Historical Profile

For over 100 years since its founding in 1908, UNO has provided Omaha, the state of Nebraska and the nation with men and women of sound intellectual training and preparation for life. Its goal for its students, “To earn a living and live a cultured life not as two processes, but as one” has been its guide over the years.

The University of Omaha was founded in 1908 as a private, nonsectarian college. The University awarded its first master’s degrees in 1919 by special vote of the Board of Trustees.  In 1960 the Board of Regents of the University authorized the Specialist in Education degree, and in 1965 they authorized the Master of Business Administration degree.  In 1983 the University of Omaha became the Municipal University of Omaha; in that same year the Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees were authorized.

In 1968 the Municipal University of Omaha was merged with the University of Nebraska System and became the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1971 the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska was formed to govern graduate studies throughout the University of Nebraska. Since 1968, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been authorized to offer additional professional master’s degrees. In 1974 the cooperative program with UNL leading to the PhD in three areas of psychology was approved. In 1992 the Board of Regents and the Coordinating Commission for Higher Education approved a joint EdD in Educational Administration degree program (UNL and UNO).  In 1993, the PhD in Criminal Justice was approved, and in 1994 the PhD in Public Administration was approved. In 2004, the PhD in Information Technology was approved. In 2005, the Master of Arts in Language Teaching was approved. In 2011, the Master of Arts in Athletic Training was approved. In 2012, the PhD in Exercise Science, and the Master of Science in Information Assurance were approved. In 2013, a Master of Science and PhD in Biomedical Informatics was approved. In 2015, a Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking and the Executive Master of Science in Information Technology were approved. 

Graduate studies provide more advanced education than the undergraduate work upon which all graduate programs are based. At UNO graduate students:

  • Work toward the various graduate certificates and/or degrees offered by the University;
  • Earn graduate credit for the issuance or renewal of certificates for teachers, administrators and educational psychologists; and
  • Obtain personal or professional enhancement.

To enable the student to attain these objectives, the Graduate Faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha provide graduate courses, workshops, institutes, seminars, practica, research and special problems courses, and the supervision of theses or special projects. Thus, they promote the spirit of free investigation in the various disciplines and, at the same time, serve to unite the various branches of the University in advancing human knowledge and providing intelligent, capable leadership for society.