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Prospective Student Information
The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers premier graduate education at extremely competitive tuition rates which are the most affordable in the Omaha area. Whether you are a full-time or a part-time student, or taking a course for professional development, you have full access to a traditional university experience on a metropolitan campus with nationally recognized faculty and accredited curriculum.
In addition to weekday schedules, classes are available in the evenings, on weekends and online to offer busy professionals numerous education options.
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.
On June 8, 1910, Graduates Studies was created when the Board of Trustees voted to create a graduate school at the newly founded university.
At that time, the founding President Dr. D.E. Jenkins said it well:
"Professional, commercial, and technical vocation, as well as every form of civic life itself, demand a higher and wider intelligence than formerly. There can never be too many intelligent, well-disciplined citizens occupying the various positions of public and private trust in society. Upon the supply of such men and women rests the security of our social fabric."
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 seek and achieve graduate level degrees or to further their professional development.
Recognition & Honors
U.S. News & World Report rankings
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 continuous 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.
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. (Refer to Finance page for more information.)
In the last five years, UNO has invested $200 million into building and renovating state-of-the-art facilities to meet and exceed the 21st century needs of UNO's students and faculty. These investments include the Peter Kiewit Institute for Information Science and Technology; Mammel Hall, the new home for the College of Business Administration; a fully renovated and repurposed Roskens Hall, the new home for the College of Education; and the newly renovated and expanded School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Future campus additions 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.
Research & Creative Activities
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.
Flexibility of classes
UNO offers a comprehensive array of programs and classes that are offered in the traditional weekday time frame, in the evenings, on weekends and online to offer graduate students numerous education options. Online education options offer graduate students choices and flexibility: 14 percent of all graduate classes in the fall semester of 2011 were taken online.
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.
The graduate student body includes one in five students who are racially and ethnically diverse. UNO has an incredible International Studies department that recruits world-wide. Currently, there are hundreds of students from 83 different countries at UNO.
UNO has an office dedicated to military and veteran students called the Military & Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO). 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 2011, The Military Times named UNO as one of the nation's 10 best colleges for military veterans.
Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies have operations in the Omaha area. UNO Graduate Studies' programs take full advantage of the opportunities Omaha has to offer and have very strong community 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.
The Omaha metropolitan area provides opportunities for personal growth and enrichment, with access to fine and performing arts, current technology, creative activity, sports, entertainment, and political and social centers with affordable housing options near campus. UNO serves as a gateway to a metropolitan environment and is an indispensable part of the community.
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