Apr 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 

Graduate & Professional Programs


Graduate College
With an institutional mission of advancing graduate education at UNLV, the Graduate College supports more than 175 graduate certificate, master’s, specialist, dual-degree, and doctoral programs. We work closely with departments and the graduate faculty to provide UNLV’s more than 5,000 graduate students with high quality academic experiences through coursework, research, scholarship, and creative activity, and innovative professional and career development opportunities. Our overarching goals are to create an innovative and thriving scholarly community and provide consistently strong support for our diverse study body and top-notch graduate faculty, while offering outstanding graduate experiences and stellar services that enhance student learning, provide customizable experiences, and facilitate graduate student success.

Specifically, the Graduate College fosters collaborative leadership to build a forward-thinking, data-driven, and diverse top tier, MSI graduate community that:

  • advances UNLV’s R1 standing and Top Tier aspirations;
  • delivers rigorous, leading edge graduate programs in which excellence, innovation, and opportunity flourish;
  • strives to more closely mirror undergraduate diversity and expand our international graduate student community;
  • is committed to increasing inclusion, equity, and social justice by embracing diversity and fostering an anti-racist, anti-sexist, socially just and inclusive MSI graduate community;
  • partners to provide innovative personal, academic, leadership, career, and professional development opportunities to students;
  • ensures consistent, transparent, and fair implementation of policies and processes;
  • exemplifies a culture of inclusion, innovation, and seeks to make a positive impact;
  • delivers outstanding service to all our constituent groups through a variety of in-person and virtual service modalities;
  • recognizes and supports the graduate faculty and promotes their interests;
  • seeks and secures a diverse base of funding to support students and provide robust financial resources and services that promote financial well-being;
  • provides R1 competitive GA packages and benefits to the graduate community;
  • and cultivates a dynamic, well-connected, and inclusive scholarly community in which the highest quality research, scholarship, creative, and professional activities thrive.

The Graduate College is committed to a data-informed continual improvement model to advance the following guiding principles: excellence, equity, diversity, innovation, accountability, and positive impact.

To enact these principles, our mission is driven by core values that inspire us to act and interact with: empathy; kindness; respect; inclusivity; ethics and integrity; a collaborative spirit; and servant leadership.

For guidance on everything from the application process, to graduate degree and certification completion requirements, as well as policies that govern graduate education, prospective and current graduate students are encouraged to visit the Graduate College website and to carefully review the Graduate Catalog.

For additional information or guidance about UNLV’s outstanding graduate programs, please contact the Graduate College.


William S. Boyd School of Law
The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, offers both a three-year, full-time day program and four-year, part-time programs (day and evening) for the Juris Doctor degree.

The mission of the Boyd School of Law is to prepare students for the competent and ethical practice of law. At the same time, the Boyd School of Law recognizes that the skills and knowledge acquired in the law school may be transferred easily to other fields of endeavor and that many students seek legal training for the value it may have in pursuits other than the practice of law. The Boyd School of Law is dedicated to preserving, transmitting, and advancing the current state of legal knowledge, to developing programs that meet the changing needs of society, and to encouraging its graduates to apply the skills they gain for their own personal development and for the good of society.

Curriculum: The Boyd School of Law maintains a curriculum that responds to the needs of the students as well as the needs of the profession and adopts for its curriculum the best aspects of traditional and skills-oriented legal education. The core curriculum is designed to teach students to “think like lawyers,” to enable students to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize complex material, and to effectively communicate solutions. Throughout the curriculum, the Boyd School of Law emphasizes writing, professionalism, and community service. Students must complete 89 hours of course work in the J.D. program.

Selection of Applicants: To be eligible to apply for admission to the Boyd School of Law, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university and must have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The Boyd School of Law seeks to enroll an accomplished and diverse group of students who will contribute to the enrichment of the educational program of the school and to the community and the profession after graduation. The law school seeks students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their lives, for example, by achieving distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, by engaging successfully in important and challenging careers, by providing significant service to their communities, or by meeting challenges associated with their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status or disability. The law school seeks to have a student body that is both academically well-qualified and diverse. The presence in the school of students who have diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and interests contributes to the breadth and quality of the classroom and non-classroom dialogue, which is a critical element of legal education.

Accreditation: The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

More Information: For further information about the William S. Boyd School of Law, please call 702-895-4189 or visit the law school’s website at www.law.unlv.edu.

Pre-law Students: Law schools neither prescribe nor encourage any specific undergraduate major. A broad general education with emphasis on courses that develop clear and systematic thinking is better preparation for the study of law than is specialized study in subjects closely related to law. Most important for prospective law students is that they develop a command of the English language and the ability to communicate ideas clearly, logically, and critically.

