The application deadline for financial support starting in the Fall of 2022 will be January 15, 2022. Applications that are complete by the deadline will be given full consideration for financial support.

**We accept applications for Spring admission only under special circumstances. Please email us before applying for the Spring term.

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered, depending upon positions available and/or funding availability.

Applications for admission to the Graduate College are to be submitted online. Also note that international students must also 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).

To Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with the university's requirements for admission and fill out the online application form from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • 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 CollegeNet. 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 recommended but not required; Subject GRE is NOT required
    • (Please do not submit hard copies.)

Office of Graduate Studies Requirements

To summarize, in CollegeNet, all students must submit:

  • Online application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • One (1) transcript. Unofficial (uploaded) transcripts are sufficient for applicants; official transcripts are required prior to enrollment.

Department of Mathematics Requirements

To summarize, in CollegeNet, all students must submit:

  • Three references to submit a letter of recommendation
  • GRE general score is recommended but not required; Subject GRE is NOT required.  *GRE is not required for the MAT or MSCT program
  • 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
Mathematics Contact Information
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mathematics
203 Avery Hall Lincoln NE 68588-0130
Voice 402-472-3731 Fax 402-472-8466
Graduate Studies Contact Information
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall Lincoln NE 68588-0619
Voice 402-472-2878 Fax 402-472-0589

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.

Special Fellowships

The university has several special fellowships for new students, including the Othmer Graduate Fellowships, which pays up to $8,000 per year beyond the GTA stipend for up to three years, and the Chancellor's Fellowship, which pays $4,000 per year for up to two 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.