Steps to Admission

Categories

Most applicants should follow the standard steps on this page.

Special categories:
  • Nebraska Teacher: Get certifications or endorsements for the State of Nebraska Dept. of Education.
  • Visiting or Intercampus: Take a few courses at one school while remaining a student at another.
  • Change of Campus: Simplify your transfer from one University of Nebraska campus to another.
  • Resuming an unfinished program: Email graduate@unl.edu to request reactivation.

Eligibility

An applicant with any of the following is eligible for graduate admission:
  1. A four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. An equivalent degree as evaluated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. UNL senior standing within 9 hours of graduation. See Hold for Graduate Credit.

Non-Degree Nebraska Teachers

Teaching and administrative certifications and endorsements are granted by the Nebraska Department of Education, not by UNL. Upon your completion of the course of study, your UNL transcript will state that you are eligible to be recommended to the Department of Education for one of the following credentials:
  • Teaching Certificate - Initial
  • Teaching Certificate - Renewal
  • Administrative Certificate - Initial
  • Administrative Certificate - Renewal
  • Adding endorsement(s) to one of the above certificates

Additionally, if you already have a teaching certificate and are employed by a school in Nebraska, you're eligible to participate in the Teach Nebraska program.

Some endorsement areas require admission into a master's degree program.

For initial teaching certification, some endorsement areas are available to students pursuing master's degrees and unavailable to non-degree students.

We encourage potential non-degree applicants to review the College of Education and Human Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs or consult an advisor before applying for admission toward initial teaching certification.

1. Application and materials

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies:
  • Online Application for Graduate Admission
    • Select "Nebraska Department of Education Certification" and your specific objective.
    • If renewing a certification and adding endorsements simultaneously, select the renewal option.
    • If none of our Dept. of Education options fit your current objective, consider applying for the basic Non-Degree Post-Baccalaureate category instead.
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  • One transcript showing the receipt of a bachelor's degree or another higher post-secondary degree, uploaded to MyREDsee Transcripts for requirements and instructions
  • Official verification of English proficiency, if your native language is not English

2. Review

An admissions evaluator will review your file. You'll be contacted if additional information is needed by Graduate Studies. Once all materials have been received, allow 3 to 5 business days for this step.

3. Admission

You will be notified by email and mailed your Certificate of Admission along with other important information for incoming students.

You'll be eligible to enroll for the entry term indicated on your Certificate of Admission. Enrollment beyond the first term requires submission of official transcripts. The deadline for submitting official transcripts is the end of the first week of classes. Admission may be rescinded if discrepancies exist between unofficial and official documents.


For more information on eligibility and procedures for State of Nebraska Department of Education certifications contact Tom Wandzilak, Certification Officer, in the College of Education & Human Sciences.

Visiting, Intercampus, and Change of Campus

Visiting (from outside NU)

Non-degree visiting admission enables students to take a few classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while continuing to be a degree-seeking student at their home institution. For example, an MS student at a university in Kansas may want to take one semester of courses at UNL and then finish the MS in Kansas.

  1. Eligibility
    Visiting applicants must be both:
    • Actively pursuing a graduate degree at an academic institution outside the University of Nebraska
    • In good standing at that home institution.
  2. Application and materials
    Required by the Office of Graduate Studies:
  3. Review
    When we've received your application, fee, and letter of good standing, we'll review your file and contact you if additional information is needed. Once all materials have been received, allow 3 to 5 business days for this step.
  4. Admission
    If you are admitted we'll notify you by email and mail your Certificate of Admission along with other important information for incoming students.
    • Register for classes through MyRED. See Enrollment Toolbox for links to course descriptions, schedules, etc.
    • This type of admission is limited to two academic terms.

NU Intercampus Enrollment

Intercampus Enrollment enables a student pursuing a degree at one University of Nebraska campus (UNL, UNO, UNK, or UNMC) to take a few courses at another while continuing to be a degree-seeking student at their home campus.

