Admissions — Become a Student

Whether you're an international student interested in pursuing a doctorate in chemistry, a domestic student considering a master's in economics, or a non-degree-seeking student who hopes to grow professionally, these pages will guide you through the admissions process.

This website guides you through the Graduate College application requirements and timetables; please visit your department/degree program website for information on their particular admissions requirements and deadlines.

To learn more, select the link that best describes you.

Degree-Seeking Student

Please note that to be considered for admission, prospective students must complete the online application, as well as provide your program of interest the materials that they require. In most cases, department application materials can be uploaded into your online application; doing so will expedite your application processing. Please check with your graduate program of interest to find their application requirements and guidelines for submission.

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Non-U.S. and Non-Permanent Resident

Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Student

If you have an undergraduate degree and wish to enroll in selected graduate studies courses for professional advancement or personal fulfillment, you can do so without formally applying or being admitted to the Graduate College. The link below will guide you through the registration process.

Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Student
Non-degree seeking students will NOT qualify for an I-20/F-1 Visa.

International Transcript Evaluations

All applicants are required to submit one official transcript from all postsecondary institutions attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades recoeved

Since May 1, 2010, all applicants (international and domestic) to graduate degree programs (except applicants to the College of Engineering, Economics, or Management Information Systems; these applicants are exempt from this policy and may apply directly to the Graduate College) are required to provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials.

Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. The UNLV Graduate College accepts foreign credential evaluations from any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. For a list of all current members please visit their website at

Our preferred list of foreign credential evaluation companies includes:

Beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, all applicants to any UNLV graduate program who have received degrees from the following schools are exempt from the foreign credential evaluation requirement, unless the UNLV Graduate College has concerns or questions about the validity or content of transcripts:

Australian National University
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Western Australia

McGill University
Simon Fraser University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
University of Delhi

New Zealand:
Massey University
University of Auckland
University of Otago
University of Waikato

Puerto Rico:
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico

Nanyang Technological University Singapore
National University of Singapore

South Africa:
University of Cape Town
University of Pretoria
University of South Africa
University of Witwatersrand

United Kingdom:
Durham University
Imperial College London
Kings College London
University College London
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Manchester
University of Oxford
University of Warwick

Proof of English Proficiency Policy

Proof of English proficiency is required if you are from a country where English is not the native language, or if you did not receive a degree from an institution where English is the primary documented language of instruction. Starting in the Fall 2015 semester, applicants may submit either official or unofficial copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores for initial application evaluation. Applicants should send official scores to UNLV Graduate College through the testing agency, or email your unofficial score reports to If admitted on unofficial scores, your admission will be conditional upon receiving official exam scores early in the semester of admission.