We start reviewing files for fall semester admission in early February. We do not admit Ph.D. candidates to start course work at mid-academic year (January). Our recommended date for receiving all application materials is January 1. When your file is complete in all respects, it will be reviewed by the School of Accountancy faculty for their decision. An on-campus interview is recommended. Final decisions on admission are normally made in mid-April.
School Admission Requirements
Academic transcripts that showcase excellent grades. Transcript instructions for both domestic and international students can be found in the “Review Admission Process” tab above.
GMAT score of at least 650, or equivalent GRE. However, we have made exceptions for exceptional students. We do not waive the GMAT/GRE exam requirement.
Three letters of recommendation
A statement of purpose
The statement of purpose should include:
- Your area of interest in accounting
- Why you want to earn a Ph.D.
- What you hope to accomplish with a Ph.D.
Your resume, three letters of recommendation and statement of purpose must be submitted through the graduate application.
GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test
A professional resume should be submitted through the graduate application. Please include the following: relevant work experience, skills and involvement and education.
You must register to take the GMAT (preferred) or GRE and have the results forwarded to Nebraska (use institution code S40-HW-48). You must also submit your scores through the graduate application.
The minimum GMAT score is 650 for admission; our average GMAT score of admitted Ph.D. students has been approximately 700 since we joined the Big Ten.
International Students with a degree outside the United States must also include:
- TOEFL score
(minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT) (use institution code 6877)
The International Student and Scholar Office provides orientation, counseling and advising to international students, and serves as the official liaison between your sponsoring agency and the United States government. Staff members are also available to help you make contacts on campus and in the Lincoln community.
Guidelines for International Students
Apply online and submit the $50 application fee.
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Upload Supporting Documents
All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.
You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.
Submit Official Transcripts
If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to
The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed
on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1
for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.
Transcripts can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
International Student Transcript Submission
If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.
International Transcript Information
Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.