Undergraduate Majors

ACCOUNTANCY

Are you good with numbers and enjoy working with people? Knowledgeable and ethical accounting professionals lead in today’s competitive marketplace as valued critical thinkers and problem solvers. With your accounting knowledge, you provide essential services to individuals, small businesses and organizations and influence company leaders and stockholders. Nebraska prepares you to understand and communicate a wide range of accounting concepts necessary for success in the profession. You gain hands-on experience through our one-of-a-kind internship program and opportunities to prepare tax returns for those in need.

You can also choose to minor in accounting if you are a business major.

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ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

Are you looking for a career to challenge and enable you to use your math skills? Actuaries find ways to manage risk and financial consequences through strong analytical skills and knowledge of economics, finance, mathematics and statistics. Key players in insurance companies, hospitals, banks and more, actuaries consistently enjoy a top-ranked job in salary, job security and satisfaction. In this close-knit program, you prepare to take the first five professional actuarial examinations and get reimbursed for those you pass. Named one of only 17 programs in the U.S. as a Center for Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries, the Nebraska Actuarial Science program provides you with a competitive edge.

You can also choose to earn a minor in actuarial science with a business or arts and science major.

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AGRIBUSINESS

As demand builds on the world’s food supply, are you interested in helping produce, finance and market the food, fiber and energy products we need? Agribusiness involves one in every four jobs in Nebraska and one in every five in the nation, including careers in finance, lending, renewable fuels trading, management, farm management, international trade, government and sales. The program emphasizes decision-making, management and strategic skills, and the technical aspects of agriculture and food systems required in today’s global marketplace. Tailor your coursework and build expertise for your specific career interests.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Do you want to use multiple areas of business to solve the most challenging problems facing society? Are you interested in gaining a broad foundation of business knowledge applicable to a wide variety of careers? With the business administration major, you co-create your own degree. Develop your general business knowledge and skills – from the basics of accounting to the principles of management – and open the door to flexible career opportunities.

You can also choose to minor in business administration if you are a business major.

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ECONOMICS

Do you look at current trends and issues and wonder what’s behind them? Are you interested in people, business or society and how to improve the world? Economics teaches you how to think, make informed decisions and apply your analytical ability to issues facing individuals, businesses, governments or entire nations. As an economics major at Nebraska, you concentrate on one or two of 12 specialized areas. Economics students find careers in banking, insurance, brokerage, financial services, corporate consulting and government. Students planning to enter professional and graduate programs, particularly in law, foreign service, labor relations or business administration also choose to major in economics.

You can also choose to minor in economics if you are a business major.

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FINANCE

Do you want to learn more about money, investments and the markets that affect the economy? Financial professionals analyze and improve the financial health of businesses, organizations and individuals. Finance majors gain experience measuring risk, solving problems, managing money, and analyzing investments and financial statements. Choose one of three finance major options: banking and risk management, investments or general finance. In the investments option, you study in one of the few CFA University Affiliated Programs, prepare for the Level I CFA exam and take a year-long portfolio management course in which you manage the Cornhusker Fund, a real multimillion-dollar investment fund.

You can also choose to minor in finance if you are a business major.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Do you want to travel or do business in other countries? International business offers exciting possibilities for employment in the U.S. and all over the world in various sectors, from banking to manufacturing. At Nebraska, this major combines academic studies in international business and a solid base in an area of business with language study and international experience. You learn about the culture and management methods that differ around the globe. Choose one of six major specializations: economics, finance, management, marketing, supply chain management or general international business. Beyond diverse career opportunities, you prepare to purposefully and effectively serve businesses and organizations – and ultimately, the world – as a global citizen.

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MANAGEMENT

Do you see yourself as a decision maker? Are you energized by turning ideas into action or by helping people be at their best? Through this major, you learn the skills necessary to effectively manage people and resources. You’ll study theories, explore strategies and acquire tools so you can lead the future of business. Choose between four major options: entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, general management or Clifton Builders management, in which you need to apply for the Clifton Builders Program and get selected to declare this option.

You can also choose to minor in management if you are a business major.

