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 with a TOEFL iBT writing score below 25 or an IELTS writing score below 7.0 are required to take the ELT.
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.