All graduate students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, respectful manner in all aspects of their graduate education and in all interactions with peers, faculty, staff, and other members of the academic community.
Academic integrity is a universal principle in the scholarly community, and it is fundamental to the work you’ll do on this campus, as a researcher, a teacher, and as a student. Graduate students are expected to know, understand, and comply with the Student Code of Conduct and the university’s policies on academic integrity. The university expects all graduate students to act at all times with unwavering integrity. At UNL, you will be held to the highest standards of academic integrity.
Academic integrity at the graduate level is taken very seriously and academic misconduct, when discovered, has serious consequences. The Student Code of Conduct outlines the University’s expectations regarding academic integrity. In accordance with the established procedures as described in the Code, students who commit acts of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action, and are granted due process and the right to appeal any decision.
Questions regarding the procedures for handling incidents of academic dishonesty may be directed to the Dean of Students, 106 Canfield Administration Building (0418), 472-2021, who is primarily responsible for administering the Student Code of Conduct.
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska to administer all of its educational programs and related supporting services in a manner which does not discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, religion or political affiliation.
Any unwanted communication of a sexual nature, whether verbal, physical, written, or pictorial, which has the purpose or effect of intimidating the person receiving the communication, or any solicitation of sexual conduct of any nature when submission to or rejection of such contact is used as the basis for either implicitly or explicitly imposing favorable or adverse terms and conditions of academic standing constitutes sexual harassment and will not be condoned or tolerated.
Appropriate corrective action will be taken toward any student or employee who is found to have violated UNL's non-discrimination or sexual harassment policies. Further, UNL commits itself toward the assurance of non-retaliation toward the person suspecting or experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment.
If you suspect or experience discrimination, sexual harassment, or retaliation toward yourself or others, please keep records of specifics and report the conduct.
If you do not feel comfortable telling the person to stop the behavior, or if the behavior does not cease once you have made the request that it do so, you may tell an administrator, professor or counselor. These individuals are then required to pass the information on to the people who can take corrective action.
You may also contact the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, 106 Canfield Administration Building South, (402) 472-2021, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, 128 Canfield Administration Building North, (402) 472-3417, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.
More information regarding discrimination, harassment and avenues available is posted on most bulletin boards in buildings throughout the UNL campus.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln defines the following student information as public directory information:
Student name, local address, permanent addresses, telephone numbers, year at the University (i.e. Freshman, Sophomore, etc.), dates of attendance, academic college and major field of study, enrollment status, (e.g. undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees, honors and awards received and most recent education agency or institution attended.
Directory information will be available to the public upon request and may be included in student directories published electronically and in hard copy. However, students have the right to have directory information withheld from the public, if they so desire. During the first two weeks of any semester, a student who wants all or any directory information to be withheld shall so indicate by completing a form obtained from the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building South, (402) 472-3635. The student's request will be processed within a reasonable amount of time. Directory information already included in hard copy publications will be removed at the next printing of the hard copy publication.
You can view the official notice about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln reaffirms that all women and men--administrators, faculty, staff and students--are to be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect. Any form of sexual harassment is prohibited.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature when:
Sexual harassment will not be condoned during the work or school day, nor will acts of sexual harassment be permitted outside the work or school environment if such acts affect the normal work environment or student/teacher relationship. UNL provides grievance procedures for violations of this policy. For further information, contact:
Equity, Access, and Diversity Programs
128 Canfield Administration Building
PO Box 880437
Lincoln, NE 68555-0437
Appropriate corrective action will be taken in those instances where the foregoing policies have been violated. Any student or employee who is found to have violated any of the aforementioned policies will be subject to disciplinary action.
Further, UNL commits itself to a program of affirmative action to encourage the enrollment of minority and female students; to identify and eliminate the effects of any past discrimination in the provisions of educational and related services; and to establish organizational structures of procedures which assure equal treatment and equal access to the facilities and educational benefits of the institution for all students.
UNL complies with all applicable laws promoting equal educational and employment opportunity prohibiting unlawful discrimination, including those addressing the obligations of the institution under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Information concerning violations of the policy and inquiries regarding UNL compliance with equal opportunity mandates, affirmative action, and other inclusions should be directed to:
Equity, Access, and Diversity Programs
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
128 Canfield Administration Building
PO Box 880437
Lincoln, NE 68588-0437
(402) 472-3417 U.S. and Canada
(800) 742-8800 (toll-free)
A formal discrimination grievance procedure is available at UNL for those seeking redress. Copies of the EEO Grievances Procedures are available from the Equity, Access and Diversity Programs Office and in most departments. Those wishing to file formal complaints outside UNL may contact the Equity, Access and Diversity Programs Office for appropriate names and addresses of external agencies to which such communications may be directed. Students who believe that discrimination occurred within the educational setting may also contact:
Director, Office for Civil Rights
Department of Education
Washington, DC 20202
Graduate students may be admitted into one of the following categories.
Admission to the Graduate College as a degree-seeking student requires application to both Graduate Studies and the Graduate Committee within an academic unit. Applicants to a degree program must send an application, application fee, one official transcript from all post-secondary schools attended, and fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies, such as statement of goals, test scores, portfolios, etc. Specific requirements for each department are listed in Programs Offered.
Non-degree, post-baccalaureate admission to the Graduate College is completed through the Graduate Studies office. Applicants are reviewed for minimum standards upon receipt of an application, application fee and one official baccalaureate or higher degree transcript.
Those seeking another undergraduate degree should contact Undergraduate Admissions for advising and assistance. Students seeking a non-degree admission for an initial teacher certification, renewal of a teacher certification, or additional teaching endorsements should contact the College of Education and Human Sciences Student Services Center.
Limitations to a non-degree, post-baccalaureate admission:
An Express Admission allows a student to register for classes without waiting for Graduate Studies to receive transcripts. The admission may be extended beyond one term only upon receipt of an official degree transcript. Applicants requesting an Express Admission must be eligible for non-degree post-baccalaureate admission and have earned a bachelors or higher degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
Admission is available to applicants who are actively pursuing graduate studies at U.S. institutions other than the University of Nebraska campuses, and requires submission of an application, application fee, and letter of good standing from the home institution.
Enrollment is limited to two consecutive terms (semesters and/or full summer enrollment).
Intercampus Admission/Intercampus Registration UNO, UNMC and UNK graduate students will use an online application for intercampus registration to register for courses at UNL and will retain their admission at their degree-objective campus. To apply for this admission category, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at your home campus or complete the Online Request for Intercampus Enrollment.
Any non-degree student who seeks admission to a degree program must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies and be recommended for admission by the departmental or area Graduate Committee. There is no guarantee of ultimate admission to a degree program from non-degree status, nor is there any guarantee that credits earned as a non-degree student will be applied toward a graduate degree. Admission to a degree program must be gained prior to the accumulation of half of the hours required under each of the degree options. Some graduate-level hours completed by non-degree post-baccalaureate students prior to degree program enrollment may be included in a program of studies at the discretion of the major and/or minor department and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. It is imperative to check with your desired department to obtain information about the maximum number of hours that may be completed prior to admission to their program.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln welcomes students from all countries as part of the student body and the Office of Graduate Studies encourages applications from qualiﬁed students throughout the world.
It is recognized that educational systems in other countries differ from that of the United States. Comparability of international course work and degrees will be determined by departmental Graduate Committees and by the Office of Graduate Studies. Generally, a four-year ﬁrst university degree from an academic institution outside the U.S. will be accepted as comparable to the U.S. bachelors degree if the degree grants eligibility for graduate study at institutions within the same country.
