Online Application Information

Steps to Admission


Helpful Hints:

  1. Include the answers to these questions in your Letter of Intent:

    a. Explain why you want to pursue a Master's degree in Entomology. How is it going to help you?
    b. What are you doing now that relates to this degree?
    c. What do you want to gain from this degree both personally and professionally?
    d. What are your personal and career goals?
  2. 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 4-6 weeks. After a decision is made, the Office of Graduate Studies has to do the final paperwork. This process can take another 2-4 weeks. As you can see, it is in your best interest to get your application completed as soon as possible!
  3. Application Deadlines

    We have an open admission policy and accept applications throughout the year. To ensure that the admission application can be processed before registration deadlines, application materials for the online M.S. in entomology program should be submitted by the following dates. Later submission may or may not allow enough time to process the application.

    Apply by: To register for classes in:
    July 15 fall semester
    November 15     spring semester
    April 1 summer sessions

  4. Prospective students should also read information provided by the Office of Graduate Studies - - We are looking forward to seeing your application soon!


Transfer of Credit

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours of graduate level course work into the program. Credit can be transferred only if the student was enrolled at the granting institution and if official transcripts are supplied to UNL. The degree itself requires 36 credit hours of graduate level course work, 18 of which must be in entomology. The degree requires 18 credit hours from graduate courses that do not have an undergraduate counterpart. 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 master's program at UNL if the course work is 10 years or older or if the course work has been applied toward a previous masters degree at UNL or any other accredited institution. Only graduate, not professional, credit will be transferred.

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 insure 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.


Second Masters Degree

Students who have earned a previous graduate degree such as a master's degree in any institution including the University of Nebraska may seek a second master's degree provided the degree is in a different discipline. However, no graduate credits will be accepted as transfer credit toward a second master's 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 master's if the graduate credits were earned within 10 years of completing the master's degree at UNL. Any approved Memorandum of Courses cannot duplicate graduate courses from any institution, discipline or country.

For additional information regarding the transfer of course work, refer to UNL's on-line Graduate Studies Bulletin:


Questions Regarding Your Application?

If you have questions regarding the status of the application materials contact Kathy Schindler. Kathy handles Graduate Student applications in the Department of Entomology.
Kathy Schindler
Department of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816

Phone: 402-472-8678

If you have any questions about the distance M.S. in Entomology program, contact:
Erin Bauer
Department of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816

Phone: 402-472-9548

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