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Nevada's Impressive Graduate Offerings

With high-caliber faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and an unparalleled learning and living environment in the High Sierra, the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School has a lot to offer students seeking advanced degrees.

Browse our graduate programs.

Students enjoy educational opportunities typically associated with private, rather than public, education. The University provides intimate classroom settings that enable students to actively participate in discussions, form meaningful relationships and receive personalized attention from instructors. The University also helps students defray the cost of their graduate educations via assistantships and other funding.

Learn more about graduate funding.

Graduate School Requirements

In order to enter graduate programs at the University of Nevada, Reno, students must meet an individual program's standards of admission AND and the standards of the Graduate School.

Minimum admission requirements for the Graduate School are:

  1. A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution;
  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale if applying for a Master's degree;
  3. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale if applying for a Doctoral degree:
  4. Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

Every graduate program at the University also maintains its own unique requirements, deadlines and procedures that may be more stringent than the Graduate School's general requirements. If a department requires an entrance exam (GRE or GMAT), the exam must have been taken within the last 5 years.

Review those requirements, deadlines and procedures on that specific program's degree page listing.

Admission decisions are based on departmental review using a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience.

Need help or more information about your graduate school application? Call us at (775) 784-6869 or email Prospective international students should visit the International Student Admissions page or contact Michele Sandberg at

Apply Now to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School

Step One:

Apply to the Graduate School

Procedures and protocols for applying to the Graduate School.

Step Two:

Review your specific program of interest's requirements

Every program at the University of Nevada, Reno maintains its own requirements and application procedures. Navigate to your program of interest and review any additional application requirements and procedures on its website or degree listing.

International Students

The University of Nevada, Reno welcomes graduate students from across the world.

The application process varies for international graduate students.

Learn more about international student admissions.

Special Application Categories

Admissions & Records admits nondegree seeking students and undergraduate seniors who wish to take graduate classes.

Learn more about graduate special admissions.

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