Applying – Admission Requirements
All international advanced degree applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission:
- Hold a four-year baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution or an approved equivalent.
- Have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for the bachelor's degree or a minimum 3.00 for the last two years.
- A student who has an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 may, at the option of the Graduate Dean and department, be admitted to an advanced degree program with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.50 but less than 2.75.
- 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. Acceptable documents include:
Each academic department has additional admissions requirements. Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more.
Visit this webpage for application deadline information.
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 $95.00, 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 graduate (international and domestic), EXCEPT those applying to programs in the College of Engineering, Managment 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:
- 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
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 Apply Yourself online application; or your official transcripts) to:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017
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.
The mailing addresses for academic departments are available on department websites.
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. Visit: unlvf1forms.blogspot.com for the Financial Certification form and instructions.
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.