Doctoral Degrees & Programs

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  • Animal & Rangeland Science, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Robert Washington-Allen | rwashingtonallen@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: November 1 (Spring) | February 1 (Fall)
    Program info:  A&R handbook | A&R Ph.D. website | A&R faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements  
    1. GRE score of 300+ (waivers available to those with completed advanced degrees from accredited institutions)
    2. Admission GPA of 3.0
    3. TOEFL ibt 100
    4. Must have an advisor prior to admission

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  • Anthropology, Ph.D.

    Program director: Erin Stiles |estiles@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Jan 15
    Program info:  Anthro handbook | Anthro website | Anthro faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements  
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. Scholarly writing sample
    4. 3 letters of recommendation
    5. Graduate assistantship application (if interested)

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  • Atmospheric Science, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Vera SamburovaVera.Samburova@dri.edu
    Application deadlines: February 1 (Fall) | November 1 (Spring)
    Program info:  Atmos handbook | Atmos website | Atmos faculty

    Additional program-specific admission recommendations
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Three letters of recommendation

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  • Basque Studies, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Sandy Ottsott@unr.edu 
    Application Deadlines: November 1 (Spring) | April 15 (Fall)
    Program Info: Basque Studies handbook | Basque Studies website 

    Additional program-specific admission recommendations
    1. Statement of purpose
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Three letters of recommendation

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  • Biochemistry, Ph.D.

    Program Director: John Cushman | jcushman@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | June 15 (Spring)
    Program Info:  Biochem handbook | Biochem website | Biochem faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of Purpose
    3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
    4. GPA 3.0
    Additional recommendations
    1. GRE score +300

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  • Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program Director: Bahram Parvinbparvin@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: November 1 (Spring) | February 1 (Fall)
    Program Info:  BME handbook | BME website | BME faculty

    Admission requirements
    1. GRE scores (301+)
    2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    3. Official transcripts and GRE scores are required for department review
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Statement of purpose

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  • Business Administration, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Jim Sundali | jsundali@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: Jan 15 (Fall)
    Program Info:  Business Admin handbook |  Business Admin website | Business Admin faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE required unless the applicant has earned a Ph.D.

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  • Cell & Molecular Biology, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Subhash Vermascverma@medicine.nevada.edu
    Application Deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | Nov 15 (Spring)
    Program Info:  CMB handbookCMB website | CMB faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. 3 letters of recommendation

    Additional program-specific admission recommendations
    1. GRE Biology strongly recommended

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  • Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Seungil Ro | sro@med.unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall)
    Program Info:  CMPP handbookCMPP website | CMPP faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE or MCAT
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. 3 letters of recommendation

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  • Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Sage Hiibel | shiibel@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: For Assistantship consideration March 15 (Fall) | October 1 (Spring)
    Program info: CME handbook | CME website | CME faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Chemical Physics, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Sergey Varganov | svarganov@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: March 1 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Chem. Physics handbook | Chem. Physics website | Chem. Physics faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Chemistry, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Robert Sheridan | rss@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Feb 15 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Chemistry handbook | Chemistry website | Chemistry faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Ramin Motamed | motamed@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Jan 15 (Fall) | Sept 1 (Spring)
    Program info: CEE handbook | CEE website | CEE faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (not required if student has already earned a graduate degree from our CEE program)
    2. GPA 3.25
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Statement of purpose
    5. 3 letters of recommendation

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  • Computer Science & Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  David Feil-Seifer  dave@cse.unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Jan 15 (Fall) | Aug 15 (Spring)
    Program info:  CSE handbook | CSE website | CSE faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (minimum quantitative score 158)
    2. GPA 3.25 (if applicant has no M.S.)/GPA 3.0 (if applicant has M.S.)
    3. TOEFL or IELTS (TOEFL>80 or IELTS>6.5 recommended)
    4. Statement of Purpose
    5. 3 letters of recommendation

  • Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Lee Dyer  (775) 784-1360 
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: EECB handbook | EECB website | EECB faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    2. GRE scores submitted
    3. For international students, a TOEFL score of 600 or greater
    4. Coursework in physical sciences, mathematics, and biochemistry; exact coursework to be determined by each EECB advisor, in consultation with our admissions committee.
    5. Biology coursework (24 credits, including genetics, evolution, and ecology), or equivalent evidence of ability to succeed in a doctoral program in ecology, evolution and conservation biology

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  • Economics, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Sankar Mukhopadhyay |  sankarm@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 (Fall) | Oct 15 (Spring)
    Program info: Econ handbook | Econ website | Econ faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE or GMAT
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. 2 letters of recommendation
    Program admission recommendations
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Writing sample
    3. Additional letter of recommendation

  • Education: Counseling and Education Supervision, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) 
    Program info: CES handbook | CES website | CES faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. Master's degree in counseling ed. from a CACREP-accredited institution
    3. GRE
    4. Resume or curriculum vitae
    5. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    6. Three letters of recommendation
    7. One sample of scholarly writing
    8. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form

