How to Apply

Application Process Steps

1. Contact and secure an advisor

Choosing an advisor whose interests match your research goals is critical for the success of your work. SNR emphasizes the cooperative exchange between students and advisors in research programs while still giving advisors the overall responsibility for the direction and course of the student's research. Contact an SNR faculty member regarding your interest in our graduate program. Before you apply, you must receive the advising support of a faculty member who is a member of the Graduate Faculty (as recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies).

Locate faculty who can advise:

This potential advisor is required to write a letter of approval for your application. Please note: this letter does not count toward your required letters of recommendation. Applications without a confirmed advisor will not be reviewed for admission.

2. Submit an application for graduate admission to the Office of Graduate Studies

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The appropriate application materials can be found through the Office of Graduate Studies. Please note: you will be required to pay a nonrefundable application processing fee. Be sure to have a confirmed advisor before you submit your application to graduate studies to ensure your application's review.

3. Receive your university ID

After you have completed your application with the Office of Graduate Studies, you will receive an e-mail with your university ID (NU ID). Once you receive your NU ID, establish your password through TrueYou. This step is necessary to complete the application for the Natural Resource Sciences major. Please note: you should allow seven business days to establish your NU ID.

4. Submit your application materials to Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES)

You will need to submit supplemental application materials through the Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES). During this step, you will need to submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from previous academic advisors, supervisors, etc. that can provide information about your knowledge and abilities. Do not count your letter from your potential advisor as a letter of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose. The statement of purpose is a very important element of your application packet. This statement needs to identify what you want to study, why you want to study it, what experience you have in that area and what you plan to do with your degree once you have it. In addition to these four questions, address how this degree will facilitate your career goals. The statement of purpose needs to make you stand out from the many other applicants to SNR, demonstrating you have the right stuff to succeed in graduate school. The statement of purpose need not be more than 2 pages. For more information on writing a statement of purpose see https://www.princetonreview.com/grad/statement-of-purpose.aspx
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Your GRE scores. The UNL code is 6877. GRE Test Centers and Dates
  • Your TOEFL scores (if applicable).
  • A letter of approval from your potential advisor in the School of Natural Resources. Your potential advisor must write a letter of approval for your application. Please note: this letter does not count toward your required letters of recommendation. Applications without a confirmed advisor will not be reviewed for admission.

5. School of Natural Resources Review

The SNR Graduate Committee will review your application and will notify Graduate Studies of its admission recommendation. Graduate Studies will conduct a final review of your file.

6. Response from the School of Natural Resources

You will receive a notification of your application status from SNR. If accepted, Graduate Studies will also notify you and mail your Certificate of Admission and other important information for incoming students. You will be eligible to enroll for the entry term indicated on your Certificate of Admission.

Questions ?

If you have particular questions about our graduate programs, we welcome you to contact:

Patty Swanson

Patty Swanson

SNR Graduate Admissions Coordinator

102b Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE 68583-0921

 402-472-5355

 pswanson2@unl.edu