Curriculum

Fuel Your Career with Purposeful, yet Flexible Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Overview

30
core credit hours

+

18
elective credit hours

=

48
credit hours to your MBA

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8-week courses

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.

Customize your MBA

Select your own electives or choose from one of five specializations.

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Add a Certificate

Simultaneously earn your MBA and a certificate in business analytics or supply chain management.

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Build a Strong Foundation through Core Coursework

MBA@Nebraska’s core courses will provide you with a well-rounded set of foundational business skills employers expect from their leaders.

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MBA@Nebraska Core (30 credit hours)

All core courses, with the exception of GRBA853, should be taken before any electives.

  • GRBA 808 Intro to Business Strategy
  • GRBA 809 Financial Accounting
  • GRBA 811 Managerial Finance
  • GRBA 812 Managerial Economics
  • GRBA 813 Managerial Marketing
  • GRBA 814 Applied Organizational Behavior
  • GRBA 815 Supply Chain Management
  • GRBA 816 Human Resource Management
  • GRBA 851 Business Analytics
  • GRBA 853 Strategic Management and Business Policy
    This course is to be taken in the last semester of classes.

Introduction to Business Strategy

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.

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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.

Financial Accounting

The purpose of this course is to provide a broad understanding of financial accounting for managers who will be “customers” of financial information.

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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.

Managerial Finance

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an operational knowledge of corporate finance by combining theory and application.

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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.

Managerial Economics

This course is an economics course for managers. It is about the great ideas of economics and their applications to business.

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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.

Managerial Marketing

In this course, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of marketing management.

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In this course, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of marketing management, and 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.

Organizational Behavior

In this course, students will develop skills and techniques that promote effective individual and team leadership.

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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.

Supply Chain Management

This course will enable students to better develop and sustain a company competitive advantage through effective supply chain management.

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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.

Strategic Human Resource Management

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.

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“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.

Business Analytics

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.

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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.

Strategic Management and Business Policy

In this course, students will improve their skills in thinking strategically from the perspective of a senior executive.

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In this course, 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.

Expand Your Expertise through Electives that Fit Your Career

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.

Entrepreneurship: Business Plan Development and Decision Making

This course is designed to support aspiring entrepreneurs who intend to launch and grow a business.

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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.

Multinational Financial Analysis

This course applies the principles and tools of economics, accounting, and finance to the specific situations of multinational corporations.

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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.

Talent Acquisition

This course focuses on the core processes of human resource planning, recruitment and selection.

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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.

Supply Chain and Predictive Analytics

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.

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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.

Marketing and Globalization

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.

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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.

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MBA Electives

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:

  • ACCT858 Advanced Managerial Accounting

  • ECON 817 Introduction to Econometrics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • ECON 996 Directed Reading or Research (History of European Economics)

You must complete GRBA 811 before taking any FINA electives.

  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • FINA 855 Capital Markets and Financial Institution
  • FINA 862 Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method
  • FINA 863 Portfolio Management
  • FINA 867 Options, Futures, & Derivative Securities

  • MRKT 826 Services Marketing
  • MRKT 830 Strategic Issues in Marketing Communications *must have completed GRBA 813
  • MRKT 845 Advanced Marketing Analytics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing *must have completed GRBA 851
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization *must have completed GRBA 813

  • MNGT 823 Business Plan Development and Decision Making
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • MNGT 864 Talent Acquisition

  • SCMA 831 Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • SCMA 832 Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems
  • SCMA 834 Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 836 Project Management and Implementation
  • SCMA 837 Risk and Simulation Modeling
  • SCMA 844 Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • SCMA 851 Predictive Analytics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 852 Database Management *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining Applications *must have completed GRBA 851

  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • GRBA 898 Managerial Skills Seminar: Non-profit Finance
  • GRBA 898 Managerial Skills Seminar: Non-profit Management
  • GRBA 860 Management: Theory, Issues and Practice

Add a Specialization: Gain a Competitive Edge

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.

Business Analytics

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Business Analytics Specialization Courses

Required

  • GRBA 851 Business Analytics
  • ECON 817 Intro to Econometrics
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing

Electives

  • MRKT 845 Advanced Marketing Analytics
  • SCMA 837 Risk and Simulation Modeling
  • SCMA 851 Predictive Analytics
  • SCMA 852 Data Management and Organization
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining Applications
  • SCMA 854 Advanced Descriptive Analytics
  • SCMA 816 Principles of Survey Analysis
  • SCMA 819 Applied Sampling
  • SCMA 865 Survey Analysis and Design

Finance

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Finance Specialization Courses

  • FINA 863 Portfolio Management
  • FINA 867 Options, Futures, & Derivative Securities
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • FINA 855 Capital Markets and Financial Institution
  • FINA 862 Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method

International Business

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International Business Specialization Courses

  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • ECON 996 Directed Reading or Research
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization

Marketing

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Marketing Specialization Courses

  • MRKT 826 Services Marketing
  • MRKT 830 Strategic Issues in Marketing Communications
  • MRKT 845 Advanced Marketing Analytics
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization

Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Management Specialization Courses

  • GRBA 815 Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 834 Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 831 Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • SCMA 832 Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems
  • SCMA 836 Project Management and Implementation
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 844 Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • SCMA 847 Advanced Supply Chain Technology
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining and Warehousing

Earn a Certificate and Your MBA at the Same Time

Nebraska gives you the option to earn one of two graduate certificates—in Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management—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.

Business Analytics Certificate

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.

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Supply Chain Management Certificate

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.

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International Overlay

  • ECON 821 International Trade
  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • ECON 996 Directed Readings: Single Market and Beyond
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context