Distance Education FAQ

 

- How will the Distance M.S. in Entomology Program Benefit Me?

- Can I Take Courses Without Going Back to School?

- Does the Department of Entomology at UNL Offer any Undergraduate Courses via Distance?

- What are the Entrance Requirements for the Distance M.S. in Entomology Program?

- Is the Distance Masters Degree in Entomology Program Accredited?

- What are the Differences Between the distance Masters Degree program and the On-Campus Masters Degree program?

- How are the Distance Courses Taught?

- If I Want Graduate Credit, How do I Apply?

- How Long Does the Application Process Take?

- What are the Application Deadlines?

- Do I Have to Take the GRE?

- What are the Tuition and Fees? How am I Billed?

- Are There any Scholarships or Other Types of Financial Aid Available?

- What if I have Served in the Military? How do I find out if I am Eligible for Veterans Certification?

- Can I Transfer Credit Hours into the Program?

- Can I Transfer Graduate Credits into the Program that Applied towards a Previous Degree?

- Where Can I Find Additional Information Regarding UNL's Policies and Procedures?

- This is a Non-Thesis Degree. What if I Want to go on for a Ph.D. after I Graduate?

- Who do I Contact for Additional Information?

 

 

 

How will the Distance M.S. in Entomology Program Benefit Me?

The distance M.S. in Entomology program is designed for students just like you! The full curriculum distance M.S. degree in Entomology offers students the opportunity to reach their personal and professional goals while maintaining their busy lifestyles. Students can study at home, on the road, or while at work! The Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers students the unique opportunity to earn an advanced science degree without ever having to come to campus!

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Can I Take Courses Without Going Back to School?

Yes! Non-credit courses are a wonderful option for professionals or people who want to learn more about entomology. If you do not want to pursue a degree, feel free to take a class and increase your knowledge and understanding of entomology and related issues. All of the distance courses offered by the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can be taken as non-credit courses. Simply call and order the materials. The non-credit option allows people to study the material without participating in a class. There are no deadlines, exams, quizzes or assignments-just learn the material at your own pace!

The current cost for a non-credit course is 75% of resident undergraduate tuition. Materials are to be used only by the purchaser and are not to be shared or copied.

To register for any of our classes as a non-degree seeking student call:
(402) 472-8680 or 1-800-755-7765 and ask for Tom Weissling.

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Does the Department of Entomology at UNL Offer any Undergraduate Courses via Distance?

Yes! We offer several distance entomology courses at the undergraduate level.

ENTO 401/801 Insect Physiology 3 credit hours
ENTO 402/802 Aquatic Insects 2 credit hours
ENTO 403/803 Management of Horticultural Insects 3 credit hours
ENTO 406/806 Insect Ecology 3 credit hours
ENTO 409/809 Host Plant Resistance 3 credit hours
ENTO 4126/812 Entomology and Pest Management 3 credit hours
ENTO 414/814 Forensic Entomology 3 credit hours
ENTO 415/815 Medical Entomology 3 credit hours
ENTO 115 Insect Biology (undergraduate only) 3 credit hours

Please contact Dr. Tom Weissling or Erin Bauer for more information.

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What are the Entrance Requirements for the Distance M.S. in Entomology Program?

Students must hold a B. S. or B. A. degree from an accredited college or university. Baccalaureate course work must include chemistry, mathematics, biology, and introductory entomology. (A limited number of deficiencies in course work can be made up during the graduate program, but these will not count toward the program of study.) An undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 or better is required for Full Graduate Standing. A G.P.A. of less than 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis for provisional admission (students accepted on provisional admission must establish acceptable academic performance in their first semester to continue in the graduate program). Students whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of 550 or better for admission into the department (students with scores between 500-550 may be considered for provisional admission).

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Is the Distance Masters Degree in Entomology Program Accredited?

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since the association began accrediting colleges and universities in 1913. The distance M.S. in Entomology program is a fully recognized and accredited degree program of the University of Nebraska.

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What are the Differences Between the Distance Masters Degree program and the On-Campus Masters Degree program?

The distance program offers students an Option III (non-thesis) Masters degree. To fulfill the requirements of the Option III Masters degree, students complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students must also successfully complete a 4 credit hour Masters Degree Project. (The 4 credit hour project is included in the 36 credit hour program).

On-campus students usually complete an Option I program. One of the requirements of the Option I Masters degree is the successful completion of a research-based thesis.

Both options lead to a Master's degree in Entomology, but the way students earn the degree is different.

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How are the Distance Courses Taught?

Every class is a little bit different. Classes are delivered totally via the Internet. Some of our courses are also available for undergraduate credit.

Refer to the Department of Entomology's Distance Education Course Schedule for Details: http://entomology.unl.edu/courses/deccourses.shtml

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If I Want Graduate Credit, How do I Apply?