Application materials from international students must include uploaded copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations. These unofficial documents will be used for application review. Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records cannot be used. Students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.
It is recommended that applicants outside the U.S. begin applying approximately one year in advance of the desired ﬁrst enrollment. The following dates are suggested to have all materials on ﬁle: March 1 for ﬁrst semester (beginning in August); September 1 for second semester (beginning in January); and February 1 for summer (beginning in June).
All international applicants seeking F-1 student visas must apply for degree programs rather than non-degree, post-baccalaureate status.
Evidence of adequate ﬁnancial resources for tuition and living expenses is required of all international students seeking F-1 or J-1 visas, including those who received their baccalaureate degrees at UNL. Students should not assume funds or work opportunities will be available at a later date, and should be prepared to have their living and educational expenses increase annually. University-wide fellowships may be sought after one year of graduate study in the U.S. More information is available to eligible candidates from the Office of Graduate Studies.
Applicants to the Graduate College whose native language is not English are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of at least 6.5. Some departments require higher scores for admission.
As a new international student, you may be required to take the English Language Test upon your arrival in Lincoln. Check your Certiﬁcate of Admission from the Office of Graduate Studies to conﬁrm whether you are required to sit for this exam. Typically all new students are required to take the ELT if the score is:
Exemptions from the ELT requirement may be granted based on sufficiently high TOEFL or IELTS writing scores, or for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree from a U.S. university or a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.
New holders of teaching assistantships who are non-native speakers of English must attend the International Teaching Assistant Institute. The summer Institute, a concentrated 90-hour program, is held the last week of July and the ﬁrst week of August. For more information about the availability of assistantships and the Institute, contact your program’s Graduate Committee chair.
UNL’s Intensive English Program (IEP) welcomes graduate students who wish to study English intensively prior to enrolling in a graduate program.
For information and applications, contact:
Mr. Christy Dunsmore, Director
Program in English as a Second Language
Department of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
513 East Nebraska Hall
901 N 17th Street
PO Box 880507
Lincoln, NE 68588-0507
(402) 472-4636 Fax
One degree is conferred. There is one diploma but two majors have been completed and both majors are listed on the transcript. Work must be completed at the same time.
For example, there are three double majors approved at the doctoral level:
Statistics & Agronomy
Statistics & Economics
Statistics & Natural Resource Sciences
The professional/scholastic goals of some graduate students may be enhanced substantially by acquiring more knowledge than is currently provided by the option of earning a minor. They can do this by studying in a second field as a double major. This is not the same as a dual degree (i.e., two Masters degrees in separate majors, typically 60+ credit hours).
Graduate students in pre-approved programs may have the option of attaining a double major within the same degree (e.g., Master of Arts or a Ph.D. in two different majors):
If a student is already pursuing a major in a degree program, then decides he or she would like to obtain a second major, a new application is required. The new application must be approved by the original graduate committee prior to review by the second graduate committee.
Once the degree is conferred, a second major cannot be attained. Students then would be required to apply for admission to a second degree program, and upon acceptance, complete all requirements of a full independent program.
Students pursuing a dual degree must be accepted separately by each degree program, with the knowledge and approval of the Graduate Dean. For more information, refer to the dual program descriptions within the departmental graduate program summary under the appropriate departmental entry.
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 (see Dual Degree Programs below). When a student has received admission for two masters programs, the same course credit will not be accepted for more than one degree without prior approval of the Graduate Program Committees through which the programs are administratively assigned and the Dean for Graduate Studies.
One degree from two University of Nebraska system-wide institutions. This is rarely practiced.
There is currently one approved joint degree program offered in Educational Administration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
All men and women who plan to attend the University and will be affected by the educational assistance and vocational rehabilitation laws administered by the Veterans Administration should inquire at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, before registering for classes.
See also: Veterans Resources.
Approximately 1,900 teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students during the regular academic year in various departments within the university. The assistantships typically require 13 to 19.6 hours of service per week. During the fall and spring terms, graduate assistants may not work more than 19.6 hours per week, all jobs considered.
There are benefits eligible and non-benefits eligible assistantships. Benefits eligible assistantships provide a tuition waiver and partial waiver of the student health insurance premium non-benefits eligible do not.
A graduate assistantship provides financial support for a graduate student for a set period of time during which the student is expected to pursue activities towards the advanced degree. To hold a graduate assistantship, a student must be admitted to a department or area with a specific graduate degree objective and must be enrolled during the period of the assistantship.
A teaching assistantship in an academic department provides a stipend to a student who is typically assisting in the department’s teaching program. A graduate teaching assistant is required to spend 13-19.6 hours per week (.33 to .49 FTE) during the academic year, engaged in teaching activity (grading, assisting a professor with a course, etc.). The teaching assistant is expected to continue working towards the advanced degree while being a teaching assistant.
The Graduate Council recommends that all departments require graduate teaching assistants to participate in workshops for teaching assistants. Graduate assistants may be expected to provide their academic adviser with a written report of their academic progress at the conclusion of the period for which the teaching assistantship is awarded.
All international graduate students who wish to be employed as teaching assistants at UNL must attend the Institute for International Teaching Assistants. The Institute is an intensive training program held the last week of July and the first week of August. For more information on the availability of assistantships, contact the graduate committee of the appropriate department.
Because of the potential for the exploitation of graduate students, any assignment of responsibilities, such as teaching a course, must be associated with a fair and reasonable compensation. This principle precludes a graduate student from “volunteering” for any significant service to the department without an appropriate stipend.
A research assistantship provides a stipend to a student who is typically assisting a professor with a research project, enabling the graduate student to work towards an advanced degree. Work required by the graduate research assistantship that is not directly related to the student's own program shall not exceed 13-19.6 hours per week (.33 to .49 FTE). Students receiving research assistantships may be expected to provide their academic adviser with a written report of their academic progress at the conclusion of the period for which the research assistantship is awarded.
Other graduate research assistantships provide a stipend to a student who is assisting an academic or nonacademic department with a wide variety of functions. Work required by the graduate research assistantship that is not directly related to the student's own program shall not exceed 13-19.6 hours per week (.33 to .49 FTE). Students receiving such assistantships in non-academic departments may be expected to provide their academic adviser with a written report of their academic progress at the conclusion of the period for which the graduate assistantship is awarded.
To hold a graduate assistantship a student must be admitted to a department or area with a specific graduate degree objective and must be enrolled for credit during the tenure of the assistantship.
Individual departments make assistantship appointments. Students interested in being considered for assistantships in their major should indicate that on the Application for Admission. Further inquiries should be directed to the graduate chair or the chair of the student's prospective department.
The responsibilities of the graduate assistant and the method by which the student will be evaluated should be provided in writing to the student by the immediate supervisor at the beginning of the assistantship.
Tuition remission of up to 12 hours per semester is provided as a benefit of eligible assistantships. Students holding eligible assistantships are provided basic individual student health insurance coverage with related benefits. The University subsidizes part of the student health insurance premium for eligible graduate assistants.
Eligibility for assistantship benefits must meet all of the following criteria:
If a graduate assistant resigns or their assistantship is terminated during the semester before four full months of consecutive service (e.g., 120 consecutive days within the semester dates, August-December OR January-May) all benefits will be lost and the student will be responsible for the total tuition payment and health insurance premiums.
Departments may differentiate graduate teaching assistantship stipends by graduate student status (master's or doctoral-level, first year or experienced) or by number of hours of work required by the assistantship. Within departments and within each level of differentiation, stipends should generally be equivalent. Guidelines used to determine stipend levels should be available to students through the department or graduate committee chair.
