Graduate admission requirements by student type

    Graduate school admission requirements are dependent upon student type. Select from the options below to read more about each student type, admission requirements and tips for completing your application on time.

    Need help or more information? Call us at (775) 784-6869 or email gradadmissions@unr.edu.

    Domestic student applicant

    • Who qualifies as a domestic applicant?

      A domestic applicant is any applicant who is a U.S. citizen or holds a permanent resident visa. Those who hold an H1B visa or are a DACA (dreamer) student are considered domestic applicants. To read additional information about what other types of visas may be considered for domestic status, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars

    • Domestic application requirements

      Below are the requirements for domestic applicants:

      • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
      • Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
        • 2.75 for a master’s degree
        • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
      • Online application
      • Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
      • 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)
      • Resume or curriculum vitae
      • Statement of purpose
      • Three letters of recommendation (your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application)
    • Domestic applicant FAQ

      These frequently asked questions can help you navigate the application process if you are an international applicant.

      How do I apply for an assistantship?

      The application will ask if you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantships are awarded by the applicant’s graduate program or academic department, not by the Graduate School. For information regarding the availability of graduate assistantships, please contact the appropriate graduate program director. Also, please review the Graduate School's information on  graduate assistantships.

      How much will the program cost?

      The cost of your degree program varies based on many factors, such as the cost per credit and how many credits are required by your program. Review the cost of with our  cost calculator.

      What is the duration of the program?

      The duration of a program varies by program and its requirements. Contact the  program director to determine an accurate timeline.

      How long does it take to review my application?

      Once we receive all transcripts and GRE/GMAT test scores (if required by program), the Graduate School will complete a credential evaluation of your education history and forward your application package to the department for review. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for this part of the process. Depending on the number of applications received, the timeline can vary for review. We recommend that you contact the department to verify the status of your application or log into your  application account to view your status.

      At this time, we also recommend you request for your official transcripts with degree confirmation, as this can take time in some countries to obtain. Official GRE can take up to four weeks to be received at the University, depending on the time of year submitted. The sooner you request for documents, the faster we can send an official admission letter, if approved by the department for acceptance.

      My checklist is not showing documents that I uploaded to my application, but I know I uploaded them.

      Please allow 3-5 business days for our office to review your documents submitted and update your checklist.  Official documents (transcripts and test scores) will complete your items on your checklist. 

      I was admitted! What do I do next?

      Log into your  application account, and click on the notification that shows your admission decision notification. The official acceptance letter will be sent within two business days to the mailing address on file. You will also receive a letter in the mail that will provide instructions to log into your MyNevada portal. This portal will allow you to register for courses, pay fees and tuition, etc. Please be sure we have your correct mailing address on file.

    International student applicant

    • Who qualifies as an international applicant?

      An international applicant is a person who is not a U.S. citizen nor holds a permanent residency visa. Any student who would need the University to issue a student visa is considered an international applicant. To read additional information about what types of visas may be considered for domestic status, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars

    • International applicants

      Below are the requirements for international applicants:

      • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
      • Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis
      • Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale):
        • 2.75 for a master’s degree
        • 3.0 for a doctoral degree
      • Online application
      • 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 FAQ to help you get your transcripts to the University of Nevada, Reno on time.
      • Official GRE or GMAT test scores from an exam taken within the past 5 years (recommended scores are determined by individual programs)
      • Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country*  
        Minimum score requirements. (Please note: Your program may require higher scores than the Graduate School minimums.)
        • TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet)
        • IELTS: 6.5 (academic version)
      • Your resume or curriculum vitae
      • Statement of purpose
      • 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!

    • International applicant FAQ

      These frequently asked questions can help you navigate the application process if you are an international applicant.

      Does my 3-year bachelor's degree qualify for admission?

      Eligibility for admission for those students applying with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case-by-case basis. Transcripts (statement of marks) will need to be provided to determine eligibility for admission along with the application.

      Do I need official transcripts?

      The process of requesting official transcripts that can be accepted by the Graduate School is very specific. Failure to comply with the requirements below will result in a delay of processing your application and could result in missing program deadlines.

      • Transcripts must be requested from the graduating institution, mailed from the country of origin, in a marked (stamped and sealed) enclosed envelope.
      • Applicants cannot seal transcript envelopes themselves. If transcripts are issued in the country's original language, English translations must be provided.
      • Credential evaluations by outside sources are only acceptable if the student formally submits a request to the outside source to forward a copy of the transcript(s) along with the credential evaluation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School currently accepts outside evaluations from  World Education Services, Josef Silny & Associates and  Educational Credential Evaluators. For more information on this issue, please contact our admissions staff.
      • If the international student is currently in their home country, they may pick up the transcript from the institution and take it directly to a mail office and express mail it to the Graduate School office.
      • If the international student is currently in the United States attending a U.S. institution, the student must request the registrar to send their official transcript directly to the Graduate School office, or the student may ask a friend or relative to pick up the transcript and express mail it directly to the Graduate School office.
      • The Graduate School cannot not accept international transcripts that have been previously sent to another U.S. institution.
      • The Graduate School cannot accept copies of transcripts, emailed transcripts or transcripts that are delivered by a third party to the Graduate School office.
      • Transcripts must include a degree certificate if the transcript is final.
      • Transcripts that are in progress can be evaluated for admission purposes, however a final transcript with degree is required before a student will be admitted.

      What English Language Test Scores are required?

