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Graduate Program Admissions Procedures and Policies

How to Apply

  • Electronic Application:

      If you are having difficulty submitting your application electronically, click here for the downloadable version of the application form. Please note that while we make this form available in pdf, we strongly discourage its use, as it will delay your application process.

    • A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. dollars) is required for all new applicants to UNO Graduate Studies, including undergraduates within the University of Nebraska, and students who have been previously admitted as graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Kearney or the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

  • Request official transcripts from EACH college or university (except UNO) attended be sent to the UNO Office of Graduate Studies (click here for the Transcript Request Form). Hand carried, faxed or student submitted credentials are not acceptable.

  • Application instructions and requirements can be found here.

  • Visit the UNO Graduate Studies website for valuable information.UNO Graduate Studies


  • Fall: March 1
    If you are applying for a graduate teaching assistantship, both admissions and assistantship application materials must be completed by February 1.

  • Spring: October 1

  • Summer: N/A


The school may grant unconditional or provisional admission after all application materials listed above are reviewed.

Graduate Degree Requirements

All students who major in communication are required to complete 12 semester hours of core courses with an average grade of B or higher across the core; Communication 8010, 8020, 8470, and 8570.

The Core provides basic, intensive and broad coverage of communication as a field of advanced study. The core integrates mass and speech communication theories and research methodologies.

All students take a three-part comprehensive examination. These broadly cover communciation theory, research methodology and a student's specific area of interest. Generally, these examinations are administered near or at the end of all course work.

After completion of the first six hours of graduate course work, the student must be advised on a plan of study.