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MARKETING

Do you ever wonder why companies made their ads a certain way? Do you enjoy figuring out the best way to pitch an idea or product? From product creation to price, placement and promotion, marketing professionals see the big picture to ensure their product or service reaches its target audience. In a marketing career, you earn a seat at the table to represent the needs of the customer. Whether you prefer to build your creative or analytical talents, develop your marketing skills to work in industries such as retail, e-commerce, manufacturing or nonprofits. As a marketing major, you gain relevant, hands-on experience needed to launch your career through courses, competitions and more.

You can also choose to minor in marketing if you are a business major.

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SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Ever wonder how items like the clothing you wear or the phone you use are produced and then delivered to you? It happens through a rapidly growing field called supply chain management. Supply chain management professionals work in all aspects of business to create and deliver the best products and services, providing companies with an edge over their competition. Designed in close collaboration with employers, our supply chain management program prepares you to confidently pursue a challenging yet rewarding career in a variety of areas.

You can also choose to minor in supply chain management if you are a business major.

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Co-Create Your Experience Through These Options

BUSINESS MINOR FOR NON-BUSINESS MAJORS

Available to: undergraduate non-business majors across the university

The business minor delivers an overview of accounting, economics, business law, finance, management and marketing. Taking classes either online and on-campus, you earn a valuable skill set for the professional world that sets you apart from your peers.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS MINOR

Available to: undergraduate business majors

The business analytics minor provides an edge in today’s competitive job market. Designed to have broad appeal for employers, this minor cultivates your critical thinking skills. You learn how to analyze data to develop solutions for specific business problems. The methods and tools introduced in the business analytics coursework apply to any industry for which interpreting and applying data are important.

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CLIFTON BUILDERS MANAGEMENT MINOR

Available to: undergraduates of any UNL major who apply and are accepted into Clifton Builders program

Offered for students selected into the Clifton Builders Program, this minor enables you to pursue a blend of management and entrepreneurship courses. You gain the confidence and tools to help develop your strengths and leadership skills. Three possible tracks – business builders, team builders and community builders – allow you to tailor your minor to the type of impact you prefer to achieve.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINOR

Available to: undergraduates of any UNL major

Creatively strategize and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to start your own business, work at a startup or lead growth for an established company. Two available tracks allow you to tailor your minor according to your experience in business coursework. The track for business majors emphasizes core entrepreneurship courses, and the track for non-business majors covers basic business courses with an entrepreneurship core.

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GLOBAL LEADERSHIP MINOR

Available to: undergraduates of any UNL major except those majoring in international business

Become a global citizen prepared to lead in a culturally complex world. You can impact your future employer by identifying global opportunities to create, expand or re-energize organizations and initiatives. The minor offers specialized coursework and hands-on experience through participation in an approved study abroad program.

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LAW AND BUSINESS MINOR

Available to: undergraduates of any UNL major

Taught by College of Law professors at the College of Business, the law and business minor prepares you for jobs requiring some knowledge of the law. These include the growing fields including human resources, accounting, procurement, technology consulting, policy analysis, financial services, environmental regulation, health care and real estate. The courses also allow you to explore a possible career in law while an undergraduate.

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CERTIFICATE IN SALES EXCELLENCE

Available to: undergraduates of any UNL major can apply to program

Learn how to sell yourself to anyone, pitch your ideas and influence others. The coursework enables you to be more productive and influential, no matter what career path you choose. You will hone the skills employers seek, such as the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions and influence others. With the certificate in professional selling on your résumé indicates you’re a strong candidate for jobs and helps you sell yourself when applying for jobs or starting a business as an entrepreneur.

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Nebraska Business Honors Academy

Available to: students selected through an application process

The Nebraska Business Honors Academy is a four-year, cohort-based, enhanced business curriculum for high-ability students who have the potential and desire to become the next generation of business leaders. You complete most of your foundation and core business courses together as a cohort using an action-based learning style focused on the development of critical thinking, technical and communication skills. These classes allow students to discuss and develop solutions for real-world business problems and create the social and intellectual bonds necessary to ready yourself for the ever-changing business world. If you are a goal-oriented student with an interest in an enhanced academic experience and a willingness to challenge your leadership potential, then the Nebraska Business Academy will be right for you.

