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Frequently Asked Questions on Graduate Admission Procedure

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1. How do I apply?

All applications for graduate school at UNO start online.Once the application, application fee, official transcripts and all other required application materials have been received by our office, your application is forwarded to the program you specified on your application. Application materials andother supporting documents should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Studies at:

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Office of Graduate Studies
6001 Dodge St, EAB 203
Omaha, NE 68182-0209
402-554-2341 (phone)
402-554-3143 (fax)
graduate@unomaha.edu

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2. How can I get my NUID and password?

A: Follow this link for information on obtaining your NUID.

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3. What should I do after I submit my application?

A: Within 72 hours, your application will be processed. You can then check your mavlink To-Do list for an update on your application status.

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4. When is my application processed?

A: Once you submit your application, it will be processed within 1 to 2 business days, at which time your mavlink To-Do list will be updated.

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5. How do I check the status of my application?

A: You will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your submitted online application. Within 72 hours of receipt of the first email, you will receive a second email advising that your application has been processed.

Once your application has been processed by the Office of Graduate Studies, please use your new NU ID and the password that you created during the application process to log in and check your mavlink To-Do list.

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6. My application was already submitted. How can I pay my application fee?

A: To pay the application fee online please go to UNO Cashiering. In the last paragraph (above the rotating credit card) please click on "Graduate Application Fee" which is a link to a short form to pay the fee.

You may also mail a check (made out to the University of Nebraska at Omaha) to us at:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Office of Graduate Studies
6001 Dodge St, EAB 203
Omaha, NE 68182-0209.

If you are on campus, you may also stop by our office in EAB 203 to drop off your application fee.

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7. I received an email stating that my application is incomplete. Why is the deadline date in this email different from the program deadline?

A: The deadline in this email refers to the deadline date of your online application, which is different for the application deadline for a department. You have 60 days from the date that you begin your online application to finish and submit it. Failure to submit your application within 60 days will result in your application being deleted from the system. You will then need to begin the online application again in order to submit it.

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8. How do I know when documents are received?

A: You may track your items received by logging onto mavlink. Your login information is your NUID and password that you used when you created your application. By selecting Student Center (blue box on the right) you will be guided to your student information.

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9. What if I need to change a recommender after I have submitted my application?

A:Simply ask your new recommender to submit a letter via this Graduate Studies email account graduate@unomaha.edu as an attachment. Please ask them to note your name in the Subject line. There is no longer a form to fill out. We suggest that the Letter of Recommendation be submitted via a personal email address. We have found that some company/organization security filters prevent an email from being delivered. It will be added/substituted and uploaded with your application.

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10. What is a Statement of Purpose (writing sample, resume)? How long should it be?

A: This requirement is specific to each program. Please contact the department to which you are applying for details on what you need to include.

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11. I have received a copy of my GRE scores, why aren't they posted/received?

A: It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for us to receive GRE scores. They are submitted on compact disc. We upload them within 24 hours of receipt. If you have requested these scores and it has been longer than four weeks please contact ETS and ask for the 'cycle number' of the disc that your scores were submitted on and date sent. This will assist us in checking for them further.

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12. My recommender didn't receive the email that should have been sent. Can you send another one?

A: We recommend that you first verify your recommender's email address. If the email address is correct, have your recommender check his or her spam folder to see if the email is caught in a security filter. If your recommender still cannot locate the email, he or she can submit the letter of recommendation directly to graduate@unomaha.edu as an attachment. There is no form to fill out. We suggest that the Letter of Recommendation be submitted via a personal email address. We have found that some company/organization/mail service sites have strict security filters that prevent an email from being delivered.

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13. How will I know all of my documents have been received and my application is complete?

A: As documents are received, we will update your To-Do list. You can check your To-Do list through mavlink. You can also check your application status by going to your mavlink Student Center. Under Admissions, select "View Status" in your "My Applications" box.

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14. I have already requested my transcripts. Why are they still showing as "initiated" on my To-Do list?

A: It can take up to 2 weeks (or more, in some cases) for a transcript to arrive to us in the mail. Once we receive your transcript, it can take up to 2 business days to process and post your transcript to our system. If it is within this two-week window, it is possible that we have received your transcript but are still processing it.

If it has been more than 12 business days since you requested your transcript, we recommend that you first contact the other educational institution and verify 1) the date sent and 2) the mailing address they used to send your transcript, before contacting the Office of Graduate Studies. Having this information ahead of time will help us assist you more quickly in tracking down your transcripts.

If your transcript may have come in under a different name, it is possible that we have it but have not been able to match it up to your application due to the name differences. If this is a possibility, please let us know when you contact us. That will also expedite our search and help us track down your transcripts.

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15. I didn't upload a document (statement of purpose, writing sample, resume, etc) when I applied. How do I get these items to you if I have already submitted my application?

A: Please send any additional application materials to us via email at graduate@unomaha.edu. We prefer to receive these documents in pdf format but we can also work with Word Documents.

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16. What happens to my application once it is complete?

A: Your application along with all of your application materials is forwarded to the specific department to which you applied, and the department will start the review process.

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17. How long does the admission review process take?

A: Each department sets their own review schedule and procedure. Once your application has been sent over to the department, you will need to contact the department or the department's graduate program chair directly to find out where they are at in the review process and approximately how long it will take for them to make an admission decision.

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18. What happens once the department makes a decision on my admission?

A: An evaluation form is completed by the Graduate Program Chair of the department and sent to the Office of Graduate Studies. The evaluation form is processed as quickly as possible. The evaluation process can take up to 72 hours from start to finish. This process includes admitting to the program and creating the matriculation. If you receive notification from the department, it is only advisory; official notification will be sent to you by the Office of Graduate Studies.

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19. How will I know that I have been admitted and can register for classes?

A: You will receive an official admission letter directly from the Office of Graduate Studies. This will include a letter outlining the admission decision, a copy of your degree audit for your specific program, and an information sheet explaining some specifics about mavlink.

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20. What if I am admitted provisionally and I have a hold stating that I need to submit a final transcript?

A: This type of hold usually does not activate until your second semester here at UNO. If you are admitted with this provision, it means that when you applied to your program, you were currently enrolled at another college or university, and the transcript that we have on file shows partial or in-progress classes. You have one semester to submit a final transcript to us. If you see this type of hold your account and it is your first semester here at UNO, go ahead and enroll in classes. Then contact your previous college or university and request that a final transcript be sent to the UNO Office of Graduate Studies at:

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Office of Graduate Studies
6001 Dodge St, EAB 203
Omaha, NE 68182-0209.

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