Graduate Admissions Toll-Free: (800) 742-8800 ext. 2878
Graduate Admissions Email: admissions@unl.edu

For more detailed information on writing letters of intent, as well as other helpful hints regarding the application process, visit the Department of Entomology's web page at:
http://entomology.unl.edu/distedu/appinfo

You should also read about important application information provided by the Office of Graduate Studies.
http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/

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How Long Does the Application Process Take?

Get your application in early! After your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Department of Entomology's Graduate Committee for review. The review process typically takes 2-4 weeks. After a decision is made, the Office of Graduate Studies has to do the final paperwork. This process can take 4-6 weeks. As you can see, it is in your best interest to get your application completed as soon as possible!

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What are the Application Deadlines?

All application materials for the distance M.S. in Entomology degree program must be in by the following dates:
Beginning SemesterApplication Due Date
Spring Semester November 1
Summer Session March 1
Fall Semester July 1

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Do I Have to Take the GRE?

No, the Department of Entomology does not require students to take the GRE or any other entrance exams.

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What are the Tuition and Fees? How am I Billed?

Information on Tuition, Fees, and the Billing Process can be found at:
http://stuaccts.unl.edu/tuitionfee

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Are There any Scholarships or Other Types of Financial Aid Available?

Please consult UNL's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information:
http://www.unl.edu/scholfa/

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What if I have Served in the Military? How do I find out if I am Eligible for Veterans Certification?

Call Veterans Certification
Phone number: 402-472-4130

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Can I Transfer Credit Hours into the Program?

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours of graduate level course work into the program. The degree itself requires 36 credit hours of graduate level course work, 18 of which must be in entomology. The ultimate decision on whether or not your course work will transfer is up to UNL's Office of Graduate Studies.

No graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credit toward a masters program at UNL if the course work is ten years or older or if the course work has been applied toward a previous degree at UNL or any other accredited institution. Professional credits will not transfer as graduate credits.

All graduate credits to be counted toward the satisfaction of postbaccalaureate degree requirements, including the transfer credits, must be recommended by the cognizant graduate committee of the student's major department or area. Not less than 50 percent of the course work of the minimum number of graduate credits required for any subdoctoral graduate degree must be completed at the University of Nebraska. The student should not expect any graduate credits to be transferred unless the graduate committee evaluates the quality and suitability equal to or superior to offerings available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Approval of the Office of Graduate Studies is required for the transfer of graduate work taken elsewhere to a graduate degree program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that official transcripts of graduate work taken elsewhere are sent by the institution where the work was completed and received by the Office of Graduate Studies well before the student plans to complete all other requirements for the graduate degree.

For additional information regarding the transfer of course work, refer to UNL's online Graduate Studies Bulletin:
http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/bulletin/transfer-of-credit

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Can I Transfer Graduate Credits into the Program that Applied towards a Previous Degree?

Second Masters Degree
Students who have earned a previous graduate degree such as a masters degree in any institution including the University of Nebraska may seek a second masters degree provided the degree is in a different discipline. However, no graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credit toward a second masters program if the course work has been applied toward a previous degree at any accredited institution, including UNL. Graduate course work not previously applied toward a degree may be considered to a second masters if the graduate credits were earned within ten years of completing the masters degree at UNL. Any approved Memorandum of Courses cannot duplicate graduate courses from any institution, discipline or country.

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Where Can I Find Additional Information Regarding UNL's Policies and Procedures?

For additional information regarding the transfer of course work, and other policies and procedures related to graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, refer to the Graduate Studies Bulletin. The Graduate Studies Bulletin contains information about all programs of graduate study offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

UNL's online Graduate Studies Bulletin:
http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/bulletin

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This is a Non-Thesis Degree. What if I Want to go on for a Ph.D. after I Graduate?

There is no "yes" or "no" answer to this question. This is a non-thesis degree option, and it will be up to individual institutions to decide whether or not they will accept you into a Ph.D. program. Before you apply to the distance M.S. in Entomology program, you may want to consider asking yourself a few questions: Is research-based entomology what you want to do? What exactly do you want to do after you complete your degree objectives? Do you know what institution you want to attend after completing your Masters degree? If so, contact them for some insight.

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Who do I Contact for Additional Information?

If you have questions regarding the status of the application materials, contact Jeri Cunningham. Jeri handles Graduate Student applications in the Department of Entomology.

Phone: 402-472-8678
Email: jcunningham1@unl.edu If you have any additional questions about the distance M.S. in Entomology program or non-credit courses offered by the Department of Entomology at UNL, contact:

Dr. Tom Weissling   Erin Bauer
Distance Education Coordinator   Entomology Lecturer
Department of Entomology       or          Department of Entomology
214 Entomology Hall   305C Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816   Lincoln, NE 68583-0816
 
Phone: 402-472-8680   Phone: 402-472-9548
E-mail: tweissling2@unl.edu   ebauer2@unl.edu