Admissions to Chemistry Graduate Programs

Application Process

  • The online application deadline through the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School for the fall semester is February 15 for both domestic and international students.
  • The application is online through the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School website.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider only completed applications for admissions into the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be automatically considered for Teaching Assistantships. No separate application is needed.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our website gives you general information on the areas of faculty research, department facilities, as well as the Reno area. Below you can find information for the application to the graduate programs. 

2018 UNR Chemistry and Chemical Physics Open House

When:  March 11-12, 2018

Who:    Chemists interested in graduate school at UNR

Come learn more about the PhD program in chemistry and chemical physics at UNR and about the Reno area.  Meet other applicants that will become a part of your cohort!  Meetings and events will be held with other graduate applicants, current graduate students, and faculty, as well as visits to area attractions like Lake Tahoe.  Space is limited and preference will be given to those already accepted ino the program, so apply to the program early!

Educational Background

  • For admission to the Ph.D. program, a B.S. in Chemistry or in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • For admission to the M.S. program, a B.S. in Chemistry or related field with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or 3.0 for the last two years) is required.
  • In addition to grades, admission decisions are based on academic degrees and records, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose as well as relevant work experience
  • For international applicants:
      TOEFL (550 paper or 80 IBT)
      IELTS (score of 7)

Application Documents

  • Official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • Official copies of GRE General scores. The Chemistry GRE test is not required.
  • Statement of purpose. This one page document should describe your motivation to attend graduate school and indicate which area(s) of chemistry you are interested in and briefly explain why you are interested in it (them).
  • For international applicants, TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your accomplishments. The letters can be uploaded directly online. If your recommender prefers to mail a paper copy, this letter needs to include a recommendation cover form.

Application Fee

  • The non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants is $60 (or $40 for alumni or returning applicants) and for foreign applicants it is $95. Payment is made by credit card or electronic check during the online application process.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance with your application process, please contact us at the following address or by phone or email:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Chemistry
University of Nevada
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0216 USA
Tel.: +1 (775) 784 6041;  e-mail:

  • If you do not receive a confirmation of completed application within 2 weeks, please contact the Graduate Admissions Committee at