Business Administration, MBA (Finance)

Master of Business Administration Degree with a Specialization in Finance

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 48
  • $650.00
  • $650.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a specialization in finance builds analytical skills to effectively manage the financial and investment decision-making involved in any organization.

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.

Coursework includes:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Options, Futures and Derivatives Securities
  • Multinational Financial Analysis
  • Capital Markets and Financial Institution
  • Security Valuation and Buffett Investment Method

More about the online MBA degree program: The online MBA degree program 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
  • Leadership
  • Case analysis

Students pursuing this 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 and the occupation of Financial Managers is projected to grow 17.3% in the U.S. by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. The education and experience students receive allows them to stand out among business peers and become competitive business professionals.

Career paths may include: 

  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Research Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Analyst


Students have the option to declare a specialization 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.

Minor areas in the 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 of work experience

  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. 3 references and contact information

  9. Professional resume

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 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 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 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 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 801Quantitative Methods in Finance3
Practical use of statistical and quantitative methods that have wide applicability in business and financial decision making.
FINA 802Fixed Income Analysis3
Basic understanding of fixed-income markets, fixed-income securities, and tools employed by market participants to the analysis of fixed-income investments.
FINA 803Case Studies in Financial Management3
Development and implementation of financial strategies and policies. Cases will cover financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital structure planning, cost of capital and capital expenditure analysis.
FINA 804Portfolio Management II & Ethics3
Covers elements of the investment management process. Investment management process considers risk, return, and investment constraints. Ethical considerations of this investment management industry. Prerequisite: FINA 863
FINA 871 Nonprofit Financial Management3
Financial Management for the nonprofit firm examines the planning process for operating, capital expenditure, and cash budgets. This process includes long-term financial planning and the importance of capital structure and investment policies that are aligned to the organization's strategic objectives. All these topics build on the foundation of nonprofit accounting and nonprofit financial statements.
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.
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.
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
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Emre Unlu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Emre Unlu's area of expertise is corporate finance. He has been a CFA® charterholder since 2011. His teaching interests include theoretical and applied corporate finance. His research interests focus on payout policy, executive compensation, international finance and analysts.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionsApr 01