Is there a residency requirement? Can I study part-time?
The Ph.D. program is a full-time, residential program.
How many students are admitted to the program each year?
We typically admit a cohort of two to three students.
Can I apply for spring or summer admission?
Admission is for fall semester only.
How long does it take to complete the doctoral program?
The program provides a broad base in contemporary issues in management and normally takes four years to complete. This includes two years of coursework with the remainder devoted to dissertation research, teaching and research projects focused on developing a programmatic research agenda.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline is January 1 to guarantee full consideration. We typically review applications in January-February but may review applications again in March or April if openings are still available.
What supporting documents are required with an application?
You are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university attended, three letters of reference, a résumé, a personal statement, verification of English proficiency (if your native language is not English) and GMAT or GRE test score. International students must include a TOEFL score.
How are applications evaluated?
Our Ph.D. Committee reviews applications using a portfolio approach considering GMAT/GRE scores, academic performance as evidenced by transcripts, letters of recommendation, the personal statement and résumé. We are looking to see if there is a good fit between your abilities and desired outcomes and the goals of our doctoral program.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
No, we do not have a GPA requirement, although we expect you to have performed well in relevant coursework.
Can I substitute a GRE score for a GMAT score?
Our strong preference is that you take the GMAT, but we will consider GRE scores.
What code do I use for the GMAT?
Use institution code S40-HW-48.
Are there specific course prerequisites required for entry to the Ph.D. program?
There are no specific course prerequisites, but you must demonstrate strong writing skills and quantitative ability.
How do I handle letters of reference?
When you log in to Nebraska's Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System (GAMES), you will be able to provide contact information for those writing your reference letters. After you have provided a valid email, you will be able to click a button for each reference to have an email request sent to them. This email will contain a secure link with which they can upload a letter. Please do not have them send hard copies. Be aware that, for security reasons, once you send a request, you will be locked out of making changes to the reference's contact information.
Do you require work experience for admission to the Ph.D. program?
It is not required. Relevant work experience is one aspect of this portfolio, but strong academic performance and intellectual ability are also critically important.
Do I need to have a master's degree?
While a master's degree is not an absolute requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program, having a master's degree will make you more competitive in the admissions process.
Do I have to provide evidence of English proficiency to be considered?
If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced academic work in an English-speaking institution. More information can be found at the Graduate Studies website.
Is there a minimum TOEFL requirement?
The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 paper, 213 computer-based or 80 iBT. The institution code for the TOEFL is 6877. School Type is #2 - Graduate Management.
I will soon receive my master's degree from a university in another country and its official language of instruction is English. I wonder if it qualifies for a TOEFL waiver?
To see if your university is accepted, please check the Office of Graduate Studies English Proficiency webpage.
Where can I find more information for international students?
Guidelines for international students.
Do you provide health insurance coverage?
Yes. All graduate assistants with appointments that qualify for tuition remission receive basic coverage under the university's student health insurance plan. Dependent plans are also available.
Is graduate student housing available through Nebraska?
Students are housed on and off campus. Nebraska offers apartment-style halls. The Courtyards and The Village are designed for single, upperclass, graduate students or non-traditional freshman (resident 20 years of age or older with a freshman classification) ready for a more independent living environment. More information on housing.
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