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University of Nevada, Reno - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

To apply for graduate standing, engineering students must have an appropriate bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college, have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (or at least 3.0 in the last two years), and file an application with the Admissions and Records office. Applications for graduate standing must be approved by the appropriate department chairman, college dean, and graduate school dean. GRE scores are required. Admission applications and all credentials must be received at least three weeks prior to anticipated registration.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Individual departments may have stricter GPA requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The minimum requirements for international applicants are: 1)Must submit degree certification indicating equivalency to the U.S. bachelor's or master's degree. 2)For an international student application and complete list of admission requirements, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, ms/074, University of Nevada, Reno, 127 Fitzgerald Students Services (Room 120), Reno, NV 89557 or call 775-784-6874 or email

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same entrance requirements as instate students.

Residency Requirements

For a Ph.D-A minimum of six semesters of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree is required. At least two successive semesters, excluding summer sessions, must be spent in full-time residence on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. 1. Plan A: In the thesis program, at least 30 credits of acceptable graduate courses must be completed. At least 21 of those credits must be earned in on-campus courses at the university. Any transfer credits from another institution must be recommended in the program of study by the advisory/examining committee, and must be officially accepted by the Office of Admissions and Records. At least 18 credits in the program must be at the 700 level. 2. Plan B: The program of study requires the satisfactory completion of at least 32 credits of acceptable graduate courses and a comprehensive examination. At least 23 credits must be earned in on-campus courses at the university. At least 15 of the 32 total credits must be earned at the 700 level.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer graduate students have the same admission requirements as incoming graduate students.