Graduate School forms

The Graduate School does not accept any handwritten forms, including applications. All forms on the Graduate School website are either online submissions or interactive PDFs. Fill them out online, circulate for signatures, and submit to the Graduate School (campus mail stop 0326). If a handwritten form is submitted, it will be returned and will delay the approval process.

Forms are organized in alphabetical order within the five sections below:

  • Admissions - Applicable to all graduate students applying to the Graduate School
  • Doctoral - Forms and information specific to doctoral programs
  • General - Forms applicable to all graduate students within the Graduate School
  • Master's - Forms and information pertaining only to master's programs

If you need assistance or are unable to access a form, please contact the Graduate School office at (775) 784-6869.

Admissions forms

  • Application for Graduate School Admission [WEB]
    Applicants are required to create an account. You will use this username and password every time to protect your account information.
  • Application to Pursue an Accelerated Degree Program  [PDF]
    An accelerated bachelor's/master's program allows outstanding University of Nevada, Reno students to obtain both a baccalaureate and a master's degree in an accelerated timeframe.
  • Application to Pursue Graduate Degree [PDF]
    Administrative and Academic faculty interested in pursuing a graduate degree through the University of Nevada, Reno are required to submit an "Application to Pursue a Graduate Degree" form when applying to their program of choice.
  • Declaration or Change of Certificate [PDF]
    Graduate students admitted to a degree program can add or remove a graduate certificate with this form.
  • General Course Catalog [WEB]
    The University of Nevada, Reno General Course Catalog.
  • Graduate Credit Transfer Evaluation Request [PDF]
    Use this form when requesting a transfer of credits from other institutions.
  • Graduate Special Application [PDF]
    View additional information and access the Graduate Special Application for non-degree seeking students.
  • Notice of Reinstatement to Graduate Standing [PDF]
    This form is to be completed by the student requesting reinstatement to their graduate program after an unapproved leave. Once completed, the program will return this form to the Graduate School for final approval.
  • Undergraduate Senior Application for Graduate Credits [PDF]
    A scholastically eligible undergraduate student at the University who is within 14 credits of completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree may enroll in graduate-level courses for graduate credit, provided that such credit is requested by the student and approved by the current undergraduate advisor and Graduate Dean.

Doctoral forms

  • Dissertation Defense Calendar Event [WEB]
    Use this link to add your dissertation defense to the University's event calendar.
  • Dissertation Filing Guidelines [WEB]
    Filing your dissertation at the Graduate Division is one of the final steps leading to the award of your graduate degree. This link will provide you a comprehensive overview, as well as several forms required to file your dissertation.
  • Dissertation Final Review Approval [PDF]
    Obtain signoff on your dissertation from your advisory committee chair.
  • Dissertation Title [WEB]
    Submit the title of your dissertation and the name of your advisor to the Graduate School.
  • Doctoral Degree Admissions to Candidacy [PDF]
    This is a status for those who have completed every requirement except for the dissertation
  • Notice of Completion: Doctoral Degree [PDF]
    This is a generic form which every student must complete in their graduating semester which relates to the cumulative project (dissertation, professional paper, comprehensive exam). Fill out the sections that apply to your requirements. The advisory committee listed on the program of study signs the form. The notice of completion must be submitted by established deadlines for graduation.

General graduate forms

  • Change in Program of Study [PDF]
    Add or removed courses from your program of study.
  • Change of Advisory Committee [PDF]
    Use this form if you need to make a change to the personnel on your advisory committee.
  • Declaration of Advisor/Major Advisor/Committee Chair [PDF]
    This form initial agreement between a student and their advisor/committee chair. For master's students, the Declaration of Advisor form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the student's second semester. For doctoral and MFA students, the completed Declaration of Advisor form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the student's third semester.
  • Exit Survey [WEB]
    Students that have graduated may be asked to complete an exit survey by their program providing valuable program-specific and high-level feedback to the Graduate School about their experience. 
  • Graduation Application [WEB]
    Every student must purchase a graduation application by the designated deadline: May Graduation, March 1; August Graduation, June 1; December Graduation, October 1. After submission, you will receive an email within 3-8 weeks outlining the result of the graduation review. All candidates for graduation should visit their department advisor to confirm expectations for the final semester. This link will direct you to MyNevada to apply for graduation.
  • Leave of Absence [PDF]
    A leave of absence is a temporary cessation of study and may be granted for up to one year. Students requesting a leave of absence must be in good academic standing and submit the completed form before the period of leave begins. Time spent on an approved leave is included in the time allowed to complete the degree, i.e. six calendar years for the master’s degree and eight calendar years for the doctoral degree.
  • Program of Study [PDF]
    The program of study specifies the courses and credits required to satisfy the requirements for the degree and documents the approval of the chair and members of the student’s duly constituted advisory committee. The program of study must receive final approval by the Graduate Dean. For master's degree students, the completed Program of Study form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the student's third semester. For MFA and doctoral students, the completed Program of Study form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the student's fourth semester.

Master's forms

  • Notice of Completion: Master's Degree [PDF]
    This is a generic form which every student must complete in their graduating semester which relates to the cumulative project (thesis, professional paper, comprehensive exam). Fill out the sections that apply to your requirements. The advisory committee listed on the program of study signs the form. The notice of completion must be submitted by established deadlines for graduation.
  • Thesis Filing Guidelines [WEB]
    Filing your thesis at the Graduate Division is one of the final steps leading to the award of your graduate degree. This link will provide you a comprehensive overview, as well as several forms required to file your thesis.
  • Thesis Final Review Approval [PDF]
    Obtain signoff on your thesis from your advisory committee chair.

Please note, faculty/program director forms have been relocated under Faculty resources.