Business Administration, MBA (Supply Chain Management)

Master of Business Administration Degree with a Specialization in Supply Chain Management

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 supply chain management is designed to empower professionals to address the needs of the dynamic global marketplace. Students will sharpen their analytical skills while learning to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient.

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 offer dynamic online learning experiences and courses backed by scholarly research and lead 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.

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 an 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 complex distribution of materials and products along with the high volume of online shopping by consumers has led to high demand for professionals educated in supply chain management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of logisticians is projected to grow 29.5% in the U.S. by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Career paths may include:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Sales Director
  • Business Development
  • Business Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Consultant


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.

Areas of specialization 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. Professional resume

  9. 3 references and contact information

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
SCMA 847Information Technologies for Operations and Innovation3
Business leaders must understand how to leverage advanced information technology (IT) for operations and innovation. Learn the foundations of IT, advanced IT trends, and how IT is used to operate, innovate, grow, and transform organizations.
SCMA 839Global Supply Chain Management3
Focus on global aspects of supply chain managing with primary emphasis on sourcing and distribution strategies. Topics will include sourcing strategies, concepts and tools. Specific issues include make versus buy decisions, supplier evaluation and selection, total cost of ownership, contracts and legal terms, negotiation, and purchasing ethics. Prerequisite: GRBA 815.
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.
SCMA 831Advanced Enterprise Systems3
Analytical approach to the design, planning, and control of operations management systems, including domestic and international, manufacturing and service operations.
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.
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

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

Scott Swenseth provides expertise in operations and supply chain management. He teaches courses in planning and control systems, logistics, sourcing and distribution, supply chain strategies and ERP, and previously taught courses in marketing and human resource management. Swenseth conducts research on the implementation of operations and supply chain management strategies and techniques; the effects of such implementations on other functional areas of organizations; and improved decision-making practices. Swenseth also serves as faculty advisor for Young Leaders in Supply Chain Management and has lead student teams in national and global competitions.

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