Admission Requirements

Please Read Carefully Before Applying

Prior to starting the application process, you must determine your desired major and degree you wish to earn. If you wish to apply for the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area, you must also know the concentration/specialty you are desiring.

Applicants must hold the minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university. Specific requirements for admission to a graduate program with full graduate standing are listed in the departmental sections. In general, admission to graduate programs requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on a four-point scale.

The qualification for admission to and graduation from the various programs of graduate study is dependent upon possession of the following technical standards:

These technical standards are minimum requirements for participation in graduate programs at UNMC which require significant laboratory or research-oriented activities. Individuals wishing to participate in programs with requirements for patient care or patient contact must have technical standards defined individually.

In summary, UNMC policies are in accord with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Sections 799A and 854 of the Public Health Services Act.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants for admission are advised that their scores on the Graduate Record Examination constitute a desirable credential to submit in applying for admission and may be required for admission to certain programs. Arrangements to take the Graduate Record Examination may be made through the Educational Testing Service, CN6000, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6000. Institutional Code 6896 (Educational Testing Service website).


Official transcripts of all college work, undergraduate and graduate, from each school you have attended must be sent directly to UNMC Graduate Studies Office. “Issued to Student” transcripts are not acceptable. The transcripts and all other materials submitted in support of an application become the permanent property of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and will not be returned or forwarded to another individual, college, or agency.

*International applicants, please see additional information regarding transcripts.

Acceptance of Senior Credits

Seniors at an accredited institution who have obtained in advance the approval of the Dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours of credit for graduate courses taken at any campus of the University of Nebraska, in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work. Such credits must be earned within the twelve months prior to receipt of the baccalaureate.

Seniors in this University needing not more than nine hours of undergraduate credit to complete the bachelor’s degree and wishing to register for graduate credit may be granted provisional admission to the Graduate College subject to receiving their baccalaureate degrees within one calendar year. Such applicants must follow the regular admission procedures. If admitted, such registration may count as residence in the Graduate College.

Course work taken for graduate credit at this institution prior to receipt of the baccalaureate degree may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work. Students admitted to professional colleges at the University of Nebraska may enroll in up to a total of nine credit hours of graduate-level courses (800 and 900 series) as electives in the professional curriculum with the approval of the dean of the professional college, the instructors for the graduate courses, and the Dean for Graduate Studies. In exceptional circumstances, registrations above nine credit hours may be permitted subject to the same approval.

Admission Decisions

The Graduate College is open to graduates of all the colleges of this University and to graduates of other universities and colleges of recognized standing whose requirements for graduation are substantially the same as those in the corresponding college of this University. Persons who have completed the requirements for, but have not yet received, the bachelor's degree may register in the Graduate College provisionally.

Admissions by the Dean for Graduate Studies to pursue graduate work are limited to the number that can best be handled to the advantage of the college and the students. Preference is given to residents of Nebraska, to individuals who wish to pursue study that can be adequately supported by UNMC resources, and to those who have adequate preparation and time for their proposed program.

Admission Status

Graduate students will be admitted to the following categories:

Non-Degree Students

Students who wish to take graduate courses for professional growth, improvement of skills, or transfer of course credits to a degree program at another institution, but who do not anticipate working toward an advanced degree at UNMC, may apply to register as non-degree students subject to the following conditions:

  • The student must comply with all requirements for admission to the Graduate College (see link to the left).
  • The student must provide official transcripts reflecting receipt of an undergraduate degree or higher.
  • The student must comply with all UNMC policies regarding student immunizations prior to registration as well as all Compliance Training Requirements assigned.
  • Registration for each course taken as a non-degree student is subject to the approval of the course instructor and the Dean for Graduate Studies. In courses with limited enrollment, preference is given to degree-seeking students with full graduate standing.
  • Readmittance as a non-degree student requires completion of a new application each semester. The application fee is waived for current non-degree students continuing their studies into the next semester. Readmittance is contingent upon the student maintaining the same academic standards as degree-seeking graduate students.

Should such students subsequently desire to pursue an advanced degree, they may change their status from non-degree to full graduate standing by submission of a complete application to the Graduate College as a degree-seeking student and admission into an appropriate program by the Dean for Graduate Studies.

Appropriate credits earned in the non-degree status may be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements only if approved by the program Graduate Committee, the student’s Supervisory Committee, and the Dean for Graduate Studies. No more than one-third of the course work applied toward a graduate degree may be taken as a non-degree student.

Departmental and Group Requirements

Students who wish to become candidates for advanced degrees must fulfill the particular requirements of the program in which they wish to major as well as the general requirements of the Graduate College. Graduate students may be required to attain proficiency in their field of concentration by participation in the instruction of students in a regularly required course. 

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with University Policy, UNMC prohibits the denial of admission or of Medical Center privileges to students or applicants on the basis of individual characteristics such as race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religious or political beliefs or sexual orientation. These privileges include but are not limited to admission, class assignments, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid, as well as housing and recreational facilities. Furthermore, student organizations must base their selection of students for membership on criteria which will not exclude students based upon individual characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.