Important Reminder

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Please note that to be considered for admission, prospective students must complete an application, provide the Graduate College with all required documents, and also provide your graduate program of interest with all the application materials that they require.

Generally you can submit both materials required by the Graduate College and materials required by your intended program together into your online application; doing so will expedite your application processing.

Graduate certificate-seeking and non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for an I-20/student visa, a graduate assistantship, or federal financial aid.

Immigration status does not impact admission to UNLV.

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All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate College by May 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for spring semester unless the department to which you are applying has an earlier deadline. Note that Graduate Assistantship application deadlines may also be earlier.

Please review the application deadlines. International applicants must also meet immigration/visa-related deadlines and must receive their admissions letter from the Graduate College by July 1 for the fall semester and by Nov. 15 for the spring semester.

For more information about immigration/visa-related deadlines, contact

International graduate applications for admission are simultaneously reviewed by the Graduate College and your graduate program faculty. During the evaluation process, the Graduate College will process your online application, certify your transcripts and GPA, review your proof of English proficiency, 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, official decision letter will be posted to your online application account by the Graduate College. To expedite the admissions process, it’s important that you submit a complete application and upload all required materials and documents.

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. Please note that only degree-seeking students are eligible for I-20/student visas and graduate assistantships. Certificate programs are not considered degree-seeking. However, with proper approval students may be enrolled concurrently in both degree and certificate programs.
  2. Application Procedures – 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 of $95, payable online by credit card or by check/money order, 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.
  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:


    Office of Admissions

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Mail Stop: 1021
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
    Las Vegas, NV 89154

  4. Additional Materials for your Department & Degree Program Application – Submit any additional department-required admission materials by uploading them into your online application. Please check with your graduate program of interest and refer to the application checklist on the Home tab of your Grad Rebel Gateway account in order to determine their specific admission requirements prior to submitting your online application.
  5. Financial Certification Requirement – Submit Financial Certification form and Bank Letter to the Graduate College.
    Before an I-20 can be issued, all international students must submit a completed Financial Certification form and bank letter. Even if you anticipate receiving a Graduate Assistantship, you must submit the Financial Certification form and bank letter.

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. Immigration status does not impact admission to UNLV.

  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). Applicants with international academic work can use Scholaro to estimate their U.S. GPA calculation. While Scholaro can provide an approximate representation of your converted U.S. GPA, it does not replace the comprehensive evaluation of academic coursework conducted by the UNLV Office of Admissions. Our GPA calculation and credential equivalency review are still essential in the admission process. UNLV's evaluation may differ from the results generated by this tool.
  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. Proof of English Proficiency
  5. Transcripts – ;One transcript from every post-secondary institution the applicant has attended (regardless of whether a degree or credential was earned), showing all coursework, extension and correspondence work, any degrees earned, and the dates that those degrees were awarded. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of the application process. However, if an applicant is admitted, official transcripts will be required by the date specified on the Certificate of Admission. Transfer credits posted on another institution’s transcript will not be accepted in lieu of the transcript itself. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution are considered official. Failure to disclose all coursework and/or degrees awarded will result in rescission of admission.
  • UNLV provides in-house credential evaluations of academic coursework. However, UNLV will accept a course-by-course evaluation from any NACES member agency in replacement of or in lieu of our in-house evaluation.
  • Transcripts must be provided in a PDF format and must include the institutional/grading key page.
  • Credentials not in English must be accompanied by a word-for-word 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. Translations must bear the signature of the translator and be accompanied by original language documents.
  • The applicant will also be required to provide the grading scale of the foreign institution they attended. In the event the student cannot provide a grading scale, they must contact
    • Credentials from China: Students who have completed a degree in China must provide copies of the original language transcripts and a copy of their Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate. Documents verified by the Center for Student Services and Development (CSSD) or the China Academic Degree and Graduate information Center (CDGDC) are also accepted.
      Credentials from India: Consolidated marks sheets are acceptable if yearly mark sheets are not available. Mark sheets must also be issued by the degree-granting institution. Mark sheets from affiliated colleges are not acceptable or considered official. Students who have completed a degree in India must also provide a copy of their Provisional Certificate.

Use this helpful checklist to prepare for your first day of class.

Please refer to these helpful answers if you have any questions.