admission to the PhD program.
Admission to the PhD Program is the decision of the Dean of Graduate Studies based on the recommendations of the School of Public Administration Doctoral Program Committee. There are two application deadlines, one on February 1 for applicants seeking financial assistance and the second on May 25for all other students seeking admission. There are 10 elements in the application portfolio (listed below), and all application materials must be received by the applicable deadline in order for the application to be reviewed by the Doctoral Program Committee. Those applicants who enter the program with a masters degree field other than PA will need to complete up to four pre-requisites: Introduction to Public Administration, The Public Economy, Organization Theory and Behavior and Research Methods in Public Administration. The letter of admission will specify which pre-requisites are necessary before enrolling in the core curriculum.
Applicants apply online at http://www.unomaha.edu/graduate/prospective.php:
* Required if applicant's language of nurture is not English and master’s degree is not from a university in a country where the official language is English.
** A letter to the chair of the Doctoral Program Committee indicting the desire to enroll as a full-time doctoral student and requesting financial aid as a graduate assistant.
International Graduate Application
A separate application process is necessary for international students. The International Studies Program is responsible for all international applications. Please direct requests for application and related materials to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Record Exam
The general exam is available on-line at multiple testing centers throughout the country. Please consult the following web site directly for information. See Application Checklist for information about minimum scores that are necessary in order for the Doctoral Program Committee to consider other elements of your application portfolio.
Opportunities for Financial Assistance
The program offers funded graduate assistant positions to full-time doctoral students. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week assisting with faculty research, coordinating outreach projects and teaching in the program under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The minimum number of credit hours per semester that a GA must take is six and the maximum is nine. The number of positions varies each year depending on available resources. Each position covers tuition and an $18,000 stipend which is split into ten monthly payments. Each position also covers summer session tuition, but not a summer stipend. The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission with a GA award. Please see the Applicant Checklist for more details.