Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate certificate and master’s programs in the UA Little Rock Graduate School requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with substantially the same undergraduate program as at UA Little Rock (typically at least 120 hours or the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate degree). A 2.7 cumulative GPA is required for regular admission into the Graduate School. Most programs will also require a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours (including post-baccalaureate hours) for regular admission. International students should refer to the Graduate School International Student Admission Policy for additional required application materials. Admission to an educational specialist or doctoral program usually requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts, which are sent directly from the college or university that issued the degree, are required from all perspective graduate students.

Students must satisfy Graduate School requirements as well as those of the program to which they seek admission. Applications and all official transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate School as quickly as possible, as an application will not be passed on to the student’s prospective program—regardless of the program’s standards or requirements—if it does not first meet the standard Graduate School admission requirements. The section of this catalog on each degree program includes admission requirements for that program.

Some degree programs require the Graduate Record Examination, (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Scores more than five years old are not accepted. Test scores alone do not determine admission to a program but are one considered piece of data. Letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and personal interviews are also used to assess a student’s preparedness for and probability of success in a program. It is important to note that meeting all Graduate School and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate certificate, master’s, specialist, or doctoral program. Applicants who do not meet all minimum admission criteria may, in rare instances, be admitted conditionally.


The Application Process

All prospective students are required to apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School. After submitting an application, students must notify ALL institutions attended for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work to send official transcripts to:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    • Attention: Graduate School Ottenheimer Library – Fifth Floor
      Suite 527
      2801 South University Avenue
      Little Rock, Arkansas 72204-1099

For any international transcript an articulated transcript will be required.   The UA Little Rock Graduate School recommends the usage of WES for articulated transcripts. However, as of fall 2016, any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) may be used.

A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required for all applications.  There are a few exceptions to this policy.  To see what exceptions are considered please click here to view the application fee waiver request.  All application fee waivers must be requested and processed before the application has been submitted to the Graduate School.  Once the application is submitted the application fee becomes non-refundable.

In addition, all applicants, except for those in solely UA Little Rock Online programs, must submit proof of two MMR vaccines to the Graduate School. Please refer to the prospective program of study to find out if additional items are needed to complete the application file. International students should also see the section later in this catalog about additional application requirements.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all admission documents are received in the Graduate School in a timely manner. All documents submitted by or on behalf of an applicant become the property of UA Little Rock and will be retained for one year.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants should notify the Graduate School of any change in plans regarding enrollment at UA Little Rock. Students admitted to the university must either enroll in the semester to which they applied, or they may defer admission for up to a year one time. In such occasions, students must officially request the deferral in writing.

Applicants dismissed* from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted. 

*Student who has previously attended UA Little Rock and whose attendance at UA Little Rock (to include any other institution of higher education since attending UA Little Rock) has been interrupted for a period of at least two years may qualify for academic clemency.  Please see the Academic Policies and Procedures section for more about the Academic Clemency Policy.


Falsifying the Graduate School Admissions Application

Section 5-37-105 of the Arkansas Code makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by fine and/or imprisonment, “to present a transcript, diploma, or grade report from a post-secondary educational institution in a fraudulent manner.” Misrepresenting or deliberately lying about one’s background (including omitting any institution of higher education you have attended) or submitting inaccurate information may make applicants ineligible for admission (see Academic Policies and Procedures).


Application Deadlines

Deadlines for admission applications vary from program to program and are subject to change. Applications and all supporting materials should be submitted as early as possible. To be considered for financial aid, materials should be received by the Graduate School by:

  • August 1 for fall admission;
  • December 15 for spring admission; and
  • May 1 for summer admission.

These dates will normally assure an admission decision in time for enrollment in the designated semester; however, specific program deadlines take precedence. For program deadlines, contact the program coordinator, the Graduate School, or the graduate program webpage.

Reapplication

It is the expectation of the Graduate School that once admitted, students will remain enrolled until they graduate. However, a graduate student who has not been enrolled for a period of two calendar years will be classified as inactive. To resume graduate study, the student must reapply for admission. Some programs have shorter periods before classifying the student as inactive. Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted.

Audiology and Speech Pathology

Applications to the Master of Science in Speech Pathology program, the Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology program, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders are routed through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. For admission, carefully note the instructions in the program description in this Catalog.


