Your Smartest Career Move

At Nebraska, we know enrolling in an MBA program is a big commitment, so we work hard to make sure you receive a GREATER RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT of time and money. Our MBA@Nebraska delivers an exceptional ROI with lower costs and higher post-graduation salaries. That’s why we’re ranked #3 VALUE FOR THE MONEY IN THE WORLD by Financial Times. In fact, our program offers a BIG TEN degree, with substantial savings compared to similarly ranked programs.

One Flat Tuition Rate: $650 per credit hour • Credit Hours Required: 48

Benefits of Our MBA@Nebraska Program

Our MBA@Nebraska also allows you to advance your career while you work. Our flexible curriculum includes fully online courses offered in 8-week sessions, so you can either take multiple classes per semester or concentrate on one course at a time. If it’s crunch time at work, you can easily take a session off and then jump right back into your coursework.

Fuel Your Career with Purposeful Curriculum

MBA@Nebraska’s curriculum combines core competencies in-demand with employers and a flexible set of electives to make your degree fit your career path.

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Balance Class, Work & Family Commitments

MBA@Nebraska’s fully online, mobile-optimized classes and 8-week course schedule make it possible to earn your degree while continuing to work and fufil family/life commitments.

Expect Relevant & Interactive Classes

MBA@Nebraska combines engaging, intuitive technology with our world-class Big Ten faculty for a dynamic online learning experience that’s ranked #9 in the nation by Poets&Quants.

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Engage with Big Ten Faculty

MBA@Nebraska courses are designed and taught by Big Ten faculty who advance scholarly research and lead the conversation on what’s next in business.

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Expand Your Network

With an average of nine years of work experience, your MBA@Nebraska colleagues will challenge you and give you meaningful connections across the globe.

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Partner with Career Advancement Professionals

Access to a career coach, online resume review, and a strong alumni network will prepare you for your next career move.

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Admission Requirements
Admissions Process

Admission Requirements

You may apply for admission for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students admitted before the semester starts may take classes in either of the two eight-week terms (term A or term B) offered that semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester. Application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for the Spring semester, and April 1 for the Summer semester.


Bachelor’s Degree, 3.0 GPA Recommended

Official transcripts will be required for admission.


GMAT or GRE Score

  • A GMAT score of 600 is highly recommended. Alternatively, a comparable GRE score will be considered. Scores must be from the last five years.
  • Applicants to the MBA program who hold a Ph.D., JD, MD or Pharm D, or are currently enrolled in medical school do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score. MBA applicants who have been admitted to the Nebraska College of Law do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score.
  • If you have 7 or more years of significant managerial, operational or decision-making experience and an acceptable undergraduate GPA, you may apply for a GMAT waiver. Please include your current supervisor as one of your references. In the first part of your Personal Statement, you should include your request for the GMAT waiver based on your work experience. All GMAT waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for a GMAT waiver, candidates must submit an application.
  • Students with 3+ years of work experience and satisfactory performance in a College of Business certificate (generally defined as 3.5 GPA or higher) may also apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. GMAT/GRE waivers will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you choose to take the GMAT, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code S40-HW-48). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into the graduate application. GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Please visit the official GMAT website for more information and to register for the test.
  • If you choose to take the GRE, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code 6877). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into the graduate application. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted. A comparison tool is available to see how your GRE scores compare to our recommended 600 GMAT score. Please visit the official GRE website for more information and to register for the test.

Three Reference Names and Contact Information

All three references must be former or current supervisors or professors. Nebraska will contact your references only if the committee deems it necessary. You do not need to include letters of recommendations.


Personal Statement

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement of 750 words or less through the graduate application. The statement is evaluated on content, sentence structure and grammar. Your personal statement should include the following:

• Briefly describe your past professional experience and relevant skills.
• What would you contribute to our MBA program?
• What are some of your short- and long-term professional goals?
• How would a University of Nebraska–Lincoln MBA assist you in achieving your goals?


Professional Resume

A professional resume should be submitted through the graduate application. Please include the following: relevant work experience, skills and involvement and education.


TOEFL Exam (Required for International Students)

TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT)

Alternatively, international students may submit IELTS scores. A score of 6.5 is required.


Prerequisites for MBA Program

You must have completed college-level statistics before you take the required economics and finance courses. If you have not taken statistics, you can fulfill this prerequisite at any accredited undergraduate school.


One Year Accumulated Work Experience

Applicants for MBA@Nebraska are required to have at least one year of accumulated professional work experience. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions Process

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Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.


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 Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1 for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to graduate@unl.edu or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
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

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR ALL MBA STUDENTS

MBA Mentoring Program

The purpose of the MBA Mentorship Program is to cultivate relationships between current graduate students and alumni or friends of the university. MBA students must apply for the program, and the mentors and mentees meet once a month from September through April. The MBA mentees gain insight to businesses and organizations, get career advice and expand their network.

FAQ

If you have questions, you can contact Christine Carbon-Bartels, Graduate Advisor and Engagement Coordinator, at christineb@unl.edu

Beyond B School

Beyond B School is a career management resource for all business graduate students. It covers job searching topics such as resumes, interviewing and cover letters. Beyond B School differentiates between other career management resources by thinking about how to market oneself as an experienced professional and highlighting the value the MBA brings.

Other Beyond B School resources address career change and salary negotiation to leverage the MBA in new careers. Especially helpful in this work-from-home time, Beyond B School has resources about virtual interviewing and networking. In particular, there are a number of resources around the use of LinkedIn and other social media to develop and maintain professional connections. The site is organized by topic area as well as action items – assess goals, career path and personal branding; target resumes, research and network; and launch through communication, interviewing and negotiation.

