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Nebraska Business Ph.D. Programs
A Personalized Doctoral Program
Start your academic career in one of our full-time residential Ph.D. programs in Economics or Business (with specializations in Accountancy, Finance, Management or Marketing). Our research and teaching assistantships provide you with valuable hands-on experience where you collaborate closely with faculty who are committed to your success. Our large number of graduate faculty relative to a small number of students means that you can receive personalized support from faculty mentors who work with you on research, with the goal of publishing journal articles that will enhance your post-graduate career opportunities as university faculty or researchers.

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≥$25,000 STIPENDS THROUGH RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

with tuition remission, health insurance and other benefits

4-5 YEARSOF TRAINING IN OUR

full-time residential programs

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in safe and friendly Lincoln, Nebraska

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Accounting

Are you interested in learning about a diverse set of accounting areas, including audit, tax and financial accounting, using both experimental and archival-based research methods? Our small program gives you a personalized experience while collaborating closely with distinguished faculty and prepares you to conduct high-quality research with the goal of attaining a position at a research-oriented institution.

It normally takes four years to complete the program. If like many of our students, you come into the program with a master’s degree, those hours may be used to partially fulfill the requirements. Prior to entering the program, we expect you to complete the equivalent of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Calculus I-III.

All students take the same classes for the first semester, nine hours in each of the second, third and fourth semesters and three hours in the fifth. Your program of study will include at least four tool courses consistent with your chosen accounting concentration area (such as mathematics, econometrics or statistics). The program requires you to write a second-year research paper, complete a comprehensive examination, normally at the end of the fifth semester, and write an original dissertation, normally during the third and fourth years. In addition to the skills cultivated from coursework and collaborating closely with faculty, you will gain valuable insights through weekly workshops meant to familiarize you with accounting research topics and the scientific process.

Contact
Dr. Thomas Omer
thomas.omer@unl.edu

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Finance

Are you thinking of pursuing an academic career in finance? An intensive course of study in both the theory and empirical application of finance, this lock-step program includes a combination of classroom instruction, seminars and work with distinguished finance faculty. You must pass written comprehensive examinations, write a dissertation and pass a final oral examination.

The program takes at least four years to complete with two years focused on the dissertation. Before starting the program, you should complete a minimum of one year of calculus and one semester of probability and statistics, but we strongly recommend three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra and a probability and statistics course.

The curriculum requires a minimum of 42 hours of coursework in the Department of Finance, divided into 15 hours of finance seminars, nine hours of econometrics, nine hours of probability and statistics, six hours of economic theory and three hours of research and teaching methods classes. Forty-eight additional hours focus on the dissertation.

Contact
Dr. Geoffrey C. Friesen
gfriesen2@unl.edu

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Management

Are you interested in gaining expertise in and contributing new knowledge to the field of management? Pursing a doctorate in management is a versatile and lucrative degree for those interested in becoming professors and academic researchers. You can work in areas of organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, human resource management, strategic management and organization theory.

- Collegial faculty and student environment
- Complete your degree in 4-5 years
- Work with innovative and forward-thinking faculty
- Coursework entailing 4 foundational seminars supplemented with research methods, statistics and elective courses
- Departmental support for conference travel and research
- Emphasis on training students to craft original research publishable in reputable scholarly journals

Contact
Dr. Jenna R. Pieper
jpieper@unl.edu

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Marketing

Are you considering an academic career in marketing? Our program offers a stimulating and supportive environment that will challenge you to grow as a serious scholar who will contribute to knowledge in the field of marketing and develop as a researcher and teacher.

The program is tailored to meet your needs, objectives and prior coursework. It normally requires four years to complete: two to two-and-a-half years of coursework and the remaining time spent in dissertation research and writing. For consideration, you must have a master’s degree in business or related field from an accredited university.

Individual programs vary, but the curriculum typically consists of six marketing courses, several research methods courses, and four courses in an outside area relevant to your interests (such as communication, psychology, economics or sociology). Working closely with faculty, you will develop two papers and complete your dissertation. Over the duration of the program, you will teach for four academic semesters.

Additionally, you may attend brown bag seminars, faculty research seminars, visiting scholar presentations and the Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium, which attracts doctoral candidates and faculty from the Big Ten and research universities west of the Mississippi River.

Contact
Dr. Alok Kumar
akumar5@unl.edu

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Economics

Are you interested in furthering your career as an economist? Our program enables you to work closely alongside faculty to develop the research skills necessary to answer the economic questions of today and pursue a career in academics, business or government.

The degree requires successful completion of coursework, comprehensive exams in two fields of concentration and doctoral dissertation. The core coursework consists of mathematical statistics, two courses in microeconomic theory, two in macroeconomic theory and two in econometrics. In addition, you will take at least two seminar courses in two major fields of concentration:

- Econometrics
- Economic education
- Feminist economics
- International trade and development
- Labor economics
- Public and urban economics

As a graduate student, you may work on research projects at one of our five centers: the Bureau of Business Research, Central Plains Research Data Center, National Center for Research in Economic Education, Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Lincoln Center for Economic Education.

Before entering the program, you must have intermediate level training in both macroeconomics and microeconomics, as well as a strong mathematical background including at least two semesters of calculus, a course in linear (matrix) algebra and a course in mathematical statistics. We also recommend experience with differential equations and math analysis.

