Graduation

120-Hour Minimum Requirement for Undergraduate Degree

The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. However, academic programs may require more than 120 credit hours to attain an undergraduate degree. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program, including credit hours. 

Degree Completion Guarantee

Board of Regents Resolution

The four-year guarantee for graduation relies on mutual commitment from the student to follow a list of practical guidelines while attending college, and from the university to ensure that required courses or acceptable alternatives are available.

Students must have appropriate high school preparation, pursue a course of study that is intended for four-year completion and follow these prudent practices:

  • Select a major early in college and stay with that major.
  • Work closely with academic advisors to develop a four-year curricular plan.
  • Sign up early for classes during each semester’s pre-registration period.
  • Register for and complete 15-18 credit hours per semester with acceptable grades.
  • Work at a job fewer than 20 hours per week.
  • When a required course is not available, notify the department chair in a timely fashion.

In turn, the university guarantees the student will be able to enroll in courses that permit graduation in four years. If that is not possible, the university will provide mutually acceptable alternatives or substitutions. Of course, not all students are in a position to graduate in four years. Some may need or prefer to work more hours and attend school part-time, or they may be enrolled in a program that requires more than four years. Others may just choose a different pace or the opportunity to take a wider range of courses that are not directly related to their field of study. This program is designed for those who want to complete their degree program as quickly as possible.

The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee was approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2002. The program recognizes the importance of Nebraska undergraduate students being able to earn their bachelor’s or first-professional degrees in timely fashion.

Double Major/Double Degree

Double Major

To pursue a double major, a student only needs to fulfill the college requirements of his/her primary college. The degree awarded will be associated with the major pursued at the primary college. The student will also have to fulfill the university general education curriculum, as well as the major requirements for both subject areas.

The student would be awarded one degree (e.g. a BSED) with the double majors (e.g. in Secondary Education and English). 

Double Degree ¹:

For UNO to award a double degree, a student needs to meet all the college requirements for both degrees. The student also must fulfill the university general education curriculum. In addition, the student must complete at least 30 student credit hours in each field.

The University does not award the same degree twice. E.g., it is possible for a student to be awarded a BS with a major in Biology and a BSED with a major in secondary education. However, it is not possible for a student to be awarded two BS degrees; instead, the student would be awarded one BS degree with two respective majors.

¹ A double degree is not the same as a dual degree. 

Discontinuance of Program Offerings

Acceptance of registration by the University of Nebraska and admission to any educational program of the University does not constitute a contract or warranty that the University will continue to offer the program in which a student is enrolled. The University expressly reserves the right to change, phase out or discontinue any program.

The listing of courses contained in any University bulletin, catalog or schedule is by way of announcement only and shall not be regarded as an offer of contract. The University expressly reserves the right to:

  1. add or delete courses from its offerings,
  2. change times or locations of courses or programs,
  3. change academic calendars without notice,
  4. cancel any course for insufficient registrations, or
  5. revise or change rules, charges, fees, schedules, courses, requirements for degrees, and any other policy or regulation affecting students, including, but not limited to, evaluation standards, whenever the same is considered to be in the best interests of the University.

Graduation

Application for Degrees

All applications for degree must be filed via MavLINK. Directions and guidelines on completing this process can be found at http://registrar.unomaha.edu/graduate.php.

All requirements for graduation must be completed and certification by the appropriate college must be on file in the Office of the University Registrar no later than the close of business on the fifteenth (15th) working day, following the last day of finals for a particular semester. This includes the satisfaction of all grades of Incomplete.

Attendance at Commencement

Two commencement ceremonies are held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha during the academic year – one in May and one in December. Academic regalia is required for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony. Students not wearing academic regalia will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Candidacy for a Second Baccalaureate Degree

A student who has met the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha may earn additional, different baccalaureate degrees by completing a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at the University for each additional degree, and by also satisfying all degree requirements for each degree. At the undergraduate level, each degree earned must be unique.

A plan of study for the additional hours, approved by the department head primarily concerned, must be filed in the Office of the Dean of the College offering the degree by the completion of the fifteenth (15th) additional hour. Students must consult an academic advisor prior to starting this program. Two baccalaureate degrees may be awarded simultaneously when the student becomes eligible to receive them.

Additional Majors

A student wanting to declare an additional major must first check with the department of the desired major to determine if it is allowed, then the student must complete a Change of Program form with the appropriate signature and file it with the Office of the University Registrar. 

*Note: No additional hours are required if the student can complete the additional major within the minimum hours required for the degree.

Outstanding Debts and Fees Owed to the University

Diplomas or official transcripts will not be released for students who have outstanding debts or fees owed to the University. The student is responsible for contacting the Office of Cashiering and Student Accounts to make arrangements to clear his/her account.

Degrees with Honors

The baccalaureate degrees with honors are awarded as follows:

  • Cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.51 or above, but below 3.63
  • Magna cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.63 or above, but below 3.87
  • Summa cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.87 or above

To qualify for honors, a student must have earned at least 60 semester hours within the University of Nebraska system, 30 hours of which must be completed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in which letter grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “D” are received.

Students who declare Academic Amnesty are not eligible to graduate with honors.

Grades awarded in all courses taken at all colleges and universities attended are included in computing the Grade Point Average (GPA) for determining eligibility for honors. It should be noted that the GPA included on the UNO transcript reflects only courses taken at UNO, UNL, UNMC, and UNK.

Degrees with Honors Extra Muros

These degrees are awarded to transfer students who have not completed the required 60 semester hours of credit within the University of Nebraska system required for cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors.

To be eligible for Honors Extra Muros the transfer students must meet both the following standards and requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 24 graded credit hours from UNO
  • Have a minimum of 77 graded credit hours

If those requirements have been met, baccalaureate degrees with Honors Extra Muros are awarded as follows:

  • Cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.51 or above, but below 3.63
  • Magna cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.63 or above, but below 3.87
  • Summa cum laude: Have a scholastic average for their entire undergraduate career of 3.87 or above