Graduate College


The  Graduate College supports more than 175 graduate certificate, master's, specialist, and doctoral programs. We work closely with departments and graduate faculty to provide UNLV's more than 5,000 graduate and professional students the highest quality academic experience, not only through coursework, but through research, creative activity, and professional development opportunities. 
Our goal is to cultivate a scholarly and creative community that celebrates the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and supports UNLV’s  unique blend of graduate programs. 

Learn more about the Graduate College’s mission and goals.

Areas of Responsibility

To accomplish these objectives, the Graduate College’s areas of responsibilities include the following:

Collaborate with graduate programs to support the recruitment of diverse and outstanding new graduate students.

Prospective graduate students apply for admission for graduate study in the Graduate College and the department or program in which they wish to study, simultaneously. The Graduate College evaluates applicant transcripts, foreign credential evaluations, GPA, and English proficiency. Departments recommend applicants for admission (or they deny their application), and the Graduate College renders the final decision. Meeting Graduate College admissions requirements is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for graduate admission.

The Graduate College utilizes graduate tracking data, best practices, and innovative programs to foster successful student retention and to stimulate the pipeline to graduation.

The Graduate College is responsible for handling graduate student probation, and for separating students who are failing to successfully progress in their graduate programs.

The Graduate College is responsible for the maintenance of all graduate student academic records and required forms.

The Graduate College is responsible for the design, management, and coordination of electronic systems & strategic data to support graduate students, graduate faculty, staff, and graduate programs.

The Graduate College is responsible for certifying and posting all graduate degrees and certificates.

This involves the periodic review of all programs and departments that offer graduate or professional degrees, in conjunction with the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate (excluding The Law School and the School of Dental Medicine).

The Graduate College works closely with the Graduate Council to oversee: all graduate and professional curriculum development; new, innovative, graduate program development; and to review and approve all changes to existing graduate programs.

The Graduate College oversees and runs the GA program, and is the centralized unit for the distribution of graduate scholarships and fellowships. We coordinate with Financial Aid on periodic cost of living studies for graduate students, and on the awarding of scholarships, and other graduate student financial matters. We collaborate with the UNLV Foundation in the development of new graduate funding sources and graduate scholarship and fellowship awards.

The Graduate College provides professional development opportunities for graduate students, non-academic advisement, and outreach services, and handles all graduate student academic appeals.

The Graduate College works closely in support of the GPSA, and the GPSA manager, and co-sponsors events such as the Annual GPSA Research Forum.

The privileges, rights, and responsibilities associated with full and associate graduate faculty status are designated by the Graduate College, which reviews and approves all applications for GFS. Further, the Graduate College is committed to supporting graduate faculty in their scholarship, mentorship, and other professional endeavors related to, and supportive of, graduate education.

The Graduate College runs several prestigious award competitions each year to recognize outstanding accomplishments by graduate students and graduate faculty. Striving for excellence is a collaborative effort. The Graduate College works closely with the Graduate Council, graduate faculty, the GPSA and graduate students, and graduate programs, to maintain and enhance excellence in individual disciplines and to achieve our shared mission, goals, and objectives.

Learn More

  • A message to prospective, current, and former students, as well as graduate faculty and community supporters.

  • Understand the mission and goals of the UNLV Graduate College.

  • Interesting statistics about graduate education at UNLV.

  • Learn more about the history of the Graduate College.

  • A collection of resources to understand policies and procedures of the Graduate College.

  • Location & contact information for the Graduate College, and information about the Graduate College team.

Equal Opportunity

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to be an equal opportunity institution. UNLV is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504 institution. All applicants to the Graduate College, and admitted students, will receive equal consideration and access to programs and activities, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or covered US veteran status.

UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of any other legally protected category as is set forth in NSHE Handbook Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at 702-895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.