Nebraska’s Best Graduate Schools of 2021

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.

Nebraska’s Best Graduate Schools of 2021

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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How do we determine Nebraska's best graduate schools?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. At the undergraduate level, the best colleges and universities are those with the highest concentration of influence. Our Concentrated Influence metric adjusts overall influence by size of undergraduate student body, thus allowing smaller schools to compete with larger schools so long as they have proportionately as strong influential faculty and alums.

But at the graduate level, the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. Overall influence, and not influence controlled by other variables, thus becomes the best gauge of academic excellence at the graduate level. Where smaller size is an advantage at the undergraduate level (hence Concentrated Influence), graduate studies benefit from a large and vibrant community of graduate students, who promise to become the new generation of academic influencers.

If you are serious about finding the best graduate schools, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

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There are 5 doctorate-granting universities in Nebraska, 4 of which satisfy our criteria. The best graduate schools below are composed of both private and public schools that satisfy the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 40%.

Best Graduate Schools in Nebraska

  1. #1

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #246 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    22K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    What is University of Nebraska–Lincoln known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Creighton University

    #534 institution's historical influence
    #247 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/26

    Omaha, NE

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    What is Creighton University known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • History
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #3

    University of Nebraska Omaha

    #1576 institution's historical influence
    #970 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    13K

    Omaha, NE

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    What is University of Nebraska Omaha known for?

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

    • Business
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    College of Saint Mary

    #4666 institution's historical influence
    #170 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    1K

    Omaha, NE

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    What is College of Saint Mary known for?

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

    • Education
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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