Master's Degrees

Master's Programs Offered

See Programs Offered for a current list of degrees and majors, Majors, Minors, and More for related policy, and the Graduate School Glossary for a better understanding of the different degrees.

UNL's professional master's programs — e.g., MArch, LLM — are not overseen by Graduate Studies or covered by this Graduate Bulletin.

Core Requirements

A student progresses toward a master's degree by completing the sequence of Master's Degree Milestones before their posted deadlines and while following these policies:

For All Master's Degrees

The Memorandum of Courses is filed before the halfway point — before grades (letter grades, no reports, or Incompletes) have been received in more than one half of the courses listed on the Memorandum — and on recommendation of the major and minor departments and approval of Graduate Studies.

  • A student may NOT file a Memorandum and graduate in the same term.
  • Students have ten years from the oldest course listed on the Memorandum to complete the degree. Courses exceeding this limit may not be used toward a master’s degree.

A student is admitted to Candidacy for the master's degree when admission deficiencies have been removed and the Memorandum of Courses has been filed.

The student must apply to graduate.

The Final Examination Report is due in Graduate Studies at least four weeks (three weeks in summer) before the final exam, if required, but in no case later than four weeks before the final date for oral exams. The report will be accepted after all courses on the Memorandum have been completed or are in progress, and any Incompletes have been removed.

  • Written examinations in major and minor fields, if required, must be passed at least one week prior to the oral exam.
  • An oral examination, if required, is administered by the examining committee.
  • See Examinations for the Master's Degree for full policy.

Additional for Option I (Thesis)

The subject of the thesis must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee, and the thesis must conform in style and form to the guidelines in Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation.

The preliminary thesis and abstract must be approved prior to the oral exam.

  • A Candidate is eligible to apply for the final oral exam or its waiver only after the completed thesis is approved by the advisor.
  • An electronic copy of the thesis is due in Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in summer) prior to the oral exam, or if the oral exam is waived, no later than two weeks before the final date for oral exams.
  • The thesis must be presented to the examining committee at least two weeks prior to the oral exam.

After successful completion of the oral exam, the finalized thesis is due in Graduate Studies for final approval prior to upload and deposit.

Research Responsibility

All research involving human or animal subjects must receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IRB New Protocol Submission form is completed online via NUGrant; the Application to Use Animals is available from the Office of Research Responsibility.

Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research; the IRB and IACUC will not review projects already in progress. Evidence of IRB/IACUC approval must be submitted at the time the final thesis is filed.