Application Deadlines

DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Students with an advisor

  • Fall – July 15
  • Spring – December 1
  • Summer – April 15

Students without an advisor

  • Fall – May 15
  • Spring – October 1
  • Summer – February 15

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Any student requiring a VISA (either new or renewed) to study in the United States.

Students with an advisor

  • Fall – May 15
  • Spring – October 1
  • Summer – February 15

Students without an advisor

  • Fall – March 15 (beginning with Fall 2020 applications)
  • Spring – August 1
  • Summer – December 15

Students with an advisor: Please use this timeline if you HAVE spoken with a faculty member and they have agreed to advise you. Please list this faculty member in your statement of goals and interests in your application.

Students without an advisor: Please use this timeline if you HAVE NOT received a commitment from a faculty member to advise you. We will share your application with the entire faculty. This process takes a little more time.

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Contact Us

Danielle Lopez

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

danielle.lopez@unl.edu
402-472-1560

Kathy Schindler

Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

kschindler1@unl.edu
402-472-1730

 

Admission Requirements

All applications must be submitted through the office of Graduate Studies. We do not accept applications via email. Below are the prerequisites for admission to our department. Students may be admitted provisionally with deficiencies, but they must be removed by the end of the first year of study.

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

PREREQUISITES

  • One semester calculus
  • One semester chemistry
  • One semester physics (excluding soil physics)
  • Two semesters biological sciences
  • One additional semester of either physics or chemistry
  • 3.0 GPA (Out of 4.0)

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
  • Curriculum 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. More details at English Proficiency Policy.

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 mathematics
  • 3.0 GPA (Out of 4.0)

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
  • Curriculum 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. More details at English Proficiency Policy.

What is the difference between Option I and Option II? (PDF file)

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)
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Plant Pathology (resident only)
  • Public Horticulture Administration (Horticulture MS only)
  • Range and Forage Sciences
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Weed Science

Funding Information

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While there is not an application deadline, the later applications arrive the more likely it is that financial aid, including lucrative fellowships and research assistantships, will have been committed.

2017 Soil Judging Team. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Young
The Soil Judging Team at the Region V competition in Redfield, South Dakota. | Photo courtesy Rebecca Young

2018 Graduate Student Awards

Our graduate students earn numerous awards, fellowships and honors.

2018 Graduate Student Award Winners