Best Grad Schools in Nebraska 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Nebraska offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in Nebraska 2022

Colleges and Universities in Nebraska

Students can choose from 29 higher learning institutions, including community colleges, technical institutes, religious colleges, and public universities. Of the 15 public campuses, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln is the largest, with over 22,000 students. Coming in under the national average, the university’s tuition rate is $9,000, and students can earn their degree in fields such as law, mathematics, communication, and sociology.

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The most affordable schools in the state are its six community colleges with tuition ranging from $3,000 to $4,000. Nebraska also has 12 religiously affiliated institutions, including those with Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, and Lutheran influences. At $40,000 in tuition, Creighton University is both the largest and most expensive of these schools, and it boasts a 95% employment rate after graduation.

As one of the largest corn producers in the country, it’s no wonder Nebraska’s nickname is The Cornhusker State. The state is also home to an unusual monument — Carhenge. Replicating England’s famous Stonehenge, this structure is made out of vintage American automobiles that have been painted gray and lodged into the ground. With the Great Plains, over 20,000 square miles of sand dunes, and a portion of the Badlands, Nebraska offers a unique setting for students looking to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Mental health, dental, and other health care professionals working in shortage areas can apply for loan repayment awards through the Nebraska Loan Repayment Program. Doctors and dentists may qualify for up to $200,000.

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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 6 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Nebraska. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Nebraska is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Nebraska 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    What is University of Nebraska–Lincoln known for?

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Creighton University

    Omaha , NE
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/26

    What is Creighton University known for?

    Creighton University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Medical
    • Anthropology
    • Business
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    13K

    What is University of Nebraska Omaha known for?

    University of Nebraska Omaha’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Economics
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Bellevue University

    Bellevue , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    What is Bellevue University known for?

    Bellevue University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Social Work
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Doane University

    Crete , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Doane University known for?

    Doane University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    College of Saint Mary

    Omaha , NE

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    1K

    What is College of Saint Mary known for?

    College of Saint Mary’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  2. Creighton University
  3. University of Nebraska Omaha
  4. College of Saint Mary