Admission to the Graduate College


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.

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:

  1. The intellectual capacity to meet curricular requirements.
  2. Physical ability to pursue administration, teaching and/or independent research.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively with mentors, peers and other professionals in the academic community.
  4. Sufficient emotional stability to permit management of the demands associated with the pursuit of professional activities.

These technical standards are minimum requirements for participation in UNMC graduate programs that 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.

(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.)

Admission Requirements

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.

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.

Applicants requesting acceptance of senior credits 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.

Graduate Record Examination

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. Scores on the General Test and any appropriate Advanced Test of the GRE must be received by the Graduate Studies Office before the application can be considered. Arrangements to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be made through the Educational Testing Service. For reporting of official GRE scores, specify the UNMC Institutional Code 6896. Official score reports are required. Photocopies will not be accepted. Under no circumstances will we accept GRE scores that are more than three years old. 

International Students

Applicants from foreign countries where English is not the primary language must present official TOEFL or IELTS scores and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination. For TOEFL, a score of at least 550 on the paper-based, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL is required. For IELTS, the band score minimum is 6.5 to 7.0. Waivers of this requirement can be granted to international applicants that have been studying at a U.S. university inside the U.S. for at least one academic year, or attendance at a university in a country where the only official language is English, such as U.K., Australia or Canada (excluding Quebec). Evaluation for a waiver of the English language proficiency exam is not determined by the prevalence of spoken English in a country or the language of instruction at a university.

Scores on the General Test and any appropriate Advanced Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; see above) must reach the Graduate Studies Office before the application can be considered. Official score reports from the Educational Testing Service are required. Photocopies will not be accepted. Under no circumstances will we accept TOEFL or IELTS scores that are more than two years old. The ETS Institution Code for the UNMC Graduate College is 6896.

Application for Admission

Applications for admission must be submitted online. The application, a $45 application fee, three letters of recommendation, a narrative describing the applicant’s career goals, a felony disclosure statement and official transcripts of all college work must be sent to the Office of Academic Records by the deadlines established by each degree program. Students applying late may encounter delays in admission and may not be able to register for the desired session. Transcripts and all other materials submitted in support of an application become the permanent property of the University and will not be returned.

Admission Status
Graduate students will be admitted to the following categories:

Full Graduate Standing – Students who have met the minimum requirements for admission and who have been accepted by a department or interdepartmental degree program for work leading to a graduate degree.

Provisional Status – Students who show potential for successful graduate work but have deficiencies in prerequisite course work or other admission stipulations. Students with Provisional Status cannot become candidates for a degree unless they are recommended for Full Graduate Standing by the cognizant Graduate Committee. 

Non-Degree Seeking Status (Unclassified Students) – Students who satisfy minimum Admission Requirements and desire to complete a minimum of course work without a degree objective. Typically, such students wish to take graduate courses for professional growth, improvement of skills, or transfer of course credits to a degree program at another institution, but do not anticipate working for an advanced degree at UNMC. Registration as an unclassified student is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student must comply with all requirements for admission to the Graduate College.
  2. Registration for each course taken as an unclassified 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.
  3. Re-admittance as an unclassified student for the purpose of enrolling in an additional course is required for each subsequent semester. Re-admittance is contingent upon the student maintaining the same academic standards as regular graduate students.

Should an unclassified student subsequently desire to pursue an advanced degree, he/she may change from unclassified 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 unclassified status may be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements only if approved by the program Graduate Committee, the student’s Advisory/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 an unclassified student.