  1. Eligibility
    • Be admitted and in good, active standing at your home campus.
    • Make sure the classes you plan to take at the visiting campus have been approved to fulfill a requirement of your program of study at your home campus.
  2. Application
    Complete the Online Request for Intercampus Enrollment.
  3. Review
    • Home Campus: First the campus which admitted you and will confer your degree will review the request. Allow 3 to 5 business days.
    • Visiting Campus: Next the campus where you will enroll for the term will review the request. Allow 3 to 5 business days.
  4. Approval
    You'll be notified by email.
    • If you will enroll in UNL courses, use MyRED to do so. See Enrollment Toolbox for links to course descriptions, schedules, etc.
    • This type of enrollment is valid for one academic term per request. To continue taking classes at the visiting campus, repeat these steps for each term.

NU Change of Campus

Change of Campus enables a student currently or recently enrolled at one University of Nebraska campus (UNL, UNO, UNK, or UNMC) to have their academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores, forwarded to another NU campus at which they are applying for admission.

Complete the change of campus request and follow the remaining standard steps to admission, including submitting the online application and supplemental department materials.

Standard steps

These are the steps for an application to graduate school for most students who want to pursue a graduate degree, a graduate certificate, or non-degree post-baccalaureate study. Materials are reviewed by Graduate Studies and, if applicable, the graduate committee of your intended degree program.


1. Application, communication, and materials

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies:

If seeking a degree or graduate certificate, also submit materials required by your academic department as described on its graduate program summary.

Video overviews

Submitting the Application for Graduate Admission form begins a series of email communications:
  1. On our next business day you'll receive email:
    • From Graduate Studies, summarizing your application objective. Alert us promptly if this doesn't match what you intended to apply for.
    • From TrueYou, providing your NU ID number and a temporary password if you don't already have an active TrueYou account. Once you've set up your TrueYou account you can use MyRED to check your application status. See About MyRED for details.
  2. Within 24 hours of those messages you'll receive email about GAMES, if applicable. Nearly all of our degree programs use the Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System (GAMES) for online submission of their departmental materials.
  3. Within 10 days of applying, typically much sooner, you'll receive email from the admissions evaluator assigned to your application.


2. Review

2.1. Preliminary Grad Studies review

Once we have your application, fee, and uploaded transcripts, we will review your file and contact you if additional information is needed by Graduate Studies. You can monitor your application's progress via the Applicant tab in MyRED.

When the preliminary review is complete we will notify your academic department of your eligibility for admission.

Once all materials have been received, allow 3 to 5 business days for this step.

2.2. Departmental review

Each academic department has a Graduate Admissions Committee to decide whether a student will be accepted into their program. Non-degree applicants skip this step.

Your application will be reviewed only after you have submitted all required program-specific application materials. We recommend verifying receipt of all materials before the department's stated deadline — via GAMES if your program uses GAMES, otherwise by contacting your department directly.

The frequency with which department graduate committees meet varies; contact your academic department for information regarding your application status.

2.3. Final Graduate Studies review

As soon as the department notifies Graduate Studies of their admission recommendation, we will conduct a final review of your file. This includes checking that all eligibility, English proficiency, and funding requirements have been met.

If additional materials are needed Graduate Studies will notify you by email.

If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa we will ask you to submit the Financial Resource Certification (FRC) form with documentation. The FRC is not needed if your department is offering you an assistantship sufficient to cover those expenses.


3. Admission and enrollment

If you're admitted Graduate Studies will notify you by email.
  • We'll mail your Certificate of Admission along with other important information for incoming students.
  • International students will be asked to complete the Visa Data Form to verify information for the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. We will express mail your Certificate of Admission, your I-20 or DS-2019, and important information for new students.
You'll be eligible to enroll for the entry term shown on your Certificate of Admission. If you're an international student you'll become eligible when you check in on campus.

Transcript reminder

Unofficial (uploaded) transcripts are sufficient for applicants; official transcripts are required prior to enrollment.

If your Certificate of Admission lists any official transcripts still needed by Graduate Studies, ask those schools to send us those transcripts. For schools in China, go through the CDGDC. See also: Guidelines for official transcripts from outside the United States.

Admission may be rescinded if discrepancies exist between unofficial and official documents.