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Business Administration, MBA (Supply Chain Management)

Master of Business Administration

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    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) 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 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.

Coursework includes: 

  • Lean Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Risk and Simulation Modeling
  • Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Database Management

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 
  • Presentation skills 

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 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:

  • Business Development Manager 
  • Operations Manager 
  • Human Resource Manager 
  • Technical Planner 
  • Consulting Manager 
  • Supply Chain Manager 
  • Program Manager 
  • Logistics Analyst 
  • Logistics 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
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.

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 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 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
April 1

Students of the MBA with specialization in Supply Chain Management take 3 of the following elective courses: 

  • SCMA 834: Advanced Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 831: Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • SCMA 836: Project Management and Implementation
  • SCMA 839: Global Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 844: Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • SCMA 847: Advanced Supply Chain Technology/Financial Analysis
  • SCMA 853: Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GRBA 808Introduction to Business Strategy3

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

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
SCMA 831Advanced Enterprise 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 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.

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 the MBA or Supply Chain Certificate Program.

SCMA 839Global Supply Chain Management3

Course Number: SCMA 839

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

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. Prereqs: GRBA 815

SCMA 847Advanced Supply Chain Technology3

Course Number: SCMA 847

Technological advancements to include radio frequency identification systems, automated storage and retrieval systems, distribution routing systems. Description of physical characteristics, potential to support supply chain management, and implications on inventory management within supply chains.

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. Prerequisite 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 tuition rate to $510 per credit hour. 

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