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Admissions to Chemistry Graduate Programs

Application Process

  • Prior to applying to the Graduate School, please fill out the preliminary assessment form and send it to: This form can be obtained in PDF format by clicking on the following link: UNR Chemistry Graduate Information.
  • Review of the preliminary assessment form will begin on November 1, and will continue until the application deadline.
  • Once a review of your preliminary assessment form has been performed we will contact you. At this point you should apply to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School.
  • The online application deadline through the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School for the fall semester is April 15 for international students and July 1 for domestic students.
  • The application is online through the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School website.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider only completed applications for admissions into the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be automatically considered for Teaching Assistantships. No separate application is needed.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our website gives you general information on the areas of faculty research, department facilities, as well as the Reno area. Below you can find information for the application to the graduate programs. 

Educational Background

  • For admission to the Ph.D. program, a B.S. in Chemistry or in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • For admission to the M.S. program, a B.S. in Chemistry or related field with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or 3.0 for the last two years) is required.
  • In addition to grades, admission decisions are based on academic degrees and records, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose as well as relevant work experience
  • For international applicants:
  • TOEFL (550 paper or 80 IBT)
  • IELTS (score of 7)

Application Documents

  • Official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • Official copies of GRE General scores. The Chemistry GRE test is not required.
  • Statement of purpose. This one page document should describe your motivation to attend graduate school and indicate which area(s) of chemistry you are interested in and briefly explain why you are interested in it (them).
  • For international applicants, TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your accomplishments. The letters can be uploaded directly online. If your recommender prefers to mail a paper copy, this letter needs to include a recommendation cover form.

Application Fee

  • The non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants is $60 (or $40 for alumni or returning applicants) and for foreign applicants it is $95. Payment is made by credit card or electronic check during the online application process.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance with your application process, please contact us at the following address or by phone or email: Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Chemistry- University of Nevada
    Reno, NV 89557-0216 USA Tel.: +1 (775) 784 6041 e-mail:
    • If you do not receive a confirmation of completed application within 2 weeks, please contact the Graduate Admissions Committee at

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