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Graduate Admissions

Applying is easy...
here are the components:

  1. The online application
  2. Any additional program specific requirements
  3. Official transcripts (statement of marks)
  4. Your resume or curriculum vitae
  5. A statement of purpose
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Test scores (GRE/GMAT, TOEFL/IELTS)

Graduate Student Requirements for Admission

You must meet the Graduate School standards and your program-specific requirements to be admitted.

Admission decisions are based on the entire application package—for example, strong letters of recommendation may compensate for low test scores.

Graduate School Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally institution
  2. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
    • 2.75 for a master’s degree
    • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
  3. Online application
  4. Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
  5. GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  6. Resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Statement of purpose
  8. Three letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)
  1. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
    • 2.75 for a master’s degree
    • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
  3. Online application
  4. Official transcripts (statement of marks) from every institution attended for a complete history of your education. Certified English translations of all transcripts must be submitted.
Transcripts must be requested from the issuing institution, in the country of origin, in a sealed envelope by the graduating institution. This is important – applicants cannot be responsible for sealing the envelopes themselves. An official English translation should be included. Below are recommendations to help you get your transcripts to the University of Nevada, Reno on time.
  • Credential evaluations by outside sources, such as World Education Services (WES), are not accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
  • If the student is currently in their home country they may pick up the transcript from the institution and take it directly to a mail office and express mail it directly to the Graduate School office.
  • If the student is not currently in country they may ask a friend or relative to pick up the transcript and express mail it directly to the Graduate School office.
  • If an international student is currently in the United States attending a U.S. institution the student must request the registrar to send their official transcript directly to the Graduate School office.
  • The Graduate School will not accept international transcripts that have been sent to another U.S. institution, nor will the Graduate School accept copies of transcripts, emailed transcripts or transcripts that are hand delivered by a third party to the Graduate School office.
  • Transcripts must include a degree certificate if the transcript is final.
  • Transcripts that are in progress will be evaluated for admission purpose and a final transcript with degree is required before a student will be admitted.
  1. GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country*
    Minimum scores
    • TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (academic version)
    Your program may require higher scores than the Graduate School minimums
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • British Guyana
  • Canada (except for Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  1. Your resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)

After your admittance, the Office of International Students & Scholars will require information on your financial data and visa before you can register for classes, so get started early!

Need Assistance?

Contact Michele Sandberg
Prospective International Student Advisor
Email: msandberg@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-7026
Fax: (775) 784-6064

Find more information for applications that fall under our special categories:

  1. Graduate Specials
    1. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to take graduate level courses, but do not plan to pursue a program leading to an advanced degree
    2. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission to graduate standing
    3. Students who would like to transfer their graduate special credits to a degree track
  2. Undergraduate Seniors who would like to enroll in graduate level courses
More info for special category students

Program-Specific Requirements

Find your program specific requirements through the department/program website or the degree listing pages.


Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are set by the program or department and are listed in our Programs at a Glance table.


Application Fee

  • $60 for all domestic/resident alien applicants
  • $95 for all international students

All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


What’s Next in the Admissions Process?

Application packages from eligible students will be sent electronically to the program or department once all materials have arrived. Supplemental materials may be sent to the Graduate School office to be scanned into the student application file.

The program or department reviews students’ applications and makes their recommendations to the Graduate School. The Graduate School processes applications by the degree program’s deadline. Official communication to admit or deny an applicant will come from the Graduate School.

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