Graduate

In the lab at the Beadle Center
Future graduate students

Application Information

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Applications are reviewed as they are received. There are no deadlines for applying. Applications will be accepted until the entering class has been filled. However, the later applications arrive, the more likely it is that financial aid, including lucrative fellowships, will have been committed.

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Ms. Marlene Busse

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant


402-472-1560

Ms. Kathy Schindler

Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

kschindler1@unl.edu
402-472-1730

 

Admission Requirements

Formal application to our graduate programs is made through the Graduate Admissions Office. We do not have deadlines for the application. Application files will be reviewed for admission when all required documents have been received. Below are the prerequisites for admission in our department. Students may be admitted provisionally with deficiencies but they must be removed by the end of the first year of studies.

Ph.D./M.S. Thesis Option I

Prerequisites
  • one semester calculus
  • one semester chemistry
  • one semester physics (excluding soil physics)
  • two semesters biological sciences
  • an additional semester of either physics or chemistry

Applicants with more than two deficiencies will not be reviewed for admission. It is recommended that you enroll in appropriate courses to remove the deficiencies, and then reapply.

Application Requirements
  • transcripts
  • vitae & statement of interest and goals
  • three letters of recommendation
  • verification of English proficiency required for international students (TOEFL code 6877) -- Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 79 internet-based, IELTS 6.5). Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.

M.S. Non-Thesis Option II (Project with a Minor)

Prerequisites
  • one semester plant production or plant system management
  • one semester soil science
  • one semester biological science
  • one semester chemistry
  • one semester algebra

Applicants with more than two deficiencies will not be reviewed for admission. It is recommended that you enroll in appropriate courses to remove the deficiencies, and then reapply.

Application Requirements
  • transcripts
  • vitae & statement of interest and goals
  • three letters of recommendation
  • verification of English proficiency required for international students (TOEFL code 6877) -- Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 79 internet-based, IELTS 6.5). Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.

International Considerations

Areas of Specialization

A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. The specializations offered in our department are:

  • Agricultural Meteorology (resident only)
  • Applied Ecology (Ph.D., resident only)
  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Environmental Studies (resident only)
  • Great Plains Studies (inactive)
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Plant Pathology (resident only)
  • Public Horticulture Administration (Horticulture MS only)
  • Range and Forage Sciences
  • Soil and Water Sciences (resident only)
  • Water Resources Planning and Management (inactive)
  • Weed Science (Agronomy resident only)
Leah Ruff presenting research

Degree Requirements