Admissions - International Student

How to Apply

The Graduate College requires the same application and admission materials from all prospective international graduate students, regardless of department of interest. Individual academic departments may require satisfactory composite scores on standardized tests, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, portfolio, or any combination of these items. Because departmental requirements vary, refer to your department of interest for specific application requirements.

  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. Application Procedures
    To apply to the Graduate College, submit the following admission materials for consideration:
    • A nonrefundable admission application fee of $95.00, payable online by credit card or by check, 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.

    • One official transcript from all postsecondary institutions attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and extension and correspondence work.
    • *Note: After May 1, 2010, all new applicants (international and domestic), EXCEPT those applying to programs in the College of Engineering or to Management Information Systems or Economics, are required to provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials from one of the external evaluating agencies listed below. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. When ordering your foreign credential evaluation, please be sure that your grade point average (GPA) is calculated and included in your agency evaluation.

      We require applicants to use one of the following NACES approved agencies:

    • Josef Silny & Associates (order university course-by-course evaluation, plus GPA)
    • World Education Services (order course-by-course evaluation report, which includes GPA)
    • International Education Research Foundation (order Detail Report, which includes GPA)
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (order course-by-course evaluation report, which includes GPA)

    • A High School Leaving Certificate
    • Proof of English proficiency 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 language of instruction. 
    • * Note: Acceptable official documents submitted by the testing agency include:
       • International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (written) or 213 (computerized) or 80 (Internet based)
       • Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) with a minimum score of 85
       • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7

  3. 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 ApplyYourself 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. Submit any additional required admission materials to your department of interest, if you did not 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.

  5. Submit Financial Certification form and Bank Letter to Office of International Students and Scholars.

    Before an I-20 can be issued by the Office of International Students & Scholars, 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. Click here to locate the Financial Certification form.

Turn to the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Consult the Office of International Students and Scholars for instruction on where to send your Certificate of Finance, how to get your UNLV I-20, and information regarding student visas.