Since our founding in 1968, the department has been educating the people who make lives better through technology.From our faculty, to our research program, to our students—our department is among the finest in the country. From our home in Avery Hall and the June and Paul Schorr III Center, we are:
- conducting state-of-the-art research in software engineering, informatics and systems
- opening doors and exposing students to the world of computing in order to create tomorrow's technology leaders.
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What does CSE at UNL have for me?
- Get Paid while you Learn!
Many students receive teaching or research assistantships, which include a payment of tuition and health insurance.
- Learn/Develop Cutting Edge Technology
Get involved in real research projects.
- Work with Professors One-on-One
Concentrate on topics that were covered superficially at the undergraduate level. Many courses are project based...you do independent projects, read research papers, run experiments.
- Attain Highly Marketable Skills
You will attain highly-marketable skills that will launch you into a professional career and a life-time of exciting opportunities.
After graduating with an M.S. or Ph.D., CSE Alumni go on to teach at other colleges and universities such as Purdue or at companies such as Microsoft, Garmin, Argonne National Laboratory, NASA and Google, to name a few. Suzette Person, Ph. D., is now a researcher at NASA and CSE Graduate Xiao Qinwon the prestigious NSF CAREER Award.
Why should I choose Lincoln?
Lincoln, Nebraska, has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s most beloved cities. A city of nearly 250,000 people, Lincoln offers the ambiance of a friendly small town and the amenities, attractions, and entertainment opportunities of a major metropolitan area. Lincoln is both the state capital and the home of the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska. Efficient transportation, a stable business environment, advanced health care technology, low cost of living, and an excellent educational system are just a few reasons why Lincoln ranks highly in livability studies:
Student Organizations provide a venue for students with similar interests and cultures to gather, to learn from each other, to support one another, and to share perspectives with the broader campus community. Whether the group's focus is academic, professional, or social, student organizations also provide an opportunity for students to network and develop leadership skills.
Applying for admission to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) requires two sequential steps:
- Step 1:
- Familiarize yourself with the University’s requirements for admission
- Fill out the online application for the UNL’s Office of Graduate Studies In response, you will receive:
- an NUID ID from Graduate Studies and
- a separate welcoming message from our Graduate Admissions and Management System (GAMES), instructing you on how to sign on to this online system and proceed with the second step.
- Step 2: After you log on to GAMES, you will be able to provide additional materials and information required by your chosen degree program.
GAMES is a secure, web-based system that allows you to provide basic information including:
- Statement of Purpose describing your goals and plans for graduate school
- CV or Resume
- Three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation electronically through GAMES (In GAMES, you will provide contact information for each reference. You will then be able to send your references an email with a secure link and they'll be able to upload their letters. No hard copies are necessary).
It is important to note that GAMES reflects your application status at the department level. After you have provided all materials required by the department and finalized your application, GAMES will also be a valuable source of information on your application's status.
Application Deadline Dates:
For Financial Consideration
Fall: January 15 Spring: September 1
Fall: March 1 Spring: October 1
Forms & Handouts
Admission to our program depends on many factors:
- Areas of interest
- Recommendation letters
- Statement of purpose
- Qualifications of other applicants
Students admitted to our programs:
- Come with a well-rounded background in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
- Have an academic record including:
- Evidence of the ability to conduct independent work.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (B or better) on a 4.0 scale
- A GRE General Test scores of: Quantitative: 155 or higher; Verbal: 153 or higher, and Analytical: 3.5 or higher
- A TOEFL score of 600(paper based) and 250(computer based) for applicants whose native language is not English
- Internet-based TOEFL exam minimum requirement is 100 out of a maximum of 120.
- The IELTS exam can be taken in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum recommended score for IELTS Overall Band Score is 6.5.
Admission Requirements for the Computer Science Bioinformatics Specialization
The Admission Requirements and Prerequisites described above are applicable plus the student must have the following two courses or their equivalents:
- Cell Structure and Function or General Genetics (BIOS 201 or BIOS 301)
- Introduction to Biochemistry or Elements of Biochemistry (BIOS 312 or BIOC 221
The Deficiencies described above are replaced with the following three courses. A student who has not taken these courses may be admitted, but he/she must take these as deficiency courses (not for graduate credit).
- Linear Algebra (Math 314)
- Probability and Statistics (Math 380)
- Any course in the CSE Systems Track
A student must have this background before being considered for admission.
- Two Semesters College Level Calculus (Math 106 and Math 107)
- Two Semesters College Level Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 155 & 156)
- Computer Organization & Assembler Programming (CSCE 230)
- Discrete Mathematical Structures (CSCE 235)
- Data Structures and Algorithms (CSCE 310)
- Introduction to Digital System Design & Lab (EE476 & EE492) [Computer Engineering Specialization only]
A student who has not taken the following courses may be admitted, but he/she must take these courses as deficiency courses (not for graduate credit).
If you are not a U.S. citizen or you have been educated outside the U.S. you may be asking yourself these questions:
- Is my degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree?
- Will I have enough money to support myself and my family?
- Am I prepared for graduate coursework taught in English?
- Am I allowing enough time to meet deadlines and to schedule my visa appointment?
- Will I need a form from UNL for a visa interview?
- How should I prepare for arriving in the United States?