Master's and EdS Programs
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Here at the University of Nebraska Omaha, we know that there's no end to what you can study. That's why we offer robust programs in a wide variety of disciplines.
Your Roadmap to Success: The Plan of Study
At the time of admission to a degree program, an individual plan of study/degree audit will be sent to the student with their official letter of admission from the Dean for Graduate Studies. This individual plan of study/degree audit will list all requirements for the completion of the degree program. These requirements may include deficiency courses and other provisions of admission, as well as specific courses to be completed to graduate and comprehensive examinations if applicable.
Any deviations to this plan of study must be approved by the student's advisor, graduate program committee chair, and Dean of Graduate Studies and must be submitted by the graduate program chair to the Office of Graduate Studies via a petition on Degree Works. Upon approval, the student will be able to see the changes on the degree audit through Degree Works. Alternatively, these changes can be submitted via the Change in Plan of Study form, but this form must be approved by the student's advisor and the graduate program chair prior to being submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval. A "B" (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) average must be maintained in all graduate work taken as part of a degree program.
- Plan of Study Report
- Graduate-only Level Course Requirements
- Time Limit for Graduate Degrees
- Minor Field
Setting the Bar High: Quality of Work Standards and the Appeal Process
Graduate students are expected to do work of high caliber. Failure to do so will result in dismissal. A "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average must be maintained in all graduate work taken as part of the degree or certificate program.
Appeal of grades in graduate-level courses shall be made through the graduate student grade appeal procedures for the campus through which the grade was awarded. Students who believe their evaluation in a course has been prejudiced or capricious must first attempt to resolve the matter with the course instructor and then the department through which the course was offered. The initiation of the appeal in writing by the student must be filed within six weeks following receipt of the grade from the Office of the Registrar.
- Automatic Dismissal
- Probation or Dismissal
- Unclassified or Non-Degree Students
- Additional Requirements
- Student Responsibilities
- Automatic Dismissal for a Grade of "U" (Unsatisfactory) or "Fail"
- The Plan of Study and Grades Which Result in Automatic Dismissal
- Students Dismissed from a Graduate Program Who then Re-apply as Non-degree Students
- Policy on Petitioning for Reinstatement into a Graduate Program
- Appeal of Grades in Graduate-Level Courses
- Appeal of General Academic Matters Related to Student Programs
- Graduate Student Academic Appeal Policy
Continuing Your Graduate Career at UNO: Transfer Career
Approval of transfer of graduate credit for coursework taken at another regionally accredited university (including extension credit but not including correspondence courses) is made at the time a Change in Plan of Study form is submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. Grades received in courses for transfer of credit must be the equivalent of "B" (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher.
Transfer of graduate credits from a course taken with a pass/fail option must be recommended by the cognizant Graduate Program Committee, supported by a written evaluation from the instructor and approved by the Dean for Graduate Studies. All work accepted for transfer of credit must have been taken within the prescribed time limits for graduate degrees and is subject to restriction if previously used to satisfy requirements for another graduate degree.
The only course work from other institutions posted on the UNO transcript will be those used on the approved plan of study.
- Transfer of Credits Taken Outside the University of Nebraska
- Transfer of Credits Taken at the University of Nebraska
Other Options: Double Major, Dual Degree Program and Second Master's Degree
Masters Degree with a Double Major
The professional/scholastic goals of some masters students may be enhanced substantially by acquiring more knowledge of a second field than is currently provided by the option of earning a minor, yet they may not need a dual degree (i.e., two masters degrees in separate majors, typically 60+ credit hours). The UNO Graduate Council has approved the concept of providing masters degree students with the option of attaining a double major within the same degree (e.g., master of arts in two different majors). For instance, a student may be permitted, with proper approvals, to pursue a master of arts degree in the majors of history and geography because these majors lead to the master of arts degree. One could not attain a double major in history and biology because these majors lead only to the master of arts and the master of science degrees, respectively.
Dual Degree Programs
Dual degree programs must be approved by the Graduate Council and Dean for Graduate Studies. Dual degree programs are a specifically approved combination of two Master's degree programs as distinguished from a master's degree with a double major (e.g., masters of arts in English and History).
Second Master's Degree
Use of graduate credit earned for the first degree will be treated in the same manner as transfer credit from another institution if applied to the requirements for the second degree. Up to one-third of the course work required for the second master's degree may consist of courses from a previous graduate degree. All other policies regarding graduate programs apply.
The Culmination of Your Hard Work: Master's Thesis
A Master's Thesis, Thesis-Equivalent Project, or EdS Field Project provides the opportunity for students to acquire first-hand experience in research or creative activities with the supervision of experienced faculty. A thesis or thesis-equivalent project is equivalent to six semester hours of credit. The Specialist in Education (EdS) field project is equivalent to three hours of credit. Required course hours must be indicated on each student's plan of study.
Grades for a thesis, thesis-equivalent project or EdS field project are recorded on the permanent record after completion and approval by the department/school and the Office of Graduate Studies. For a thesis or thesis-equivalent project, grades will be either "S" for satisfactory or "U" for unsatisfactory. A letter grade will be recorded for the EdS field project.
The thesis, thesis-equivalent project or EdS field project is not considered to be a publication thus it may be published, in whole or in part, and either quoted or paraphrased, by giving appropriate credit to the relevant Department/School, the Graduate College, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
- The Master's Thesis, Thesis Equivalent Project and EdS Field Project Guide
- Formatting Instructions
- Submission Instructions