MBA@Nebraska’s curriculum combines foundational skills in-demand with employers and a flexible set of electives to make your degree fit your career path.
The MBA@Nebraska is a 48-credit hour program, comprised of 10, 3-credit hour core courses and 6, 3-credit hour electives. You can complete the program as quickly as 1.5 years, though on average most people finish the program in about 3 years. If you need to pause your education for any reason, you have up to 10 years to complete your degree.
Select your own electives or choose from one of five specializations.
Simultaneously earn your MBA and a certificate in business analytics or supply chain management.
MBA@Nebraska’s core courses will provide you with a well-rounded set of foundational business skills employers expect from their leaders.
This course is to be taken in the last semester of classes
Within a corporation, there’s a top management team tasked with implementing its corporate strategy. In this course, you explore real cases of organizational structures, evaluate how well they support the top management team's strategic implementation, and assess the impact on overall organizational success.
An organization’s corporate structure is one of the primary mechanisms through which the management team implements its corporate strategy. Organizations with thoughtful strategic plans may still fail if management does not fully implement those strategies through an effective organizational structure. In this course, we will discuss live cases of organization structures, evaluating how well those structures support the strategies the management team has devised, and understanding their impact on overall organizational success.
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad understanding of financial accounting for managers who will be “customers” of financial information.
The course focuses on providing an understanding of accounting from a user’s perspective and gaining insight into how economic events such as
financing transactions, company investments, and operating activities are recorded in financial statements.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an operational knowledge of corporate finance by combining theory and application.
We cover concepts of risk, return, and time-value-of-money as applied to valuation of securities and capital budgeting.
The course will also enable students to develop skills in the areas of financial analysis and planning.
This course is an economics course for managers. It is about the great ideas of economics and their applications to business.
As Charles Wheelan notes, “Economics should not be accessible only to the experts. The ideas are too important and too interesting.”
This course will train students in the areas of economic problem solving and decision making, consumer demand, demand elasticity,
supply and demand decisions, international economics and foreign exchange rates, economic bubbles, complex pricing decisions, strategic
game theory and bargaining, decisions under uncertainty, auctions, adverse selection and moral hazard. Students will also learn to apply
these economic theories in a practical way to numerous business-oriented situations.
In this course, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of marketing management.
Students will integrate the knowledge from various marketing sub-fields, including consumer behavior, marketing research, and channels
of distribution. The course will follow a four-stage learning approach including: 1) comprehensively reviewing and analyzing all aspects
of marketing management, 2) learning tools for marketing problem analysis, 3) understanding how to apply core marketing concepts, theories,
and frameworks, and 4) developing an original marketing plan for a new product launch.
In this course, students will develop skills and techniques that promote effective individual and team leadership.
Specifically, students will learn about major organizational frameworks and how they improve managerial decision making and performance.
Students will gain awareness of recent developments in positive psychology and mindfulness that can enable more effective leadership
as well as learn to recognize and address multiple perception biases related to leadership. Lastly, students will benefit from learning
best practices from companies at the cutting edge of innovation in people-related processes.
This course will enable students to better develop and sustain a company competitive advantage through effective supply chain management.
Students will develop an understanding of operations and information systems that support corporate-level strategies and simultaneously coordinate with other functional areas. Students will learn how to create value for customers through supply chains, operations and information systems, as well as understand the relationships between operations, supply chain management and other parts of the organization.
Most, if not all managers, would agree that managing people effectively is an important ingredient of organizational effectiveness. This course develops your understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to organizational effectiveness and competitive advantage.
“People are our most important asset.” This phrase can be found, in one form or another, in most annual reports and CEO speeches. Nearly all managers would agree that managing people effectively is an important ingredient of organizational effectiveness. The most important success factor to achieving a long-term, sustainable competitive advantage—acknowledged by the world’s most admired companies—is the effective acquisition and management of human assets. In this course, students develop an understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to organizational effectiveness and a firm’s competitive advantage.
In this course, students will gain broad understanding and knowledge of important business analytic topics and how they can be used to support decision making.
The course emphasizes the technical procedures that are used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for enhanced decision making. Students will learn how data exploration results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes that result in new information on which better—and more informed—decisions can be made.
In this course, students will improve their skills in thinking strategically from the perspective of a senior executive.
Students will improve their skills in thinking strategically from the perspective of a senior executive in the way that she/he identifies strategic challenges, analyzes the competitive and firm environment, formulates alternative courses of action, conveys strategic thinking to others, and justifies recommendations in ways that are firmly grounded in strategic theory and supported by strategic logic. Senior managers have daily responsibilities for examining critical assumptions, discerning hidden values, evaluating evidence, accomplishing actions and assessing conclusions. Importantly, students will practice these skills as an essential component of this course.
After you’ve built your foundational skills through the Core, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your coursework to fit your career goals. You can choose from more than 25 elective classes to complete your degree.
This course is designed to support aspiring entrepreneurs who intend to launch and grow a business.
Recognizing that the founder is the critical success factor in new enterprise formation and building, the course addresses the concepts, skills, information, attitudes, and alternatives that are relevant for start-up entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial managers. In this course, students investigate the characteristics common to entrepreneurs and evaluate how successful entrepreneurs create and build value for themselves and others. They will also evaluate how successful entrepreneurs and investors create and differentiate profitable and durable opportunities from just “other good ideas.” Students will also review the roles that marketing, human resources, and operations play in the organization and operation of a new venture. Finally, students will learn how to evaluate the necessary financial and non-financial resources available for new ventures as well as review the criteria that resource providers use to screen and evaluate the attractiveness and risk of proposals.
