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Doctoral Degrees


Anthropologist making discoveries Anthropology is the comparative and historical study of human origins and human societies and cultures.

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Sciences encompasses many areas of study that explore the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these influence all aspects of the environment and human life.

Basque Studies

An undergraduate minor in Basque studies is offered through the Center for Basque Studies, part of the College of Liberal Arts.


The sciences of biochemistry and molecular biology examine how molecules important to life carry out their functions within cells.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary graduate program that culminates in a master's degree and/or Ph.D.

Cell and Molecular Biology

The highly interactive program offers a wide range of study options dealing with contemporary biophysics, cancer, cell biology, chemical biology, immunology, insect biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology and plant biology.

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Students will learn principles of physiology and pharmacology and are given opportunities to integrate this information in problem solving scenarios.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical-powered car Chemical engineers apply the basic principles of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and related engineering disciplines to the production of goods and materials for society.

Chemical Physics

PHD in Chemical Physics Chemical physics provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for those students whose primary research interests are in atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry.


Chemistry Chemistry majors complete courses providing a solid background in the physical sciences and mathematics, together with a sequence of courses in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bridge Our nationally recognized degree programs in civil and environmental engineering give you a chance to work with top faculty in world-class research facilities.

Computer Science and Engineering

Computer Simulation Computer science concentrates on theory, design, and applications of digital computers and information-processing techniques.

Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine students The goal of the School of Medicine is to graduate students who are knowledgeable, caring, skillful, responsible physicians capable of entering any specialty training program and delivering high quality health care to the individual, the family and the community.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary doctoral program bringing together faculty and students from multiple departments and institutions at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and the Great Basin Institute.


The Economics program is designed to prepare students for positions as economic and statistical analysts in business, government and nonprofit organizations, and for the teaching profession.


College of Education doorway The Ph.D. program in Education prepares you at an advanced level to work in higher education and school/agency leadership roles. There are eight areas of emphasis: Counselor Education and Supervision; Development, Learning and Technology; Educational Leadership; English Language Learners; Equity and Diversity in Education; Literacy Studies; STEM Education; and Special Education and Disabilities Studies.

Electrical Engineering

Antenna in anechoic chamber Electrical engineering students learn about sensors, circuits, energy systems and more. At the bachelor's degree level, students can pursue an emphasis in either biomedical engineering or renewable energy.


Frandsen Building The English department prepares students for a variety of professions that range from teaching to law, publication to management, public administration to technical writing.

Environmental Sciences and Health

The Environmental Sciences and Health Graduate Program (ES&H) is based on the tenet that graduate education in the environmental sciences requires an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics, and human health.


Rock Formation The Geo-Engineering Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary degree that combines studies from the Department of Mining Engineering and Department of Geological Sciences, with applications in mine ventilation, mine environmental, reclamation, remediation and restoration studies, mine automation and robotics, rock mechanics, drilling and blasting, materials handling, ore reserve characterization, geostatics and mineral economics.


Geography student in the snow The Department of Geography emphasizes the study of landscape change and human-environment interactions in arid and mountainous environments. Coursework emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography and encourages the use of geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, and cartography).


Rock formation and Lake Tahoe Geology is an interdisciplinary science that integrates a range of fields including geology, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics with modern technologies in the study of Earth's processes, environments and history.


Geophysics Hot Spring The Geophysics program provides coursework that examines the physical traits of the Earth and explores its interactions with space. Aspects of geophysics includes the study of the Earth’s magnetic and gravitational fields, volcanism, the hydrological cycle, atmospheric studies and interactions with the Moon and other celestial bodies.


Manzanita Lake at sunset Programs in the History Department offer the student understanding in the scholarly discipline of history through the expansion of historical knowledge, the comprehension of historiography, and the practice of critical inquiry. Framing the questions that define particular scholarly debates underlies critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students gain exposure to these questions in course work and demonstrate their familiarity with them in comprehensive examinations. Through the department's skills-based curriculum, history majors learn how to think and write like historians. History faculty teach students to think contextually, read historical documents, and become better researchers and writers.


A sound foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources.

Hydrologic Science

The study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability.

Interdisciplinary Social Psychology

Justice and Law Science The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the oldest social psychology programs in the country.

Judicial Studies

As the challenges facing our court systems mount, it is essential that the judiciary be equipped for transition. At the forefront of this movement is the highly successful Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, one of only two such programs offered nationwide. The program offers a Master of Judicial Studies and a Ph.D.

Materials Science and Engineering

Beaker and flask Materials science and engineering includes elements from a variety of engineering disciplines. Graduating students are at the forefront of developing and testing materials that can stand up to extreme environments or outperform existing materials. Students utilize state-of-the-art characterization tools such as chromatographs, electron microscopes, and spectrometers to study these materials.

Mechanical Engineering

Student works on a UAS Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, and our graduates are versatile problem solvers. They learn to communicate effectively, design mechanical systems and find creative answers to real-world problems.


Brain Scan Image Students and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno have the unique opportunity to study within this specialized area of research with access to cutting-edge technology, such as a new functional MRI facility—a partnership between our Center for Integrative Neuroscience and the Renown Health medical center.


Nursing is the foundational preparation for professional nursing practice and leadership positions in nursing.


Crane removing telescope from MacLean house The study of all fundamental forces and processes from the subatomic to the "astronomic" size scales is the purview of physics.

Public Health

Nursing student The School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, provides high-quality graduate education of current and future public health professionals that will work in health departments and other health related institutions.

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology Student and Paitent Speech Pathology explores the basic human communication and swallowing processes of biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.

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