Application Procedures

Office of Graduate Studies Requirements

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee.
  • After you submit your application, you will receive instructions the next day for the GAMES (Graduate Admission Management and Evaluation System) application system.

Upload your most recent unofficial transcript from each institution attended.

Recommendation for Graduate Admission
Three letters of reference are required and should be submitted through GAMES.

Personal Statement and Writing Sample
should be submitted through GAMES. The personal statement is approximately 1-2 pages in length; its purpose is to explain interest in pursuing a particular graduate degree and to give a strong sense of intellectual interests and background. The writing sample is a paper previously written by the applicant; there is no standardized page limit, although they are typically 10-30 pages in length.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
You should register to take the GRE and have the results forwarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (institution code: 6877); you do not need to enter a departmental code as all scores are processed centrally. You should also submit your scores through GAMES.

Language Requirements
M.A. applicants and Ph.D. without M.A. applicants are expected to have passed four semesters of study in at least one language other than English with an average grade of B or better; if needed, this requirement can be fulfilled while enrolled in the M.A. program.

Ph.D. applicants in American history should be fluent in at least one language other than English, and Ph.D. applicants in non-U.S. fields should demonstrate fluency in at least two languages besides English; if needed, this requirement can be fulfilled while enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

International Students
should also include:

Guidelines for International Students


December 1 for all M.A. and Ph.D. students applying for admission.

We accept applications for Fall semesters.