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Admission to Graduate Studies

Step by step things to do as you prepare to apply :

Step 1: Explore and select a program

UNO has a broad range of programs for you to explore and consider. UNO offers 45 masters degree programs; 3 dual degree programs; 1 specialist degree; 7 PhD programs; and 19 graduate certificates; in addition to non-degree programs.

Step 2: Review the program requirements and deadlines

Program requirements for the different areas of study can be found in the program pages.

Additional Information
  1. Criteria for Admissions

    In order to be considered for any program, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

    1. Applicants must have earned a minimum standard of a "B" average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program of study resulting in an awarded baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the accepted equivalent of this degree in another country).
    2. Applicants must have strong letters of recommendation from former professors, employers or supervisors who are competent and knowledgeable about the applicant's strengths and weaknesses in academia and work experience.
    3. Applicants must submit official scores on required aptitude or advanced knowledge examinations. Please refer to the Entrance Examination Section below for further information.
    4. Applicants must submit a statement of academic career objectives and their relation to the desired program of study.
    5. Applicants must offer evidence of graduate potential, such as a portfolio, completion of special exams or personal interviews.

    For more detailed information please visit the Admission Criteria page.

  2. Program Deadlines

    Each of the advanced degree programs offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has individual deadlines for admission. These dates may change as determined by departments/schools, and some programs may have additional application requirements. To be considered for admission, an official transcript is required from each academic institution you previously attended.

    See Program Deadlines .

  3. Entrance Exams Information

    Some programs require applicants to submit scores of nationally recognized aptitude or advanced knowledge tests to prove their abilities to perform at the graduate level. The UNO Graduate Faculty recognizes the following examinations as subject to specific departments/school selections: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). A student with unclassified or non-degree status is not required to submit scores. Click on the link to see list of programs that require official examination scores.

    Applicants whose native language is not English must prove an adequate command of oral and written English by providing a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The proof of English Proficiency will be waived or not apply for applicants who have already received/will receive a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from an U.S. institution or an English-speaking, higher education institution within an approved country. Click on the link to see details and score requirements.

  4. Category for Admissions

    The four different admission categories are:

    1. Unconditional Admission
    2. Provisional Admission
    3. Unclassified Admission
    4. Non-degree Admission

    Click here to learn more about status options (as well as how status applies to international students with F1 visas and students re-applying to a program after being dismissed).

    Admission to a degree program or unclassified admission from non-degree status is not guaranteed. Graduate-level hours taken as a non-degree graduate student prior to beginning a degree program may be accepted at the discretion of the major department/school and the graduate dean. Students changing from non-degree status may also need to take certain prerequisite courses by the major department/school and the Dean for Graduate Studies.

Step 3: Preparing your documents

  • Residency

    Nebraska residency as set forth by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, determines an applicant's rate of tuition. This determination (not to be confused with residency for citizenship) is based upon several factors. To learn more and download residency applications, click here.

  • Transcripts

    All graduate programs require applicants to submit one transcript from each previously attended institution. To download the transcript request form, click here.

  • Inter-campus form

    Applicants who are interested or need to enroll in classes at one or more University of Nebraska campuses to fulfill program requirements must submit an inter-campus enrollment form. A form can only be accepted if all financial and academic holds are cleared before submission. To download the inter-campus enrollment form, click here.

Step 4: Financing info and options

UNO has numerous financing options and can be viewed by visitng the Financing Information tab.

Step 5: Get your NUID

  • What is an NUID?

    The University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College Systems (except UNMC) use a common student ID number known as the NU ID (the Nebraska Unique ID). Applicants must register for an NU ID before applying, as it will serve as their university identity and way to follow up on enrollment and coursework information.

    To create your NU ID please Click Here