History of Graduate Studies at UNO
In a report to the Board of Trustees in September 1909, the Acting President, D.E. Jenkins, said there was a demand for post-graduate work and encouraged the Board of Trustees to approve the creation of a post-graduate school.
"It should be reported here that six young gentlemen have applied for the M.A. Degree in course," Jenkins wrote. "The faculty has outlined courses of reading and study in Literature and Philosophy which these candidates for the Master's degree have begun to pursue."
President Jenkins and the faculty requested that the Board approve "building up a post-graduate school of the University."
They got their wish: When the Board of Trustees gathered on the evening of June 8, 1910, at the Y. M. C. A. Dining Hall, it was moved that the recommendation to build up a post-graduate school of the university be approved. The motion was seconded and the vote carried.
That was the beginning and President Jenkins said it well:
"Professional, commercial, and technical vocation, as well as every form of civic life itself, demand a higher and wider intelligence than formerly. There can never be too many intelligent, well disciplined citizens occupying the various positions of public and private trust in society. Upon the supply of such men and women rests the security of our social fabric."
Since that day in June 1910, many thousands of people have come to UNO to seek and achieve a graduate level degree.
Timeline of Historical Achievements at UNO's Graduate Studies:
- In a report written to the Board of Trustees in September 1909, the Acting President, D.E. Jenkins, said there was a demand for post-graduate work and encouraged the Board of Trustees to approve the creation of a post-graduate school. President Jenkins and the faculty requested that the Board approve "building up a post-graduate school of the University."
- On June 8, 1910, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the creation of a post-graduate school at the university.
- The University awarded its first master's degrees in 1919 by special vote of the Board of Trustees.
- In 1931 the University of Omaha became the Municipal University of Omaha; in that same year the Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees were authorized.
- In 1960 the Board of Regents of the University authorized the Specialist in Education degree.
- In 1965 they authorized the Master of Business Administration degree.
- In 1968 the Municipal University of Omaha was merged with the University of Nebraska System and became the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
- Since 1968 the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been authorized to offer additional professional master's degrees.
- In 1971, at the direction of the Board of Regents, the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska (UNL and UNMC) and the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska at Omaha were merged to form one University-wide Graduate College with one Graduate Faculty. The ultimate academic authority for all graduate programs within the University is vested in the approximately 1700 Members of the Graduate Faculty.
- In 1974 the cooperative program with UNL leading to the Ph.D. in three areas of psychology was approved.
- In 1992 the Board of Regents and the Coordinating Commission for Higher Education approved a joint Ed.D. in educational administration degree program (UNL and UNO).
- In 1993 the Ph.D. in criminal justice was approved.
- In 1994 the Ph.D. in public administration was approved.
- The Ph.D. in Information Technology was approved in 2004.
- Currently, UNO currently offers 46 master's degrees, 7 doctorate which includes 2 joint/cooperative programs, 1 Specialist degrees and 19 graduate certificates.