Admission Requirements

Please Read Carefully Before Applying

Prior to starting the application process, applicants must determine their desired major and degree they wish to earn. Applicants should read through the links to the left of this page, as well as the admission requirements and recommendations for the graduate degree program to which they intend to apply.

Admission Criteria for New Students

Additional Information

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Acceptance of Senior Credit  

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:

  • 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. Please see the Non-Degree Students page for additional information.  
Departmental & Group Requirements  
Students who wish to become candidates for advanced degrees must fulfill the particular requirements of the graduate degree 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.
Technical Standards Requirements  

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

  • The intellectual capacity to meet curricular requirements.
  • Physical ability to pursue administration, teaching and/or independent research.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with mentors, peers and other professionals in the academic community.
  • 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 graduate degree 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.