Become a Graduate Student

Admissions Information for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

If you’re ready to pursue a graduate degree at UNLV or have interest in learning about our admissions procedures, the information contained within these pages will guide the way. From eligibility criteria and deadlines to helpful checklists and insider tips, these resources will help put you on the path to a rewarding graduate experience.

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Admission Timeline

Please review the application deadlines.

Graduate applications for admission are reviewed by the Graduate College and your graduate program faculty simultaneously. During the evaluation process, the Graduate College will process your online application, certify your transcripts and GPA, and ensure that you meet UNLV’s minimum requirements for graduate admission. Your academic department will review all materials and submit their recommendation to the Graduate College; your final decision letter will be posted to your online application account by the Graduate College. To expedite the admissions process, it’s extremely important that you submit a complete application and upload all required materials and documents.

Turn to the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Admission Procedures

In most cases, the Graduate College and the academic departments require different documentation as part of your application. Please check admissions requirements for your graduate program of interest. Many (but not all) require that you upload various documents into your online application before submitting it. Some require additional materials be sent to them directly. For exact guidelines, please visit your program of interest's website or contact the department.

Turn to the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

  1. Review Admission Requirements – Review requirements for advanced degree and certificate program applicants. Be sure to check your department of interest as well because departmental requirements vary.
  2. Apply to the Graduate College – To apply to the Graduate College, submit the following admission materials for consideration:
    • A completed application. Complete the application online.
    • A nonrefundable admission application fee, payable check, money order, or online by credit card of $60 to the Board of Regents, UNLV.
      *Note: Applications and materials will not be processed until the application fee is received. Applicants to any UNLV graduate program must pay the admission application evaluation fee for each application filed. Denied applicants, who later seek admission to the same or other UNLV degree program, are required to pay an additional application fee.
    • All applicants are required to submit one transcript from all postsecondary institutions attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades received.

      To be able to evaluate your application, we need either informal transcripts uploaded into the online application document, or informal or official transcripts (one or the other) mailed to the Graduate College. If the institution is outside the U.S. a foreign credential evaluation may be required. Review the Foreign Credential Evaluation page of our website for more information.

      One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and extension and correspondence work will be needed immediately upon admission, if you do not submit official transcripts at the time of application.

      *Note: Only transcripts sent directly from the institution and delivered unopened to the UNLV Graduate College are considered official. Failure to disclose all course work and/or degrees awarded will result in rescission of admission.
  3. Additional Graduate College Application Materials – If needed, send any additional Graduate College admission materials (for example: your admission receipt with your check payment; your transcripts if you did not upload them into your online application; or your official transcripts upon admission; etc.) to:

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Graduate College
    FDH 352
    Box 451017
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017

    Mailing addresses for departments are available on department websites.

  4. Additional Materials for your Department & Degree Program Application – Submit any additional admission materials required by your degree program to your department of interest, if you did not already upload them into your online application. Please check with your graduate program of interest in order to determine their specific admission requirements prior to submitting your online application.

    Refer to the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Admission Requirements

While each graduate program has unique admissions standards, the Graduate College has set minimum standards for admission. All advanced degree and certificate program applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission.

  1. Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution or an approved equivalent.
  2. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for the bachelor’s degree or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).
  3. Additional Factors – Factors that may also be considered by the academic department to which you are applying include test scores (like the GRE or GMAT), the type of course work completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation, and any other supporting documents you may be asked to submit for your application.
  4. Transcripts – All applicants are required to submit a transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades received. If the institution is outside the U.S. a foreign credential evaluation may be required.

    Credentials not in English must be accompanied by an English translation certified as true by a university official, an official representative of a United States embassy or consulate, the United States Information Service, the United States Education Foundation, or an approved professional translating service. Notarized copies of originals or translations are not considered official.

    Please note that the aforementioned requirements are the minimum requirements set by The Graduate College. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on applicants meeting the minimum Graduate College requirements and a more extensive departmental review, using a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience.

    Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more.
  5. Students requiring an F-1 visa to study in the United States, please visit Graduate International Admissions.

Information for Applicants and New Admits

View requirements for advanced degree and certificate program applicants. Use this helpful checklist to prepare for your first day of class.

Frequently Asked Questions

View frequently asked questions about admissions.