Undergraduate Dual Credit Programs

Early Entry Programs
Exceptional UA Little Rock undergraduate students may apply be accepted to select graduate programs and begin working toward their graduate degree/certificate while completing their baccalaureate degree. The early entry program will allow participating students to combine their undergraduate studies with with related graduate-level work. Additionally, it will enable them to complete their graduate degree in a shorter amount of time than the traditional path. To find out more about the program and its requirements, please visit the website.

Credit Reservation Program
UA Little Rock undergraduate students may take up to six hours of graduate-level courses and reserve the credit for their graduate degree. Unlike the early entry program, these graduate-level courses will not count toward both the baccalaureate and the graduate degrees. Instead, the student will choose to use the credit towards either one degree or the other. Once a student’s undergraduate degree has been awarded, he or she cannot change the level of credit received for a class. Additionally, students participating in the credit reservation program do not need to be admitted into a graduate program in order to take graduate-level courses. To find out more about the program and its requirements, please visit the website.


 International Students

International students must provide credentials and detailed information before being considered for admission. Requirements are:

  • Application Form: available on the UA Little Rock Graduate School website
  • Application Fee: nonrefundable $40 fee must be received.
  • Academic Records: originals or certified official copies with certified English translations of the applicant’s entire academic record in secondary school, college, or university, showing a level of achievement that satisfies the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the degree program to which the student seeks admission.
  • Articulated International Transcripts: Required from all admitted international students, articulated transcripts must be on file at UALR prior to registration.
  • English Proficiency Certification: applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the application. Master’s or educational specialist applicants must achieve a score of 525 on the paper-based test, 197 on the computer-based version, or 71 on the Internet-based version. Doctoral applicants must achieve a score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the Internet-based version. On the IELTS, all applicants must make at least a 6.5. Students who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language may be exempt from the TOEFL or the IELTS Applicants will not be admitted as regular students nor allowed to enroll into academic programs until the requirement is met. In rare cases, international applicants may request and receive conditional acceptance to take IELP courses at UA Little Rock to assist them in making the necessary scores for regular admission into an academic program. Some programs require higher scores or other proof of proficiency such as the Test of Spoken English (TSE). TOEFL application forms and information are available from the UA Little Rock Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research (ualr.edu/testing) or from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org), Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 U.S.A. Information for the IELTS can be found at ielts.org/default.aspx. United States consulates and embassies may provide information. Students may also be asked to take additional tests on campus at the Office of Testing Services to demonstrate their proficiency. The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency is given the Thursday before every UA Little Rock semester begins and costs the student $40.00.
  • Financial Statement: students must provide certified proof that they are financially capable of pursuing an education in the US. Estimated cost for books, tuition, fees, and living expenses will be $24,200 in U.S. currency each year. Tuition payments are due at the beginning of each semester and do not include the cost of books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees. In some instances, UA Little Rock will require cash deposits for tuition and living expenses before admission is granted.
  • Health and Accident Insurance: admitted students must purchase health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round.
  • Tuberculosis Screening and MMRs: all international applicants must be screened for tuberculosis according to an Arkansas Department of Health directive. Screening can be done at Student Health Services or through a primary care provider. All students must also provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella to the Graduate School. One MMR must be provided at admission time and the other MMR is due by the end of the first semester.
  • Change of University: applicants transferring from another institution within the U.S. must submit a Transfer and Visa Form for International Students completed by the applicant and the foreign student advisor of the institution the applicant is currently attending.
  • Deadlines: no action will be taken on an application for admission until all credentials have been received. They must be received no later than July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester, and March 1 for the summer semester. Transfer students must have all credentials on file one month before the date of registration.

Additional Information for International Students

  • Housing Facilities: UA Little Rock now has a complex dedicated to upper-class and graduate student housing. For more information visit the housing website or contact housing@ualr.edu.
  • Employment: U.S. immigration laws do not permit international students to apply for permission to accept off-campus employment until they have been in this country for at least one year. Note: graduate assistants are not allowed to work off-campus.

Admission Status

A student may be granted admission to the Graduate School in one of the following categories:

Regular

Regular admission to a UA Little Rock graduate program requires that the applicant be in good standing with all previous institutions and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 from a regionally accredited, domestic institution or an international institution recognized by the International Association of Universities with substantially the same undergraduate program as found at UA Little Rock
  • A baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 in the last 60 hours from a regionally accredited, domestic institution or an international institution recognized by the International Association of Universities with substantially the same undergraduate program as found at UA Little Rock
  • An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 from a regionally accredited, domestic institution or an international institution recognized by the International Association of Universities.

