The application deadline for financial support starting in the Fall of 2018 is January 16, 2018. We accept applications for Spring admission only under special circumstances.
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered, depending upon space and/or funding availability.
Applications for admission to the Graduate College are to be submitted online. Also note that international students must submit a Financial Resource Certification.
International students requiring financial aid must begin their studies in the Fall Semester. Here is why: In order to be allowed to teach, a student from a non-English-speaking country must attend the Institute for International Teaching Assistants (ITA), an intensive three-week program that runs annually from late July to mid-August. (In order to be admitted to the ITA, the student must score at least 22 on the TOEFL iBT speaking section or 6.5 on the IELTS speaking section.) At the end of the ITA, the student must pass a final panel. An international student who does not pass the final panel of the ITA will be hired as a grader at a substantially lower salary than the GTA stipend (though still enough to live on comfortably).
- Familiarize yourself with the university's requirements for admission and fill out the online application form from the Office of Graduate Studies.
- After completing the form you will soon receive an NUID that allows you to sign into MyRED, the university's online personal records system where you can view a list of application materials received or still needed by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Within 24 business hours of receiving your NUID from the university, you will receive a welcome e-mail message asking you to log into GAMES (Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System) and provide additional materials and information required by the math department. GAMES is a secure, web-based system that allows you to provide materials online.
- You will be asked to provide basic information including:
- A Statement of Purpose, a brief (typically 1 page or less) statement indicating why you wish to pursue graduate study and why UNL is a good fit for you
- A cover letter or résumé
- Three references. These references will be asked to submit letters of recommendation electronically through GAMES. Once you log into GAMES, you will provide contact information for each reference. You will then be able to send your references an e-mail with a secure link and they will be able to upload their letters.
- GRE General Score is required
- (Please do not submit hard copies.)
- It is important to realize that MyRED reflects your application status at the university level. Though materials required by the Office of Graduate Studies may be complete, this does not mean your application is complete as far as department requirements are concerned.
- You must submit application materials online through GAMES. Be sure to finalize and "Submit" (located on the side navigation bar) your application when you are satisfied with all materials provided.
- Recommendation letter writers can be contacted automatically through GAMES and they will be able to electronically upload their letters through a secure web link. There is no need to have them send a hard copy.
- GAMES reflects your application status at the department level. After you have provided all materials required by the department and finalize your application, GAMES will also be a valuable source of information regarding your application status.
Office of Graduate Studies Requirements
All students must submit:
Department of Mathematics Requirements
All students must submit (through GAMES):
- Three references to submit a letter of recommendation
- GRE general scores (required)
- Statement of Purpose, a brief (typically 1 page or less) statement indicating why you wish to pursue graduate study and why UNL is a good fit for you.
- Cover letter or résumé
Note: There is no separate Department of Mathematics application. Also, there is no separate application for financial aid.
Master's or Ph.D.?
Many students are unsure whether to apply to the Master's or Ph.D. program. If you have a relatively strong background, with eight or more one-semester courses in the mathematical sciences beyond calculus, we encourage you to apply for the Ph.D. program. Administratively, it makes little difference. Students in the Master's program can easily move to the Ph.D. program after obtaining the Master's Degree, and students in the Ph.D. program can pick up a Master's Degree without making an academic detour. The reason we encourage strong students to apply for the Ph.D. program is that the university has several fellowships that can be used to recruit top applicants, and these are available only to those who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program.
The university has several special fellowships for new students, including the Othmer Graduate Fellowships, which pay $8000 per year beyond the GTA stipend for up to three years. The first round of fellowship offers will be in February, and students who have completed their applications by the deadline will receive full consideration for fellowships.
We are frequently asked about the acceptance rates of applicants for financial support in our graduate program. In 2013, 39% of completed applications were accepted with an offer a funding to our graduate program.
For more information, please contact our graduate chair at mathgraduateprograms.