Admissions to chemistry graduate programs

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Applications to Department of Chemistry graduate programs are submitted online through the graduate school and must include:

  • Official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • The GRE is recommended but 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.

Education requirements

Applicants are expected to meet the following minimum GPA and education levels. 

  • 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.
  • For international applicants:
    • TOEFL (550 paper or 80 IBT)
    • IELTS (score of 7)

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.


Tuition and Funding

The University of Nevada, Reno offers an excellent value for graduate work. To view the most current information about tuition, fees and more, visit the Graduate School's webpage.


Incoming graduate students receive a tuition waiver and year-round stipend support, typically in the form of a ten-month teaching assistantship and a summer research fellowship. Advanced graduate students continue to receive tuition waivers and stipend support through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Over the course of progress towards an advanced degree, the bulk of a graduate student's support is obtained from their thesis director's research grants.

Special research assistantships and special awards and fellowships are offered to highly qualified entering students as available. It has been our experience that the stipends we provide to students, coupled with the reasonable cost of living found in Reno, make it possible for students to maintain a comfortable lifestyle.

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