Admission Requirements

In addition to the UALR Graduate School admission requirements, the applicants for the Ph.D. program in Engineering Science and Systems must also meet the following criteria:

  • Education: Applicants must have at least one degree (bachelor or master) in engineering. Applicants with only a bachelor’s degree must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.3 on the last 60 credit hours. Alternatively, applicants with a master’s degree in engineering should have a master’s GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • Standardized test scores: Applicants are required to take the GRE test. Applicants must have the following minimum scores on the following tests:
    • GRE test: The combined score of the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections should be 301 or above (340 scale) with the minimum score of 155 on the quantitative reasoning section. Applicants should also have a score of 3.0 in the Analytical Writing section. GRE can be waived for applicants who graduate from University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor or master degree and the GPA 3.5 or above.
    • English language requirement: International students must satisfy the Graduate
      School TOEFL or IELTS tests requirements.
  • Statement of purpose: Applicants are required to submit a personal statement that should include their background and qualifications for doctoral studies, and emphasize their educational and research interests they intend to pursue at UALR.
  • Letters of recommendation: Applicants should make arrangements to have three letters of recommendation submitted to UALR, on their behalf, by individuals familiar with their academic background and educational interests.

The student must choose a track at the time of admission according to the student’s academic background. The availability of advisors will also be evaluated for each application.

The deadline of the applications for summer and fall admission is April 15, and for Spring admission Nov. 15.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements may be recommended for conditional admission by the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee. The conditionally admitted students must fulfill the requirements specified by the UALR Graduate School and the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee. The requirements will be explained in an admission letter.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships that support teaching and research opportunities are available to qualified full time students with regular admission. Tuition is paid for nine credits per semester, and a stipend is provided for living expenses. Students must pay registration fees, buy textbooks, and purchase any necessary support materials. For more information about graduate assistantships, the online application process, and other financial assistance opportunities, visit the Engineering Science and Systems doctoral program website. A student supported by a graduate assistantship must be a registered full time student taking at least nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters.

Transfer of Credit

The student can request up to 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses to be transferred. Only the courses within five years of their completion can be accepted for transfer. Only courses with grade B or above are qualified to be transferred. All transferred courses should get approval of the student’s advisor, the instructors of comparable UALR courses, and the track coordinator.