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Online Master’s Programs

MBA@NEBRASKA

Recognized for its quality, flexibility and value, our Big Ten online MBA program is delivered in a series of eight-week courses. The customizable 48-hour curriculum gives you time for work or other responsibilities. The same dedicated, research-based faculty who teach the on-campus program also teach the online courses. Designed to provide you with strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, our program will take you to the next chapter in your professional career. As an MBA student, you may choose to add a specialization in business analytics, finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management. You can also earn an additional graduate certificate at the same time.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS

From logistics to digital marketing, companies must manage complex data every day as big data and new computing technologies transform all aspects of business in every industry. Subsequently, growing demand exists for employees with experience in managing and analyzing data. The M.S. in Business Analytics curriculum develops your expertise in quantitative business methods and tools and software for data analysis. The core courses build on any background and provide you with comprehensive skills directly applicable to a variety of industries. Created by faculty with real-world experience in using analytics techniques to solve business problems, the 30-credit-hour program, delivered in a series of eight-week courses, is fully online and mobile-optimized.

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FINANCE

Businesses in every sector rely on financial management for success. The M.S. in Finance curriculum provides you with fundamental skills employers need to make smart financial and investment decisions and assists in preparing you for certification exams or your next career move. In a series of eight-week courses taught by faculty who advance finance research and lead the conversation in the discipline, the online 30-credit-hour program gives you the flexibility to balance your responsibilities.

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On-Campus Master’s Programs

FLEX MBA

Do you want the flexibility of online classes, but still thrive through face-to-face interaction? Take online courses during your busiest times of the year, and on-campus courses when your schedule allows the time to travel to campus. The 48-credit hour program furthers your business, collaboration and communication skills in classes taught by world-class faculty. You can enjoy the best of both worlds by networking with peers and professors in Lincoln while learning from the diverse community of students in the MBA@Nebraska online program.

Open to students from various backgrounds, you should have taken a class in statistics and calculus. As an MBA student, you may choose to add a specialization in business analytics, finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management. You can also earn an additional graduate certificate at the same time. As a Flex MBA student, you may be eligible for a graduate assistantship or fellowship.

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ACCOUNTANCY

As the field of accounting grows increasingly dynamic and educational requirements for taking the CPA exam increase, many students seek an advanced accounting degree. The 36-credit-hour MPA program strives to develop accounting professionals for the workplace they will enter now and in the future, as well as qualifying candidates to sit for the CPA exam. We do this by providing further technical education combined with a focus on communication and critical thinking.

Open to students from various backgrounds, this program requires previous coursework in accounting. As an undergraduate accounting student, you may enter the master’s program while in the final year of your undergraduate studies as long as you maintain good academic standing with the university and complete the required courses. As an MPA student, you may be eligible to receive a teaching or research assistantship.

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ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

Actuarial science is a rewarding profession that consistently ranks as one of the top jobs in the United States for salary, job security and job satisfaction. Open to students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, this 36-hour program enables you to succeed in careers in life insurance, pensions and property or casualty insurance. As a student in one of only 17 actuarial science programs in the United States designated as a Center for Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), you will learn from distinguished faculty, benefit from a close-knit community and gain the knowledge necessary to pass the professional actuarial exams.

Previous coursework in actuarial science is not required, but you must have a strong aptitude for mathematics as well as a solid mathematical background, including calculus and mathematical statistics, for admittance with provisional or conditional standing. For admittance with full standing, you must also pass Exams P and FM of the SOA.

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ECONOMICS

At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields. Our 36-credit hour program prepares you for a Ph.D. program at Nebraska or other institutions. As a master’s student, you will take the same core classes as a doctoral student. If admitted to our Ph.D. program, your coursework and examinations transfer directly to the Ph.D. Before admittance to the program, we expect you to have strong academic achievement and training in economics, mathematics and statistics.

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INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATION

This on-campus, cohort-based program is the first of its kind. The 36-credit hour program brings together the academic foundation of our Big Ten MBA classes with the national visibility of the respected Nebraska Department of Athletics. Because of its national prominence in both business and athletics, Nebraska serves the ideal location for this dynamic and unique learning experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics. As an MAIAA student, you will gain knowledge of general business issues, an understanding of collegiate and professional sports business concerns and gain valuable internship work experience in sports administration with the Nebraska Department of Athletics.

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MPA/JURIS DOCTOR

As business continually evolves, the need for professionals with backgrounds in both accounting and law rapidly increases. Retirement and estate planning, internal auditing, corporate accounting, and forensic accounting are growing fields, and tax attorneys and FBI tax agents are in high demand. The joint program, offered by the School of Accountancy and the College of Law, combines concepts and analytic methods from both fields.