If a graduate assistant, while on an appointment during both semesters of the preceding academic year, was paid a stipend meeting the minimum qualification for summer tuition, the student is not charged tuition for the first 6 hours during the summer sessions. If such a stipend met the next level of qualification, the student is not charged tuition for the first 12 hours during the summer sessions. (Specific dollar amounts are available each year from the Office of Graduate Studies.)
A student on a non-benefits eligible graduate assistantship is charged tuition at resident rates if the stipend received is equal to, or greater than, the total of the amount set by the University for the relative summer session.
Each department or unit shall establish its own documented procedures for recruitment, selection, retention and dismissal of graduate assistants in accordance with UNL graduate policy and Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity guidelines. These procedures shall be made available to each graduate student and posted in the department. Individual departments may establish a required minimum course load for funded students.
Departments must provide students with an official signed offer letter, informing them of assistantship expectations, responsibilities, and compensation. A graduate assistant’s duties are assigned by the departmental chair/head, graduate committee chair, administrative supervisor, or others. Graduate assistants are expected to be assigned relevant professional work that may include, among other tasks, teaching or assisting in a course (under the supervision of a director or mentor), grading for a course, working in a department-sponsored laboratory or instructional center, assisting a professor on a research project, professional conference development, tutoring, or development of administrative skills. All projects must be supervised by a member of the graduate faculty or administrative staff. No graduate assistant should be assigned to a project which is primarily clerical or housekeeping. A portion of any project may have clerical elements, but all projects should incorporate decision-making, judgment, analysis and evaluation skills.
Although students on graduate assistantships may not have employment exceeding 19.6 hours per week from all sources both on and off campus during the period of the assistantship, there is no limit to time spent on studies and research relating to the advanced degree. Recipients of graduate assistantships may qualify for additional funding through competitive fellowship awards. No additional service or work requirement is associated with fellowship awards.
The Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a signatory to the Council of Graduate Schools policy regarding the offering and acceptance of financial aid. Specifically, students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support for the coming academic year prior to April 15. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made.
Assistantships without a fixed term specified in the initial letter of offer may, at the discretion of the department, be renewed if the following criteria are met
Where the number of years of funding is within those specified in the initial letter of offer, an assistantship must be renewed if these four criteria are met.
The faculty member or staff person who supervises the assistant's work should conduct a timely written evaluation of the student's performance and provide a copy of that evaluation to the student and to the chair/director for placement in the student's file. This evaluation should take the following criteria into account
Evaluations of performance shall not be influenced on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation, nor shall they be influenced by students' exercise of their First Amendment freedoms of expression and association.
The academic freedom of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) is not necessarily coextensive with that of faculty. All GTAs are engaged in supervised teaching or instruction. Supervisors are responsible for defining the nature, scope and manner of instruction to be used for each course. Supervisors should communicate the extent to which GTAs have discretion to introduce additional material. Graduate teaching assistants should follow the instructions of the supervisor. Graduate teaching assistants may not be penalized for expressing their own views on matters within the scope of the course, provided they adequately represent these views as their own.
In interpreting teaching evaluations, supervisors shall make every effort to distinguish legitimate critiques of the course from negative evaluations due to a) prejudice against the GTA on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or other protected status, or b) disagreement with viewpoints expressed by the GTA or by students in the class.
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student's demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/or financial need. There is no service or work requirement associated with fellowship awards. A student holding a fellowship or a traineeship must be a full-time student during the period of appointment.
To be eligible a student must be admitted to a department or area with a specific graduate degree objective and must be enrolled in graduate academic course work. Students enrolled in certificate-only programs with no degree objective are ineligible for fellowships. International students must have completed one year of study at a US institution of higher education to be eligible for any of the current graduate student fellowships. Employees of the University of Nebraska, other than graduate assistants, are not eligible to receive a fellowship.
Tuition Fellowships remit tuition for the full or partial cost of graduate courses according to the specific fellowship guidelines for the term of the award. Recipients of tuition fellowships are responsible for university program and facilities fees unless specifically included in the award announcement. Recipients must be admitted to a graduate program with a specific graduate degree objective.
Full Support Fellowship Awards from Graduate Studies (Presidential and Fling Fellowships) provide stipend payments for recipients of these awards. Fellowship recipients are required to be full-time students (at least 9 credit hours or have an approved full-time graduate status form) during the period of appointment and may hold another major fellowship. They may not engage in remunerative employment, including a graduate assistantship or traineeship.
Partial Support Fellowship Awards. Some fellowships provide partial support; students with these fellowships may hold other fellowships and assistantships.
The fellowship award should not in any way affect the amount of a graduate assistantship salary unless there is an accompanying real decrease in the teaching or research assignment and the corresponding FTE. Because of the potential appearance of a possible conflict of interest, employees of the University of Nebraska (other than graduate assistants) are ineligible for fellowship stipend awards.
Continuation of graduate fellowships may be denied to recipients under the following conditions:
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) does not participate in the granting of fellowships or assistantships but does maintain current information on other forms of financial support available to students.
To apply for Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the processing center as soon as possible after January 1. Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Work-Study are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to domestic students with a completed financial aid file as long as funds are available. (International students are ineligible to apply for federal loans.)
To have a completed file, a student must:
Procedures and dates pertaining to registration are provided by the Office of the University Registrar. Additional questions concerning graduate registration procedures should be referred to the Office of Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall, 402-472-2875.
Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy status must be registered every fall and spring semester until they graduate. Failure to maintain registration may result in the termination of the student’s program.
Formerly enrolled graduate students who have not attended classes for three consecutive terms must request a reactivation of their eligibility to register for classes by emailing email@example.com.
Auditing gives a currently enrolled student (or currently admitted student) the privilege of attending class, but credit is not earned and a grade of AU is assigned when auditing a class.
All persons wishing to audit a course must be admitted and eligible to enroll in classes for the term in which they audit. The fee for auditing a course is the same as the regular resident or non-resident tuition for the term, and both UPFF and other course fees apply to the class.
To audit a course:
A graduate student who has registered in error (for example, enrollment in the undergraduate level of a 400/800 course) should correct the error through the normal drop and add process during the term in which the error occurred. In the event the error is not recognized until a grade is posted, the student may appeal for correction of registration within sixty days of the posting of the grade report in the Office of the University Registrar. Changes to a student registration record will not be made more than sixty days after grades are posted.
Graduate students holding any fellowship(s) are required to be enrolled as a full-time student as defined in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. Students with external or departmental fellowships must follow the specific granting agency requirements.
Graduate students holding a traineeship are required to be enrolled full-time or be full-time certified during the tenure of their traineeship. Other remunerative employment must follow the granting agency requirements.
A student who holds a graduate assistantship may not work more than half time, or 19.6 hours per week, all jobs considered, including assistantship(s) and paid internships. Internships are considered work in a training environment related to the student’s educational career for which they receive pay. Therefore, an assistantship and an internship may not be held by a student simultaneously if the total hours between the two equal more than 19.6 hours per week. This applies to fall and spring terms only.
Graduate students who are not employed, or graduate research assistants who are performing duties that are 100 percent thesis related, may register for a maximum of 15 credit hours during an academic year semester, 6 credit hours during one five-week summer session, 9 credit hours during one eight-week summer session, or 3 credit hours during the pre-session.
Graduate students who are employed are advised not to exceed the following registration guidelines established by the Graduate Council.
|Hours Employed per week||Maximum Registration Guidelines (credit hours)|
|Academic Year Semester||8-week Summer Session||5-week Summer Session||*3-week Summer Pre-session|
These guidelines reflect the fact that graduate-level course work serves mainly as a guide for independent, scholarly study. Graduate students are expected to master subjects and to devote substantial time in independent library and laboratory investigation beyond minimum credit hour requirements.