International students should refer to the Graduate School International Student Admissions Policy for additional required application materials.

In addition to the minimum requirements stipulated above, students must satisfy the requirements for the program to which they are applying in order to be granted regular status. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog for program specific admission requirements. Some degree programs require that scores from standardized tests, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), be submitted as part of the application portfolio. Generally, scores more than five years old are not accepted. Test scores alone do not determine admission to a program, but are one piece of data used in the consideration process. Letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and personal interviews are also used to assess a student’s preparedness for and probability of success in a program.

Students must complete all admission forms to be considered for regular admission.

Conditional

Conditional admission to a UA Little Rock graduate program requires that the applicant must have supplied all admission materials but did not meet all the regular admission requirements.

Additional requirements will be used, such as, test scores, grades in the undergraduate major, or other pertinent data must indicate the student will perform satisfactorily in graduate school, to determine conditional admission.  Please refer to the specific program admission requirements see what is required for conditional admission review.

The student will be required to fulfill the condition imposed by the Graduate School as well as any other requirements imposed by the graduate program in which the student will be enrolled. The Graduate School requires that students with conditional admission have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first nine graded hours. In computing the above GPA, less than nine hours cannot be used. A graded hour is defined as a regular, instructor-led course hour and cannot include a dissertation or thesis research hour, an independent study hour, or a similar non-instructor-led course hour. The conditional status will be converted to regular admission only when the above condition and any conditions imposed by the program have been met.

Regardless of whether the student satisfies one or more conditions, the student will be dismissed during the first nine hours if the GPA is not 3.0 or higher. Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted. All conditions imposed by the Graduate School and the graduate program will be stated in the admission letter sent to the student qualifying for conditional admission.

Special Conditional

Students who have supplied all admission materials and did not meet all admission requirements may be admitted as conditional students. Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 or a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 in their last 60 hours may, in rare instances, be admitted conditionally if they meet alternative program requirements approved by the Graduate Council. The number of students that may be admitted without meeting the Graduate School’s minimum GPA requirements is limited to 10% of the official 3 year average program enrollment. Programs may petition the Graduate School for an exception to this limit.

Test scores, grades in the undergraduate major, or other pertinent data approved for the program must indicate the student will perform satisfactorily in graduate school.

The student may be converted to regular status after completing 9 hours if he or she maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student will be dismissed after 9 hours if his or her GPA is not at least 3.0 or satisfactory progress is not made toward meeting the admission requirements.

Special

Students not seeking a degree at UA Little Rock who have completed all admission forms and have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (2.0 for conditional admission) may be admitted as special, non-degree-seeking students. Enrollment of special students is prohibited by some programs. Some programs allow special students to enroll in a limited number of courses. Persons interested in this category should consult the academic program advisor or the Graduate School.

Transient

Students enrolled in another accredited graduate school and who secure a letter of good standing from the dean of that graduate school may be admitted to UA Little Rock as transient students.


New Student Orientation

Orientation is available online at any point during the semester.

Contingent Enrollment Privilege

Students not yet admitted to the Graduate School may be granted contingent enrollment privileges (with minimum requirements of an unofficial transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate or graduate degree) until an admission status is granted. Failure to present adequate and official admission materials within four weeks of enrollment may result in administrative withdrawal from all courses and loss of tuition and fees, and failure to gain admission will prevent enrollment in future graduate courses. The phrase “Admitted to Graduate School” will not appear on the transcript.

Short-Term, Off-Campus, and Distance Education Courses

To enroll in graduate-level workshops, institutes, or other credit offerings through the Graduate School or Off-Campus Programs, students must apply online for admission to the Graduate School at least four weeks before the course starts and must provide evidence of admissibility before being enrolled. Applicants cannot attend a class without being enrolled. It is important that all required documents are received in the Graduate School at least one week before the course begins. Deadline dates are enforced. Application and enrollment assistance may be provided on site in some situations, but not as a rule.

In general for domestic applicants, materials for the fall semester (begins in late August), should be received by June 1; for spring semester (begins in mid-January), by October 15; for the first summer session (begins in mid-May), by March 15; for the second summer session (begins in early July), by May 1. For international applicants, materials for the fall semester (begins in late August), should be received by February 1 and for the spring semester (begins in mid-January), by October 15.