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Business Administration, MBA

Master of Business Administration

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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 offer dynamic online learning experiences and courses backed by scholarly research and lead the conversation on whats 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 todays 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 

This cross-discipline online MBA requires study in each of the business areas. Students may also choose an area of specialization in the following areas:

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

Students pursuing the MBA may also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics or supply chain management, using the same list of available electives.  

The MBA is as the #13 online MBA program 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 masters degree. The education and experience students receive allows them to stand out among business peers and become a competitive business professional.  

Career paths may include:

  • Marketing Manager 
  • Financial Advisory Specialist 
  • Network Development & Contracting 
  • Chief Technology Officer 
  • Management Consultant 
  • Investment Banker 
  • Investment Fund Manager 
  • Sales Manager 
  • Business Development Manager 
  • Operations Manager 
  • Human Resource Manager 
  • Business owner 
  • Consultant 
  • Research Analyst 

This program is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 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 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:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Sessions
May 1
Students of the online MBA program complete 18 course electives from the selections outlined on the courses page. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GRBA 808Introduction to Business Strategy 3

Course Number: GRBA 808

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

Course Number: 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 811Managerial Finance3

Course Number: 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. Prerequisites for course: FINA 862; FINA 863

GRBA 812Managerial Economics3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 813Managerial Marketing3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 814Applied Organizational Behavior3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 815Supply Chain Management3

Course Number: 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. Prerequisites for course: SCMA 832; SCMA 833; SCMA 834; SCMA 839; SCMA 844; SCMA 847

GRBA 816Human Resource Management3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 851Business Analytics3

Course Number: 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. Emphasis will be placed on the technical procedures that are used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for decision making. Students will learn how data exploration results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes to result in unique and new information on which decisions can be made. Prerequisites for course: MRKT 845; MRKT 850; SCMA 851; SCMA 852; SCMA 853; SCMA 854; SCMA 855

GRBA 853Strategic Management and Business Policy3

Course Number: 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

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCT 858Seminar in Managerial Accounting3

Course Number: ACCT 858

This course has no description.

ECON 817Introductory Econometrics3

Course Number: ECON 817

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. Prereqs: ECON 210, or both ECON 211 and ECON 212; ECON 215 or equivalent.

ECON 822International Finance3

Course Number: ECON 822

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. Prereqs: ECON 210, or both ECON 211 and ECON 212.

ECON 996Directed Reading or Research3

Course Number: ECON 996

This course has no description.

FINA 850Multinational Financial Analysis3

Course Number: FINA 850

International aspects of financial management. Exchange risk analysis and management. Accessing international capital markets. International capital budgeting. Numerical optimization technique. Prerequisites for course: GRBA 811 and permission.

FINA 855Capital Markets and Financial Institutions3

Course Number: FINA 855

Open to masters level and PhD students only. 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 intermediary, the nature and structure of financial markets, the behavior of financial institutions, and the theories of interest rate determination. Prerequisites: FINA 365

FINA 862Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method3

Course Number: FINA 862

This course covers methods used to value publicly-traded and private equities. Methods used by Warren Buffett are emphasized. Prerequisites: GRBA 811

FINA 863Portfolio Management3

Course Number: 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. Prereqs: GRBA *811

FINA 867Options, Futures and Derivative Securities3

Course Number: FINA 867

The use of derivative securities in risk reduction and portfolio management strategies. Prereqs: 2.5 cum GPA; FINA 338 or 367 or 863.

GRBA 852International Business3

Course Number: 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.

GRBA 860Management: Theory, Issues and Practice3

Course Number: GRBA 860

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.

GRBA 898Managerial Skills Seminar: Non-profit Finance3

Course Number: GRBA 898

This course has not description.

GRBA 898Managerial Skills Seminar: Non-profit Management3

Course Number: GRBA 898

This course has no description.

MNGT 823Business Plan Development and Decision Making3

Course Number: MNGT 823

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.

MNGT 828Leadership in a Global Context3

Course Number: MNGT 828

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. Prereqs: MNGT 311 or MNGT 360; or permission.

MNGT 864Talent Acquisition and Staffing3

Course Number: MNGT 864

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 826Services Marketing3

Course Number: 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.

MRKT 830Strategic Issues in Marketing Communications3

Course Number: 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. Prereqs: GRBA *813 or equivalent, or permission

MRKT 845Advanced Marketing Analytics3

Course Number: MRKT 845

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

MRKT 850Data Driven Marketing3

Course Number: MRKT 850

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.

MRKT 855Marketing and Globalization3

Course Number: 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 for course: GRBA 813

SCMA 831Advanced Enterprise Management Systems3

Course Number: SCMA 831

Analytical approach to the design, planning, and control of operations management systems, including domestic and international, manufacturing and service operations.

SCMA 832Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems3

Course Number: SCMA 832

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. Prerequisites for course: GRBA 815 (Supply Chain Management Strategies).

SCMA 834Advanced Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management3

Course Number: SCMA 834

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

SCMA 836Project Management and Implementation3

Course Number: SCMA 836

Planning and managing projects from initiation through implementation. Use of tools and techniques for bidding, planning budgeting scheduling, risk management and implementation. Prerequisites for course: Admission to MBA or Supply Chain Certificate

SCMA 837Risk and Simulation Modeling3

Course Number: SCMA 837

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 844Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain3

Course Number: SCMA 844

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. Prerequisites: GRBA 815

SCMA 851Predictive Analytics3

Course Number: SCMA 851

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. Prerequisites: GRBA 851

SCMA 852Data Management and Organization3

Course Number: SCMA 852

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. Prerequisites: GRBA 851

SCMA 853Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics3

Course Number: SCMA 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 use of information obtained through data mining. Prerequisites for course: GRBA 851.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $630.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1890.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $630.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1890.00
Note: Note: Active duty, retired or honorably discharged military receive a 15% discount on tuition, bringing the rate to $510 per credit hour.

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