Students are encouraged to discuss pre-law interests with an appropriate staff member in the Wilson Advising Center at 702-895-1997. 

Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity associated with the pre-law association, is also very active in helping pre-law students. For information on joining, contact the Consolidated Students (CSUN) office.

Pre-Professional Students
Many students plan to seek admission to health-related professional schools that provide advanced degrees in specialties such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and chiropractic. UNLV provides a complete array of courses that are required by professional schools for admittance. Students who plan to apply to a professional school should be aware of the existence of the UNLV Pre-Professional Interview Committee. This committee consists of faculty from a variety of disciplines, including non-science areas, and health care professionals from the community. The committee interviews students prior to their applications to professional schools and writes letters of recommendation. For more information about pre-professional preparation, contact the Chair of the UNLV Pre-Professional Interview Committee, Joseph Nika, at 702-895-3170.


School of Dental Medicine
The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, which accepted its Inaugural Class in August of 2002, is designed to serve our local community and the State of Nevada. The School of  Dental Medicine provides world class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. The School of Dental Medicine is a driving educational force that is improving the health of the citizens of Nevada through its innovative programs in oral healthcare services to the community through its evidence-based program. Education of dental students is accomplished through a competency-based curriculum with a strong foundation in biomedical sciences and an innovative, vertically integrated team approach for clinical instruction and delivery of patient care. The School of Dental Medicine has a diverse and distinguished world class faculty to facilitate the program.

The competency-based education program has at its core a student and patient-centered environment designed to maximize learning and patient care delivery. Student doctors are exposed to in-depth studies of biological and clinical sciences as well as biomedical and bio-ethical disciplines. They encounter a broad spectrum of clinical experiences to prepare them for entry into the profession. These experiences begin in year one of the curriculum, and clinical responsibilities expand in scope and depth throughout the four years. They also have exposure to business and financial management designed to meet the challenges of dental practice. Furthermore, they are introduced to principles of research, have an opportunity to conduct independent research and are encouraged to pursue scholarly activities with the possibility of creating a career in academic dentistry.

Training occurs in state-of-the-art facilities designed to achieve the goals of the dental academic program. Today’s dental professional needs a learning environment that offers interaction with other medical professionals and facilitates diagnosis and treatment to improve the patient’s overall health. These facilities are also home to the Advanced Dental Education Programs of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and General Practice. Students have access to the latest technology and partner with other health care professionals in diagnosing disease and treating patients. By the time of graduation, students are competent and confident to begin a rewarding career as a provider of comprehensive oral health care.

Whether the goal is to become a dental educator or a dental professional engaging in the private practice of dentistry or to further professional development in one of the dental specialty areas, the faculty and staff at UNLV’s School of Dental Medicine are poised to be partners in building a successful career.

Admission Requirements and Selection of Applicants
In agreement with guidelines established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the American Dental Education Association, admissions policies at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine are based on specific objectives, criteria and procedures designed to identify students with high standards of integrity, motivation, and resourcefulness and with the basic knowledge and attitude required for completing the integrated curriculum. Acceptance to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine is awarded on a competitive basis to individuals who have completed the interview process at the institution. Invitations for interview are extended to applicants deemed appropriate and eligible for consideration. Preference is given to Nevada residents.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • One year of general biology with lab
  • One year of general chemistry with lab
  • One year of organic chemistry with lab
  • One year of general physics with lab
  • ​One semester of biochemistry or equivalent
  • One year of English
  • ​One semester of human anatomy or one year of anatomy and physiology

It is highly recommended that the applicant complete these prerequisite courses prior to filing an application or taking the Dental Admission Test. It is required that all above prerequisite courses and units be completed by June of the year of intended enrollment.

Minimum College Units: A minimum of 90 semester units, or the equivalent completed or in progress, at the time of application, in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada is required. A minimum of 30 semester units must be completed at a four-year institution. Selection factors include: grade point average, Dental Admission Test, letters of evaluation, interview, commitment to dentistry, dental/work experience, community service, and interpersonal communication skills.

For more information about the School of Dental Medicine, please call (702)-774-2520 or visit http://dentalschool.unlv.edu.

