Admissions Process

Students seeking admission to the DPH program must hold a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited college or university.  Baccalaureate course work must include chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology (including plant biology).  A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisites.  An undergraduate level of a statistics course will not fulfill the college level mathematics prerequisite.  Review the program Prerequisites and Recommended Undergraduate Courses pages for more information about appropriate baccalaureate courses of study and degrees.  A limited number of deficiencies may be made up during the graduate program, typically during the first year in residence, and these courses may count toward the program of study.  Direct all inquiries regarding admission to the program to Jeff Bradshaw, Ph.D., Director of Plant Health Program.

The application process begins by completing the Graduate Application for Admission.  Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Please contact the DPH Office at 402-472-3365 if you have questions.


Application Questions & Answers

What materials are required for application to the DPH program?

Please visit the Application Checklist and Deadlines information page on our Program Summary webpage.

Do I need to submit my University of University of Nebraska–Lincoln transcripts?

No, the Office of Graduate Studies will request your UNL transcripts after you apply.

When is the deadline to apply?

We evaluate applications to the DPH Program when received, but we recommend applying at least two months before the semester you would like to start.

What is the GRE & TOEFL institution code?

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's institution code is 6877. You don't need to enter a departmental code as all scores are processed centrally.

Will I get admitted?

The DPH Admission Committee decides who is admitted to the program. These decisions are based on many factors including academic background and performance, leadership abilities and experiences and the student’s fit within the program. These factors will be assessed by a thorough review of all application materials.

How do I change information submitted on my online application?

Requests must be received in writing; email

How do I check the status of my application?

See Application Status.

How long does the admission process take?

Once the application materials packet is complete we strive to have a decision to the student within three weeks.  Therefore, it is important for the applicant to make sure the application and all supporting documents have been submitted.

Can I defer my admission to a later term?

Requests must be received in writing; email DPH and include first and last name, NU ID and which term you would like to defer admission to.

How do I withdraw my application?

Requests must be received in writing; email and include first and last name, NU ID and details of request.

Do I have to pay an application fee?

Yes, there is a $50.00 fee for all applications. See Application Fee for details and to see if you are exempt from paying the application fee.

I am applying to more than one program at UNL; do I have to pay multiple application fees?

See Applying to Multiple Programs.

How do I submit payment of the application fee?

See Application Fee for all payment options.