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Graduate Checklist

Applications are accepted throughout the year but graduate students should contact the department they are applying to for specific departmental deadlines and additional application requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the OISS Admissions Staff at and Graduate School at with questions regarding the application process and visa issues.

To apply to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), international graduate students need to submit the following:

  • International Student Application with $95.00 non-refundable application fee (the fee is also $95 for each additional application if applying to more than one graduate program, and for UNR alumni). The fee can be paid by check, international postal order, money order, or cashier's check payable to the "Board of Regents." To pay by credit card, students should complete the application fee section on the application or apply on-line.
  • Official transcripts and degree certificates from all higher education institutions attended showing dates of enrollment, subjects taken, grades received, graduation date and/or certificate of graduation (proof that the degree was awarded). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions attended to the address below:

University of Nevada, Reno
Graduate School/MS 0326
Reno, Nevada 89557 USA

  • Verification of having met the English requirement through one of the following options:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61 (iBT-Internet-Based Test) or 500 (paper-based test). Students applying for Graduate Assistantships are required to score a minimum of 79 (iBT-Internet-Based Test) or 550 (paper-based test) unless departments indicate a higher minimum score. Please indicate 'Institution Code 4844' and 'Graduate Schools' to Educational Testing Service (ETS) to ensure that the scores are sent directly to UNR.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - must be academic version) with an equivalency score of 6. Graduate assistants are required to score a minimum of 7 unless departments indicate higher minimum score.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with an equivalency score of 57. Graduate assistants are required to score a minimum of 70 unless departments indicate higher minimum score.
    • Graduation from an accredited American university.

EXEMPTION: Please note that students coming from the following English-speaking countries are exempt from the English language testing requirements: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Belize,  British Guyana, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, and United Kingdom.

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores sent directly from ETS to UNR if required by your department. Please indicate 'Institution code 4844' and 'Graduate Schools' to ETS to ensure that the scores are sent directly to UNR.
  • Financial documents: Financial Data Form accompanied by a bank statement showing a minimum of $33,600 for Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters. Original financial documents must be dated within the previous 12 months of application submission and may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, personal funds, or funds from the student's family. Financial documentation should be on bank letterhead.
  • Contact your Graduate Program to inquire about any additional documents such as the written statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and/or test scores that may be required. If you are seeking a graduate assistantship, teaching or research, you should contact the intended academic department directly.
  • For I-20/DS-2019 issuance, a Copy of your passport biographical page, previous school(s) I-20(s) or DS-2019(s), visa(s), and I-94 card.
  • If you are transferring to UNR from another U.S. higher education institution, please submit a completed International Transfer Verification Form.

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