Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

M.A. SpecializationsPh.D. SpecializationsNote: 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.

Distance Education Opportunities

The M.B.A. degree may be completed entirely online.
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Contacts for Business

On the Web


For questions about individual programs:

Use links above to contact specific programs.

For questions about the admission process:

CBA Graduate Advising


Campus Address

125 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. For the M.B.A. program, a score of 600 on GMAT (or equivalent on the GRE) is strongly recommended.
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters (Ph.D. only)
  • Three references (M.B.A. and M.A. only)
  • Professional Resume
  • Personal Statement

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Business
M.A. and M.B.A. Domestic ApplicantsFall: April 1 priority; July 1 final deadline Spring: November 1 Summer: April 1
M.A. and M.B.A. International ApplicantsFall: April 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: February 1
Online M.B.A. ProgramFall: July 1 Spring: November 1 Summer: April 1
Ph.D. specialization in AccountancyFall: March 1
Ph.D. specialization in FinanceAccepting applications for 2017
Ph.D. specialization in ManagementFall: March 1
Ph.D. specialization in MarketingFall: March 1
NoteApplications 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, you may be considered for a later semester.


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


Arthur Allen
Bonds; Audit Fees; Financial and Governmental Accounting
James Brown, Jr.
Managerial Accounting
Aaron Crabtree
Impact of Taxes and Audits on Capital Markets; Federal Tax Accounting
Linda Ruchala
Managerial Accounting; Control Systems; Public Interest; Accounting Theory; Accounting Control and Disclosure
Paul Shoemaker
Taxation and Public Policy
David Smith
Financial Accounting; Regulation; Securities Market
Director of Ph.D. Program


Richard DeFusco
Investments; Business and International Finance
Donna Dudney
Financial Institutions; Financial Markets and Investing
Kathleen Farrell
Corporate Governance; Executive Turnover
Geoffery Friesen
Investments; Behavorial Finance; Insurance and Risk Management
John Geppert
Investments; Monetary Macroeconomics
Gordon Karels
Banking; Managerial Economics; Corporate Finance
Yijia Lin
Risk Management, Insurance and Catastrophe Securitization
Mostafa Mashayekhi
Bayes Decision Theory; Credibility Theory; Survival Models; Stochastic Calculus in Actuarial Mathematics
Manferd Peterson
Banking; Finance; Real Estate
Colin Ramsay
Risk Theory; Pensions; Health and Disability Insurance; and Micro-Insurance
Emre Unlu
Corporate Finance; Payout Policy; International Finance and Analysts; Capital Markets
Susan Vagts
Theory of Interest; Principles of Insurance


Gwendolyn Combs
Organization; Career Development
Elina Ibrayeva
International Management; Organizational Behavior
Colleen Jones
Management; Leadership; Minority Issues
Fred Luthans
Management; Leadership and Organizational Behavior
David Olson
MIS; Decision-Making; Data Mining
Jenna Pieper
Human Resource Management; Organizational Behavior
Marc Schniederjans
Electronic Operations Management
Terry Sebora
Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management
Scott Swenseth
Agribusiness; Operations Management
Silvana Trimi
Electronic Commerce Management; Information Systems; Systems Analysis and Design; Mobile Wireless Commerce
Christopher Tuggle
Board of Directors; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Corporate Governance; Strategic Leadership


Dwayne Ball
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 Phenomena
Les Carlson
Consumer Socialization; Environmental Advertising; Memory Measurement; Services Marketing
Anne (Meike) Eilert
Marketing Strategy; Branding; Corporate Social Responsibility
James Gentry
Consumer Behavior; Cross-Cultural Issues; Family Decision Making; International Consumerism; International-Asia
Alok Kumar
Distribution Systems; Business-to-Business Marketing; Business Ethics
Amit Saini
Marketing Management; Marketing Strategy; Business-to-Business Marketing; Business Ethics
Robert Simon
Retail Management; Marketing Principles
Ravi Sohi
Channels Management; Sales Management; Business-to-Business Marketing; Marketing Strategy
Steven Welton
Xin Zhao
Consumer Culture Theory; Politicized Consumption & Branding; Marketing Development in Emerging Economies


John Anderson
Tax Policy; Urban Land Development; Housing Economics; Fiscal Reform; Transition Economics
Sam Nelson
Entrepreneurship and Strategy

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