For courses offered within a summer session, a general guideline is a maximum registration of 1 credit hour per week of instruction.
|Registration Requirements for Financial Aid|
|Academic Year||Full-time (F)||9 or more cr hrs|
|3/4-time (T)||6-8 cr hrs|
|1/2-time (H)||4-5 cr hrs|
|Summer||Full-time (F)||8 or more cr hrs|
|3/4-time (T)||6-7 cr hrs|
|1/2-time (H)||4-5 cr hrs|
Minimum registration required for financial aid during the summer is 4 credit hours of enrollment. These credits can be taken in different summer sessions; however, financial aid is disbursed during the session the student reaches half-time enrollment.
|Academic Year||Full-time (F)||9 cr hrs|
|3/4-time (T)||6-8 cr hrs|
|1/2-time (H)||4-5 cr hrs|
|Less than 1/2-time (L)||1-3 cr hrs|
|Summer||Full-time (F)||6 cr hrs|
|3/4-time (T)||4-5 cr hrs|
|1/2-time (H)||3 cr hrs|
|Less than 1/2-time (L)||1-2 cr hrs|
Graduate students are considered full time when registered for 9 credit hours during an academic semester or at least 6 credit hours during the summer, whether or not the student holds a graduate assistantship.
Students in a thesis-option masters degree program (Option I) or doctoral student in candidacy, may request to be full-time certified each semester they are under enrolled for the time limit allowed for their degree.In order to be eligible to utilize the full-time certification, the student must be currently registered for at least one credit hour and have been registered at least half time (i.e., at least 4 credits) in the fall and spring terms prior to the initiation of the full-time certification status. Masters students may utilize the full-time certification not longer than 12 months; doctoral candidates may utilize the full-time certification not longer than 24 months.
Graduate assistants are not required to register for courses during the summer term. Graduate assistants employed in the summer but who are not registered for 4 credits hours during the summer term are subject to FICA and Medicare taxes; fees for recreation center usage; limited access to libraries and health center fees.
Tuition and fee rates are subject to change at the direction of the Board of Regents. For the current tuition and fees charges in effect, visit the UNL Student Accounts homepage.
Students who elect to withdraw from the University within the first four weeks of a semester, or within the first two weeks of a summer session, may be entitled to a fractional refund of tuition. The conditions of eligibility for refunds are subject to change. The current conditions are described on the University Registrar’s web site on the academic calendar.
Regulations pertaining to resident status for tuition purposes are established by the Board of Regents. Initial determination of resident status is made at the time of admission and is noted on the Certificate of Admission. If a non-resident student wishes to change status, it is necessary to file an application with the Office of Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall. Download the full information on the requirements for resident status and application form from our Website.
Members of the academic-administrative, managerial professional, and office-service staffs employed full time are eligible for the Employee and Dependent Scholarship Program. They can register for 15 credit hours each academic year (August through July). Participants are required to be fully admitted and to pay $1 per credit hour plus technology fees. Part-time, temporary staff members and those employed only for the summer session must pay regular fees.
If a student wishes to drop all courses being taken in the term, this is considered a withdrawal. Withdrawals may be accomplished through the MyRED system. Students may withdraw from classes, regardless of circumstance, from the first day of classes through the 3/4-point of the term. Withdrawals that occur after the second week (or 2/16th) of the term but before the 3/4-point will be noted by automatic entry of a “W” grade for all uncompleted courses.
Any withdraw from classes after the 3/4 point of the term must be for extraordinary circumstances and will be granted only by petition through the Office of Graduate Studies. The following documentation is needed:
The Graduate College, except in a few departments where such a choice is not feasible, offers the degrees of master of arts and master of science under three options. Limitations concerning options for the masters degree in the individual majors are shown in the beginning portion of each department’s requirements in the Courses of Instruction section of this bulletin. In choosing an option a student should be guided by the type of training desired.
A masters degree student may change his/her declared Option at any time during the program of study with written approval from the adviser, the Chair of the Graduate Committee in the student’s major and the Dean for Graduate Studies. The only exception to this policy is that students may not change from Option I to any other Option if certification of full time status has been utilized.
The major for the masters degree under any option may be met with approved courses selected from those offered in any department which has been approved to offer a program leading to the masters degree, refer to graduate degrees offered.
A minor for the masters degree under any option must consist of at least 9 semester hours. A minor may
Approved fields of study, which may be selected within each administrative department, must be approved by the Graduate Council for use as a minor and are indicated in this bulletin in the sections of the program for the respective departments. Approved fields of specialization are listed under those sections of this bulletin which pertain to the departments concerned.
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Students preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or in college or university teaching.
Students who don’t intend to pursue a graduate degree beyond the masters.
Students who plan to continue scholarly work in a chosen field past the masters level.
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A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular course work
A minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major and either one or two minors
A minimum of 36 semester hours of credit
Yes (equivalent to 6-10 semester hours). At least one-half of the required work, including thesis, must be taken in one major subject (at least 18 hours for the master of education degree).
Yes, at least 9 semester hours
Yes, at least 9 semester hours
Eight hours credit, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
At least 12 of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts)
At least 18 of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Students pursuing the master of professional accountancy degree must earn at least 20 semester hours of credit in courses open exclusively to graduate students; at least 15 semester hours of these graduate-only courses must be in Accounting.
Must complete 10-12 semester hours of the required credit in regularly scheduled campus courses, excluding credit in thesis research
Must complete at least 18 hours in regularly scheduled campus courses. At least one-half of the work for a masters degree must be in the department or area constituting the student’s major.
Must complete at least 18 hours in regularly scheduled campus courses. At least one-half of the work for a masters degree must be in the department or area constituting the student’s major.
10 consecutive years. Course work exceeding ten years will not apply toward the partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for masters degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
10 consecutive years Course work exceeding ten years will not apply toward the partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for masters degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
10 consecutive years. Course work exceeding ten years will not apply toward the partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for masters degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Not open for the master of professional accountancy degree.
Not open for master of professional accountancy degree.
Master of education is only available as an Option II.
Not open to students seeking the masters of science degree in either agronomy or horticulture.
Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations and UNL assurance documents to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The IRB New Protocol Submission form must be completed online via NUGrant; the Application to Use Animals is available from the Office of Research Responsibility.
The IRB and IACUC will not review projects already in progress. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research. Evidence of IRB/IACUC approval must be submitted at the time the final version of the thesis or dissertation is filed.
The Memorandum of Courses must be
A student is admitted to Candidacy for the masters degree when admission deficiencies have been removed and when the ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate studies has been demonstrated, by filing a Memorandum of Courses in the Office of Graduate Studies.
Students are all required to take either a written comprehensive examination or an oral examination.
Within 24 months prior to the date of graduation, a comprehensive (written and/or oral) examination is (are) required to cover the student’s approved program of study, as specified by the appropriate departments. The comprehensive examination in the minor field(s) (written and/or oral) may be waived subject to the approval of the minor department(s) provided all grades in the minor department are at least a B or pass.
If an oral examination is required, the examining committee, approved by the Office of Graduate Studies on recommendation of the major department, will consist of at least three members representing the major department and the minor department (if applicable).
If the degree is being earned under Option I without a final oral examination, the thesis must be approved in writing by a Graduate Faculty member in addition to the major adviser. For an oral examination to be waived, the student must have completed a written examination within the 24 month time requirement. All professors on the examining committee must either be on the Graduate Faculty, or be non-Graduate Faculty approved to perform specified Graduate Faculty duties.
