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Master's Programs
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Are you ready to advance your career and enhance your earning potential? A master’s degree from Nebraska will prepare you to take advantage of the job growth in many areas of business. Choose from our diverse programs designed by Big Ten faculty who help you get the most out of your classes without overwhelming your work, family and personal life. You’ll also have access to professional career coaches who can help you think strategically about new opportunities. Take the next step to achieving your professional goals by finding out more about these programs in the tab below.

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.

Maximize Your Education
At Nebraska, you can earn a master's degree and graduate certificate at the same time. Use your electives to gain expertise and prove proficiency in multiple fields.

Dr. Bryan Buechel

Buechel Transforms Career with MBA@Nebraska

Dr. Bryan Buechel, ’18, stood at a crossroads in his career as a senior pharmacy manager at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Although he served a vital role collaborating with providers to coordinate pharmaceutical care for patients, he set his sights on mastering additional skills while maintaining both his family and career responsibilities. He found the perfect fit in the MBA@Nebraska program.

“While earning an MBA was important for me professionally, it was critical schoolwork wouldn’t interfere with my role as a father and husband,” said Buechel. “The program’s design allowed me to tailor my course load based on upcoming family or work commitments. Furthermore, the opportunity to work ahead in most classes was pivotal for me to maintain an effective balance between family, work and school.”

Buechel enrolled in the MBA@Nebraska program and began dedicating early morning hours, often beginning at 4:30 a.m., to studying fields such as finance, supply chain management and business analytics. He knew bolstering those skills would leave him well-prepared to quickly adapt in the dynamic pharmacy industry, and, more importantly, transform patient care for the better.

“I recognized my lack of business experience may limit my ability to advance and effect change in the broader healthcare system. At Nebraska, I had the ability to take finance and analytics courses online to obtain a deeper understanding of those subject areas,” Buechel said.

He immediately began applying principles he learned in class to the workplace. His newfound ability to manipulate large amounts of information and make data-driven decisions helped him improve patient care at Mayo Clinic.

“During an analytics course, I learned how I could apply ‘queueing theory’ to streamline pharmacy call center operations and to provide more timely care for patients. By analyzing one year of call flow data using models introduced in class, I was able to modify staff schedules to nearly eliminate abandoned calls during one of the busier times of day. Reviewing how this analytical model might be further leveraged to optimize pharmacy workflow served as the basis for an article I authored for an industry journal in late 2017,” said Buechel.

While he worked toward a specialization in finance, faculty teaching other subject areas inspired him with the right information to impact his work life at the right time. Dr. Elina Ibrayeva, associate professor of practice of management, cultivated management skills that helped him build a better workplace culture.

“Dr. Ibrayeva stands out for the genuine interest she takes in each of her students’ growth. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her and for her thoughtful, timely and constructive feedback. Her willingness to share personal anecdotes made the material very relatable,” he said.

Ibrayeva noted Buechel’s ability to lead in the classroom. She saw him apply her classroom materials directly to his workplace.

“Bryan was always the first student to post his assignments,” said Ibrayeva. “He set the tone for the class and generated feedback from other students by getting his work up first, and in turn benefited from interactions with the best students. During his time in the program he received workplace challenges where he had to be extremely innovative and a leader in changing business models at Mayo Clinic. He mastered skills in leadership, communications, networking and innovation, and he applied all those things to his own life including mindfulness. He started to meditate which allowed him to find that quiet center in his personality so he could be creative without being overwhelmed.”

Soon after graduating from Nebraska, Buechel transitioned into his current position as director of pharmacy for managed care at Mayo Clinic. He now oversees the pharmacy benefits for nearly 170,000 members.

“Our clinical staff and system analysts work behind the scenes to ensure members can walk into almost any pharmacy nationwide, present their prescription benefit information and receive a safe, effective medication that’s covered by their plan. Additionally, our team routinely works with the Mayo Clinic Pharmaceutical Formulary Committee to evaluate new medications, manage individual patient cases to optimize therapy, develop and implement clinical programs and partner with clients to ensure their drug benefit delivers cost-effective care,” said Buechel.

He credits Nebraska with providing an MBA program that translates perfectly to building a more fulfilling career.

“MBA@Nebraska provides far more than a degree and a few extra letters after your name,” said Buechel. “The opportunity to refine your skill set, learn new mental models and frameworks, explore ‘stretch topics’ you otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to, learn from world-class faculty and interact with talented individuals across the globe, make the program an excellent choice for anyone interested in pursuing an MBA.”

MBA@Nebraska provides far more than a degree and a few extra letters after your name,” said Buechel. “The opportunity to refine your skill set, learn new mental models and frameworks, explore ‘stretch topics’ you otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to, learn from world-class faculty and interact with talented individuals across the globe, make the program an excellent choice for anyone interested in pursuing an MBA.

Dr. Bryan Buechel, ’19
Senior Pharmacy Manager at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota