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/degree audit must be approved by the student's advisor, graduate program committee chair, and Dean for Graduate Studies by completing the Change in Plan of Study form. Upon approval, the student and department/school will be notified.
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
The plan of study/degree audit report outlines the requirements to complete the degree program at UNO. The summary of credit towards graduation, includes any credit completed at UNO as well as any approved transfer credit which applies to requirements for the degree. Section I outlines the course requirements yet to be completed to graduate. This section also will include courses or provisions of your admission to the program. Section II of the report includes a summary of the required courses completed to date. The last section includes courses which do not apply to the plan of study/degree audit. This report is automated and can be checked by your advisor or a member of the Graduate Studies Office Staff or through mavlink. Listed below are important things to keep in mind as you progress with your degree program:
- Graduate Students should meet regularly with their advisors or with other departmentally/school approved advisors.
- Review the standard degree/certificate plan. Submit to Graduate Studies (EAB 203) any deviations on the Change in Plan of Study form with appropriate signatures.
- Concentrations and Minors: If including a concentration or minor in your degree/certificate program, a Change in Plan of Study form must be submitted indicating this. If your degree/certificate program includes a thesis, non-thesis, or project option, you will need to select which option you are pursuing using this same form.
- Please note, provisions of admission are included in the plan of study report.
- Transfer Credits: Up to one-third of the course work required for the degree/certificate may be accepted from a regionally accredited institution, other than the University of Nebraska. All transfer credit must have a grade of "B" (3.0) or better and be approved by the Dean for Graduate Studies on the Change in Plan of Study form.
- Graduate course requirement: At least one-half of the graduate course work required for the degree/certificate program must be restricted to graduate students only (8--0 or 9--0). This is checked through the automated system.
- If completing a thesis, or thesis-equivalent project, EdS field project, or dissertation: Refer to the Guidelines for Preparing Theses, Thesis-Equivalent Projects, EdS Field Projects, or Dissertations for information pertaining to approval of a supervisory committee, proposal approval, formatting, and deadlines.
- Grade point average: Students must maintain an overall GPA of "B" (3.0) in all graduate course work taken as a part of their degree/certificate. Grades of "C-" or below result in dismissal from Graduate Studies and may not be used on a graduate plan of study. If you re-register for a course to improve your grade, you must work with the Registrar's Office to note this on your transcript.
- Time Limit: The degree/certificate program must be completed within ten consecutive years. This is checked through the automated system.
Graduate-only Level Course Requirements
- At least one-half the hours of course work on a plan of study should be in courses which are normally restricted to graduate students only (8--0 or 9---).
- No more than two 3--0/8--5 courses are allowed on a plan of study.
- BSAD courses 8110, 8120, 8130, 8170, and 8180 may not be used on any plan of study.
- ISQA 8010, 8020, 8040, and 8050 may not be used on any plan of study.
Time Limit for Graduate Degrees
The degree program (as defined in the plan of study, and comprehensive exams, if required) for master's and Ed.S. degrees must be completed within ten consecutive calendar years. Course work which would be over 10 years old (30 consecutive terms) at the completion of the degree program (as defined in the plan of study) cannot be used for a master's or Ed.S. degree. The first day of class of the earliest course which appears on the student's plan of study is the beginning of the student's graduate education.
A student is not required by the graduate faculty to have a minor. However, a student may elect a minor with permission of the major department/school and the minor department/school.
The minor must consist of no fewer than nine graduate hours. The courses must be included on the Change in Plan of Study form and the minor department must sign off on this form. The minor will be reflected on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.
Students who elect to complete a minor may be required to take a comprehensive examination over the minor field. This requirement will be at the discretion of the minor advisor. If such an examination is given, it should be given at a date arranged at the convenience of both the student and the minor advisor, but falling within the limits established for all comprehensive examinations.
The following are available minors:
- Art History
- Black Studies
- Business Administration
- Management Information Systems
- Medieval/Renaissance Studies
- Native American Studies
- Political Science
A department/school may offer specialized areas of concentration of at least nine hours to graduate students pursuing degrees in the department/school. The area of concentration must appear on the approved plan of study. The Registrar will identify this area of concentration on the student's transcript.