If a member of the examining committee other than the chair leaves the employ of the University, or retires, a replacement should be appointed. In certain circumstances where a special and needed continuing expertise is involved and the faculty member is willing to continue serving, the departing faculty member may continue as a member or co-chair of the committee, with approval of the department Graduate Committee and the UNL Dean of Graduate Studies.
In the event that members of an oral examining committee are not unanimous regarding passing a Candidate, the student is to be approved for the degree if only one examiner dissents. The dissenting member of the committee will be expected to file a letter of explanation in the Office of Graduate Studies.
If a student fails to pass the final oral or written examination for an advanced degree, the committee must file a report on the failure in the Office of Graduate Studies and indicate what the student must do before taking another examination. Another examination may not be held during the same semester or the same summer session in which the student failed.
The subject of the thesis should be chosen from the candidate’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in her/his field of investigation.
The thesis must conform in style and form to the guidelines set forth in the Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of an Electronic Thesis found in our Masters Degree Forms and Deadlines.
A Candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved by the major adviser
The masters thesis and abstract in preliminary form must be approved by the adviser prior to applying for the final oral examination or for its waiver and should be presented to the committee at least two weeks prior to the oral examination.
At least two weeks before the date of the oral examination, submit an electronic copy of the thesis and abstract for preliminary review to the Masters Degree Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies (note: for summer sessions, submit an electronic copy of the thesis and the abstract at least one week before the date for the oral examination).
Following the successful completion of the oral examination, the student should submit an electronic copy to the Masters Degree Specialist for final approval.
Once the student receives notification of final approval, the thesis should be uploaded to Digital Commons. Upon a successful upload, the student will receive an email notification. Follow these steps:
This outline of procedure should be studied carefully in connection with the deadlines published in the UNL Graduate Studies calendar. See Masters Degree Forms and Deadlines.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree emphasizes the application of theory to the improvement of educational practice. The test of knowledge is the ability to demonstrate applicability to a variety of educational situations. Emphasis is upon the development of decision-oriented inquiry skills in which the educator applies theory and knowledge to the solution of educational problems. The person holding the doctor of education degree is a practitioner of education, but one whose practice is drawn from a highly developed, scholarly study of educational theory coupled with skills of analysis which permit direct application of that theory.
To qualify for the Ed.D. degree, the student must meet the following requirements:
The residency and time requirements and the regulations pertaining to appointment of Supervisory Committees and submission of Programs of Studies for the Doctor of Education are the same as those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. See Doctoral Degree Requirements.
An applicant for a doctoral degree in education must:
To qualify for the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree, it is the student’s responsibility to meet the following requirements:
The residency and time requirements and the regulations pertaining to appointment of Supervisory Committees and submission of Programs of Studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts are the same as those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with the exception of the dissertation hours required. Please refer to Doctoral Degree Requirements.
Establishing the Supervisory Committee will depend upon the student’s demonstrated ability in the fundamental subject matter of his or her field and on professional promise.
After admission requirements have been fulfilled, conferral of the DMA degree is contingent on a high level of attainment in the candidate’s major area. In composition, this will include performances of compositions composed after acceptance into the doctoral program. Work submitted for approval must include one work for chamber ensemble and one work for orchestra or its equivalent. In performance and jazz studies, this will include four full recitals and one lecture recital. The literature performed at these recitals must be representative of all major schools and styles within the performer’s chosen discipline. In conducting, three full recitals are required.
In addition, proficiency in music scholarship must be demonstrated by the completion of a doctoral document or, as determined by the composition faculty, other options for composition students, and completion of academic studies in music.
When a student has successfully completed the required coursework (excluding the final recital, applied music, ensemble and/or document), the student may petition for comprehensive examinations, which will be both written and oral. When these are successfully completed, the student is admitted to Candidacy for the degree. For further information, see “Comprehensive Examination and Admission to Candidacy” section. The presentation of the final recital or composition will take place after admission to Candidacy. The completion of the abstract and the doctoral document and its defense will complete requirements for the degree.
To qualify for the doctoral degree, it is the student’s responsibility to meet the following requirements:
All doctoral students need to establish academic residency to ensure their doctoral program is reasonably compact, continuous, and cohesive, and that a substantial portion is in fact done at and under close supervision by the University.
In order to assure that students are under careful advisement and mentoring throughout their careers, a Supervisory Committee is established before a doctoral student has accumulated 45 credit hours including any transfer hours but excluding research or language tools.
The Supervisory Committee is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies based upon a recommendation of the departmental or program Graduate Committee in the student’s major prior to the approval of the program of study.
The Supervisory Committee consists of at least four resident Graduate Faculty members.
The Chair of a doctoral student’s committee serves as the advisor and mentor of the student. Once the student’s research focus has been determined, the Chair
All members of the committee serve as additional resources and mentors for the student. Along with others on the committee, they vote to allow the student into candidacy, request an extension and determine the outcome of the student’s dissertation defense. Members may serve as the reader or outside representative.
Two members of the supervisory committee may be designated as readers of the student’s dissertation. They, along with the Chair, read the draft(s) of the dissertation to determine if the student is ready to defend. They sign the Application for Final Oral if the student is approved to move forward with the defense. Courtesy members may serve as readers.
One member of the committee must be external to the student’s major program but within the University of Nebraska system. If the student is seeking a minor, the graduate faculty member representing the student’s minor may serve as the Outside Representative. He or she may serve as a reader on the student’s committee.
Faculty external to the University of Nebraska system may serve as a fifth committee member on the student’s committee. Courtesy members may serve as readers and have voting rights for the student’s committee. Only one courtesy member may serve per committee. Courtesy members may not serve as outside representatives.
Once the committee has been formed, an Appointment of Supervisory Committee form, signed by the Graduate Committee Chair, should be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies.
Changes to the Supervisory Committee may be made if the Supervisory Committee chair leaves the employ of the University, or retires or is otherwise unable to serve on the Committee. The Office of Graduate Studies must be notified immediately and a change in the Supervisory Committee made as follows:
Graduate faculty who have retired and been appointed to emeritus status may co-chair the supervisory committees of doctoral students with a resident graduate faculty member. Emeritus faculty may continue to serve as members of committees.
Changes may be made to a Supervisory Committee any time prior to the submission of the Application for Final Oral Exam using the Change of Committee form.
The UNL Graduate Faculty welcomes associations with faculty members from other institutions who might contribute unique expertise to our doctoral programs. These external experts are given courtesy membership on a doctoral student’s committee. Courtesy members
Appointment of a courtesy member is accomplished by the submission of the Courtesy Committee Member form signed by the Supervisory Committee chair and Graduate Committee chair. A current CV from the courtesy member should be submitted with this form (the CV may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org "Courtesy Member CV" in the subject line).
The Program of Studies should be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies with at least half of the program of courses remaining to be taken for the student’s doctoral program.
The Program of Studies should
The Supervisory Committee will determine what course work taken prior to filing of a Program of Studies, including hours earned toward the masters degree(s), will be accepted as part of the 90-hour program.
Any subsequent change in the program is approved by the Supervisory Committee and the action reported to the Office of Graduate Studies in writing.
A student may include a minor within their Program of Studies. A minor
A graduate faculty member from the minor program must be a member of the student’s Supervisory Committee.
There is no uniform language or research tool requirement for UNL Graduate Studies. However, certain departments have specific research tool and/or language requirements. Students should contact their Graduate Chair for specific requirements related to research and/or language tools.
All required language or research tools requirements for the student's program should be listed on the Program of Studies by the Supervisory Committee and be satisfied prior to filing the Application for Admission to Candidacy, which is due at least seven months before the scheduled final oral examination.
