Apply for Admission
Applicants for graduate programs in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, must meet the following requirements.
Applicants must have an undergraduate major or minor in English or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
MFA candidates must present a Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from an accredited university, school, or college, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants need not have received their previous degree in English.
Applicants must have an MA in English or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.5.
- For fall admission, all materials must be received by Jan. 15.
- For spring admission (MAs only), all materials must be received by Oct. 1.
- Applications that are not complete and received by the specified deadlines will not be considered.
- For inquiries as to the status of your application, please email Valerie Fridland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submit your application online through the UNR Graduate School. The Graduate School will process your application and forward it to the English Department.
Start the process here:
Apply Online (www.unr.edu/grad/admissions/apply-online)
All applicants must submit:
Apply Online (www.unr.edu/grad/admissions/apply-online)Application fee-- (This fee is required in order to submit your application.)
- New applicants (U.S.): $60
- International applicants: $95
Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample (MA & PhD)--These two documents must be uploaded to the application as PDF files. Make sure that your name appears on every page of this document and that pages are numbered.
Statement of Purpose-- Describe your academic interests and goals and explain which degree program and area of emphasis you wish to pursue at Nevada, and why (one to three pages)
Writing Sample (no more than 25 pages)-- Present your best work (e.g., a class paper of superior quality)
Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, Scholarly Sample (MFA) --
Statement of Purpose-- Describe your academic interests and goals and explain which degree program and area of emphasis you wish to pursue at Nevada, and why (one to three pages). Students must specify the specialization (fiction or poetry) for which they are applying.
Writing Sample: Applicants to the MFA program must submit a creative writing sample of no more than 30 pages in fiction or 10 pages in length of poetry, demonstrating the student’s strongest work.
Scholarly Sample: Applicants to the MFA program must submit a sample of scholarly writing of no more than 15 pages in length, demonstrating familiarity with graduate-level argumentation, including proper conventions and use of citation.
3 Letters of Recommendation--Letters should be written by professors with whom you have studied or others who can evaluate your preparation for graduate work. Provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders through the application provider, which will email each recommender a letter request. (Tip: Tell your recommenders to watch their inboxes and to double-check that the request is not in their junk mail folder.)
GRE General Exam scores-- Send an official copy sent directly to the UNR Graduate School, institutional code 4844. Test scores must be less than five years old.
Complete Transcripts of all college and university work. Have one official copy sent directly from every institution attended to: Graduate School, MS 0326, University of Nevada, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557-0326.
To Apply for a Teaching Assistantship:
In the CollegeNET application, in the Assistantships/Fellowships/Scholarships section,
- Check the "Teaching" box
- Check the "Full-time (20 hrs/wk)" box
- Fill out the Work Experience section
For International Applicants:
Please review the Graduate Checklist from the Office of International Students and Scholars.
TOEFL exam scores -- Send official copy directly to the Graduate School. The exam is required of international applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited university in an English-speaking country; the minimum score for admission on an IBT should be 100 or better (if paper, test score must be 600 or better).
IELTS exam scores-- Send an offical copy directly to the Graduate School. The exam is required of international applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited university in an English-speaking country; the minimum score for admission on the IELTS should be 8 or better.
Email Valerie Fridland (email@example.com) or call Valerie at 775-784-7546.