  • Education: Educational Leadership, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: March 1 & July 15  (Fall) | Oct 1 (Spring) 
    Program info: EL handbook | EL website | EL faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    3. One sample of scholarly writing

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  • Education: English Language Learners, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: March 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Oct 1 (Spring) 
    Program info: ELL handbook | ELL website | ELL faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Education: Equity & Diversity in Education, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Nov 15 (Spring) 
    Program info: E&D handbook | E&D website | E&D faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Education: Information Tech in Education, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Nov 15 (Spring) 
    Program info: ITE handbook | ITE website | ITE faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or curriculum vitae with two years of relevant experience
    4. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Education: Literacy Studies, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: March 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Oct 1 (Spring) 
    Program info: LS handbook | LS website | LS faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or CV with three years of teaching experience
    4. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: March 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Oct 1 (Spring) 
    Program info: STEM handbook | STEM website | STEM faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or CV with three years of teaching experience
    4. Statement of intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Education: Special Education and Disability Studies, Ph.D.

    Program director:  MaryAnn Demchak | (775) 682-7852 
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 & July 15 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring) 
    Program info: SEDS handbook | SEDS website | SEDS faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    2. GRE
    3. Resume or CV (three years teaching special education recommended)
    4. Essay of intent that includes a qualifications for completing and reason for pursuing the degree
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. One sample of scholarly writing
    7. Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form 

  • Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Yantao Shenytshen@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: March 15 (int'l) June 15 (Fall) | Aug 15 (int'l) Nov 15 (Spring) 
    Program info: EE handbook | EE website | EE faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. GPA of at least 3.0 (with a masters) or 3.5 (with a bachelors only)
    3. Statement of purpose
    4. Three letters of recommendation

  • English, Ph.D.

    Program Director: Catherine Chaputcchaput@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: January 15 (Fall)
    Program Info: English handbook | English website | English faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE 
    2. Minimum GPA of 3.5
    3. Statement of Purpose
    4. Writing sample
    5. Three letters of recommendation

  • Environmental Sciences, Ph.D.

    Program Director: Stanley Omaye | omaye@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: March 1 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program Info: ES handbook | ES website | ES faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE >297 or Biology Subject test (waivers available to those with completed advanced degrees)
    2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 
    3. TOEFL > 100iBT for international students 
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Letter of intent
    6. Documentation from ES faculty who agrees to be a research adviser

  • Geology and Earth Related Sciences, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Stacia Gordon | (775) 784-6476   
    Application Deadlines: Jan 1 (Fall) | Spring: Sept 15  
    Program Info: Geology handbook | Geology website | Geology faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Geography, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Thomas Albright | (775) 784-6673  
    Application Deadlines: Feb 1 (Fall) 
    Program Info: Geography handbook | Geography website | Geography faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Master's degree in Geography or related field

    Optional program-specific admission items
    1. GRE or GMAT 

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  • Geophysics, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Stacia Gordon | (775) 784-6476   
    Application Deadlines: Jan 1 (Fall) | Spring: Sept 15  
    Program Info: Geophysics handbook | Geophysics website | Geophysics faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • History, Ph.D.

    Program Director: Linda Curciolindacurcio@unr.edu
    Application Deadlines: Feb. 1 (Fall)
    Program Info: History handbook | History Ph.D. website | History faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of purpose 
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4. Writing sample

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  • Hydrogeology, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Anne Nolin  | (775) 682-8148  
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | July 15 (Spring)
    Program info: Hydro handbook | Hydro website | Hydro faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (waivers available to those with completed advanced degrees)
    2. GPA > 3.0
    3. Letter of intent
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Department application

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  • Hydrology, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Anne Nolin  | (775) 682-8148  
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | July 15 (Spring)
    Program info: Hydro handbook | Hydro website | Hydro faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (waivers available to those with completed advanced degrees)
    2. GPA > 3.0
    3. Letter of intent
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Department application

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  • Integrative Neuroscience, Ph.D.

    Program director: Yumei Feng EarleyAlexander Van der Linden | Michael Webster
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | Sept 15 (Spring)
    Program info: IN handbook | IN website | IN faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. Two letters of recommendation (Three letters are recommended)

    Additional program-specific admission recommendations
    1. GRE

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  • Judicial Studies, Ph.D. (online component)

    Program contact:  Heather Lara |  hclara@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: July 15 (Fall) | Dec 15 (Spring) 
    Program info: JS handbook | JS website Ph.D. | JS faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. For sitting judges only
    2. Three letters of reference
    3. Copies of written opinions and/or articles
    4. Minimum master's degree GPA of 3.0
    5. Judicial Studies program application
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  • Material Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Qi An| (775) 784-7789 
    Application deadlines: Assistantships March 15 (Fall)
    Program info: Materials Science handbook | Materials Science website | Material Science faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE 

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  • Mathematics, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Stanislav Jabuka | (775) 784-6816 
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 & March 1 (Fall) | Oct 1 & Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Mathematics handbook | Mathematics website | Mathematics faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Three lettersof recommendation
    3. Statement of purpose
    4. Curriculum vitae

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  • Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program director:  Matteo Aureli | (775) 784-6973 
    Application deadlines: Jan 15 (Fall) | Sept 1 (Spring)
    Program info: ME handbook | ME website | ME faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Medicine, M.D./Ph.D.

