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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

An applicant with any of the following is eligible for graduate admission:
A four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
An equivalent degree as evaluated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Graduate Studies.
UNL senior standing within 9 hours of graduation. See Hold for Graduate Credit.

1. Application, communication, and materials
Submit the following to Graduate Studies:
Application for Graduate Admission
$50.00 non-refundable application fee
A transcript confirming eligibility, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript requirements)
If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
Submit items required by your academic dept.:
If pursuing a degree or certificate: Consult its program summary for dept.-specific items.
Otherwise: Non-degree, non-cert. students typically have no additional dept. items.

Submitting the Application for Graduate Admission form begins a series of email communications:

On our next business day you'll receive email:
From Graduate Studies, summarizing your application objective. Alert us promptly if this doesn't match what you intended to apply for.
From TrueYou, providing your NU ID number and a temporary password if you don't already have an active TrueYou account. Once you've set up your TrueYou account you can use MyRED to check your application status. See About MyRED for details.
Within 24 hours of those messages you'll receive email about GAMES, if applicable. Nearly all of our degree programs use the Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System (GAMES) for online submission of their departmental materials.
Within 10 days of applying, typically much sooner, you'll receive email from the admissions evaluator assigned to your application.

2. Review

2.1. Preliminary Grad Studies review
Once we have your application, fee, and uploaded transcripts, we will review your file and contact you if additional information is needed by Graduate Studies. You can monitor your application's progress via the Graduate Application Status page (under Admissions) in MyRED.
When the preliminary review is complete we will notify your academic department of your eligibility for admission.
Once all materials have been received, allow 3 to 5 business days for this step.

2.2. Departmental review
Each academic department has a Graduate Admissions Committee to decide whether a student will be accepted into their program. Non-degree applicants skip this step.
Your application will be reviewed only after you have submitted all required program-specific application materials. We recommend verifying receipt of all materials before the department's stated deadline " via GAMES if your program uses GAMES, otherwise by contacting your department directly.
Department graduate committees meet on varying schedules; contact your department for information regarding your application status.

2.3. Final Graduate Studies review
As soon as the department notifies Graduate Studies of their admission recommendation, we will conduct a final review of your file. This includes checking that all eligibility, English proficiency, and funding requirements have been met.
If additional materials are needed Graduate Studies will notify you by email.
If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa we will ask you to submit the Financial Resource Certification (FRC) form with documentation. The FRC is not needed if your department offers you an assistantship sufficient to cover those expenses.

3. Admission and enrollment
If you're admitted Graduate Studies will notify you by email.
We'll mail your Certificate of Admission along with other important information for incoming students.
International students will be asked to complete the Visa Data Form to verify information for the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. We will express mail your Certificate of Admission, your I-20 or DS-2019, and information for new students.
You'll be eligible to enroll for the entry term shown on your Certificate of Admission. If you're an international student you'll become eligible when you check in on campus.
MyRED is the self-service system where you'll register for classes. See Enrollment Toolbox for links to course descriptions, schedules, etc.
Arriving on Campus, Relocating to Lincoln, and Arriving in the United States may also help you prepare for your journey.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the admissions information. Telephone number is (402) 472-2875.

For individual departments and programs;

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students comprise a significant portion of our applicants and our graduate student body. At the Fall 2016 census, international students representing 97 countries made up 23% of our total graduate enrollment.

While many aspects of the application process are the same for all students, applicants from outside the U.S. have a few additional requirements in recognition of their wide variety of linguistic and educational backgrounds and their need to follow U.S. immigration regulations.

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Application for Graduate Admission

If you are not a U.S. citizen or you have been educated outside the U.S. you may be asking yourself these questions:
•Is my degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree?
•What academic records will I need to provide?
•Will I have enough money to support myself and my family?
•Am I prepared for graduate coursework taught in English?
•Am I allowing enough time to meet deadlines and to schedule my visa appointment?
•Will I need a form from Nebraska for a visa interview?
•How should I prepare for arriving in the United States?

These resources will help you answer your questions.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Residency Requirements

Students applying for residence will be required to have established a home in Nebraska at least 12 months immediately preceding the semester or term for which resident status is sought.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Contact Graduate Studies: