Graduate Programs - FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions


What types of graduate programs do you offer?

The UNL College of Engineering offers academic programs on three campuses in two cities: City Campus (Lincoln); East Campus (Lincoln); and Scott Campus (Omaha) and we have 24 Graduate degree options across 9 departments.  

How do I apply?

Start your application process here.

What is needed to complete my application?

Once the Office of Graduate Studies receives your application, fee, and uploaded transcripts, they’ll review file and contact you if any additional information is needed. You can monitor your application status via MyRED. Each Engineering department has a Graduate Admissions Committee to decide whether an applicant will be accepted into their program. Your application will be reviewed only after you have submitted all required degree specific application materials.

What is the deadline for application for admission?

Each department has their own deadlines for review.

What should be included in the statement of purpose?

Your statement of purpose should include a description of your goals in pursuing a graduate degree. Include the degree and major you are interested in pursuing and the area of specialization within the major that is of the most interest to you. Please indicate if you have been in communication with a faculty member in the Department regarding graduate education. 

Where should I send my letters of reference and my letter of interest?

You will submit your statement of purpose and all other required documents through the admissions software when you apply online. You will also enter the names and contact information for your three references. An email will be sent to your references listed requesting a reference letter.

Who should provide letters of recommendation?

You should have three professionals provide letters of recommendation. These individuals should be familiar with your past academic history as well as your potential to complete a graduate program.

I took the GRE (or TOEFL) several years ago. Do I need to retake it?

The Graduate Committee in each department will determine whether GRE scores are recent enough to accept. TOEFL scores are good for two years from the last date.

Can I take a course without seeking a degree?

Students who are interested in taking courses but are not yet ready to begin a degree program should apply for nondegree post baccalaureate admission. Use the same application as in seeking a degree. Nondegree students intending to apply courses toward a degree program at a later date should consult the Department they wish to enter before enrolling.

How long will it take to receive a decision on my application?

Once your application file is complete, please allow six to eight weeks for a decision to be reached. You will be notified once a decision is made.

Where can I find additional information?

  1. If you have additional questions about Graduate Programs within the College of Engineering, please contact Kayla Person, Director of Graduate Programs, or the Graduate contacts within your interest area. 
  2. For additional information on UNL’s Office of Graduate Studies, please visit their website.