Admissions - International Students

Applying – Admission Requirements

All international advanced degree applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. Hold a four-year baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution or an approved equivalent.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 gradadmissions@unlv.edu. If admitted on unofficial scores, your admission will be conditional upon receiving official exam scores early in the semester of admission.Test scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Acceptable scores that evidence sufficient English proficiency for each test are as follow:


  5. International Credential Evaluation All applicants are required to submit one official 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 is likely to be required. See below for additional information.
  6. 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.

Each academic department has additional admissions requirements. Please review the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Application Timeline
Visit this webpage for application deadline information.

Application Procedures
To apply to the Graduate College, submit the following admission materials for consideration:

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
Graduate College
FDH 352
Box 451017
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.


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