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Computer Science and Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Application Information


Contact Dr. Mircea Nicolescu, Graduate Director, at

Applicants to the program must apply via The Graduate School website.

Our department evaluates applications on a rolling basis. However, to receive full consideration you should meet the following deadlines.

  • January 15 for Fall semester
  • August 15 for Spring semester

Financial support

The department offers two main forms of financial support for doctoral students. To apply for departmental funding, please fill out the Application for Graduate Assistantship or Fellowship.


Assistantships may be either teaching assistantships or research assistantships.

  • Teaching assistants work under the supervision of department faculty and are expected to teach recitation sections or laboratories, help with grading and develop course materials and exams.
  • Research assistants conduct innovative research in cooperation with and under the supervision of department faculty.  They are expected to conduct experiments, implement prototype systems, develop new theories, and attend conferences or publish work in scholarly journals.

Typical support for graduate assistantships covers the student's tuition and fees, health insurance, and offers financial compensation of $1,550 / month. If you are selected for an assistantship, you will receive additional details about your funding package at that time.


Two competitive fellowships are available for new doctoral students, providing up to three years of support provided that academic progress is maintained. Fellowships offer a stipend of $23,000 and an additional $7,000 to cover tuition, health insurance and other fees. Eligibility criteria for a fellowship include the following:

  • New Ph.D. student
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50
  • Combined (verbal + quantitative ) GRE scores of at least 309 (1200 on the old scale)
  • Quantitative GRE score of at least 159 (750 on the old scale)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (international students only)
  • Evidence of previous research experience and academic achievement

To keep your fellowship, you must show good academic performance and progress during each term of the award, maintain full-time enrollment in the program, and submit a research proposal by the end of your first year, with satisfactory progress shown each year after that.

International Students

International students should visit the Office of International Students and Scholars for more information.

Housing Options

The University offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Visit the graduate housing website to learn more about living at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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