University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM)
The mission of the UNLV School of Medicine is to prepare a diverse student body for the delivery of patient-centered care and meaningful careers in clinical practice, research, and community service. The program integrates foundational science and primary care clinical experiences with community-based service learning that addresses population health and social disparities, incorporates independent research projects that contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge and community health resources, and develops strong commitments to public service and lifelong learning. The curriculum is community-based, and includes instruction in biomedical ethics, ethical decision-making, patient safety, population health, as well as training in interprofessionalism, professionalism, cultural competence, bias recognition and reduction, and non-traditional medical needs; such as, hospitality, legal, and business facets of medicine.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program emphasizes the basics of medicine: communication, physical exam and diagnosis, clinical skills, advanced clinical reasoning and interpretation, professionalism, and ethics using technologically advanced tools and virtual anatomy to foster medical student learning. Overall, the curriculum is community-focused, but places great importance on relationships through faculty to student mentorship, extensive experience with health care professionals in the delivery of primary care and longitudinal patient-centered care, in addition to immersion in community service projects and research. Students will directly apply their learning in the service of others, providing compassionate care in collaboration with many other health professionals including: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, and other community practitioners in the pursuit of providing the best patient outcomes and satisfaction.

The School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Curriculum Overview:
Phase I - Forty years ago, a medical student’s main job was to memorize. In this century factual knowledge is necessary but not sufficient for competent medical practice. A solid curriculum is one that provides students the opportunity and impetus to learn how to think, how to act, and how to learn. A central component of the first curricular phase is problem-based learning (PBL), where students undertake intensive exploration of patient cases that simulate the real-life processes of being a practicing physician. PBL is supplemented by didactic basic science instruction, the majority of which is taught by physicians who emphasize clinically relevant information.

Students also take on the equally important tasks of developing new roots in the community through service learning, learning the basic practical skills of being a doctor, and honing analytic skills. A scholarly project is initiated during this phase, which provides both firsthand experience with the scientific method and a relationship with a faculty mentor.

Phase II – The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
Traditional clerkship curricula separate the major specialties into discrete blocks that students experience in a linear fashion, with a large summative written exam at the end of each one. While immersive, this approach suffers from a large “forgetting curve” that occurs when students move from one block to the next.

The UNLV School of Medicine’s curriculum is different. Students complete the six core clerkships (and selectives) longitudinally across the entire year, which is broken into 22 sequential units. Each unit consists of 2-weeks in a given specialty, and the units are interleaved to balance primary learning with long-term retention. The summative specialty exams are administered twice during the year, once at the midpoint and once at the end. This structure is designed to mitigate the “forgetting curve.” At the end of the year students have command of an enormous fund of knowledge, which positions them for exceptional performance on USMLE Step 2 CK.

Phase III – Career Exploration and Scholarship
When graduation appears on the horizon, medical students become focused on three essential goals: (1) settling on a specialty of choice, (2) assembling a competitive application for the residency match, and (3) preparing to take on a new level of responsibility as newly minted physicians.

The final phase of the curriculum balances core educational needs with the flexibility that students need at this stage. Three rotations are required: a sub-internship or intensive care month, Nevada Community Medicine, and Capstone. The remainder of the year consists of electives, with ample unscheduled time to permit residency interviews, research, additional educational experiences, and perhaps a well-earned vacation.

Student Profile: Students attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine have completed four years of college and, in some cases, have earned graduate degrees. Prior to entering the School of Medicine, students have demonstrated strong academic ability at the undergraduate level and an aptitude for medical science as reflected by their MCAT scores. Some have completed military service or have entered medical school from another field or profession. The school encourages applicants from all socio-economic, racial, religious and educational backgrounds, and genders. Applications from all members of society who meet residency criteria are encouraged.

Faculty: University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine’s faculty are renowned scholars and physicians committed to delivering high-quality innovative education, research, and superb clinical care to meet the health care needs of the growing and diverse population of Nevada. Faculty work throughout southern Nevada, and present research, innovative techniques and approaches to medicine and patient care in both national and international arenas. Even more notable, faculty have strong partnerships within the community to provide comprehensive quality care, research opportunities, community engagement, and student support focused on the care of the community.

Plan Admission Requirements:

Primary Application

The UNLV School of Medicine only accepts primary applications via American Medical College Application System (AMCAS). The application and its materials must be submitted by October 1.

There are 8 required primary application components to apply to the UNLV School of Medicine:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree*
  • MCAT of 499 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • BCPM GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Pre-requisite courses (see below)
  • 3 to 5 Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Up to 15 Experiences

1. Degree
A conferred Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the UNLV School of Medicine.

*A degree may be in progressing during application but must be conferred prior to starting enrollment at the medical school.

An MCAT score of 499 or higher is required and applicants must submit an MCAT score no later than the final application deadline.

The most recent MCAT score will be used for the admissions screening process and MCAT scores cannot be more than 3 years old.

