Graduate Admissions

How to apply

We are always interested in hearing from students world-wide who expect to continue their graduate studies. We are looking for motivated students with high academic achievement. If you think that you fit this description, we encourage you to apply via the application website. Please DO NOT send e-mails requesting advice on your chances of acceptance. For additional resource information, please visit the graduate school website for University requirements (domestic and international) or the office of international students and scholars (OISS).

  1. We expect applicants to have a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better for the B.S. degree program or the last two years of course work for MS program applicants; and minimum GPA of 3.25  (4.0 scale)  for Ph.D. program applicants.
  2. We expect the GRE scores of Verbal + Quantitative to be 300 (1100 in old 800 point scale) or higher. We especially encourage applicants with scores above 70th percentile in the Quantitative GRE exam (>155, or >700 in old 800 point scale) to apply.
  3. Students whose native language is not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they have completed BS/MS degrees at an English speaking university. The minimum acceptable score for applicants is 550 for TOEFL (213 computer based or 79 internet based), or 6.5 for IELTS.
  4. For PhD program applicants, research and/or industrial experience, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are an important part of the application package.
  5. Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty. Directly contact faculty with research programs that interest you to inquire about available research assistantships. Contact faculty for research assistantships as early as possible. This can done before applications are submitted to the graduate school.

    There are also a limited number of departmental teaching assistantships awarded to exceptional students. Only students who submit completed applications to the graduate program will be considered for departmental teaching assistantships. Assistantships cover tuition, health insurance, and provide a stipend for living expenses.
  6. In addition to the official application, please email your CV, including GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores to the ME Graduate Program director, Dr. Henry Fu (

Application fee

  1. International applicants: $95.00 non-refundable application fee
  2. Domestic applicants: $60, nonrefundable; $40 for returning students and UNR alumni.

For strong applicants the ME department reimburses application fees for students after they enroll at UNR. To qualify applicants must have high GPA and/or GRE Q score (GPA>3.5; QRE Quantitative >80th percentile). Supplemental awards to assist with moving expenses are also available for especially outstanding applicants. Inquiries please contact Dr. Henry Fu (, the ME Graduate Program director.

Application Deadlines

To be given full consideration for admission, applications must be received by January 15 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.