    Program director:  Wilfredo Torres| (775) 784-6063  
    Application deadlines: Mar 1 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Medicine handbook | Medicine website | Medicine faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE or MCAT

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  • Mineral Resource Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Charles Kocsis | (775) 784-6989 
    Application Deadlines: Feb 1 (Fall) | Spring: Sept 15  
    Program Info: MRE handbook | Mineral Resource Engineering website 

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Nursing, D.N.P. from B.S.N. (online)

    Program director: Stephanie DeBoor(775) 682-7156 
    Application deadlines: March 1 (Fall)
    Program info: Nursing handbook | Nursing website | Nursing faculty
    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Complete a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing school with coursework in the following categories:  statistics, growth and development (must cover lifespan), basic research, and health assessment
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    3. Have completed graduate-level course work in statistics
    4. Have verification of current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the US. Students must be eligible to practice as an RN in Nevada.
    5. Current resume or CV
    6. Three letters of recommendation
    7. Statement of intent

  • Nursing, D.N.P. from M.S.N. (online)

    Program director:  Stephanie DeBoor(775) 682-7156 
    Application deadlines: March 1 (Fall) | Oct 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Nursing handbook | Nursing website | Nursing faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. Hold a MS degree with a concentration in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited institution
    2. Be licensed at a level consistent with the focus of D.N.P. study
    3. Hold national certification (or be eligible for certification) in an advanced practice role.
    4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at graduate level
    5. Provide documentation of clinical and leadership excellence
    6. Have completed graduate-level course work (with a grade of B or better) in a pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical assessment, research & nursing theory (clinical specialization applicants)

  • Physics, Ph.D.

    Program director: Jonathan Weinstein |  jdweinstein@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 (Fall) | Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Physics handbook | Ph.D. Physics website | Physics faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (GRE in Physics strongly recommended)

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  • Political Science, Ph.D.

    Program director: Xiaoyu Pu | xpu@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Jan 15 
    Program info: Political Science Ph.D. handbook | Political Science Ph.D. website | Political Science faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE or GMAT

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  • Psychology: Behavior Analysis, Ph.D.

    Program director: Ramona Houmanfar  | ramonah@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Dec 1 (Fall)
    Program info: Psychology handbook | Behavior Analysis Ph.D. website | Psychology faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Three letters of recommendation
    3. Personal statement
    4. Students meet the pre-requisite course requirements for applicants (see "Entrance Requirements/ Undergraduate Pre-requisites Course Requirements" on Program webpage).
    5. If the student is applying from a master's program, the student is expected not only to have a high GPA but also a history of engaging in scholarly activities (conference presentations, research or publications).

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  • Psychology: Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.

    Program director: Tony Papa | apapa@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Dec 1 (Fall)
    Program info: Psychology handbook | Clinical Psychology website | Psychology faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Three l etters of recommendation
    3. Personal statement
    4. Students meet the pre-requisite course requirements for applicants (see "Entrance Requirements/ Undergraduate Pre-requisites Course Requirements" on Program webpage).
    5. If the student is applying from a master's program, the student is expected not only to have a high GPA but also a history of engaging in scholarly activities (conference presentations, research or publications).

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  • Psychology: Cognitive & Brain Science, Ph.D.

    Program director: Gideon Caplovitz | gcaplovitz@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall)
    Program info: Psychology handbook | Cognitive & Brain Science website | Psychology faculty

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Public Health, Ph.D.

    Program director: Kristen Clements-Nolle| clements@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Priority deadline (for GAs) Feb 1 | Secondary review April 15 (Fall)
    Program info: Public HealthPh.D. website| Public Health faculty
    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. MPH or relevant master’s degree
    2. GRE
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Statement of purpose
    5. Writing sample (admission essay)
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. Interview
    7. SOPHAS Application (SOPHAS completed before Graduate School application. View directions and waiver code. )

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  • Social Psychology, Ph.D.

    Program director: Markus Kemmelmeier | markusk@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Jan 1 (Fall) 
    Program info: Social Psychology handbook | Social Psychology website | Social Psychology faculty 

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. Sample research paper
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Background in psychology, sociology or a closely related field (min. requirement: 18 credits in either psych or soc, plus a min. of 6 credits in the other)

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  • Speech Pathology, Ph.D.

    Program director: Debra Vigil | dvigil@med.unr.edu
    Application deadlines: March 30 (Fall) 
    Program info: Speech Pathology handbook | Speech Pathology Ph.D. website | Speech Pathology faculty 

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Statistics & Data Science, Ph.D.

    Program director: Anna Panorska | ania@unr.edu
    Application deadlines: Feb 1 &  March 1 (Fall) | Oct 1 & Nov 1 (Spring)
    Program info: Statistics & Data Science handbook | Statistics & Data Science website | Statistics & Data Science faculty 

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE (Math GRE recommended)
    2. Three letters of recommendation
    3. Statement of purpose
    4. Curriculum Vitae

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