This course applies the principles and tools of economics, accounting, and finance to the specific situations of multinational corporations.
Multinationals are particularly well suited to exploit market imperfections. In this course, students will learn how to identify market imperfections as well as how to exploit them for profit and competitive advantage. Students will also explore how to identify and manage the unique risk factors faced by multinationals.
This course focuses on the core processes of human resource planning, recruitment and selection.
Specific topics include the development and administration of internal and external recruitment, HR planning, job analysis and selection systems. In addition, the course will focus on the ways in which talent acquisition can enable a firm to gain a competitive advantage. The course would be of interest not only to those who plan a career in the field of human resource management, but also to those who plan careers in any field where talent recruitment and selection is a part of their core job responsibilities.
Competitive advantage throughout the supply chain and marketplace is possible with the right strategy. This course focuses on this idea through concepts, techniques, and topics on creating value for customers and understanding relationships within and outside of the organization.
More and more organizations are turning to predictive analytics to help solve difficult problems and uncover new opportunities. In this course, students will explore the tools and techniques that enable business leaders to use big data to make better decisions. Students will focus on how classification models in data mining can be successfully applied in business. It will also cover the statistical and artificial intelligence-based tools commonly used in data mining work.
Market globalization is increasing and competition, both domestic and foreign, is on the rise with it. This course explores how to use the key concepts of international marketing to create a competitive advantage for businesses in today’s market.
With the increasing globalization of markets, companies find they are unavoidably enmeshed with foreign customers, competitors and suppliers, even within their own borders. They face competition on all fronts—from both domestic and foreign firms. It is imperative that today’s leaders have an understanding of and appreciation for the challenges and issues in doing business in an increasingly globalized business world. This course is designed to enable students to understand key concepts of international marketing and how they can be used to create competitive advantage for businesses.
All students are required to take an International Overlay course. Elective offerings are subject to change based on instructor availability. Not all courses are offered every academic year.
Here is the current list of electives:
You must complete GRBA 811 before taking any FINA electives
+ International Overlay Course Options
The MBA@Nebraska allows you to add a specialization to your degree. A specialization sends a signal to employers that you’ve acquired a solid set of skills, adding to your credibility and giving you a competitive edge in the job market.
Joint Programs options include Juris Doctor/MBA and Master of Architecture/MBA. Partner your MBA with the College of Law at Nebraska or with the College of Architecture to make yourself more marketable and achieve career goals that allow you to make the most of your potential.
Some core requirements may be able to be waived if an approved, equivalent, senior-level course was taken in the student’s undergraduate program. Nebraska courses that will be considered in lieu of MBA core requirements:
Three hours must be a course that is cross-listed with a business department and law.
Three hours may be a College of Law professional skills course. (Must be from a business department that is different than the business department used in the course cross-listed with law.)
This is required of all graduating MBA students for assessment data collection. Students will be required to successfully complete and pass the Major Field Test (a nationally normed exit exam), the MBA program exit survey, and an employment survey.
If a student completed Law courses that will count toward the MBA degree requirements prior to admission to the MBA, these courses should not be listed on the Memorandum of Courses (MOC) filed with Graduate Studies. If a student takes Law courses that count toward the MBA degree requirements after admission to the MBA, the student should enroll in the “G” section of the Law course and it should be listed on the MOC.
A student in the joint JD/MBA program must receive at least a grade of B in each course taken at the College of Business. A student who does not satisfy this requirement will be dropped from the joint degree program and cannot apply for readmission. A student who is dropped from the joint degree program can still pursue an MBA degree and a JD degree, but must meet the normal requirements for each. Those requirements are 48 hours for the MBA and 93 hours for the JD with no dual credit for any courses.
Students enrolled in the joint JD/MBA program will normally receive a JD degree only after satisfying the joint degree program requirements for both the JD and MBA degrees. Students must file a separate application for each degree.
Some core requirements may be able to be waived if an approved, equivalent, senior-level course was taken in the student's undergraduate program. Nebraska courses that will be considered in lieu of MBA core requirements:
This elective course must come from one of the five interdepartmental business areas – accountancy, economics, finance, management and marketing.
Students will list the 10 core MBA courses, one business elective, and ARCH 810 and ARCH 811 or other approved 800 to 900 architecture courses on their Memorandum of Courses.
Nebraska gives you the option to earn a graduate certificate while you complete the MBA@Nebraska program. With an additional credential on your resume, you’ll be able to prove your proficiency in a specialized area of business.
The business analytics graduate certificate program will enable you to solve practical business problems using data and analytics. The required courses explore concepts in basic and multivariate statistics with incorporation of hands-on data analysis. Practice developing solutions to specific business problems through data, become familiar with the SAS language and explore past performance and customer behavior to learn how to drive business.
The supply chain management graduate certificate program will introduce you to current issues and solutions to management problems regarding planning and forecasting, purchasing, distribution and customer service. You will learn to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient while sharpening analytical skills.
Enhance your skills and gain a deeper understanding of human resource management by earning a graduate certificate at Nebraska. You’ll find immense value in gaining human resource expertise to apply in your supervisory role, as an entrepreneur building your workforce or if you are a human resource professional with a bachelor’s degree in another area. You learn about recruitment, selection, performance evaluation, compensation and the legal aspects of employment.
Become the go-to voice for your organization when financial markets fluctuate and communicate your organization's financial health through this cutting-edge, joint certificate program. This 12-credit-hour, eight-week fully online program gives you the ability to use new, fast paced technology to talk the language of business in real-time.
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