How to Apply

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Our admissions specialists have created an admissions road map to make your application process as simple as possible. Please read through all four sections before starting your application.

If you are applying as a Graduate Special (non-degree seeking) classification, please visit the Graduate Special page to download a Graduate Special Application form. 

Start your online application

Before you apply:

Check out our cost calculator to help determine the cost of your degree.

  • Review the Graduate School's general requirements for admission for domestic or international students.
  • Gather versions of your transcripts, test scores, and resume or CV that can be uploaded online. (At this time, you may use unofficial copies, however, official copies will be required for formal review.)
  • International students should also gather uploadable versions of their TOEFL or IELTS scores and their Degree Certificate.
  • We strongly recommended reviewing the degree and department pages in your desired program and reaching out to introduce yourself to program faculty.
  • Provide notice to your recommenders prior to completing your application.

Submitting your application:

  • Go to the application portal, create an account, and complete all forms.
  • Due to strong spam filters, we recommend that you do not use a work email address as your contact email.
  • Upload and attached all required documents.

School code for TOEFL and GRE: 4844

  • Once you have submitted names and emails for recommendations, recommendation requests are automatically generated.
  • Complete a Paypal payment for application: $60 domestic and $95 international. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

International students should read these tips for submitting your international application.

  • Once your application and payment have been submitted, you cannot add documents.

After submitting your application:

  • Application packages from eligible students will be sent electronically to the program or department once all materials have arrived.
  • Please email any documents that you failed to upload with your application to the Graduate School office.
  • The program or department reviews students' applications and makes their recommendations to the Graduate School.
  • You will receive an email notifying you that a decision is ready.
  • You may log into your account to view your decision status.
  • The Graduate School processes applications by the degree program's deadline.
  • Log into your account to review the acceptance checklist. If you have not already arranged for submission of official copies of transcripts, test scores and degree certificates, you will need to make these arrangements as rapidly as possible.

Mail official transcripts:

Graduate School Admissions Office
C/O University of Nevada, Reno
Mail Stop 0326
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557
U.S.A.

Receiving your program decision

  • Once you receive notification that a decision is ready, you can accept program admission within the application portal. When viewing the decision letter, select the green box to accept or decline your admission.
  • Official communication to admit or deny an applicant will come from the Graduate School via the postal service.
  • If you submitted your application with unofficial documents, you may receive an email stating the department has recommended you for admission, however the admission cannot be processed until the Graduate School receives all official documents.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, the Graduate School admission staff are happy to help you. Call (775) 784-6869 or email gradadmissions@unr.edu to contact an admission specialist. 

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Graduate School Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
    • 2.75 for a master’s degree
    • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
  3. Online application
  4. Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
  5. Official GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (exam requirement and recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  6. Resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Statement of purpose
  8. Three letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)
  1. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  2. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis
  3. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
    • 2.75 for a master’s degree
    • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
  4. Online application
  5. Official transcripts (statement of marks) from every institution attended for a complete history of your education. Certified English translations of all transcripts must be submitted.
Transcripts must be requested from the issuing institution, in the country of origin, in a sealed envelope by the graduating institution. This is important – applicants cannot be responsible for sealing the envelopes themselves. An official English translation should be included. Read the international FAQs to help you get your transcripts to the University of Nevada, Reno on time.
  1. Official GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
  2. Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country*
    Minimum scores
    • TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (academic version)
    Your program may require higher scores than the Graduate School minimums
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • British Guyana
  • Canada (except for Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  1. Your resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)

After your admittance, the Office of International Students & Scholars will require information on your financial data and visa before you can register for classes, so get started early!

Find more information for applications that fall under our special categories:

  1. Graduate Specials
    1. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to take graduate level courses, but do not plan to pursue a program leading to an advanced degree
    2. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission to graduate standing
    3. Students who would like to transfer their graduate special credits to a degree track
  2. Undergraduate Seniors who would like to enroll in graduate level courses