Admission Procedure and Requirements
Admission Procedure and Requirements
- Fall: January 15
- Spring: September 15
NOTE: All materials, including recommendation letters, transcripts, and applicable test scores, must be received by the application deadline. Applications which are incomplete after the published deadline will not be reviewed.
The Ph.D. in IT program solicits applications from students who have a strong interest and commitment to scholarly activity and research in Information Technology. Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and is based upon several factors.
Successful applicants should prepare their materials in such a way as to highlight the following aspects of their academic preparation:
- Experience with research. Highlight your own involvement in existing research projects. For co-authored papers, highlight your specific role on the project in the cover letter.
- Technical interest. Our program is a PhD in Information Technology. As such, you will be expected to demonstrate an interest and aptitude in technology that fits with the nature of our program.
- Independence and Initiative. A PhD is largely self-motivated and self-directed work. As such, successful PhD applicants can demonstrate a history of taking the initiative to perform beyond expectations and work independently.
- Proficiency in English communication both written and verbal. The ability to read, comprehend and write academic papers is a key criterion in assessing proficiency in English communication.
- Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list , must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
- For applicants that are required to take the TOEFL: must score at least 577 paper-based; 90 iBT, 7 IELTS, or 61 PTE.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): GRE scores must be submitted but are only one component of a holistic admission decision. Successful applicants have typically had GRE scores of 150 verbal and 160 quantitative or better.
- Transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate studies
- Current Resume / CV
- Be sure to highlight your publications in scholarly journals and/or conferences, graduate theses and/or research projects as applicable. These materials are evidence of interest and commitment to scholarly activities and research.
- Statement of Purpose (not to exceed two pages) which addresses the following questions:
- What will a PhD enable you to accomplish that you otherwise would not be able to do? Why do you want to earn your PhD in Information Technology from UNO, and how do your research interests align with current faculty’s work?
- What background, qualifications, and/or skills do you have that you believe are essential to success in this program?
- In what ways have you demonstrated your ability to take initiative and work independently?
- If you have participated in collaborative research, what was your role on those projects?
- If you have included additional materials beyond the requirements, explain them.
- Writing Sample
- Evidence of graduate potential in the form of academic papers, publications, theses or project reports done in an academic or industrial setting. Group project reports do not constitute evidence of an applicant's writing ability.
- If a single-authored document is not available, you may prepare a 1-2 page research agenda highlighting 2-3 relevant research papers, directions for research, and opportunities for collaboration with UNO faculty.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- From references who can give an in-depth evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work, and who are competent to judge your probability of success in graduate school.
- Letters must be submitted directly to the application system by the letter writers.
Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, management information systems, bioinformatics, cybersecurity or a closely related discipline can apply for admission to the PhD program. Admission decisions are based on the review of application material by the College of IS&T's Doctoral Program Committee (DPC).
In addition to an applicant's past academic record and scholarly potential mentioned above, the DPC will consider the match between the applicant's research interests and ongoing research by the IS&T graduate faculty while making admission decisions.
The committee will no longer offer "conditional" admission option for international graduate students. To be officially admitted into the Graduate College, an international applicant must have a qualifying English Language Proficiency score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) on file with the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants who do not have a qualifying English language proficiency score must fulfill the English proficiency requirement prior to being admitted to a graduate program.
Admission Decision Timeline
Candidates who meet the minimum requirements may be invited by the committee to phone interviews. These are usually conducted within 4-8 weeks following the application deadline. Admission decisions are usually made within 2-3 weeks following the phone interview.