exchange rates, international payments, 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. Prerequisites: ECON 210, or both ECON 211 and ECON 212.
SCMS 844Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain3
Examination of physical distribution activities in the marketing mix from the viewpoints of both providers and users of components of logistics systems. Logistics problems of concern to the marketing manager include time and place utility concepts, spatial relationships of markets, channel design, transportation modes and inventory management. Prerequisite: GRBA 815.
GRBA 898Managerial Skills Seminar3
Seminar on current topics in business. Topical issues such as diversity, ethics, leadership, business communication, etc. New topics announced prior to each term in which the course is being offered.
FINA 867Options, Futures and Derivative Securities3
The use of derivative securities in risk reduction and portfolio management strategies. Prerequisites: 2.5 cumulative GPA, FINA 338 or FINA 367 or FINA 863.
SCMA 836Project Management and Implementation3
Planning and managing projects from initiation through implementation. Use of tools and techniques for bidding, planning budgeting scheduling, risk management and implementation.
FINA 855Capital Markets and Financial Institutions3
Analysis of the development and functions of the various financial institutions, with emphasis on the nonbank financial intermediary. Sources and uses of funds for each of the major types of intermediaries, the nature and structure of financial markets, the behavior of financial institutions, and the theories of interest rate determination. Prerequisite: FINA 365.
MNGT 823Business Plan Development and Decision Making3
Takes an in-depth look at the business planning process. By the end of the class, students produce their own business plans. Learn through their own business plan writing, through in-depth cases studies, by engaging in role plays and by interacting with business executives. Business plans are a critical part of any organization, thus, preparing students to develop business plans for a variety of new concepts and ideas, whether inside an established firm or as part of the start-up new venture. Students will be asked to enter their business plans into the business planning competitions in which the University participates. Prerequisite: MNGT 321 or MNGT 360.
SCMS 832Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems3
Taught predominately by the case method with a few classes for review and summary lectures. Concentrates on higher management decisions involving the manufacturing, service, and public sectors. Facilities planning, labor, aggregate planning, strategic planning, capacity management, and trade-off analysis. Prerequisite: GRBA 815.
MRKT 850Data Driven Marketing Strategy3
Theory and strategic use of large marketing databases. Translating market data into insights for decisions like pricing, advertising response, resource allocation, and new product forecasting. Topics covered include market response models, linear models, clustering and classification, conjoint analysis techniques, resource allocation models, forecasting models, customer profitability analysis, customer choice modeling, value pricing, product line decisions and other significant strategic marketing issues facing today’s managers. Prerequisites for course: GRBA 851 or one or more graduate or undergraduate statistics classes that cover basic statistics through least-squares regression.
MNGT 828Leadership in a Global Context3
Taught from the perspective of US 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. Emphasis on problems of managing in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Prerequisite: MNGT 311 or MNGT 360; or permission.
SCMA 851Predictive Analytics3
This course will focus on how knowledge management has been successfully applied in business in the form of predictive analytics. Predictive analytics extends statistical and/or artificial intelligence to provide forecasting capability. It will also describe in non-technical terms the statistical and artificial intelligence-based tools commonly used in forecasting and other business decisions involving big data. Prerequisite: GRBA 851
MNGT 864Talent Acquisition and Staffing3
This course will explain the process by which organizations forecast employment needs, recruit potential employees, select high potential candidates from applicant pools, assess job performance levels, give feedback, train and develop existing employees, and deal with voluntary and involuntary turnover. Students will be provided with examples of tools used by HR professionals in the staffing process. Students will also be expected to evaluate and suggest improvements to real HR recruiting and selection systems based on the information learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: MNGT 360 and 361
MRKT 845Advanced Marketing Analytics3
Web, social media and consumer text analytics; analyzing consumer data streams from the Internet, mobile devices, and sensors; handling very large volumes of data; general data analysis software operation for various marketing problems; marketing platform software for general and specific tasks; learning machines in marketing. Prerequisites for course: GRBA 851
SCMA 853Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics3
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 use of information obtained through data mining. Prerequisite: GRBA 851.
SCMA 852Data Management and Organization3
Technology of databases and related human and managerial considerations. Databases are studied from the perspective of the logical organization, as well as from the perspective of managers and applications programmers, in the use of organizational data. Consideration of physical organization and SQL. Practical applications of databases. Prerequisite: GRBA 851.
SCMA 837Risk and Simulation Modeling3
Analytical and simulation models for decision making in functional areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, personnel, operations, and inventory. Construction of decision models for practical applications. Emphasis on analyzing alternatives and implementing solutions that result in increased productivity.
SCMA 831Advanced Enterprise Systems3
Analytical approach to the design, planning, and control of operations management systems, including domestic and international, manufacturing and service operations.
ACCT 858Seminar in Managerial Accounting3
GRBA 860Management: Theory, Issues and Practice3
Historical background, various approaches to management, and the functions, roles, and activities of the modern manager within the organizational and environmental context. Contemporary issues such as total quality management, employee productivity, and international management. The theme and perspective is how to make the practice of management of today’s organizations more effective.
MRKT 826Services Marketing3
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. Prerequisite: MRKT 341.
MRKT 830Strategic Issues in Marketing Communications3
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. Prerequisite: GRBA 813 or equivalent.
ECON 996Directed Reading or Research3
GRBA 852International Business3
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.
FINA 862Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method3
This course covers methods used to value publicly-traded and private equities. Methods used by Warren Buffett are emphasized. Prerequisites: GRBA 811 or equivalent.
MRKT 855Marketing and Globalization3
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.
FINA 850Multinational Financial Analysis3
International aspects of financial management. Exchange risk analysis and management. Accessing international capital markets. International capital budgeting. Numerical optimization technique. Prerequisites: GRBA 811 and permission.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Note: Note: Active duty, retired or honorably discharged military receive a 15% discount on tuition, bringing the rate to $510 per credit hour.

Geoffrey C. Friesen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance

Geoffrey Friesen, Ph.D., earned his Doctorate from the University of Iowa and his B.S. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Friesen's research interests include investments, behavioral finance, mutual fund performance, microfinance and cognitive psychology. His teaching interests include investments, security analysis, derivatives, managerial economics, the history of financial and economic thought and Ph.D. financial theory.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01
  • Spring SemesterNov 01
  • Summer SessionApr 01
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