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Study in Nevada, United States

State overview

Nevada is a state of extremes. Most of it is desert and largely uninhabitable, with the state bordered by the nearby, and snow-capped, Sierra Nevada mountains. It is known as the ‘battle-born’ state as it became a state during the American Civil War.

A graduate program in Nevada is bound to be interesting, and for many a complete cultural change.

Sitting in the miles of desert is the legendary city of Las Vegas, the US Mecca for gambling and good times. Las Vegas is a city that does everything on a grand-scale, and is famed for its diversity and tolerance of everything from gambling to gay rights. For people that view these lifestyles as vices Las Vegas is not a good destination.

Nevada is one of the most culturally diverse states in America.

Education profile

There are several options to study graduate programs in Nevada, with several institutions offing postgraduate courses including:

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study in Nevada you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in Nevada, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in Nevada

Life is Nevada is largely slow-paced and outdoors. The exception is life in Las Vegas which by contrast is known for its fast-paced living and nightlife. Along with other resort towns like Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin, Vegas offers excitement in this slow-paced state.
People in Nevada especially in Las Vegas are tolerant and it is a very liberal society – gambling is permitted, rules on marriage are loose and as a state it is an advocate for gay rights.

If you are looking for excitement from your postgraduate study in America, Las Vegas would be a great place to look.

Working in Nevada

Gambling is Nevada’s biggest industry with much of its wealth being created in Las Vegas and the other resort towns. In 2008 the state’s 266 casinos generated around $25 billion.

The state also has agricultural outputs of cattle, onions, dairy products and potatoes with it having positions in other industries such as tourism, mining, printing and publishing and food processing.

Nevada also have the country’s highest unemployment rate.


Most postgraduates coming to Nevada choose to live in accommodation provided by the universities, as this is the easiest way to get to know fellow students and settle into university life. Most halls of residence in Nevada provide postgraduates with furniture, cooking appliances and have places to relax like gyms and cafes.

Some students will choose to live privately in rented accommodation.

Weather and climate

Nevada is the driest state in the US, and so it is very hot with desert daytime temperatures rising as high as 125 °F (52 °C). Winters are equally as extreme with nighttime temperatures dropping as low as −50 °F (−46 °C).

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