FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Contacting Graduate Studies

How do I contact the Office of Graduate Studies?


Program Information

What programs do you offer?
Search for a particular research area or specialization in our programs offered list. A complete list of majors organized by college can be found in our majors by college list.
What programs are offered online?
See online degree and graduate certificate programs for a list of programs that can be completed entirely online. Some programs offer select courses online; consult the schedule of classes to locate these.
What courses will transfer into my program?
Acceptance of transfer credits for graduate courses completed at another institution is determined by the academic department. No more than half of the required coursework can be transferred.
Can I have materials mailed to me?
All materials available from the Office of Graduate Studies are available online. Contact your academic department to request program-specific materials. Contact information for your program can be found on our graduate program summaries.
How do I make arrangements to visit campus?


Application Process

What materials are required to apply?
View your department's graduate program summary for application requirements and the Steps to Admission for details about how to apply.
Do I need to submit my University of Nebraska-Lincoln transcripts?
No, the Office of Graduate Studies will request your UNL transcripts after you submit the online application. See more information on academic transcripts.
When is the deadline?
Locate the deadline for your intended program in our graduate program summaries or see Deadlines for more information.
Where do I send my application materials?
See Contact Us for our mailing address. For fastest processing apply online, claim your account in TrueYou, and upload unofficial transcripts to MyRED. If your program uses GAMES (the Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System), you'll be able to submit departmental application materials online. View the graduate program summary for your major to find out if their graduate committee uses GAMES. If your program doesn't use GAMES, send departmental application materials directly to the department. Alternatively, you may also send all application materials in one envelope to the Office of Graduate Studies, and we will forward supporting materials to the academic department.
What is the GRE institution code?
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's institution code is 6877. You do not need to enter a departmental code as all scores are processed centrally.
What is the minimum GRE score?
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not have a minimum GRE score for admission. You may contact your academic department to inquire about what is considered a competitive GRE score, but there are no minimum score requirements.
How do I change information submitted on my online application?
Requests must be received in writing; email graduate@unl.edu and include first and last name, NU ID (if possible), and details of request.
Will I get admitted?
Graduate committees in each department decide who is admissible for their programs. These decisions are based on many factors from academic preparation to fit within the program. These factors can only be assessed during a thorough review of all application materials.
How do I check the status of my application?
How long does the admission process take?
Each department has a Graduate Admissions Committee that decides whether a student will be accepted into their program. The frequency of committee meetings varies; contact your academic department for information regarding your application status. Refer to Steps to Admission for other processing times.
Can I defer my admission to a later term?
Requests must be received in writing; email graduate@unl.edu and include first and last name, NU ID, and which term you would like to defer admission to. We will coordinate any deferment request with the academic program for final approval.
How do I cancel my application?
Requests must be received in writing; email graduate@unl.edu and include first and last name, NU ID, and details of request.


Application fee

Do I have to pay the application fee?
See Application Fee for details and to see if you are exempt.
I am applying to more than one program; do I have to pay multiple application fees?
How do I pay the application fee?
I already submitted the online application, how do I submit payment?
The application fee may be paid by credit card by resubmitting the online application to the same program. See Application Fee for all options.


International

Is my degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree?
What tests are accepted for proof of English proficiency?
What is your TOEFL institution code?
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's institution code 6877.
What is the minimum TOEFL score?


Financial

How much is tuition?
Tuition costs are determined by the Board of Regents and announced in July for the upcoming year. See Tuition, Fees, and Funding for general information. See Student Accounts for the estimated cost of one year of study, which includes detailed listings of fees and tuition rates.
What financial assistance is available?
Most funding is limited to full-time, degree-seeking students and is awarded by individual departments. Tuition, Fees, and Funding has information about general funding opportunities.

Contact your intended academic department to inquire about available assistantships and fellowships and if additional application information is required for funding consideration. Departmental contact information can be found on graduate program summaries.

Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information about financial aid, such as student loans.
How do I pay for my courses?
Consult Student Accounts for information on billing and payment processes. Graduate assistants can defer September and February bills which include tuition and fees for 30 days to allow for the receipt of two assistantship paychecks before making payment. Graduate assistants are paid on a monthly basis.
How can I become a resident of Nebraska?
To see if you might qualify for residency for tuition purposes, download the Application for Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes and read the document carefully. If you wish to apply, submit the completed residency application and supporting materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.


Degree completion

What forms do I need to complete my program?
Downloadable forms with directions and deadlines are available online for master's, doctoral, and Ed.S. students.
Who is my adviser?
Your adviser may be listed in MyRED's Student Center. Many departments assign advisors at the time of admission. If you aren't assigned an advisor at this time, you should contact your department. Contact information is on the program summary.
How can I change advisers?
Request the change with your department's Graduate Chair. If the Office of Graduate Studies has a record of your adviser on file, the graduate chair will need to send an email to the relevant program specialist detailing the change.
How can I change my memorandum of courses or program of study?
Your faculty adviser should send an email to the relevant program specialist detailing the change.
How can I change a member of my committee?
Complete and submit the Change of Committee form.
How do I obtain my University of Nebraska-Lincoln transcripts?
You may obtain your UNL transcripts by contacting the Office of the Registrar.
When is graduation?
Review the academic calendar for dates of spring, summer, and winter commencements and refer to Graduate Commencement for further information on the event.


Logins

How do I get my password to access TrueYou and MyRED?
How do I get my NU ID?
You will receive your NU ID by e-mail after completing the Online Application for Graduate Admission. Otherwise, contact us.
How do I sign into GAMES?
Go to GAMES and sign in using the same NU ID and password that get you into TrueYou and MyRED. See About GAMES for more information.


Registration

Where's the course catalog?
The Graduate Bulletin contains descriptions of graduate courses. The Schedule of Classes allows you to look up courses and see when they're offered for a particular semester or session, with days, times, locations, and instructors.
How do I register for classes?
Registering for classes at UNL is easy using the online student self-service site, MyRED. See the Academic Calendar for dates of open registration.

New international graduate students must first check in at the Office of Graduate Studies before registering for classes.
How many credits should I register for?
Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credit hours during fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours during summer.

If you have a graduate assistantship, you are required to register for courses during the fall and spring semesters.

International students must maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semesters. Summer registration is not required for international students for maintaining immigration status.

Continuous full-time enrollment may also be required for certain kinds of financial aid and insurance coverage. Each situation is unique, so be sure to consider these when determining how many credits to take.
What courses should I take?
Consult your adviser in determining what courses you should take prior to having your program of study approved by your adviser or supervisory committee. MyRED makes it easy to drop and add courses, but you are responsible for tuition and fees for any course you register for, so be sure to pay attention to the drop deadlines.
What if I need to change my course registrations?
During the open enrollment period, you can manage your course choices in MyRED. After open enrollment, Graduate Studies can assist with adjusting your schedule.

Consult the relevant Program Specialist to understand how the changes will impact your program of study.

International students should also consult the International Student and Scholar Office before making any course schedule changes.
How do I take a class before my official admission term?
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at graduate@unl.edu to request your admission term be changed to an earlier term. In most instances, we are able to accommodate these requests. You should discuss this option with your department.

Please allow three to five business days for us to process your request.