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If you have questions, please contact the Business Career Center at 402-472-7272 or email businesscareers@unl.edu

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MBA@Nebraska FAQ

What are your application deadlines?

You may apply for admission for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students admitted before the semester starts may take classes in either of the two eight-week terms (term A or term B) offered that semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester. Application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for the Spring semester, and April 1 for the Summer semester.

What are the prerequisites for your program and can I start the program without meeting the prerequisite requirements?

You must complete a college-level statistics course before you take the required economics or finance courses. If you have not taken statistics, you can fulfill this prerequisite at any accredited undergraduate school. However, you can start with other core required courses before completing your statistics course.

Where can I send transcripts?

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded directly into the application. Official transcripts can be sent electronically to graduate@unl.edu or to the Office of Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall, Lincoln, NE, 68588.

Under what circumstances will you waive the GMAT?

Applicants to the MBA program who hold a Ph.D., JD, MD or Pharm D, or are currently enrolled in medical school, do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score. MBA applicants who have been admitted to the Nebraska College of Law do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score.

Applicants who have completed a graduate certificate program through the College of Business and earned a 3.5 GPA or higher and have three or more years of work history do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score.

Additionally, if you have 7 or more years of significant managerial, operational or decision making experience and an acceptable undergraduate GPA, you may qualify for a GMAT waiver. For more information please refer to our Admission Requirements.

How long will it take for my application to be reviewed?

Once applications have been submitted and test scores are verified, the admissions committee will review the application. Decisions are typically made within two weeks.

Can I take classes before I’m admitted?

If you have met the prerequisite requirements for the intended course you wish to take, we will allow up to 12 credit hours completion prior to admission to the MBA program.

Do you accept transfer credit?

Students may transfer in up to 12 credits from an AACSB accredited school. Students may transfer in up to 6 credits from a regionally accredited school. Total credits transferred in cannot exceed 12 credits. Requests for transfer credits will be evaluated at the time of admission. Courses must be graduate level, completed in the last 5 years with a grade of B or higher and in a career/MBA related area. Courses cannot have been used in another graduate degree.

I’m currently in a different MBA program. Can I take classes from your program as well?

UNL allows visiting students who are in good standing in another graduate program to take classes in our program, as well.

Is your tuition rate the same for all students?

All online students - including Nebraska resident, Nebraska non-resident and international students - are all charged our flat-rate tuition.

Are there any military discounts?

There is a 15% discount for all active duty, retired or honorably discharged military students.

How do I pay for my degree?

Graduate courses are eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). In graduate school, six credits per semester is considered part time and nine or more is considered full time. August and October terms are considered the fall semester. January and March are considered the spring semester. In the summer, you must take two courses to qualify for financial aid.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

It is possible to complete the program in 1.5 years; however, the average completion time is three years. We allow you to take up to ten years to complete the program. Most students finish in three to four years.

Will I be required to come to campus to complete the program?

No. You can complete the entire degree online. Campus visits are not required, but you are always welcome to visit or walk at graduation if you wish.

Are there specific times when students must be logged on to the course website?

No. You will need to fulfill weekly course assignments. It is up to you to decide what time works best for you to complete the necessary assignments. Some professors use webinars and telephone conferences, and while your participation is encouraged, it is not required. Sessions are archived for later viewing.

How are exams administered?

Just as you will find in classroom courses, each professor determines how he or she will administer exams. Some professors have no exams, some have open book "take home exams" and some have online, timed exams.

How many hours of study time can I expect to spend on each course?

Although each student, course, and professor is different, you should plan to spend an average of 14 hours per week on course material.

Will my diploma or transcript designate that this was an "online" or a "distance" program?

Your diploma and transcripts will not differentiate your courses were delivered online.

How do I register/enroll for a class?

Registration codes are emailed out to current students 30 days prior to the start of each term. If you didn’t receive them, contact the Business Graduate Programs office at businessgrad@unl.edu.

What does your curriculum look like?

The program is 48 credit hours. There are 10 core classes (30 hours), and 6 classes of electives (18 hours). Learn More

Upcoming Online Info Sessions

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Contact Us

Business Graduate Programs
HLH 201
730 N. 14th Street
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
402-472-2338
businessgrad2@unl.edu


According to Financial Times, MBA@Nebraska ranks #1 in the world for alumni salary increases in 2018.
Financial Times reported that, on average, our graduates earn 40 percent more money after obtaining their degree.

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MBA Mentoring Program FAQ
How Do I Qualify to apply?

Students who have completed at least four courses in the MBA program but no more than 39 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2020 semester and have a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher are eligible to apply. Both online and on-campus students are welcome to participate in the mentorship program.

How often do mentors/mentees meet?

While individual mentors/mentees will decide how often they would like to meet, we anticipate this to be approximately a once a month commitment.

When does the program start and end?

Formal mentoring meetings will begin in September and conclude in April. Mentors and mentees will decide the best way to conduct a recurring meeting through Zoom or other video conference options, phone or in-person are encouraged.

How does the matching process work?

When students are selected, the matching process begins. We plan to match mentors and students as best as we can based on industry interest (management, business analytics, supply chain management, marketing, economics and finance) and years of professional experience for both the mentor and mentee. The number of students accepted into the program and their industry interest area will dictate the number of mentors needed to facilitate the program. We plan to have mentors and students matched by the end of August and start the program in September.

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