Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
M.A. Specializations - what's a specialization?
Ph.D. Specializations - what's a specialization?

M.B.A. Specializations: Selection of a specialization is not required at the time of M.B.A. application. Instead, enrolled students may work with advisors to select specializations as they progress through their programs. For more information regarding specializations for our online M.B.A., see distance M.B.A. specializations.

Distance Education Opportunities

The M.B.A. degree may be completed entirely online.


  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Associate Dean
    Dr. Gordie Karels
  • For questions about individual programs:
    Use links at left to contact specific programs.
  • For questions about the admission process:
    CBA Graduate Advising
  • Department Address
    139 CBA
    Lincoln NE 68588-0405

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Business in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GMAT or GRE. A score of 600 on GMAT (or equivalent on the GRE) is strongly recommended for the M.B.A. program.
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (optional for M.B.A.)
  • Use GAMES for online submission of materials

Application Deadline

M.A. and M.B.A. Domestic Applicants
   Fall: April 1 priority deadline; July 1 final deadline.   Spring: December 1   Summer: May 1
M.A. and M.B.A. International Applicants
   Fall: April 1   Spring: October 1   Summer: March 15
Online M.B.A. Program
   Rolling admission, 45 days prior to the start of the term is recommended.
Ph.D. specialization in Accountancy
   Fall: January 1
Ph.D. specialization in Finance
   Not currently accepting applications for Fall 2014. The next admission date will be Fall 2015.
Ph.D. specialization in Management
   Fall: January 5
Ph.D. specialization in Marketing
   Fall: January 1
   Applications may be accepted after these dates, but there is no guarantee they will be processed in time for the semester indicated. If you apply after these dates, your admission may need to be deferred to the following semester

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The mission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration is to foster intellectual curiosity, business insight, and effective leadership. The faculty and staff are dedicated to educating the next generation of ethical global business leaders. As a charter member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration maintains accreditation and offers both master's and doctoral programs.

The College of Business Administration retains close ties with professional and business leaders who are involved in the classrooms and student organizations. Companies visit the college regularly to meet with faculty, attend job fairs, and forge closer ties with the students.

Housed within the College of Business Administration are centers and programs that receive national acclaim. Several of these include the Bureau of Business Research; the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the National Center for Research in Economic Education; UNL-Gallup Leadership Institute; the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship; and Pan Pacific Business Association.

Courses and More

Students in Business are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research


Bonds; Audit Fees; Financial and Governmental Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Impact of Taxes and Audits on Capital Markets; Federal Tax Accounting
Ethics; Auditor Skepticism; Business Ethics; Fraud
Managerial Accounting; Control Systems; Public Interest; Accounting Theory; Accounting Control and Disclosure
Taxation and Public Policy
Financial Accounting; Regulation; Securities Market
     Director of Ph.D. Program


Investments; Business and International Finance
Financial Institutions; Financial Markets and Investing
Corporate Governance; Executive Turnover
Investments; Behavorial Finance; Insurance and Risk Management
Investments; Monetary Macroeconomics
Banking; Managerial Economics; Corporate Finance
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Risk Management, Insurance and Catastrophe Securitization
Empirical Corporate Finance; Capital structure, management, and regulation of financial institutions
Bayes Decision Theory; Credibility Theory; Survival Models; Stochastic Calculus in Actuarial Mathematics
Banking; Finance; Real Estate
Risk Theory, Pensions, Health and Disability Insurance, and Micro-Insurance
Corporate Finance, Payout Policy, International Finance and Analysts, Capital Markets
Theory of Interest; Principles of Insurance


Strategic Management
     Visiting Professor
Organization; Career Development
Character Development; Leadership; Status Attainment; Personnel Selection; Workplace Deviance; Power Dynamics
     Graduate Chair
International Management; Organizational Behavior
Management; Leadership; Minority Issues
Management; Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MIS; Decision-Making; Data Mining
Human Resource Management; Organizational Behavior
Electronic Operations Management
Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management
Agribusiness; Operations Management
Electronic Commerce Management; Information Systems; Systems Analysis and Design; Mobile Wireless Commerce
Organizational Behavior; Ethics


Database Marketing; Market Research; New Product Development; Customer Relationship Marketing; Human Trafficking; Services Marketing and CRM; Database Marketing; Measurement and problems of measuring difficult constructs and pehnomena
Consumer Socialization; Environmental Advertising; Memory Measurement; Services Marketing
Marketing Strategy; Branding; Corporate Social Responsibility
Business-to-Business Marketing; Sales Research; Interorganizational Relationships
Consumer Behavior; Cross-Cultural Issues; Family Decision Making; International Consumerism; International-Asia
Distribution Systems; Business-to-Business Marketing; Business Ethics
Marketing Management; Marketing Strategy; Business-to-Business Marketing; Business Ethics
Channels Management; Sales Management; Business-to-Business Marketing; Marketing Strategy
Consumer Culture Theory; Politicized Consumption & Branding; Marketing Development in Emerging Economies


Tax Policy; Urban Land Development; Housing Economics; Fiscal Reform; Transition Economics
Board of Directors; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Corporate Governance; Strategic Leadership
International Economics; International Finance; Open-Economy Macroeconomics; Economic Development; Heterodox Economics

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