A student may select a field of study that integrates material offered in two or more departments without meeting the specific major requirements of one program. To establish such a program of study the student must
The remaining work, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Committee, may include either a) supporting courses in the same or in related departments; or b) a minor field of study outside of the major department(s).
When a student has substantially completed studies in the doctoral program (PhD, EdD, DMA), he/she must pass a written comprehensive examination, in the major and minor fields of study.
When the student has passed the comprehensive examination, satisfied language and research tool requirements of her/his approved program, and removed any provisional admission requirements, the committee will recommend to the Office of Graduate Studies the doctoral student’s admission to Candidacy by filing the Application for Admission to Candidacy for the doctoral degree, noting the dates of completing the comprehensive examination(s).
The Application for Candidacy must be filed at least seven months prior to the final oral examination (dissertation defense).
Following admission to Candidacy the student must register for at least one credit hour during each fall and spring semester until he/she receives the doctoral degree, even if the student has already met the total dissertation hours on their approved program of study. Failure to register during each academic-year semester will result in termination of the program of study.
Should the Supervisory Committee determine the student has failed the comprehensive examination, a letter must be submitted by the chair of the Supervisory Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies stating the conditions under which the student may attempt another examination, or part thereof. Additional attempts may not be earlier than the following academic term or summer. Typically, but upon the discretion of the Supervisory Committee, only two attempts to pass the comprehensive examination will be permitted.
The dissertation is of no fixed length. It should treat a subject from the Candidate’s special field, approved by the Supervisory Committee. It should show the technical mastery of the field and advance or modify former knowledge, i.e., it should treat new material, or find new results, or draw new conclusions, or it should interpret old material in a new light. Each candidate for the degree shall submit with the dissertation an abstract of the same, not exceeding 350 words in length including the title.
For specific formatting guidelines required by the Office of Graduate Studies, the Guidelines for Preparation of an Electronic Dissertation should be consulted. Style guidelines are determined by the student’s specific discipline.
Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations and UNL assurance documents to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The IRB New Protocol Submission form must be completed online via NUgrant; the Application to Use Animals is available from the Office of Research Responsibility.
The IRB and IACUC will not review projects already in progress. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research. Evidence of IRB/IACUC approval must be submitted at the time the final version of the thesis or dissertation is filed.
Following approval by the major adviser, the dissertation and abstract should be presented to the Reading Committee in time for its review, and recommendation of its members at least five weeks prior to the oral examination. The Reading Committee consists of two members from the Supervisory Committee, excluding the Chair or Co-chair.
The Chair or Co-Chairs of the Supervisory Committee must file in the Office of Graduate at least three weeks prior to the oral examination either:
Once the candidate’s studies have been completed and the dissertation reviewed and approved by the Reading Committee and Supervisory Committee Chair(s), a final oral examination may be scheduled and given by the Supervisory Committee
The final oral examination for the PhD may not be scheduled unless a majority of the Supervisory Committee, including the Chair(s), are available for the examination. Exceptions may be made only by permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
An Application for Final Oral Exam should be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled defense. The submission of the application form indicates that the committee chair(s) and the readers (see Reading Committee) have read the dissertation, find it suitable for a defense and grant permission for the defense to be held. All committee members should be given sufficient time to read the dissertation prior to the student's defence.
The final examination for the doctoral degree is oral and open to members of both the University community and the public.
The Supervisory Committee reports the results of the final oral examination to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Following the successful completion of the oral examination, the student should consult the instructions received at the time of filing the Application for Final Oral Exam before submitting the required items in the Office of Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall.
Only abstracts/dissertations that meet all published requirements can be approved and stamped for depositing.
Before the degree is granted, each Candidate pays a processing fee, and if desired, an additional fee to cover the cost of registering a copyright.
The Educational Specialist degree prepares educational practitioners for specialized positions in public and private schools. It is especially appropriate for those individuals who wish preparation beyond the masters degree level, but who are not interested in doctoral work with its emphasis on research. The Ed.S. degree is a terminal degree and should not be viewed as a substitute for the doctorate nor as work completed toward it. See Educational Specialist Degree Forms and Deadlines.
A minimum of 66 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the Ed.S.degree. While specific requirements are determined by departmental units, in general 40 to 50 hours will be in core courses within the unit or closely related units, 3 hours or more will be research, 6 hours or more will be practicum, and 6 or more hours will be electives.
Applicants for the Ed.S. program should
Applications will be reviewed by faculty in the field of specialization and admission decisions made by the departmental Graduate Committee on the basis of academic and professional promise.
With approval by the Graduate Committee Chair of the department, a Supervisory Committee consisting of three graduate faculty is appointed. An Appointment of Supervisory Committee form should be filed before half of the hours are completed on the Program of Studies for the Ed.S.
The Program of Studies for the Ed.S. consists of core courses, research, practica, and electives. The student must complete at least 24 hours subsequent to approval of the program of studies.
The time limit on granting the Ed.S. degree is six years from the time of filing the student’s plan of studies in the Office of Graduate Studies.
A written comprehensive examination, developed by the Supervisory Committee, will be administered when the program is substantially complete. The committee determines the nature and duration of the examinations. The results will be reported to the Office of Graduate Studies on the Final Report Form.
Once the student has met all the requirements for the Ed.S. degree, a Final Report Form will be signed by all the committee members and submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. This should be done prior to the deadline.
The Department of Educational Administration offers a graduate-level administrator preparation program leading to a Certificate of Specialization in Educational Administration and Supervision. The minimum requirement is 66 semester credit hours, in a Program of Studies specified by the Department.
All students seeking the Certificate of Specialization must:
Our Programs Offered page lists available Graduate Certificates with application instructions and course requirements.
A graduate certificate program is a sequence of courses providing participants with specialized knowledge and skills for personal enrichment, professional advancement, and/or career change, providing a basic introduction to an established field of study, an interdisciplinary approach linking several fields, and/or a concentrated focus on a sub-field. A graduate certificate program is designed to enhance the marketability of graduate students or to provide a service to a segment of the community through short-term graduate education.
Students earn a certificate after completing a prescribed amount of coursework. Graduate certificate programs may function independently of degree programs, and lead to a certificate rather than a degree. (However, hours earned in certificate programs may be applied to a degree program.) Graduate certificate programs are typically designed for post-baccalaureate, graduate or post-graduate students. A completed graduate certificate will be noted on the official UNL graduate transcript.
Teacher certifications are granted by the State of Nebraska's Department of Education rather than by UNL. The UNL transcript will indicate completion of certificate requirements and eligibility for the state certificate. The following are among the academic objective options on the Application for Admission to Graduate Study.
UNL certification officer: Dr. Tom Wandzilak, College of Education and Human Sciences.See also: Academic Credit/Academic Progress Policies.
Graduate students are expected to maintain active status through continuous registration from the time they matriculate until they graduate. However, the Office of Graduate Studies recognizes that sometimes life events may make it impossible to continue active participation in a degree program. An Academic Leave of Absence makes it possible for a student to temporarily suspend his or her graduate studies and the pursuit of a degree. Providing a process for students to request—and take—an approved leave of absence from their studies for a specified period of time ensures that students have an opportunity to return to the University under the rules and policies in effect when they left and without affecting their time to degree.
An Academic Leave of Absence may be granted to students for illness or injury, to provide care or assistance for family and dependents, to meet military service obligations, or for other personal reasons.
Under this policy, active study can be suspended for one semester or more (up to a full academic year) during which the student would not be expected to make progress toward their degree. Students granted an approved Academic Leave of Absence are not required to register for any credit hours for the period covered by the approved Academic Leave of Absence. For Ph.D. students in candidacy, an Approved Academic Leave of Absence substitutes for the continuous enrollment requirement.
