Business Administration, Master of Business Administration

Offered by College of Business and Technology

Program Information and Admission Requirements

Master of Business Administration Degree

The College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) offers an AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited, 33 credit hour, Master of Business Administration degree. UNK’s MBA is a professional graduate program designed to provide a challenging educational experience for graduate students who desire to assume positions of increasing scope and responsibility in business, nonprofit, or public service sectors. Required courses are offered online to accommodate students who work during traditional business hours.

The students in the MBA Program will develop skills to solve problems in Governmental Organizations (GOs), Non-governmental not-for-profit Organizations (NGOs), and businesses through integration of all organizational functions. The core emphasis of the program is on honing the student’s critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills within the context of both the US and the global economies, while preparing the student to meet the inherent challenges in the rapidly changing business environment. The program is also suited to those with baccalaureate degrees in areas other than business.

Admission Considerations

Applicants may choose to be considered for admission through any one of the following five options:

Unconditional Admission: An applicant may be considered for full unconditional admission if one of the four following sets of requirements are met:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited program with a 3.50 GPA or higher on a standardized 4.0 scale (GMAT/GRE is waived)
  2. A baccalaureate degree with less than 3 years of full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience with
    • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.75 overall on a standardized 4.0 scale
    • GMAT: Minimum 480 or equivalent GRE
    • Meet a minimum score of 1100 on the following formula:
      (200*Undergraduate GPA) + GMAT
      (If applicant taking the GRE, the equivalent GMAT score will be used)
  3. A baccalaureate degree and at least 3 years of post-baccalaureate full time work experience with meaningful managerial responsibilities with an undergraduate GPA: 3.0 overall on a standardized 4.0 scale
  4. Completed another U.S. equivalent Master's, Ph.D., or a terminal degree

Conditional Admission: An applicant who does not meet any of the 4 sets of requirements above may apply for conditional admission if the following requirements are met:

  1. Three or more years of post-baccalaureate, full-time work experience.

NOTE: Students admitted conditionally must complete 9 credit hours of MBA graduate level courses at UNK, with at least 3 credit hours in a quantitative course, and maintain a 3.0 Graduate GPA or higher. Upon successful completion of these 9 credit hours, the student is then considered unconditionally admitted.

Applicants interested in the MBA program must have a foundation of business. Applicants who do not hold a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree in business should apply as a Pre-MBA student and complete the Foundational Core courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each course. This option is not available for international applicants not residing in the U.S.

An application must be complete in all respects to be considered for admission to the program. Meeting the minimum criteria only assures applicants the consideration of their application for admission to the MBA program.

Additional Notes:

  • International students:
    In addition to the admission requirements stated in the International Students section of this catalog, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Those with a baccalaureate degree from a country where English is not the native language must take the TOEFL and receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper TOEFL exam or a score of 79 on the IBT (Internet based TOEFL), or a minimum score of 6.5 on IELTS.
    • Applicants whose baccalaureate degrees were earned outside the United States are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation firm to verify the degree is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate. Refer to the international graduate application form for additional information.
    • Students with only a baccalaureate degree from countries that award three-year baccalaureate degrees may not be eligible to be admitted to the Master’s program. To be eligible for option 4 of unconditional admission into the MBA program, international students must hold a Master’s degree equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree.

To apply to the MBA Program:

  1. Go to
  2. Fill out the application.
  3. Submit a resume.
  4. Provide a 500-word personal essay, particularly addressing the following:
    • Professional and personal accomplishments
    • Personal strengths that helped accomplishment of the above
    • Personal values, including what is important in a career
    • Motivations to pursue an MBA at UNK
    • Anticipated contributions to enhancing the educational experiences of other students in the program
    • Post-MBA goals
  5. Ask two references (college professors, supervisors etc.) to complete their recommendation online. (Those applying for admission to the MBA program through options 2 and 3 must have at least one recommendation letter from their supervisor who has evaluated the applicant's performance within the past 2 years.) Candidates with significant professional experience may get an additional recommendation from a subordinate.

For information regarding the requirements for admission to the MBA Program, please contact:

MBA Office
West Center 300C
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-4580
Telephone: (308) 865-8346

MBA Program Policies

In addition to the academic policies listed in the front of this catalog that govern all graduate students, the following policies are specific to the MBA program:

  1. Students may need to complete up to 18 credit hours of MBA Foundational Core courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each.
  2. Students must be fully admitted to the program to take more than 9 credit hours of required "MBA core" courses or graduate level electives.
  3. Students shall maintain an average grade of at least "B" (3.0) in all graduate courses completed at the end of each semester or summer session. No more than two Cs, and no grades below C, will be accepted in the MBA graduate program. Students who receive a third "C" or below a "C" (C- or lower) will have to retake one of the courses to improve to a C+ or better.
  4. All academic policies of the Graduate School stated in this catalog and the MBA Student Policy Handbook will apply.

MBA Foundational Core

Undergraduate economics course equivalent to:
ECON 270Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics3
or ECON 271 Principles of Economics, Microeconomics
Statistics course equivalent to:
MGT 233Business Statistics3-4
or STAT 241 Elementary Statistics
or PSY 250 Behavioral Statistics
Accounting/Finance Sequence equivalent to the following:
ACCT 250Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 251Principles of Accounting II3
FIN 308Principles of Finance3
In addition, the Accounting Track requires the following prerequisites:
ACCT 350Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 351Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 352Cost Accounting3

MBA Essential Core

Some courses require completion of related prerequisites, increasing the number of credit hours to earn the MBA. Please check course descriptions for details on the required prerequisites.

MBA Essential Core
ACCT 858Managerial Accounting Systems 23
FIN 809Financial Administration3
MGT 890Leadership & Organizational Behavior3
MGT 892Strategic Analysis & Decision Making3
MKT 856Marketing Management Seminar3
BSAD 895Integrative Capstone Experience3
MBA Tracks
Choose from one of the following tracks:15
Total Credit Hours33

Generalist Track

ECON 850Managerial Economics3
MGT 814Operations Management3
CYBR 802Management Information Systems Seminar3
Select two elective courses approved by the MBA Director6
Total Credit Hours15

Accounting Track

CYBR 802Management Information Systems Seminar3
Select 12 credit hours of the following:12
Select at least one of the following:
Managerial Economics
Operations Management
Select at least two of the following:
Tax Accounting
Advanced Tax Accounting
Advanced Accounting I
Government/Non-Profit Accounting
Advanced Auditing
Advanced Accounting Information Systems
Total Credit Hours15

Marketing Track

MKT 830P/830International Marketing3
MKT 835P/835Marketing Research3
MKT 838P/838Consumer Behavior3
Select two elective courses in Marketing or related subjects to be approved of by the MBA Director/Chair of the Department6
Total Credit Hours15

 Human Resources Track

Select 15 credit hours of the following:15
Employment Law
Compensation Management
Labor Relations
Human Resource Management
Sem Human Res Mgt
Soc Res/Iss & Ethics
Management Topics
Total Credit Hours15

Human Services Track

FAMS 830PGrantwriting and Fundraising for Human Service Programs3
MGT 880Human Resource Management3
Select one of the following:3
Employment Law
Soc Res/Iss & Ethics
Select two elective courses of Human Services Electives to be approved by the MBA Director/Chair of the Department6
Total Credit Hours15