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Graduate Degrees and Programs

UNK is affordable, flexible, nationally ranked and offers 30+ accredited online and campus-based programs.  Take a look at the graduate programs we offer or the professional options and let us help you succeed!

When you're ready, application information can be found HERE!

Online Programs

Art (MAEd)

  • Classroom Education
  • Museum Education

Biology (MS)

Curriculum & Instruction (MAEd)

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Reading/Special Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Secondary Education
  • Instructional Effectiveness

Curriculum Supervisor (MAEd)

History (MA)

Instructional Technology (MSEd)

  • School Librarian
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership in Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Technology

Music (MAEd)

Physical Education – Master Teacher (MAEd)

Reading PK-12 (MAEd)

School Principalship PK-8 or 7-12 (MAEd)

School Superintendent (EdS)

Science/Math Education (MSEd)

Spanish Education (MAEd)

Special Education (MAEd)

  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Gifted
  • Mild/Moderate

Campus Programs

Biology (MS)

Business Administration (MBA)

  • Accounting
  • Generalist
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • Marketing

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSEd)

English (MA)

Exercise Science (MAEd)

General Physical Education (MAEd)

History (MA)

School Counseling (MSEd)

  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Student Affairs

School Psychology (EdS)

Speech/Language Pathology (MsEd)

There are several categories of Non-Degree Seeking Students at UNK. Non-degree courses can be taken for enrichment or to meet pre-acceptance requirements for entry into a graduate degree program. Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred to a degree granting program from non-degree seeking coursework.

If you decide to pursue a graduate degree at UNK in the future, it is important to understand the university policies about non-degree coursework. The following provides a description about non-degree graduate study at UNK: Non-Degree Graduate Catalog

• Certain courses may require permission from the instructor prior to registration.

• Non-degree seeking students are not permitted to take certain graduate level courses.

• Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid.

• Graduate programs are under no obligation to accept non-degree coursework should a student decide to pursue a graduate degree at a later date. Students in non-degree status interested in pursuing a degree program may want to contact the department or confirm the coursework completed is listed on the approved program of study before registering.

• While graduate programs may allow some non-degree courses to count toward a degree, no more than 12 credit hours will be accepted.

• An official transcript from the institution awarding the bachelor's degree is required and should be sent to the following address: Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.
Students who have a bachelor's degree in an area outside of the education field and would now like to teach, would apply to UNK thru the graduate college and choose 'initial certification' as their area of interest.

• Students seeking initial certification are eligible for federal financial aid.

• Students will work with the Office of Educator Certification to determine what course work is required to complete to fulfill the State Department of Education requirements for initial certification in their field. Contact the Educator Certification office at (308) 865-8264 or via email at ECO@unk.edu.

• Initial certification students submit official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions. Send transcripts to the following address:
Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.
Students admitted for the first time thru the Graduate Office at UNK or have not taken courses as a graduate-level student within the last two years, are required to pay an application fee.
Students who have a bachelor's degree in Education and would now like to add an additional endorsement to their current certification would apply to UNK thru the graduate college and choose 'additional endorsement' as their area of interest.

• Students will work with the Office of Educator Certification to determine what course work is required to complete to fulfill the State Department of Education requirements for the additional endorsement. Contact the Educator Certification office at (308) 865-8264 or via email at ECO@unk.edu.

• Endorsement students must submit official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions. Transcripts are sent to the following address: Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.
Students admitted for the first time thru the Graduate Office at UNK or have not taken courses as a graduate-level student within the last two years, are required to pay an application fee.
Students interested in pursuing an MBA may attend UNK as a Pre-MBA student to complete undergraduate pre-requisites or to complete competency hours prior to being admitted into the MBA program.

• Official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions are required. Send transcripts to the following address: Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.
• Students will work with the MBA office on the UNK campus to determine what course work is required. Contact the MBA office at (308) 865-8346 or at mbaoffice@unk.edu.

Students admitted for the first time thru the Graduate Office at UNK or have not taken courses as a graduate-level student within the last two years, are required to pay an application fee.