Students are expected to return from an Academic Leave of Absence. Students with an approved Academic Leave of Absence do not need to be readmitted.
Students considering an Academic Leave of Absence are strongly encouraged to discuss the impact of a leave on their plan of study with the graduate chair and their faculty advisor and develop a strategy for completing the degree program. When possible, students and faculty are encouraged to explore alternatives to an Academic Leave of Absence, so that students can remain registered and make progress toward the degree, even if at a slower pace. In some cases, there may be better alternatives to taking an official Academic Leave of Absence, for example: modifying program expectations; reducing coursework, research, teaching or other educational responsibilities; working at a slower pace; delaying milestone deadlines; or taking incompletes in the current semester with a plan to address them at a later time. Such within-semester alternatives allow a student to maintain eligibility for student services.
Students on leave are entitled to:
Students on leave are not entitled to:
Students must remain registered if making extensive use of University resources or faculty time.
No tuition and fees would be charged for the period during which a student is on an Academic Leave of Absence. An Academic Leave of Absence may have implications for a student’s federal financial aid and loans. Students should consult with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to determine how a leave status might affect their aid and eligibility to defer loan repayment. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their loan agency to verify their loan status before applying for an Academic Leave of Absence.
Other impacts on students taking an approved Academic Leave of Absence may include:
A student on an approved Academic Leave of Absence cannot take qualifying examinations for advancement to candidacy or final examinations for the degree, nor pursue their graduate studies on the campus in any other manner. A student may not receive academic credit for work done at another institution during the leave period unless an exception is approved in advance by the faculty advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
A student on leave may not hold a graduate assistantship appointment.
Doctoral students in candidacy who do not have an approved Academic Leave of Absence and who are not continuously enrolled for at least one credit hour during each fall and spring semester until receiving the doctoral degree (even if they have met the total dissertation hours on their approved Program of Study) will be dismissed from their graduate program.
Graduate students who wish to apply for an Academic Leave of Absence should consult with their graduate program chair and their faculty advisor to determine whether requesting an academic leave of absence is the most appropriate course of action. The student and the graduate program chair or director should discuss possible alternatives to a leave of absence.
Once a student decides that he or she needs to take a leave and has discussed the leave with his or her faculty advisor/supervisor, the student should complete an Academic Leave of Absence form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies with the required signatures. Requests for an Academic Leave of Absence must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Chair and the graduate program chair with concurrence of the UNL Dean of Graduate Studies. The student, the graduate chair, and the faculty supervisor will receive an email confirming that the request has been made, along with a copy of the signed Academic Leave of Absence form.
The Office of Graduate Studies recognizes there may be extenuating circumstances that could cause a student to request an extended Academic Leave of Absence. To extend an approved leave of absence, a student must notify the graduate program chair and his/her advisor at least four weeks prior to the end of the semester in which the leave terminates. An extension requires approval of the department. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) must approve an Academic Leave of Absence for all international students.
Students on academic leave are required to notify the Office of Graduate Studies and their graduate program, in writing, of their intention to return. To return from an approved Academic Leave of Absence, a student sends an email to email@example.com at least four weeks prior to the end of the Academic Leave of Absence (Subject: Returning from Academic Leave). The Masters or Doctoral Specialist will notify the graduate chair and the faculty advisor of the student’s intent to return.
Seniors at UNL may be permitted up to 12 hours of credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary for their undergraduate degree, provided that these credits are earned the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate.
Students taking graduate courses should check with their instructor on what their responsibilities are to remove an incomplete. Normally there is no time limit for graduate students to remove an incomplete. However, the instructor does have the option of determining the requirements for completing the course and requisite date for removal of incompletes. It is helpful to have these requirements in writing to ensure there is no miscommunication between the instructor and student. Typically, thesis and dissertation credit hours are graded following the defense of these projects.
Do not register for any course in which you currently have a grade of "I" (Incomplete). You should not re-register for an incomplete course during the time frame established by the instructor for the removal of an Incomplete. If you re-register for a course in which you are removing a grade of "I", you will be assessed tuition again.
Arrangements to remove an Incomplete (grade of "I") should be made with the instructor who taught the course. If an instructor leaves the University prior to the date set for the completion of a course, the chair of the academic department of the course will assume the role of the instructor.
When applied toward an advanced degree program, only courses at the 900 level, or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts, in the major department or interdepartmental area may be taken on a pass/no pass (P/N) basis. In minor, collateral, or supporting areas of work 800-level courses with 400 or lower counterparts can be taken on a P/N basis.
A student failing to receive a minimum acceptable grade for graduate-level credit may not continue his/her program of studies without permission of the supervisory group or the departmental graduate committee concerned, which may require a special examination to determine the student’s qualifications for further work.
No graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credit toward a masters program at UNL if the course work is 10 years or older or if the course work has been applied toward a previous masters degree at UNL or any other accredited institution. Similarly, no graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credit toward a subsequent doctoral program if the course work has been applied toward a previously completed doctoral degree at any institution, including UNL. Professional courses may not be transferred toward a graduate degree. All transfer credits must be approved the academic department.
All graduate credits to be counted toward the satisfaction of postbaccalaureate degree requirements, including all transfer credits, must be recommended by the cognizant graduate committee of the student’s major department or area. Not less than 50 percent of the course work (excluding thesis) of the minimum number of graduate credits required for any subdoctoral graduate degree must be completed at the University of Nebraska. No graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credits unless earned at an institution fully accredited to offer graduate work in the field of the student’s major; nor should the student expect any graduate credits to be transferred unless the graduate committee evaluates the quality and suitability and determines that they are equal to or superior to offerings available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Approval of the Office of Graduate Studies is required for the transfer of graduate work taken elsewhere to a graduate degree program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is the responsibility of the student to insure that official transcripts of graduate work taken elsewhere are sent by the institution where the work was completed and received by the Office of Graduate Studies well before the student plans to complete all other requirements for the graduate degree. Official transcripts should be sent to:
Graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are expected to maintain a high level of achievement in their graduate studies. Accordingly, students who do not maintain satisfactory progress may be subject to being placed on probation, being terminated from a degree program, or being denied permission to continue graduate studies in the University. Except in cases of dismissal because of violations of the Student Code of Conduct, upon termination from a graduate degree program and/or dismissal from the Graduate College, students may apply for admission to another degree program or admission as a non-degree seeking student only with the approval of the Dean for Graduate Studies.
Probation or termination recommendations may be made by the student’s adviser (masters students), the Supervisory Committee (doctoral students), and must be approved by the Graduate Committee overseeing the student’s major. The Graduate Committee overseeing the student’s major must communicate the probation or termination recommendation in writing to the campus Dean for Graduate Studies. A copy of the recommendation must be sent to the student.
For all graduate students at UNL, probation or termination recommendations may be made under the following conditions: a) violations of the “Student Code of Conduct” listed in this bulletin, b) failure to satisfy “Scholastic Grade Requirements” also listed in this bulletin, c) failure in qualifying examinations, preliminary examinations, comprehensive examinations or final degree examinations, d) failure to master the methodology and content of one’s field in a manner that is sufficient to complete a successful thesis or dissertation, or e) in fields leading to licensure or certification, ethical misconduct or lack of professional promise in the professional field. Termination recommendations may also be made if a student fails to satisfy conditions required for removal of probationary status or provisional admission. Graduate Committees wishing to adopt additional conditions for probation or termination must specify these conditions in writing and inform all students affected by these conditions.
