For 100 years since its founding in 1908, UNO has provided Omaha, the state of Nebraska and the nation with men and women of sound intellectual training and preparation for life. Its goal for its students, "To earn a living and live a cultured life not as two processes, but as one" has been its guide over the years.
The University of Omaha was founded in 1908 as a private, nonsectarian college. 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. In 1971 the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska was formed to govern graduate studies throughout the University of Nebraska. Since 1968 the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been authorized to offer additional professional master's degrees. 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). The Ph.D. in Information Technology was approved in 2004. In 1993 the Ph.D. in criminal justice was approved, and in 1994 the Ph.D. in public administration was approved. In 2005, the Language Teaching program was approved. UNO currently offers 46 master's degrees, 7 doctorate which includes 2 joint/cooperative programs, 1 Specialist degrees and 19 graduate certificates.
Graduate studies provide more advanced education than the undergraduate work upon which all graduate programs are based. At UNO graduate students:
To enable the student to attain these objectives, the Graduate Faculty provide graduate courses, workshops, institutes, seminars, practica, research and special problems courses, and the supervision of theses or special projects. Thus they promote the spirit of free investigation in the various disciplines and, at the same time, serve to unite the various branches of the University in advancing human knowledge and providing intelligent, capable leadership for society.
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.
The Bylaws of the Board of Regents state that the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nebraska shall serve as Dean of the University- wide Graduate College and as presiding officer of the Graduate Faculty and councils thereof. The legislative and academic authority of the Graduate Faculty is vested in the Executive Graduate Council, comprising 8 members elected by the graduate faculty at the local campus. Specific responsibilities of the Dean and of the Executive Graduate Council can be found in the University of Nebraska Graduate College Governance Document.
On each campus of the University on which graduate programs are offered, there is a campus Dean for Graduate Studies, a campus Graduate Faculty and a campus Graduate Council. The UNO Dean for Graduate Studies administers graduate programs and policies on that campus; serves as presiding officer of the UNO Graduate Faculty and the UNO Graduate Council; and forwards to the Dean of the Graduate College matters which are of University-wide concern. The UNO Graduate Faculty consists of those members of the University-wide Graduate Faculty administratively assigned to UNO. The UNO Graduate Council acts as an advisory body to the UNO Dean for Graduate Studies, coordinates the graduate studies on the UNO campus and recommends to the Executive Graduate Council actions affecting students and programs on more than one campus. This Council consists of 22 elected or appointed faculty members and two graduate student members. Specific responsibilities of the Dean of Graduate Studies and of the UNO Graduate Council may be found in the document "Organization of Graduate Studies: University of Nebraska at Omaha."