Graduate Admissions Process
An Application for Graduate Admission must be filed with the UNO Office of Graduate Studies for students who:
- Desire a graduate degree or graduate certificate
- Desire graduate credit for renewal of a teaching certificate, or professional development
- Desire to transfer graduate credit to another university
Before You Apply
Review our admission requirements:
- Graduate Admissions Criteria
- If you are an international student, you will need to apply via the International Studies & Programs Office.
Please Note: All students, except current junior and senior level students must complete a graduate application, or intercampus registration form for those students admitted to graduate programs at the other University of Nebraska campuses to receive graduate credit for any graduate level courses taken at UNO.
Choose a desired area of study:
- View our programs and deadlines page for a list of the majors currently offered at UNO.
- You may also find the online graduate catalog helpful in the selection process.
- You can view past graduate catalogs here.
The Admissions Process
The Application for Graduate Admission must be completed online here. The online application will specify all of the required documentation for the specific program.
Please review and complete the online application carefully. For more information about specific program admission requirements and processes, please see the specific program information or contact the appropriate graduate program chair.
- 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 system, 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.
- The application fee is waived for all Military and Veteran applicants with proof of military status. Please provide one of the following documents as proof of military status to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
- Military orders
Please note: The application fee will be waived once for:
- Students admitted as non-degree graduate students to UNO who later wish to apply to a UNO degree program or as an unclassified student.
- Students who applied to a degree program, were denied admission to that program, and, within a two-year period, re-apply to the same program.
- If you have already submitted your application online, but have not paid the application fee, you can pay your application fee here.
- Official transcripts from EACH college or university (except UNO) attended must be sent to the UNO Office of Graduate Studies. Hand-carried, faxed or student submitted credentials are not acceptable.
- To be considered for admission in any given semester, all transcripts and supporting documentation must be submitted on or before the department deadlines. Please see the specific program pages for each program's deadlines. It is generally to the applicant's advantage to apply well before the published deadline, particularly if the applicant wishes to be considered for fellowships, assistantships or other forms of financial aid.
- Request your military transcripts here
After You Apply
- Notification of acceptance by a department/school Graduate Program Committee or faculty member is advisory only. Only the Dean of Graduate Studies grants admission.
- Applicants are solely responsible for making certain all their materials have been received. They can do so by logging onto mavlink and checking their "To Do List."
A student who has not been enrolled as a graduate student at UNO for 4 years or more must apply as a new graduate student and submit the graduate application, the required non-refundable application fee, and all other required credentials. Applicants cannot apply to the same degree/certificate program once the degree/certificate has been awarded.
Students applying to graduate certificate programs will follow the same procedure as above with the following exceptions related to the application and fee requirement:
- Students pursuing a certificate program who later apply to a graduate degree program must complete a new application and submit all other required credentials. If the degree is within the same department(s)/school(s) as the certificate program, no application fee will be charged. If the student applies for a graduate degree program after the certificate is completed, he/she must submit a new application, application fee, and all other required credentials.
- A student pursuing a graduate degree program can be awarded a certificate while completing the degree; however, the student must complete a new application to be admitted to the certificate program. He/she will not be charged an application fee if the certificate is within the same department(s)/school(s) as the graduate program in which he/she is already enrolled. However, if a student applies for a certificate program after the graduate degree is completed, he/she will need to submit a new application, application fee and all other required documents.
- Students are only eligible for financial aid if they are in a degree-seeking program as well.
Students applying for a second master's degree, graduate certificate or an endorsement in an area other than first completed program
Students applying for a Second Master's Degree, Graduate Certificate or pursuing an Endorsement in an area other than the first completed program must complete a new graduate application and submit an application fee and other required documents.
Students applying for a Master's Degree with a Double Major can pursue their professional/scholastic goals by acquiring more knowledge of a second field than provided by the option of earning a minor, yet not requiring the student to complete a dual degree program (i.e., two master degrees in separate majors, typically 60+ hours).
Students are allowed to pursue a double major within the same degree (e.g. master of arts in two different majors). For instance, a student may be permitted, with proper approvals, to pursue a Master of Arts degree in the majors of history and geography because these majors lead only to the Master of Arts degree. One could not attain a double major in history and biology because these majors only lead to the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees, respectively.
- Students will submit one application and application fee, clearly specifying they are seeking a double major, which department/school is to consider the application first, and if support from both of the departments/schools is being sought.
- The graduate committee of the first department/school will pass the application to the second graduate committee with the results of its decisions (recommendation for acceptance with support, recommendation for acceptance without support, refusal of admission). The decision to recommend admission by one of the graduate committees does not affect the decision of the other.
- The criteria for admission for acceptance may differ between programs; admission to one or both of the department's/school's programs does not guarantee acceptance for a double major master degree. Final approval of all applicants rests with the Dean for Graduate Studies. If one major is approved and one denied, the student must submit another application with an additional application fee to apply to another major.
- Normally, no graduate student may be a degree-seeking student in more than one graduate program at the University of Nebraska, unless enrolled in an approved dual-degree program.
- Any exception must have prior approval of every graduate program committee and every campus Dean for Graduate Studies through which the programs are administratively assigned.
- When there is an approved simultaneous matriculation, the same course credit will not be accepted for more than one degree without prior approval of every graduate program committee and every campus Dean of Graduate Studies through which the programs are administratively assigned.
- Except for non-degree students, students are admitted to specified programs for specified objectives. Therefore students who wish to transfer to another department/school must complete a new graduate application and submit it with the required non-refundable application fee. The decision as to whether students will be accepted shall be left to the graduate program committee of the department/school in which they are seeking admission and to the Dean for Graduate Studies. Admission to a new program is not automatically granted.
- If a currently enrolled graduate student is admitted to a graduate program prior to receipt of their final grades for the current semester, the program may reevaluate its admission decision, if the student receives a grade of C- or lower in any coursework (undergraduate or graduate) for that semester.
- All credentials received in connection with an application for admission to graduate studies at UNO become the property of UNO. Under no circumstances will these documents be duplicated, returned to the applicant or forwarded to any agency or other institution. Students may wish to obtain an additional copy of their official credentials to keep in their possession for advisory purposes or for other personal requirements. Transcripts provided to the University in support of a graduate application will be maintained for two years if the student does not enroll.