As a student in the program, you will take a wide variety of courses that provide interdisciplinary insights, preparing you to sit for both the Bar exam and CPA exam. You must complete a total of 87 credit hours at the College of Law and 36 credit hours at the College of Business. You must meet the application requirements of each college to for admittance to the joint degree program.

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MBA/ARCHITECTURE

This 73-credit hour, dual degree program focuses on the strengths between the professions of architecture and business administration. In recognizing the reality of these expanding interdisciplinary professional responsibilities and opportunities, this dual degree program provides a means of completing requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Architecture (MArch) degrees in a three-year sequence. Individually, they each require two-year programs. While in the program, you may pursue either of the following: a master’s thesis track or professional project/design studio track.

Intended for those who hold a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) degree, you must satisfy all entrance requirements for each of the two master’s degree programs before admittance.

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MBA/JURIS DOCTOR

Our MBA-JD program integrates the study of law and business and thus expands career opportunities. The joint program is a collaboration between the Nebraska College of Business and the College of Law. Students who complete both degrees often go on to become transactional attorneys, corporate in-house counsel or compliance officers, non-profit directors, management consultants, investment bankers, human resource officers, entrepreneurs or business owners.

During the program, you will take a total of 84 credit hours from the College of Law and complete the 48 credit hours required to receive the MBA degree. Up to 15 hours of the 84 hours of courses taken at the College of Law can be used to satisfy the 48 hours required for the MBA degree. You must meet the application requirements of each college for admittance to the joint degree program.

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Contact information for individual master's programs can be found at the bottom of each individual program page.


Online Graduate Certificate Programs

BUSINESS ANALYTICS

12 Credit Hours | 100% Online | Eight-Week Courses

Learn to leverage the power of big data to improve business decision-making. As demand for data analysis grows across industries, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to be successful and gain an edge in this dynamic environment. The certificate prepares you to work collaboratively with information technology and statistical specialists to collect, maintain and analyze data.

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HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

12 Credit Hours | 100% Online | Eight-Week Courses

Enhance your human resource management skills, become a better leader and expand your understanding of recruitment, selection, performance evaluation, compensation and the legal aspects of employment.

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SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

12 Credit Hours | 100% Online | Eight-Week Courses

Sharpen your analytical skills and learn to leverage key concepts, tools and technologies to make supply chains faster, more flexible and more efficient. The certificate covers a wide array of important topics, including strategic supply chain design, supply chain planning and forecasting, sourcing and procurement, logistics, distribution and inventory management and lean management principles.

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Contact information for individual certificate programs can be found at the bottom of each individual program page.







Ph.D. Programs

Accounting

Are you interested in learning about a diverse set of accounting areas, including audit, tax and financial accounting, using both experimental and archival-based research methods? Our small program gives you a personalized experience while collaborating closely with distinguished faculty and prepares you to conduct high-quality research with the goal of attaining a position at a research-oriented institution.

It normally takes four years to complete the program. If like many of our students, you come into the program with a master’s degree, those hours may be used to partially fulfill the requirements. Prior to entering the program, we expect you to complete the equivalent of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Calculus I-III.

All students take the same classes for the first semester, nine hours in each of the second, third and fourth semesters and three hours in the fifth. Your program of study will include at least four tool courses consistent with your chosen accounting concentration area (such as mathematics, econometrics or statistics). The program requires you to write a second-year research paper, complete a comprehensive examination, normally at the end of the fifth semester, and write an original dissertation, normally during the third and fourth years. In addition to the skills cultivated from coursework and collaborating closely with faculty, you will gain valuable insights through weekly workshops meant to familiarize you with accounting research topics and the scientific process.

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Dr. Thomas Omer
thomas.omer@unl.edu

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Finance

Are you thinking of pursuing an academic career in finance? An intensive course of study in both the theory and empirical application of finance, this lock-step program includes a combination of classroom instruction, seminars and work with distinguished finance faculty. You must pass written comprehensive examinations, write a dissertation and pass a final oral examination.

The program takes at least four years to complete with two years focused on the dissertation. Before starting the program, you should complete a minimum of one year of calculus and one semester of probability and statistics, but we strongly recommend three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra and a probability and statistics course.

