MBA@Nebraska

MBA
@Nebraska

MBA@Nebraska is ranked as the best value for the money in the U.S. by Financial Times. Engage with Nebraska’s Big Ten business faculty through relevant online classes, access our leading career center and prepare to move your career forward.

Ranked #1 Value in the U.S. by Financial Times

Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2017
Poets & Quants Top Online MBA Business School
Best online programs U.S. News World Report MBA Program 2017
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Proven Career Advancement

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

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Fair Tuition

$630 per credit hour—a savings of almost $18,000 compared to similarly-ranked programs.

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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 start an application.
  • 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 Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES). 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 GAMES. 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 GAMES. 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 GAMES. 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 both college-level statistics and college-level calculus before you take the required economics, finance and business analytics courses. If you have not taken these classes, the following community colleges offer online courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements:

Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Statistics: MATH 1410 Statistics
Calculus: MATH 1930 - Applied Calculus or MATH 2410 - Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

Contact David Reyes, Academic Advisor, MCC South Omaha Campus, with questions at dreyes@mccneb.edu


Southeast Community College (SCC)

Statistics: MATH-1180 - Elementary Statistics or MATH-2180 - Applied Statistics
Calculus: MATH-1400 - Applied Calculus

Contact Michele Richards, Academic Advisor, SCC Lincoln Campus, with questions at mrichard@southeast.edu


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

Once you fill out the initial Graduate Studies application, you will receive information to complete the rest of your application in MyRED and the Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES). You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended in MyRED.

MyRED Upload Instructions

All other application items will be submitted electronically via GAMES.


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 Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend you complete this task at least 30 days prior to the term you wish to begin. At the time of admission, a registration hold will be placed on your account until the University of Nebraska–Lincoln receives your official transcripts. Your admission may be rescinded if discrepancies exist between uploaded transcripts and official transcripts.

Electronic Transcript Submission

After applying, typically on the next business day, applicants will receive an email granting access to TrueYou and MyRED , including MyRED’s “Application Status in Graduate Studies” page and its upload tool. Uploaded transcripts are unofficial but sufficient for application review. We do not accept transcripts by email or fax.

Electronic Transcript Upload Information

Paper Transcript Submission

Have your undergraduate institution send one physical transcript 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

MBA@Nebraska FAQ

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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?

The prerequisites are an undergraduate course in statistics and calculus.

Can I start the program without meeting the prerequisite requirements?

Yes, you can start early. You will not be able to take the economics, finance, or business analytics courses without the prerequisites.

I do not have 2 years of management/leadership experience. Can I still be admitted to the program?

Yes, you can still be admitted. Two years experience, 3.0 GPA and the 600 GMAT score are recommendations, not requirements. However, relevant work experience assists our students in relating to course material.

Can I send transcripts?

Applicants can upload unofficial transcripts into MyRed. Once admitted, you will be required to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate Studies office.

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.

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?

We will accept up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level transfer credit from AACSB accredited business programs and up to six credit hours of graduate-level relevant courses from non-AACSB accredited programs. Transfer courses taken more than five years ago will not be accepted. Transfer credit decisions are made by the admissions committee at the time your application package is reviewed for admission. If you want the committee to consider courses for transfer, please include a request for transfer credit along with course descriptions and syllabi with your application package. While we will not pre-approve transfer credit, AACSB accredited courses that most closely match our core courses are most likely to be approved for transfer. Credit from non-AACSB accredited programs will only be considered for elective credit and will not be considered to replace core or cross-functional courses.

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?

The tuition cost is the same for all online MBA students, regardless of where you live.

Are there any military discounts?

There is a 15% discount for active duty 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. http://www.unl.edu/scholfa/graduate_students.shtml

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 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", some have online, timed exams and some will require you to provide a proctor who will administer your exam.

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?

No. UNL has only one MBA program with two different delivery methods, on-campus and online. Your diploma and transcripts will not differentiate between the two delivery methods.

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 kerri@unl.edu.

What does your curriculum look like?

The program is 48 hours. There are 10 core classes (30 hours), nine hours of breadth electives, and nine hours of electives. You can learn more here: /mba/flex/students/prospective/#CU

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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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 15th in the world by Financial Times.

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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 balance career advancement with your current job and family/life commitments.

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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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Fair Tuition

$630 per credit hour*
48 total credit hours required

The Financial Times ranks the MBA@Nebraska the #1 value-for-the-money program in the world because of our combination of fair program cost and strong career outcomes for graduates.

The flat $630 per credit hour rate applies to all students, regardless of where you live. Compared to similarly ranked programs, MBA@Nebraska students pay almost $18,000 less over the course of the program.

Financial Aid

*Based on 2017-18 Tuition Rates

Financial Aid

Since organizations understand the value of MBAs, many MBA@Nebraska students receive tuition reimbursement from their employers. Check with your employer to see what tuition assistance programs may be available to you.

Because MBA@Nebraska is so affordable, it is likely that you will not need as much financial aid as other programs would require.

To learn more about tuition assistance and options for financing your MBA@Nebraska, contact Kerri Hiatt at khiatt3@unl.edu or 402-472-9033.