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 Admissions Management and Evaluation System (GAMES).
GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test
A professional resume should be submitted through GAMES. 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 GAMES.
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
Once you fill out the initial Graduate Studies application, you will receive information to complete the rest of your application in MyRED and the Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES). You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended in MyRED.
MyRED Upload Instructions
All other application items will be submitted electronically via GAMES.
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 Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend you complete this task at least 30 days prior to the term you wish to begin. At the time of admission, a registration hold will be placed on your account until the University of Nebraska–Lincoln receives your official transcripts. Your admission may be rescinded if discrepancies exist between uploaded transcripts and official transcripts.
Electronic Transcript Submission
After applying, typically on the next business day, applicants will receive an email granting access to TrueYou and MyRED
, including MyRED’s “Application Status in Graduate Studies” page and its upload tool. Uploaded transcripts are unofficial but sufficient for application review. We do not accept transcripts by email or fax.
Electronic Transcript Upload Information
Paper Transcript Submission
Have your undergraduate institution send one physical transcript 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