Admission Requirements

The following requirements are specific to the MSIA program.  In addition to these requirements, applicants and identified mentors should conform to the admission requirements and procedures of the Graduate College and MSIA sub-plans. 

Applications for admission to the MSIA program must be submitted on-line by the appropriate deadlines. General requirements governing admission to the Graduate College and on-line application information are found on the Office of Graduate Studies Admissions website.  In addition to Graduate College admission requirements the following must be satisfied: 

  1. The applicant must be a graduate of a college or university of recognized standing whose requirements for graduation are substantially the same as those of the corresponding college of the University of Nebraska.  The student must have achieved a 3.00 GPA average on a 4.00 scale or its equivalent as an undergraduate.
  2. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants seeking admission to the MSIA program.  An applicant may be eligible to apply to have the requirement waived by completing the MSIA Application for GRE Waiver.  As a general rule, the requirement will be waived only if some acceptable quantitative measure of ability to do graduate work has been filed through the waiver process.  The institutional code is 6896.
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination for English proficiency is required of all students from foreign language countries.  Applicants must meet the minimum test score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 80 (internet-based exam) established as a Graduate College requirement.  The institutional code is 6896.
  4. Each applicant must submit a brief narrative describing the reasons for applying to the MSIA program.  The narrative should include a statement of career goals, area of research interest and an explanation as to how an interdisciplinary degree would aid in achieving these objectives.  For optimal review, the narrative should include the MSIA sub-plan area that the applicant wishes to apply and the mentor/advisor they have identified.
Please note:  All MSIA sub-plans require that a mentor has been identified by the applicant prior to application/admission.  The exceptions are Oral Biology and MMI Applied Behavior Analysis, they will assign a mentor if they offer you admission to their program.  A mentor should be selected that has the background and research expertise to meet the needs of the student’s research area.  The mentor would also need to agree to serve as the student’s advisory/supervisory committee chair.