Application Forms and Procedures / Admissions Timelines

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Step I: Application to the Office of Graduate Studies

For full information and completion of the application forms contact the Office of Graduate Studies at the following address and/or website:

Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
P.O. Box 880619
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
402.472.2875 or 800. 742-8800

***Graduate Studies requires online submission of the application. Printed forms are not accepted***

Needed for completion of the Graduate Studies application:

  1. Application fee ($50)
  2. One unofficial copy of college/university transcripts uploaded to MyRed (after students are admitted an official copy of their transcripts are required)
  3. Demonstrate English proficiency (if your native language is not English) by providing at least one of the following:
         •   paper-based TOEFL(PBT) score of at least 550
         •   internet-based TOEFL(IBT) score of at least 79
         •   International English Language Testing System(IELTS) score of at least 6.5

*Please allow 7-10 days for your Graduate Studies online application to reach the department.

Step II: Application to the Department of Educational Administration


Checklist of departmental items submitted to the department via email or regular mail:

__ Application Requirements

__ Letter of Application (The letter should include professional goals, area of academic interest and why you chose to apply to UNL.)

__ Resume (Please take this opportunity to highlight specific accomplishments and experiences.)

__ Three letters of recommendation (It is a good idea to ask for letters from people who can speak of your accomplishments and academic potential. An ideal set of references would include: professors who have worked closely with you and people who supervised you in professional roles.)

___ Supplemental Application Form

Please contact the Department with questions:


Department Deadlines:

Certification July 1 October 1

*Please note: If all application materials are not in by the DUE DATE, the application will not be considered by the department admissions committee.

Only completed applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Department applications must be completed within one year of initiation. All incomplete files will be destroyed after one year.