The UNO Advantage
After you have completed your course of study and have earned your UNO graduate degree or certificate, you will find the value of your education is highly sought after and will set you on the path to not only getting your dream job but thriving in your career.
Approximately 2,800 graduate students from 41 states and 83 countries attend UNO.
Recognition & Honors
Research & Creative Activity
In June 8, 1910, Graduate Studies was created when the Board of Trustees voted to create a graduate school at the newly founded university. The need for highly educated members in society in the early twentieth century is still the case in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Since that day in June 1910, tens of thousands of students, from around the world, have come to UNO to achieve a graduate degree or to further their professional development.
Recognition & Honors
U.S. News & World Report
UNO graduate programs are cited in U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Graduate Schools' rankings.
The Carnegie Foundation
The Carnegie Foundation has classified UNO as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University for our specialized doctoral programs and comprehensive range of master's degrees and certificates.
In addition, UNO has achieved the prestigious elective classification for 'Community Engagement' by the Carnegie Foundation. The 'Community Engagement' classification describes the level of collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For seven consecutive years, UNO has been selected to be on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its civic engagement. The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service honor the nation's leading colleges and universities for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. UNO has been on the honor roll every year since the inception of this national award in 2006.
UNO is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UNO graduate programs also have specialized accreditation from the appropriate professional accreditation bodies.
The graduate faculty at UNO is world-class and nationally recognized through professional academic associations. The faculty members are dedicated to individual student instruction and mentoring to help guide students through their courses of study. The average class size is nine students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
In the last five years, UNO has invested $200 million into building and renovating state-of-the-art facilities to meet and exceed the twenty-first century needs of UNO's students and faculty. These investments include Mammel Hall, home for the College of Business Administration; the Peter Kiewit Institute for Information Science and Technology; a fully renovated and repurposed Roskens Hall for the College of Education; and the newly renovated and expanded School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Future campus additions currently under construction include a new building dedicated to biomechanics as well as a new Community Engagement Center—the first of its kind to be built in the United States.
Graduate Studies at UNO offers the most affordable graduate school tuition rates in the Omaha area and provides a multitude of funding sources for graduate students to help finance their education, including Graduate Assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, tuition waivers and interstate tuition-reducing programs with neighboring states.
The graduate student body includes one in five students who are racially and ethnically diverse. UNO has an exceptional International Studies department that recruits worldwide. Currently, there are hundreds of students from 83 different countries at UNO.
With thousands of UNO graduate alumni in the Omaha area, the UNO Alumni Association and faculty in your area of study are valuable resources in helping provide networking opportunities.
UNO is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University and receives millions of dollars in research money for graduate students and faculty from national funding agencies including National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and NASA. An essential part of every graduate program is for students to learn to use the tools of research, both scholarly and applied. The Office of Research and Creative Activity offers funding for graduate student research and scholarly work.
The application fee is waived for all Military and Veteran applicants with proof of military status. Please provide one of the following documents as proof of military status to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
- Military orders
UNO has an office dedicated to military and veteran students called the Office of Military and Veteran Services. This is a one-stop office where military, veterans and their family members can find services and programs at UNO tailored to their needs, such as online degree programs and a flexible deployment policy.
Another benefit is that UNO is a Yellow Ribbon school, so veteran graduate students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill can have all of their costs fully covered in addition to receiving the basic housing allowance (BAH). In 2013, The Military Times announced that UNO ranked sixth in their 2012 Best for Vets College Survey, compared to ninth the year prior.
The Omaha metropolitan area provides excellent opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. Omaha is home to numerous performing arts venues, leading technology centers, national sporting events and exciting urban nightlife. Affordable housing options are available near campus and in a variety of dynamic neighborhoods. UNO serves as a gateway to a metropolitan environment and is an indispensable part of the Omaha community.
Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies. More than 50 Fortune 500 companies have operations in the Omaha area as well. UNO Graduate Studies programs take full advantage of the opportunities Omaha has to offer. All graduate programs have strong connections and partnerships with corporations and non-profit organizations that value and recruit professionals with a UNO graduate degree. These close ties to businesses offer a multitude of opportunities for internships, mentoring, networking and jobs.