3. Cumulative GPA
An undergraduate (cumulative) GPA of 3.2 or higher is required.

A BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA of 3.2 or higher is also required.

5. Pre-Requisites
Pre-requisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old, must be completed in an in-person format, and need to be graded from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. Students cannot use “Advanced Placement (AP)” credits or courses with Pass/Fail grading for pre-requisites.

Required pre-requisites include the following:
Biology: three semesters; one semester must have laboratory experience
Biochemistry: one semester
Social & Behavioral Science (Psychology or Sociology): one semester

Social and Behavior Science classes in Economics and Communication will not be accepted to satisfy the behavioral sciences requirement. Although these courses deal with human behavior, the scope of information is narrowly confined. Students in medical school require a broader theoretical and scientific foundation as physicians in training and for MCAT preparation.
Medical school pre-requisites are not selected for MCAT preparation and applicants may need additional coursework as part of their MCAT studies. Other recommended courses to help applicants in medical school include: Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Statistics, and Physics.

6. Letters Of Recommendation
Applicants must submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation and up to a maximum of 5 letters. All applicants must have at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for a secondary application.
Letters must be received no later than the application deadline. Letters received after the application deadline will not be considered. Applications who do not have at least three letters of recommendation by the application deadline will be considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration for admissions.

Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed and include contact information for the letter writer. Letter of recommendations can be written from an individual or a committee. Applicants should select letter writers who will reflect their major activities and who know them well. The Admissions Committee prefers letters that address the applicant’s suitability for a career in medicine and as a medical student. Letters of recommendation should provide new information in the application; not restate activities the applicant has already provided.
Letters only will be accepted through the AMCAS Letter Service. UNLV School of Medicine will not accept letters of recommendation by any other process.

7. Personal Statement
Applicants will need to submit a personal statement. For more information on writing personal statements for medical school, please visit the AAMC Choosing A Medical Career website.

8. Experiences
Applicants need to list experiences that can include: community service, clinical experiences, employment, college clubs/organizations, research, and other extracurricular activities. For more information on completing this portion of the AMCAS application please visit the AAMC Application Guide.

Additional Information
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (green card holders) or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Applicants should also work with their campus’ pre-health/pre-professional advisors when preparing to apply to medical school. Applicants may also use school websites, AAMC guides, and the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) website.

Finally, applicants should know that the UNLV School of Medicine gives priority to Nevada Residents and applicants with significant ties to the state. For more information, please review the Admissions Criteria for In-State and Out-of-State Status on the School of Medicine website at www.unlv.edu/medicine/applicants

Secondary Application

After review of the primary AMCAS application, select and competitive individuals will be asked to submit a UNLV School of Medicine Secondary Application.
This application is completed online in UNLV’s ApplyWeb portal and has a separate fee of $75. Students who qualify for the AMCAS fee assistance program will not be required to pay the $75 fee.
The Secondary Application consists of several short essay questions.

Each applicant will also be required to submit a professional photograph, head and neck only, with his/her Secondary Application. This photo will be used throughout the admissions process by admissions committee members, staff, and faculty for all students who complete the secondary application. Professional photographs are strongly encouraged.

More Information: Prospective applicants with questions regarding the School of Medicine’s programs should visit www.unlv.edu/medicine/applicants or contact the Office of Admissions in the School of Medicine at admissions@medicine.unlv.edu

Residence Requirements: First priority for acceptance is given to residents of Nevada. Students are considered Nevada residents if:

  1. Applicants have graduated from a High School in the State of Nevada.
  2. Applicants have attended another NSHE institution as a Nevada Resident.
  3. Applicants have resided in Nevada for a minimum of 12 months prior to the start of the term of matriculation.
  4. Applicants have filed a federal tax return indicating Nevada as the State of residence at least 12 months prior to the start of the term of matriculation.
  5. Applicant’s parents are current Nevada residents and the applicant is under 25 years of age.

Non-U.S. citizens must have permanent resident visas and be Nevada residents to be considered. A limited number of out-of-state applications with strong residential ties to Nevada are considered each year. Applicants from Western states without medical schools - Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming - are also considered. The School of Medicine is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

More Information: Students or prospective students with questions regarding the School of Medicine’s programs should contact:

Dean’s Office, Pre-professional Committee
College of Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4023

Office for Admissions and Student Affairs
2040 W. Charleston Blvd., Fourth Floor, Medical Education Building
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine (UNLVSOM)
Las Vegas, NV 89102-2231

Academic Calendars: https://www.unlv.edu/medicine/academic-calendar