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Admission to Graduate Studies



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Here is a checklist for can follow to make sure you have everything needed for submitting your application in hand.

1: Are you ready to apply?

In order to fulfill application requirement, students should check to make sure they have the following tasks accomplished:

  • Department or program application requirements.
    Some programs or departments may require additional information or documents, such as writing samples or portfolio work (see letters of recommendation and addition supporting documents below). Students should communicate with their department to determine what their respective programs require.
  • Transcripts.
    Students need to request one official transcript from each college or university (UNO is exempted) to be sent to the UNO Office of Graduate Studies. Transcripts that are brought into the office by hand, faxed or scanned will not be accepted.
  • Standardized test scores.
    Depending upon the program and department, students may need to submit any additional admission requirements such as standardized test scores. Students should contact programs directly to determine which scores are required.
  • Letters of recommendation.
    Some programs also require students to submit a few strong letters of recommendation from professors, faculty members, employers or supervisors to prove their ability to meet and maintain graduate-level academic and work ethic. Students should contact their programs of interest to inquire whether they will need letters, but it is recommended to obtain a few just in case.
  • Additional supporting documents.
    Departments may need further information or require additional paperwork, such as statements of purpose. Students should review program websites closely and contact their departments of interest to verify specifics.
  • Pay attention to deadlines.
    All transcripts and required paperwork must be submitted by the deadlines provided by their programs of interest. Students should contact their programs of interest to confirm exact deadlines.
  • Become familiar with the application process.
    Student should review additional application details and refer questions or concerns here, as well as within individual programs and departments.
  • Pay the application fee.
    To learn more about the application fee, see Application Fee and Payment section.
  • Test of proficiency of oral and written English (International Students only).
    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.

International students

International students must complete an International Graduate Application and submit all supporting documents to the UNO Office of International Studies and Programs.

2: Application Fee and Payment

Upon completing applications, potential students must submit a non-refundable application fee of $45. Most applicants are required to submit the application fee, but certain circumstances the fee is waived or not applicable. To find out more or to submit an application fee, please click here.

3: Starting Your Application

Applicants who have everything in the 'Are You Ready to Appy?' handy are ready to apply on the online application page. If applicants have not yet registered for their NU IDs, they must do so before beginning the application process by clicking "New Users Register Here" on the online application page.

4: Admissions Tracking

Make sure you save your NU ID and password as they are bound to come handy for admission tracking. Once you have submitted your application and is waiting to hear back, the status of your application can be checked anytime by logging onto the student portal mavlinks.

Clarify with Penny on the exact steps to track the status of admissions and what exactly to click after logging onto mavlinks. Maybe attach a snapshot of what the admissions tracking page looks like inside mavlinks as the image for this section.