Contact
Dr. Matthew J. Cushing
mcushing1@unl.edu

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Doctoral Minor in Business

As a doctoral student, you may declare a doctoral minor in business from the College of Business in your Program of Studies. Per graduate school requirements, the minor’s credit hours are included in the total for the doctoral program and must include at least 15 hours, with 6 hours in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level, or 800 level, without 400 level or lower counterparts). The doctoral minor in business is flexible and gives you the freedom to choose classes that will advance your unique career objectives. The specific courses may come from one or more of the following departments:

- Accountancy
- Finance
- Management
- Marketing

If you choose to minor in business, you may want to take courses from more than one department and pursue a breadth of knowledge in business, or take courses from within a specific department. For example, if your program emphasized administration (e.g., health, public, education), you might choose to take courses from the Department of Management; if you studied more math, you may choose doctoral courses in the Department of Finance; if you pursued psychology, you might focus your courses in the Department of Marketing.

Designed to allow students from outside the College of Business to select courses that best supplement their doctoral program at Nebraska, doctoral students in College of Business programs may not enroll in this minor.

Contact
Dr. Janet P. Near
jnear2@unl.edu

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Meet Our Ph.D. Students Student Directory
Abby Nappier Cherup

One-on-One Mentoring

Abby Nappier Cherup’s vision to design and conduct marketing research with real implications for bringing inclusivity to the marketplace drove her to find a Ph.D. program that would allow her to flourish and create change in public policy. Although Nebraska did not initially appear on her radar when considering programs, things began to change when she talked with Dr. Robert Harrison, ’09, associate professor of marketing at Western Michigan Univesity.

“Rob was a Ph.D. graduate of the Nebraska program who was working with me on my master’s thesis,” Nappier Cherup said. “We were talking about schools and he said, ‘What do you think about Nebraska?’ I told him, ‘I’ve never thought about Nebraska.’”

Harrison pointed to Nebraska when guiding Nappier Cherup because he knew the quality of mentoring Ph.D. students receive. He talked about what set Nebraska apart for him.

“I started talking about the ‘Nebraska way,’” Harrison said. “Nebraska tries to develop students into someone they want to work with. That’s the way a good doctoral program should work. So when I gave Abby advice, I told her Nebraska is the place she should go. We started preparing her for the journey and decided to take her master’s thesis and improve it to a level of a publishable manuscript.”

Working with Harrison led to Nappier Cherup presenting at an American Academy of Advertising (AAA) conference. In attendance was Dr. Les Carlson, professor and Nathan J. Gold Distinguished Professorship from Nebraska Business.

“He’s a fellow at the AAA, so he’s kind of a big deal. When Les walks in the room everybody notices. I didn’t know at the time but he came to my presentation and thought I would be a good fit here,” she said.

After making a few Nebraska connections and applying to the program, Nappier Cherup’s GMAT score did not quite reach where it needed to be. Finding out Carlson wanted her in the program helped inspire her to work diligently on raising her test score while simultaneously working full-time. She knew Nebraska had the support to let her accomplish the research she wanted to tackle.

“I observe and interview people from a stigmatized group of consumers. I’m looking at people who identify as bisexual or bi-plus, because they’re part of the LGBT community but they often face discrimination in that community, as well as in mainstream society. This was a topic I’d been interested in for a long time,” she said.

Meeting with marketing faculty, she felt welcomed and encouraged to follow her interests. After qualifying for the program she moved to Lincoln to begin her next chapter.

“I talked about my interests in my interview because not a lot of programs will let you study the topics I wanted to pursue. I thought, if they’re okay with it this might be a good place for me, and Les has always been supportive.”

One of Nappier Cherup’s qualities that caught Carlson’s eye was her focus on policy issues. Taking the research and applying it directly to the public interest fit what Carlson always tried to do himself.

“I like to see marketing as more than selling things, but also having public policy implications,” said Carlson. “Abby has those same interests and brought that perspective into my Marketing Public Policy Ph.D. seminar. She’s assumed a leadership role among Ph.D. students by putting issues she works on in a broader perspective of the public policy arena.”

At the 2019 Mittelstaedt Doctoral Symposium, facilitated by the Department of Marketing which welcomed Ph.D. students and faculty from more than 25 schools across the U.S. and Canada, Carlson and his colleagues selected Nappier Cherup to kickoff the symposium. He saw her research presentation as a blueprint for other students to follow.

“We knew she’d be an excellent representative of what we’re trying to foster at the symposium. Abby’s further along than other presenters, so we wanted to show not only what’s going on at Nebraska in research, but also demonstrate how you can progress through a program and deliver a final presentation someone else in the audience might develop toward.”

Nappier Cherup received positive feedback on her research from both students and faculty at the symposium. Attendees pointed out the ability to grow her research in a variety of directions.

“The Mittelstaedt Symposium is an awesome thing we do,” said Nappier Cherup, who intends to graduate from the program in May 2020. “I’ve been to other conferences and symposia, and there’s a feeling of warmth here you don’t get a lot of places. It’s a way for students to come together, share research and get feedback from peers who will eventually become your peer faculty. Nebraska, in particular has a way of producing people who are very active in research and the symposium gives me a chance to meet them again when they come back to Lincoln.”

Nappier Cherup wants to continue setting high standards in her research in order to influence public policy. Her belief is that Nebraska provided a solid foundation to jumpstart her professorial career and in turn make the world a more inclusive place.

“My background is in the nonprofit sector, and I feel very committed to social justice and serving my community to make lasting change. My hope is by studying this specific group of bisexual consumers it gives examples of what this discrimination looks like, and can help develop implications of what marketers can do to be more inclusive, raise awareness and better serve consumers,” she said.

I started talking about the 'Nebraska way.' Nebraska tries to develop students into someone they want to work with. That’s the way a good doctoral program should work. So when I gave Abby advice, I told her Nebraska is the place she should go. We started preparing her for the journey and decided to take her master’s thesis and improve it to a level of a publishable manuscript.

Dr. Robert Harrison, ’09
Associate Professor of Marketing at Western Michigan University

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