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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Undergraduate Programs

Studying Management at Nebraska

The management major enables you to pursue entrepreneurship or help an established organization reach its highest potential. We do this by offering five areas of emphasis within the degree: Clifton Builders Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Leadership in Organizations. You'll only find the Clifton Builders program at Nebraska, and our HR track is one of a few that is SHRM-aligned, preparing you for that professional designation.

At the center of every successful organization is a management professional. You’ll work with people from all areas of business and create a positive workplace with shared goals. These skills can help you succeed with starting your own business or in growing an established organization.

What You'll Learn

  • Prepare for careers in leading people, projects and organizations. You’ll learn how to start and manage business ventures, hire and retain employees, and analyze information and data to create effective business strategies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore key management theories and begin to form your preferred management style.
  • Harness the power of diversity in organizations and learn to lead with cross-cultural competencies.
  • Understand the dynamics and effectiveness of individual and team processes in organizational settings.
  • Acquire knowledge of values, ethics and sustainability practices in organizations.

Career Connections

  • Gather and evaluate data to make decisions that improve company performance, employee well-being and stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to guide organizations and their employees to their highest potential.
  • Learn how to innovate in your own business or within any organization.

1 of 37 SHRM-aligned undergraduate business degree (BBA) programs in the U.S.


$1 million+ startup capital raised since 2017

How You’ll Learn

Hands-On Learning Experiences

  • Learn about effective leadership and communication by completing an outdoor challenge course with classmates.
  • Provide employee engagement consulting to local businesses and nonprofits.
  • Learn about management theories and concepts through interactive class activities like making salsa or building towers out of everyday items.

Transferable Career Skills

  • Develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Critically examine situations and provide clear communication of choices and conclusions.
  • Lead with confidence as you learn how to work best with and manage teams.

Social Connections

  • Engage with like-minded students that have high leadership and entrepreneurial potential in the Clifton Builders Program.
  • Join the Society for Human Resource Management student organization for the opportunity to learn more about the HR field, travel to conferences and competitions, and network with other management professionals.
  • Compete in one of the many Center for Entrepreneurship competitions every year where you can win cash prizes and network with other business students.

Making a Difference

  • Make impactful contributions to nonprofits through the Strive to Thrive Lincoln course (MNGT 411) where you’ll learn about grant funding and allocate $10,000 to nonprofits.
  • Create a sense of inclusion in the workplace as you learn how to effectively manage a diverse workforce.
  • Pitch your business idea that makes life better for people for a chance at a $15,000 grand prize in the New Venture Competition.

Core Academics

  • Examine the roles motivation, leadership and group dynamics play in organizations and how they affect employee behavior.
  • Grow as an entrepreneur by writing your own business plan.

Research / Grad School Prep

Program Features

Research and Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad Opportunities

Twanda study abroad

Witness the Entrepreneurial Growth in Rwanda

Take a three-week trip to Rwanda, where entrepreneurs are helping their economy grow. Gain insight from people leading the local startup community and explore the country’s surging passion for entrepreneurship.

Students pose in front of sea in Sicily

Learn Business in Northern Italy

Spend a summer or semester at CIMBA International University in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. Choose from a number of business classes, including three in management, while learning more about Italian language and culture.

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Student Organizations

Two of the 25+ business related student organization focus on management. These clubs provide a great opportunity to grow as a leader, gain experience and make meaningful connections.

Society for Human Resource Management

Enables students to learn more about the HR field, network with professionals, participate in conferences and competitions, and attend local and national seminars and workshops.


Serves as a campus-wide community dedicated to providing young entrepreneurs with the resources and connections to be successful. Get the hands-on experience needed to turn ideas into businesses.

See All Business Related Student Organizations

Recent Management Student Placements


  • Events and Entertainment Intern, Chicago Bears
  • Human Resources Intern, EnviroLogix
  • Group Sales Intern, Indiana Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  • Business Development Intern, NRC Health
  • Senate Intern, Office of U.S. Senator


  • Human Resources Assistant, Amazon
  • Inbound Sales Representative, Groupon, Inc.
  • Business Development Manager, National Research Corporation
  • Accounting Systems Specialist, Southwest Airlines
  • Executive Team Leader, Target

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration/Student Affairs Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Juris Doctor, University of Kansas

4-Year Plan and Notable Courses

Explore our curriculum through the 4-year plan. To earn your bachelor’s degree in management, you’ll take 120 credit hours of classes. That’s four to five classes a semester, on average.

The management major features five options: general management, Clifton Builders, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, and leadership in organizations. They each have a different set of required management courses featured in the 4-year plans. Learn more about how to choose which option is best for you.

4-Year Plan

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations (MNGT/ENTR 321)

Take your first steps into the world of entrepreneurship management and marketing where you get an “insider’s view” of entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and value creation.

Managing Behavior in Organizations (MNGT 360)

Examine the many factors that affect organizational behavior, such as employee engagement, communication and decision-making and the role they play in the management of work.

Talent Acquisition and Staffing (MNGT 464)

Understand how to forecast employment needs and recruit, train and evaluate employees. Apply what you learn to evaluate and suggest improvements to real recruiting and selection systems.

Managing Diversity in Organizations (MNGT 365)

Learn to manage a diverse workforce and learn how to maximize its power through different techniques, strategies and best practices.

Leading People and Projects (MNGT 411)

Gain valuable leadership experience as you collaborate with your peers to select the nonprofit recipients of $10,000 in real grant funding. Expand your knowledge of the Lincoln community, the role of philanthropy, the operations of nonprofits and how you can use your business skills to serve others.

Business Plan Development and Decision Making (MNGT/ENTR 423)

Create a business plan after analyzing in-depth case studies, engaging in role play scenarios and engaging with business professionals. You can pitch your business plan at the university’s New Venture Competition to compete for up to $15,000 in funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell me more about the management major’s areas of emphasis?

As a management major, you’ll earn 9 credit hours of core management courses and 12 credit hours for one area of emplasis. These areas of emphasis are called options within the major. You can choose from entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, general management, leadership in organizations or Clifton Builders management.

How do I know which of the five options offered within the management major is best for me?

The General Management Option allows you to pursue multiple interests. You’ll choose from courses relating to management, human resources, entrepreneurship and leadership.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option prepares you to start your own business, work at a startup or lead innovation and growth for an established company.

The Human Resource Management Option equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to guide organizations and their employees towards their highest potential. Nebraska’s program is aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management curriculum guidelines so you can apply to sit for the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam in your final year. This professional designation signals to others you are a recognized expert in the HR field and makes you more competitive in the job market.

Developed around critical organizational needs, the Leadership in Organizations Option will equip you with knowledge and strategies to help you address your organization’s challenges.

The Clifton Builders Option is for students admitted into the Clifton Builders program, which helps students with high leadership and entrepreneurial potential to change the world by building businesses, teams or communities.


Ritchie, Kendra
Associate Director of Recruitment
HLH 123 D
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405