Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the 2016-2017 catalog for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
For more than 100 years, UNO has helped professionals advance their careers through a wide array of award-winning graduate programs. We focus our attention, expertise and resources on our most important responsibility—our students.
There are more than 75 graduate programs, at all levels, to explore in this catalog. UNO has numerous opportunities for you.
UNO is located in the heart of Nebraska’s largest city and is regarded as a forward-thinking, metropolitan university with premier graduate programs. UNO is recognized as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University for our specialized doctoral programs and comprehensive range of master’s degrees and certificates. Our graduate faculty represents the very best in their fields, earning national teaching awards, and they are dedicated to individual student instruction and mentoring.
A graduate degree from UNO will give you an important edge in a competitive marketplace, command higher earnings throughout your career, and prepare you to be a leader in your community.
Our Graduate Studies office and the faculty in all of our programs are here to assist you as you explore graduate school, and we are here to support you when you choose UNO.
So, use this catalog as a resource to help you prepare to develop new professional skills through a graduate degree.
If you have any questions or need advice, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Deborah Smith-Howell, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Studies
The Mission of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is to develop, enhance, and promote outstanding graduate education; to ensure a rich environment for learning, creative activity, and the discovery and communication of new knowledge; and to be recognized for excellence in regional, national, and global engagement and contributions.
GOAL A: UNO Graduate Studies will develop, enhance, and promote outstanding graduate education.
OBJECTIVE 1: UNO Graduate Studies will continually enhance UNO’s existing graduate education programs.
OBJECTIVE 2: UNO Graduate Studies will develop outstanding new graduate education programs.
OBJECTIVE 3: UNO Graduate Studies will promote graduate education opportunities at UNO.
GOAL B: UNO Graduate Studies will ensure a rich environment for learning, creative activity, and the discovery and communication of new knowledge.
OBJECTIVE 1: UNO Graduate Studies will foster a culture and environment that positively acknowledges and rewards creative endeavors.
OBJECTIVE 2: UNO Graduate Studies will promote and nurture the dissemination of scholarship.
GOAL C: UNO Graduate Studies will be recognized for excellence in regional, national, and global engagement and contributions.
OBJECTIVE 1: UNO Graduate Studies will be recognized for excellence in engagement.
OBJECTIVE 2: UNO Graduate Studies will support students’ success in their internships, training, and other community centered opportunities for learning.
Graduate Studies Organization
In 1971, at the direction of the Board of Regents, the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska (UNL and UNMC) and the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska at Omaha were merged to form one University-wide Graduate College with one Graduate Faculty. The ultimate academic authority for all graduate programs within the University is vested in the approximately 1700 members of the Graduate Faculty.
The Bylaws of the Board of Regents state that the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nebraska shall serve as Dean of the University-wide Graduate College and as presiding officer of the Graduate Faculty and councils thereof. The legislative and academic authority of the Graduate Faculty is vested in the Executive Graduate Council, comprised of eight members elected by the graduate faculty. Specific responsibilities of the Dean and of the Executive Graduate Council can be found in the University of Nebraska Graduate College Governance document.
On each campus of the University in which graduate programs are housed, there is a campus Dean of Graduate Studies, a campus Graduate Faculty and a campus Graduate Council. The UNO Dean of Graduate Studies administers graduate programs and policies on that campus; serves as presiding officer of the UNO Graduate Faculty and the UNO Graduate Council; and forwards to the Dean of the Graduate College matters which are of University-wide concern. The UNO Graduate Faculty consists of those members of the University-wide Graduate Faculty administratively assigned to UNO. The UNO Graduate Council acts as an advisory body to the UNO Dean of Graduate Studies, coordinates the graduate studies on the UNO campus and recommends to the Executive Graduate Council actions affecting students and programs on more than one campus. This Council consists of 22 elected or appointed faculty members and two graduate student members. Specific responsibilities of the Dean of Graduate Studies and of the UNO Graduate Council may be found in the document “Organization of Graduate Studies: University of Nebraska at Omaha”.