The curriculum requires a minimum of 42 hours of coursework in the Department of Finance, divided into 15 hours of finance seminars, nine hours of econometrics, nine hours of probability and statistics, six hours of economic theory and three hours of research and teaching methods classes. Forty-eight additional hours focus on the dissertation.

Contact
Dr. Geoffrey C. Friesen
gfriesen2@unl.edu

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Management

Are you looking to acquire the skills necessary to advance knowledge in the field of management impactful for both research and practice? Our program allows you to work closely with faculty in research collaborations, growing from a graduate assistant to junior colleague, and emerging as a fully rounded scholar.

The program takes four to five years to complete. If you enter with a master’s degree, those hours may partially fulfill the degree requirements. Though there are no specific course prerequisites, you must demonstrate strong writing skills and quantitative ability for acceptance into the program.

Coursework involves 12 hours in the areas of organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, human resource management, strategic management and organization theory. Beyond the core management courses, you can customize your classwork and training to meet your personal interests. Upon coursework completion, you will write a paper and take a comprehensive exam before beginning the dissertation portion of the program.

Contact
Dr. Jenna R. Pieper
jpieper@unl.edu

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Marketing

Are you considering an academic career in marketing? Our program offers a stimulating and supportive environment that will challenge you to grow as a serious scholar who will contribute to knowledge in the field of marketing and develop as a researcher and teacher.

The program is tailored to meet your needs, objectives and prior coursework. It normally requires four years to complete: two to two-and-a-half years of coursework and the remaining time spent in dissertation research and writing. For consideration, you must have a master’s degree in business or related field from an accredited university.

Individual programs vary, but the curriculum typically consists of six marketing courses, several research methods courses, and four courses in an outside area relevant to your interests (such as communication, psychology, economics or sociology). Working closely with faculty, you will develop two papers and complete your dissertation. Over the duration of the program, you will teach for four academic semesters.

Additionally, you may attend brown bag seminars, faculty research seminars, visiting scholar presentations and the Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium, which attracts doctoral candidates and faculty from the Big Ten and research universities west of the Mississippi River.

Contact
Dr. Alok Kumar
akumar5@unl.edu

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Economics

Are you interested in furthering your career as an economist? Our program enables you to work closely alongside faculty to develop the research skills necessary to answer the economic questions of today and pursue a career in academics, business or government.

The degree requires successful completion of coursework, comprehensive exams in two fields of concentration and doctoral dissertation. The core coursework consists of mathematical statistics, two courses in microeconomic theory, two in macroeconomic theory and two in econometrics. In addition, you will take at least two seminar courses in two major fields of concentration:

- Econometrics
- Economic education
- Feminist economics
- International trade and development
- Labor economics
- Public and urban economics

As a graduate student, you may work on research projects at one of our five centers: the Bureau of Business Research, Central Plains Research Data Center, National Center for Research in Economic Education, Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Lincoln Center for Economic Education.

Before entering the program, you must have intermediate level training in both macroeconomics and microeconomics, as well as a strong mathematical background including at least two semesters of calculus, a course in linear (matrix) algebra and a course in mathematical statistics. We also recommend experience with differential equations and math analysis.

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Dr. Matthew J. Cushing
mcushing1@unl.edu

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Doctoral Minor in Business

As a doctoral student, you may declare a doctoral minor in business from the College of Business in your Program of Studies. Per graduate school requirements, the minor’s credit hours are included in the total for the doctoral program and must include at least 15 hours, with 6 hours in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level, or 800 level, without 400 level or lower counterparts). The doctoral minor in business is flexible and gives you the freedom to choose classes that will advance your unique career objectives. The specific courses may come from one or more of the following departments:

- Accountancy
- Finance
- Management
- Marketing

If you choose to minor in business, you may want to take courses from more than one department and pursue a breadth of knowledge in business, or take courses from within a specific department. For example, if your program emphasized administration (e.g., health, public, education), you might choose to take courses from the Department of Management; if you studied more math, you may choose doctoral courses in the Department of Finance; if you pursued psychology, you might focus your courses in the Department of Marketing.

Designed to allow students from outside the College of Business to select courses that best supplement their doctoral program at Nebraska, doctoral students in College of Business programs may not enroll in this minor.

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Dr. Janet P. Near
jnear2@unl.edu