Application Deadline

Early Notification Deadline – December 3, 2018

Application Deadline – February 15, 2019

Applications are accepted and students may be admitted beyond the February 15 deadline, if space is available.

Your academic preparedness will be considered along with the materials you submit here. For those still in high school, this includes class rank, GPA, and ACT/SAT score. Competitive applicants will have a minimum ACT 22 or SAT 1110 (Critical Reading and Math sections). Students enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution must have both a cumulative and last term GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of application. These will be taken from your Nebraska admissions file.

Due to the unique content and sequencing of the EMA courses, students should expect to be enrolled full-time for four years after acceptance to complete the program, regardless of the amount of credit previously earned. This includes students transferring from another institution or UNL major.

Admission for the program will be highly competitive. We will admit an inaugural class of 25 students for fall 2019 (we do not accept students mid-year). It is important that applicants present their best work and that their materials are complete.

Application Steps

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the Undergraduate Office of Admissions website.
  2. Submit the following items via the SlideRoom web portal.
    • Essay #1: Some say social media is superficial, with no room for expressing deep or complex ideas. We challenge you to defy these skeptics by describing yourself as fully and accurately as possible within the 140-character limit of a tweet.
    • Essay #2: Consider your favorite work of storytelling. It might be a novel, film, game, play, or something else. Think about the underlying point of that story – its theme. Describe why this theme made an impact on you. How has what you’ve learned from this story had an outward effect on you and those around you? (250 words or less).
    • Résumé (one page).
    • Two references (no more than one should be from a high school or college instructor).
    • Transfer students should submit copies of college transcripts.
    • Provide three examples of creative work. This work can be: computer code, writing, poetry, artwork, photography, musical recordings, acting, video or film projects, web design, games, animation, 3D, modeling, character design, etc. Writing samples should be no more than five pages. Video/film samples should be no more than two minutes in length (for each submitted example).

Questions about the EMA program, application guidelines or application materials should be directed to Megan McMasters (402/472-9307 or