Applications to the graduate program are accepted once a year. Students start as a cohort each fall. Graduate assistantship funding is available for a limited number of students.

    February 15
    Early applicants will be screened. Those recommended for acceptance will be given first priority in the awarding of graduate assistantships.
    March 15
    Applications due for acceptance in the program and consideration for the remaining graduate assistantships.
    After March 15
    Applications will continue to be accepted for the fall until the program is full. However graduate assistantships will be available only in limited circumstances.

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 for all domestic/resident alien applicants, and $95 for all international students, 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 that institution to the Graduate School.

(4) If English is not your first language, recent TOEFL scores.

(5) 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.

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

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

(8) Recent samples of published journalism (if available).

Send all materials to:
Graduate School
Mailstop 326
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 Howard Goldabum, graduate director, at 775-784-4434 (or

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

  • Howard Goldbaum (director of graduate studies) at or 775-784-4434.