      A TOEFL score will be required unless you are a U.S. citizen or have earned a degree in one of the following English-speaking countries exempt from testing:

      • Antigua
      • Australia
      • Bahamas
      • Belize
      • British Guyana
      • Canada (except for Quebec)
      • Ireland
      • Jamaica
      • New Zealand
      • St. Vincent
      • Trinidad and Tobago
      • United Kingdom
      • United States

      Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country.

      TOEFL or GRE scores can be submitted to the Graduate School using our school institution code 4844.

      Minimum scores

      • TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet)
      • IELTS: 6.5 (academic version)

      How do I apply for an assistantship?

      The application will ask if you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantships are awarded by the applicant’s graduate program or academic department, not by the Graduate School. For information regarding the availability of graduate assistantships, please contact the appropriate graduate program director. Also, please review the Graduate School's information on  graduate assistantships.

      How much will the program cost?

      The cost of your degree program varies based on many factors, such as the cost per credit and how many credits are required by your program. Review the cost of with our  cost calculator.

      What is the duration of the program?

      The duration of a program varies by program and its requirements. Contact the  program director to determine an accurate timeline.

      How long does it take to review my application?

      Once we receive all transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS test scores and GRE/GMAT test scores (if required by program), the Graduate School will complete a credential evaluation of your education history and forward your application package to the department for review. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for this part of the process. Depending on the number of applications received, the timeline can vary for review. We recommend that you contact the department to verify the status of your application or log into your  application account to view your status.

      At this time, we also recommend you request for your official transcripts with degree confirmation, as this can take time in some countries to obtain. Official GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores can take up to four weeks to be received at the University, depending on the time of year submitted. The sooner you request for documents, the faster we can send an official admission letter, if approved by the department for acceptance.

      I was admitted! What do I do next?

      Log into your  application account,  and click on the notification that shows your admission decision notification. The official acceptance letter will be sent within two business days to the mailing address on file. You will also receive a letter in the mail that will provide instructions to log into your MyNevada portal. This portal will allow you to register for courses, pay fees and tuition, etc. Please be sure we have your correct mailing address on file.

      How to I get my student visa?

      For issuance of I-20 or other Visa-related processes, please visit the  Office of International Students and Scholars.

    Graduate special (Non-degree seeking applicant)

    • Who qualifies as a graduate special?

      The graduate special classification is for students who have earned a bachelor's degree and wish to take graduate courses without enrolling in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree (Master's or Ph.D.). These students are usually referred to as grad specials or non-degree seeking students. Applicants who do not currently meet the requirements for admission to regular graduate standing may also apply for graduate special status. However, admission to graduate special status does not constitute admission to graduate standing in the graduate school. All non-degree students are governed by University regulations, including academic warning and probation, and are encouraged to seek official admission at the earliest possible date.

      Non-degree seeking/Graduate Special Application

    • Graduate special requirements

      In order to be sure you can register in a timely manner, please be sure to have the following items prepared:

      • Submit an application for admission for the term which you'd like to attend.
      • Submit all  required immunization records.
      • Activate your account through MyNEVADA once you received your NSHE ID.
      • Review all course prerequisites and obtain department consent if necessary.
      • If you qualify for in-state residency, you must submit a  residency application with accompanying documentation.

      To request graduate special classification, complete the Graduate Special application and turn it into the Office of Admissions and Records located on the second floor of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building.

      Mailing address: 
      University of Nevada, Reno
      Admissions and Records
      1664 S. Virginia Street / MS 0120
      Reno, NV 89557-0120

    • Graduate special FAQ

      Why should I apply as a graduate special?

      There are several excellent reasons to apply for graduate special status. The most common reason is to address curricular insufficiencies that prevent students from meeting the qualifications to enter a graduate degree program. Completing courses can help you become more qualified for your desired program, although graduate special status does not guarantee your acceptance.

      Students intending to apply to medical school, dental school or other professional schools may also wish to enroll as grad specials to increase their breadth of knowledge, contacts with research-active faculty and the overall competitiveness of their applications.

      Some participants may be interested in advanced degree coursework to help support career qualifications, personal interests or to help decide whether a specific field is right for them.

      I live internationally. Can I apply for graduate special status?

      International students (on F-1 or J-1 status) are not eligible for graduate special status unless they have completed a program at the University of Nevada, Reno and will start another one at the next term. Please talk to an adviser at the Office of International Students and Scholars for more information.

      What classes are available to grad special students?

      Most graduate courses are open to non-degree students. Please check with the department offering the course for further information.

      What is tuition for a graduate special?

      All students are automatically considered out-of-state residents for tuition and fee purposes upon their admission to University of Nevada, Reno. Students can declare in-state residency by providing required documentations under the appropriate category within the Nevada residency application. Resident status for University of Nevada, Reno graduates will transfer automatically.

      I was a graduate special, but now I'd like to officially enroll in a program. Can I transfer my credits?

      Although there is no limit to the number of credits that may be earned as a non-degree student, students may apply 12 graduate special credits toward a degree program. Any application of credits in excess of 12 credits requires an exception to policy to be requested by your graduate program director.

      To apply to a graduate program:

      1. Submit your application to the Graduate School.
      2. Once you have been accepted into a graduate program, submit the graduate credit transfer evaluation request form.

      GRADUATE CREDIT TRANSFER EVALUATION REQUEST FORM

      Can I apply for financial aid as a grad special?

      Graduate Special students are not eligible for financial aid, including student loans.

      I would like to complete a graduate certificate. Is that a graduate special status?

      Graduate certificate programs are recognized programs within the Graduate School. Students participating in graduate certificates must apply to the program through the Graduate School.

    • Graduate special application