Intro to Graduate School at Nebraska

Welcome to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

Getting acclimated to a new school can be challenging, and we’re here to help. With the information and resources below, you'll be well-oriented and ready to map out your road to success.


Be proactive

Compared to undergraduate education, graduate study involves more input from you as a student. The bulk of your program will be determined in consultation with your faculty advisor, and it’s your responsibility to register for the appropriate courses, meet deadlines, and adhere to University policies and procedures, starting with those in the Graduate Catalog.

Being self-directed and taking ownership of your learning and development can lead to valuable experiences, connections, and collaborations.

Build relationships

Graduate programs help to advance human knowledge, educate professionals, and address societal needs. Good practice centers on responsible interactions between graduate students and graduate faculty, supported by college and department staff.

The Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education describe your roles and responsibilities in the areas of professional and ethical conduct, teaching, research, and advising and mentoring, while the Graduate Mentoring Guidebook presents strategies for creating rewarding relationships with advisors and mentors.

Uphold academic integrity

Academic integrity is a universal principle in the scholarly community, and it’s fundamental to the work you’ll do on this campus as a researcher, a teacher, and as a student. Graduate students are expected to know, understand, and comply with the Student Code of Conduct and the University’s policies on academic integrity.

Making Your Way

Core Requirements

To make sure you're on track, routinely review requirements and milestones and their forms and deadlines.

  • Graduate Studies outlines the overall steps to completion for master's, doctoral, and Ed.S. degrees — with how-to videos for some key pieces. Policy details are in the Graduate Catalog.
  • Program-specific requirements are described in your department's graduate student handbook.

Career & Professional Development

Some key competencies aren't necessarily taught as part of coursework. Use the Career & Professional Development resources to hone these value-added skills while earning your degree:

  • Academic skills such as time management, writing skills, presentation skills, and responsible conduct of research
  • Professional skills including leadership, mentoring, project management, and conflict resolution

Career Pathways and Career Development help you define career objectives and prepare to achieve them, while Instructional Development boosts teaching effectiveness.

Resources for Success

In Graduate Studies

The Current Students section of the Graduate Studies website provides resources to guide students academically and professionally throughout their programs.

  • The Guide to Success can help you take advantage of opportunities during important stages of your academic career, in your roles as a student, teaching assistant, research assistant, or working professional.
  • Graduate Connections is your source for articles on career and professional development, and Grad Notes (sign up or check social media) highlights upcoming events, deadlines, and funding announcements.
  • Financial support is offered in many departments through teaching or research assistantships — part-time jobs that may include a tuition waiver and reduction in health insurance premiums — and current students can apply for fellowships through the annual competition.
  • A growing number of Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates may be completed entirely online, and many courses are offered online for other programs also.
  • The Graduate School Glossary defines terminology that may be unfamiliar to new students.

Other campus resources

These are just a few of the many resources available to students.