Graduate Student Resources

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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
  • Public Horticulture Administration (Horticulture MS only)
  • Range and Forage Sciences
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Weed Science

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

Application Deadlines

Domestic & Online 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 
  • Spring – August 9
  • 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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Graduate Student Services

Danielle Lopez

Danielle Lopez

Graduate Program Coordinator
danielle.lopez@unl.edu
402-472-1560
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Krisayla (Kris) Rasmussen

Krisayla “Kris” Rasmussen

Office Associate for Distance Education
krasmussen8@unl.edu
402-472-1730
279 PLSH
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Current Student Information

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees

ONLINE MASTER'S DEGREE

Degree Requirements

MASTER'S DEGREE MILESTONES

  • First half of your program

    • Memorandum of Courses
    • Research Responsibility
      • Online students take 1 hr MS project
  • Second half of your program

  • In your final semester

    • Application for Graduation
    • Final Exam Report (scheduling)
    • Schedule a day & room for your defense with Danielle using Department Defense Form
    • Thesis or project (preliminary)
    • Written Comprehensive Exam and removal of incomplete grades (non-894 or non-899)
    • Final Oral Exam
    • Final Materials, Thesis or project (final) and removal of incomplete 894 and 899 grades
    • Commencement Ceremony

Exact Due Dates

Doctoral Degrees

Degree Requirements

DOCTORAL DEGREE MILESTONES

  • First half of your program

    • Supervisory Committee
    • Within the same term: Program of studies and research responsibility (preliminary)
  • Mid-Program

    • Application for candidacy
    • Academic Residency
  • In your final year

    • Application for Graduation; Hooding Participation
    • Dissertation (preliminary); Application for Final Oral Exam, Research Responsibility (final); Removal of incomplete grades (non-999)
    • Schedule a day & room for your defense with Danielle using Department Defense Form
    • Final Oral Examination (Defense)
    • Dissertation (final); PDF Upload; and Depositing and removal of Incomplete 999 Grades
    • Commencement and Hooding

Exact Due Dates

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Funding Information

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.

Teaching

Graduate student teaching class

TA Teaching Programs, Tools, and Resources

All on-campus graduate students in the Department are encouraged to incorporate meaningful teaching experiences in their programs. Examples include: teaching or assisting in lab or lecture; organizing seminars; giving presentations; and contributing to extension and other educational outreach efforts. The student's teaching experience should be noted on their Annual Progress Report. The student's advisor should assist in contacting teaching faculty to arrange for appropriate teaching or extension opportunities.

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Graduate Student Handbooks and Policies

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Student Handbook

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Graduate Studies Catalog and Policies

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2020 Graduate Student Awards

Our graduate students earn numerous awards, fellowships and honors.

2020 Graduate Student Award Winners

Graduate Student Directory

Graduate Student Directory

Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Student Association

AHGSA

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