Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and must file an application for admission with the Graduate School. International applicants must also satisfy the medical examination and financial responsibility requirements and submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must apply through the Office of International Students. Applications for graduate standing are subject to approval by the Sociology Department and the dean of the Graduate School. Applications are accepted at any time; however, the admission application and all credentials must be received in the Graduate School at least three weeks before registration day of any instructional period.


Graduate Application
Departmental Application

Please send the following materials to the appropriate office as part of your application to the Master’s program in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.


  • UNR Graduate Application Form

  • $60.00 application fee ($95 for international students)

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions

  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service

  • Immunization documents


  • Departmental Application Form

  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts

  • Copies of GRE scores

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • A statement of purpose

  • Sample of research or writing (e.g., a term paper)


The requirements for acceptance as a graduate student in Sociology is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. To be accepted in full standing, a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate work in sociology is required. The student must also meet the following requirements:

  • Credit in a theory course in sociology and a course in statistics;

  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for four years of undergraduate work;

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions;

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;

  • Three letters of recommendation from former instructors indicating the student’s capability of doing graduate work;

  • Sample of research or writing;

  • A statement of purpose.

In some instances in which a student is deficient in the above requirements, the student may correct such deficiencies before entering the degree program. The department advises students with deficiencies whether they are likely to be considered as graduate students in full standing after such deficiencies have been corrected.


In 2010 – 2011, Nevada residents pay $246.50 per graduate credit per semester. Nonresidents pay $6645 per semester plus $246.50 per graduate credit. On-campus housing is available in the residence halls. In 2010 – 2011, costs are about $4,750 – $6,610 per year, depending on the living arrangement. In addition, a variety of meal plans are available for about $3,539 – $4,768 per year. Students living off campus can expect to pay about $6,000 per semester for room and board and other living expenses.


A variety of graduate assistantships, fellowships and traineeships are available to qualified students. Stipends begin at $14,000 including partial exemption of tuition and registration fees. A number of tuition waivers and other small grants are also available. If the student is applying for financial assistance, the application should be completed prior to February 1. Normally the candidate receives notification by April 1 and has until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. In some instance financial awards become available after this date and late applications are considered.


The Department of Sociology also participates in a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. degree in social psychology. This is an interdisciplinary program administered by a social psychology committee. Students interested in this program must have a minimum of 18 credits in either sociology or psychology. Students must meet all the requirements for admission to graduate school and the general requirements for obtaining a doctoral degree at the university. A full year in teaching or research is also required, which students may satisfy by spending a suitable amount of time in teaching or research concurrently with graduate study. For more information please see their webpage 


The University of Nevada, Reno, is a land-grant institution, established in 1874, and is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 11 schools and colleges and offers more than 70 majors for an undergraduate degree; 62 master’s degree programs; and 30 doctoral programs including a four-year medical school. Over 95 percent of the faculty members hold the highest degree attainable in their field.

UNR’s 17,000 students come from all fifty states and more than fifty other countries, and the average age of the student population is 26. Approximately 3,000 UNR students are engaged in graduate study. Although many of the students in post baccalaureate work are recent graduates, a large percentage are mature students with significant professional or practical experience.


The 200-acre main campus is located only minutes from downtown Reno and is within an hour’s drive of Lake Tahoe and many of the West’s finest ski resorts. It features both contemporary and historical architecture and Manzanita Lake. The tree-lined Quadrangle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A rich cultural climate linking the University and the community provides unique opportunities for students.