Applications to the graduate program are accepted once a year. Students start as a cohort each fall. UPDATE MARCH 20, 2014: We are extending the application deadline to June 1, and will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Graduate assistantship funding is available for a limited number of students.

To apply to the program, submit the following materials directly to the Graduate School:

(1) A completed application, using the online application form. The minimal university requirements include the completion of a baccalaureate degree, a minimum total undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for a Masters program and completion of all required prerequisite course work. The application fee is $60, nonrefundable; $40 for returning students and Nevada alumni, payable when you file your online application.

(2) Recent GRE scores.

(3) One official transcript from every post-secondary institution you’ve attended sent directly from the university to the Graduate School.

(4) If English is not your first language, recent TOEFL scores. Send transcripts and scores to:

Graduate School
Mailstop 326
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557

Submit directly to the director of graduate studies at the Reynolds School of Journalism:

(1) A letter of intent explaining why you want to pursue graduate work in this program, what you hope to gain from participating, the assets you bring to the program and how you plan to use the degree after graduation.

(2) A resume outlining your professional and educational experience.

(3) Three letters of recommendation including one from a recent employer.

(4) Recent samples of published journalism.

Application materials can be sent by email attachment to Donica Mensing or by mail to:

Donica Mensing
Graduate Director
Mail Stop 310
Reynolds School of Journalism
University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557

Graduate Special Standing: We will accept a limited number of Graduate Special students in the fall semester and under rare circumstances, in the spring semester in preparation for fall admittance. Graduate specials are students who have completed an undergraduate degree but have not been accepted into the graduate program. They can take classes and transfer up to nine credits of graduate work to a graduate degree. Graduate Special students are not eligible for financial aid, including student loans. If you are interested in finding out more about this option, contact Donica Mensing, graduate director, at 775-784-4198 (or dmensing@unr.edu)

For questions about the program or how to apply, feel free to contact:

  • Donica Mensing (director of graduate studies) at dmensing@unr.edu or 775-784-4198.