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Our MBA program equips future business leaders with the qualitative and quantitative skills required to excel in the business world.

  • The first-year curriculum focuses on the basics of business.

  • Cross functional classes apply skills learned in one class to develop solutions in another class.

  • Business skills are honed.

  • Electives allow you to tailor a program to your career interests.

A total of 48 hours are required to complete the MBA degree. Depending if you are a full- or part-time student, our program typically takes between 2-4 years to complete.

Ranked Among The Best

2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings place this program 6th on the list of "Best Online MBA Programs."

The ONLY Big 10 MBA program ranked among the best in online offerings for U.S. Veterans.

AC Online ranked UNL #11 on their top 30 list of affordable colleges online.

The Financial Times ranked UNL's MBA 12th in its 2014 ranking of business schools. The program also placed 2nd for its value.

Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major.

The first-year curriculum focuses on the basics of business. Cross functional classes apply skills learned in one class to develop solutions in another class. Business skills are honed, and electives allow students to tailor a program to their career interest. A total of 48 hours are required to complete the MBA degree. Full-time students can complete the program in less than two years. Students who work full-time and take classes part-time can finish the program in 3-4 years.


Prerequisites must be completed no later than within the first semester of the MBA program with a grade of C or better. Students cannot take GRBA811, 812 or 851 until the pre-requisites are satisfactorily completed.

  • Calculus – MATH104 or MATH106 or equivalent course

  • Statistics – ECON215 or STAT218 or equivalent course

For students who are not in Lincoln, equivalent courses can be taken at a college or university in your local area. Refer to UNL's transfer equivalency website to make sure the courses have been evaluated as being equivalent to the UNL courses indicated above.

New Curriculum Effective Fall 2014

The Core (30 Hours)

All core courses, with the exception of GRBA853, should be taken before any electives.

View course descriptions in the UNL Graduate Studies Course Bulletin

  • GRBA808 – Intro to Business Strategy

  • GRBA809 – Financial Accounting

  • GRBA811 - Managerial Finance

  • GRBA812 - Managerial Economics

  • GRBA813 - Managerial Marketing

  • GRBA814 - Applied Organizational Behavior

  • GRBA815 - Supply Chain Management

  • GRBA816 - Human Resource Management

  • GRBA851 – Business Analytics

  • GRBA853 – Strategic Management and Business Policy

    This course is to be taken in the last semester of classes.

Breadth Electives (9 Hours)

Must be taken from three of the five interdepartmental business areas-accounting, economics, finance, marketing or management.

At least 6 of the 9 hours must be graduate-level only courses (800 or 900 level).

Electives (9 Hours)

May be taken from any of the five interdepartmental business areas or can be taken from outside CBA if pre-approved by your advisor.

At least 3 of the 9 hours must be graduate-level only courses (800 or 900 level).

International Overlay

When choosing your elective courses, one of them must come from the list of approved international overlay courses.

  • ECON821 - International Trade

  • ECON822 - International Finance

  • ECON996 - Directed Readings: Single Market and Beyond (offered in the online program only)

  • FINA850 - Multinational Financial Analysis

  • GRBA852 – International Business

  • MRKT855 - Marketing and Globalization (offered in the online program only)

  • MNGT828 - Leadership in a Global Context (offered in the online program only)

GRBA 98 MBA Assessment (0 Credit Hours)

Required of graduating MBA students for assessment purposes. Comprised of a nationally normed exit exam, the MBA exit survey, an employment survey and other activities related to assessment.


Students with little full-time work experience are expected to participate in an internship. With faculty guidance, internships are designed to give students practical experience in managerial and/or administrative situations. A performance evaluation is given by the employer and faculty sponsor. The student will be required to summarize the learning experience by delivering a PowerPoint presentation to faculty and invited guests. Students can participate in a maximum of two internships and earn 3 hours of elective credit for each internship, for a maximum of 6 hours. The internship course (GRBA890) can be taken for a letter grade or as pass/no pass. For more information, please contact Jeannine Berge, CBA Career Coach.

Specialization : International Business

Students interested in an international business specialization must complete three of the following elective courses.

  • ECON 822 - International Finance
  • MNGT 828 - Leadership in a Global Context
  • ECON 996 - Directed Reading or Research
  • FINA 850 - Multinational Financial Analysis
  • MRKT855 - Marketing and Globalization


Each year the MBA program seeks to enroll men and women who represent a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. In reviewing applications, the Graduate Committee members are guided by several criteria:Bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA recommended GMAT, score of 600 recommended. Alternatively, a comparable GRE score can be considered. Applicants to the MBA program who hold an MD, or are currently enrolled in medical school, do not have to submit GMAT or GRE scores. MBA applicants who have a PhD are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but the test does not have to have been taken within the last five years.Three reference names and contact information - Three individual reference names are required when applying. All three contacts must be former or current supervisors or professors. The references will be contacted only if the committee deems it necessary. No recommendation letters are needed.Personal Statement - All applicants are required to submit a personal statement through GAMES. It should include the following: Briefly describe your past professional experience and relevant skills.What would you contribute to our MBA program?What are some of your short and long term professional goals?How would a University of Nebraska–Lincoln MBA assist you in achieving your goals? The statement is evaluated on content, sentence structure and grammar. Word limit: 750 words or less Professional Resume - A professional resume should be submitted through GAMES. Please include the following: Relevant work experienceEducationSkills and involvement International Applicants International applicants must score at least 550 (213 computer-based) or 80 iBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS English proficiency test. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80 Technological Requirements Recommended Computer Specifications : Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista ; Microsoft Office for Windows 2000, XP, or Vista ; Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer ; 1 GHz processor ; 20 GB hard drive ; 256 Megabytes of RAM ; 56k modem, high speed connection much preferred ; Sound card and speakers ; 16 bit color monitor ; Printer

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides information on loans and need-based funds.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913. The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for coordinating University efforts to prepare for the accrediting agency’s periodic site visits and reviews. The university last underwent a comprehensive self-study and site visit during the 2006-07 academic year. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in 2016-17.

UNL’s Statement of Affiliation Status (confirmation of accreditation) can be accessed on the Higher Learning Commission’s website.

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