A. Graduate students holding admission with unclassified status in the Graduate College, admission with a masters objective, or admission with a doctoral objective (but prior to the appointment of a doctoral supervisory committee) should appeal as follows:
B. Graduate students holding admission with a doctoral objective in the Graduate College and for whom a doctoral supervisory committee has been appointed should appeal as follows: Initially, the appeal should be submitted to the student’s adviser:
C. When a student’s graduate program consists of registration essentially or entirely on one campus, the Graduate Council of the campus administratively responsible for the program will constitute the appeal board. When a student’s graduate program includes substantial registrations on a campus other than the one administratively responsible for the program, three members of the Graduate Council for the other campus will be designated by the Dean of Graduate Studies on that campus to augment the Graduate Council on the campus administratively responsible for the program. In this case, the augmented Council will constitute the appeal board. The decision concerning augmentation of a campus Graduate Council for a specific appeal involving registrations on a campus other than the one administratively responsible for the student’s program will be made by the Deans of Graduate Studies on the campuses involved.
D. In all cases, appeals should be made in writing to the appropriate adviser, committee, or council. In those cases where the appeal concerns graduate-level qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations, or final examinations, the following deadlines must be observed. It is the responsibility of the student to make reasonable efforts to ascertain the results of the examination within 30 days after its completion. The initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student’s receipt of notification of the evaluation.
In those cases involving an appeal of termination of program, initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student’s receipt of the official written notification by the Office of Graduate Studies.
E. Appeal to the Executive Graduate Council:
A decision by the Executive Graduate Council not to accept jurisdiction of an appeal shall be final and is not subject to further appeal.
Faculty hired into tenure-leading positions are automatically granted Graduate Faculty status. Staff or faculty hired in non-tenure leading positions may be nominated for Graduate Faculty Status.
Graduate Faculty may vote on any matter presented to the graduate faculty, including the election of the Graduate Council for their specific campus. They may also hold any elected office in the Graduate College. Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses, serve on final examining committees, and serve on supervisory committees. Graduate Faculty have the additional responsibility of voting on certain nominations of graduate faculty in their department/school or interdepartmental program.
Non-tenure line faculty members nominated for Graduate Faculty status must
After obtaining a majority vote of the entire graduate faculty, the nominating department completes the nomination and submits the form to Graduate Studies. The form includes the following signatures:
The signed form is submitted by Graduate Studies to UNL’s Central Administration for consideration.
Graduate faculty appointments exist through the length of the faculty member’s appointment with the University.
Graduate Faculty Associates may teach graduate courses, direct masters theses, serve on or chair masters degree examining committees, and serve on, but not chair or co-chair, doctoral supervisory committees.
Nominations must be recommended with a majority approval of the appropriate departmental or interdepartmental area graduate committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
To be nominated by their program’s Graduate Committee, the staff member must meet the following requirements
Graduate Faculty Associate status is effective only for the approved period (up to four years), but may be renewed upon request.
Graduate Faculty Associates do not have a vote on the Graduate Faculty, nor can they hold any elected office in the Graduate College.
The UNL graduate faculty welcomes associations with faculty members from other institutions who might contribute unique expertise to our doctoral programs. These external experts, who must hold a doctoral degree appropriate to the discipline and have academic accomplishments comparable to the criteria for UNL Graduate Faculty, are eligible for appointment as “courtesy” members of doctoral supervisory committees.
Only one courtesy member may serve on each supervisory committee, and the committee must include a minimum of four members of the University of Nebraska Graduate Faculty.
Appointment of a courtesy member is accomplished by the submission of the “Courtesy Committee Member” form signed by the supervisory committee chair and graduate committee chair. A current CV from the courtesy member should be submitted with this form (the CV may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The departmental chair/head may recommend the approval of a lecturer for a graduate level course. Such approval is needed for a staff member who does not qualify as a graduate member or graduate associate, but
The lecturer appointment is only valid for the semester for which it was approved.
The Request for Approval of Graduate Lecturer form should be submitted with the proposed lecturer’s vita to the Graduate Studies Office.
Graduate faculty who have been appointed to emeritus status may retain the rights and privileges associated with their membership on the Graduate Faculty. These rights and privileges include
Emeritus status is granted by the faculty member’s program at the time of their retirement from the University.
Graduate programs help to advance human knowledge, educate professionals, and resolve problems to address societal needs. Graduate faculty and graduate students have a joint responsibility to accomplish these goals. Each graduate student should develop an understanding of and capacity for scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty. Faculty and students must work together to create an atmosphere that ensures freedom of inquiry, fosters mutual respect, and demonstrates professional integrity.
Good practice in graduate education centers on responsible interactions between graduate students and graduate faculty, supported by college and department staff. The following guidelines are based on the collective experience and wisdom of the major research universities. These guidelines are intended to be constructive and instructive to faculty and graduate students; as such, they do not constitute statements of institutional policy or requirements.
Each category below provides information for students and faculty members on their individual roles and responsibilities.
High quality graduate education depends upon the professional and ethical conduct of the participants. Faculty members and graduate students have complementary responsibilities in the maintenance of academic standards and the creation of high quality graduate programs. Excellence in graduate education is achieved when both faculty and students are highly motivated, possess the academic and professional backgrounds necessary to perform at the highest level, and are sincere in their desire to see each other succeed.
No matter what career a graduate student enters after degree completion, experience in teaching will be useful; presentations, evaluation and assessment, leading discussions, and the like, are activities that take place not only in the academy, but in a wide range of business, industrial, and government settings. Teaching includes interactions with students about instructional issues, such as holding office hours, reviewing tests or paper scores/evaluations with students, answering questions in special teaching centers in the discipline, tutoring, conducting labs, leading discussions, assisting students to solve problem sets, commenting on studio work, lecturing, or mentoring undergraduate researchers. Graduate students and faculty should work together to enhance student learning and promote the professional development of the graduate teaching assistant.
A student’s academic performance and a faculty member’s scholarly interest may coincide during the course of instruction and research/creative activity/performance. As the faculty-graduate student relationship matures and intensifies, direct collaborations may involve the sharing of authorship or rights to intellectual property developed in research or other creative activity. Such collaborations are encouraged and are a desired outcome of the mentoring process.
The relationship between the graduate student and their graduate faculty supervisor is central to excellent graduate education. Graduate students develop best in a closely monitored environment in which the faculty provide both high expectations and high support.
Graduate student progress toward educational goals at the University of Nebraska is directed and evaluated by a graduate faculty advisor, the relevant graduate committee, and the student’s supervisory committee. The advisor and the individuals on the committee provide intellectual guidance in support of the scholarly/creative activities of graduate students. The advisor, the supervisory committee, and the graduate committee also are charged with the responsibility of evaluating a graduate student’s performance in scholarly/creative activities. The graduate student, the advisor, the supervisory committee, and the graduate committee comprise the basic unit of graduate education at UNL. It is the quality, breadth, and depth of interaction within this unit that largely determines the outcome of the graduate experience.
This is an updated version of the Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education approved for distribution by the UNL Graduate Council in 1997. We gratefully acknowledge the earlier work of the of the following institutions: the Graduate College and Graduate Council at the University of Arizona; the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of California at Davis; the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Southern California; the Graduate School at North Carolina State University and the Graduate Council at the University of Oregon. These guidelines are intended to be constructive and instructive to faculty and graduate students. They do not constitute a contract with current or prospective students.
Graduate courses are numbered 800 through 999. Numbers below 800 indicate undergraduate and professional courses. Some courses are crosslisted at more than one level (like MATH 415/815) or in more than one subject area (like ENGL 830J / MUSC 830J).