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.

  • No additional hours over and above those for the required program of studies will be needed to fulfill academic residency.
  • For a student beginning a doctoral program in the University of Nebraska system with a bachelors degree, the academic residency requirement is 27 hours of graduate work within a consecutive 18-month period or less, with the further provision that 15 of these 27 hours must be taken after receiving the masters at UNL.
  • For a student beginning a doctoral program in the University of Nebraska system with a masters degree from another educational institution, the academic residency requirement is 27 hours of graduate course work within a consecutive 18-month period or less.
  • For a member of the University staff who is engaged at least half time in instruction or research in their major area, or a person employed in their major field, the residency requirement is 24 credit hours of graduate work within a consecutive two-year period with the further provision that they take at least 12 of these after receiving the masters degree at UNL. For important registration restrictions, refer to University Staff Exemption.
  • In exceptional circumstances, where it is clear that the purpose of residency will be fulfilled although the above formal conditions are not met, the student’s Supervisory Committee may, with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, designate an alternative procedure for satisfying the residency requirements.