Information Quality


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Graduate certificate and Master of Science in Information Quality.

See Integrated Computing for information about the Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Computing with Information Quality emphasis.


Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. John R. Talburt

Phone: 501.371.7616

Email: jrtalburt@ualr.edu


Admission Requirements


GC

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). Candidates who have a background in computer programming, database concepts, and applied statistics or who have professional experience in any information quality role will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the certificate program.
  • Completion of any remedial course work that may be specified by the department for the certificate program. Students seeking regular admission to the certificate program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) course work or to have professional experience equivalent to the following UALR courses:
    • IFSC 2300 Object-oriented Technology
    • IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    • STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • The GMAT or GRE is not required.

M.S.

  • Baccalaureate degree in information science, computer science, computer information systems, management, or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test section or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. For regular admission, applicants should have a minimum GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 142, a minimum GRE Quantitative Reasoning Score of 142, (minimum Total Score of 297),and the GRE Analytical Writing Score of at least 3.0 or a GMAT Score of at least 420. The GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for applicants who have completed the UALR Graduate Certificate Program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Statement of Interest
  • Resume
  • Completion of any remedial course work that may be specified by the department; in particular, all students seeking regular admission to the program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) undergraduate course work equivalent to the following UALR undergraduate courses:
    • IFSC 2300 Object-oriented Software
    • IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    • STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
    • Waiver of any or all of these prerequisite courses is at the discretion of the Information Quality Graduate Committee.

Early Entry Program beginning Fall 2017

The Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program is intended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Information Quality following completion of an undergraduate degree in Information Science, condensing what would normally be about six years of study into five years. The B.S. in Information Science (IFSC) is 120 credits. The M.S. in Information Quality is 33 credits. Under the Accelerated Program, students are allowed to double count 12 credits of graduate courses so they can complete both their B.S. and desired M.S. program in five years. These 12 credits would satisfy their IFSC undergraduate elective requirements as well as satisfying course requirements in their MSIQ graduate degree. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the B.S. to M.S. program before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit, lessening the course load they need to carry in their fifth year.

  • Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted any time after completing 75 hours or more of undergraduate course work. Students must have completed MATH 1451 Calculus I (or acceptable transfer work) with a C or better.
  • All applicants must have at least an overall GPA of 3.5. Students who have transferred to our program can participate in the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program provided their relevant transfer course work (i.e., courses taken at other institutions that are being used to meet our IFSC degree requirements) also meets the 3.5 minimum GPA criteria. The GRE requirement for the M.S. program is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Students with an overall GPA between 3.2 and 3.5 may be admitted to the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program provided they take the GRE and demonstrate that they can score in the 50th percentile or higher in the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Applicants with an overall GPA lower than a 3.2 are not eligible to participate in the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program.

 

To apply, students must submit the following:

  • Completed UALR Graduate School application
  • Completed Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program application
  • A written statement of career goals and reasons for applying to the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from a university faculty member (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders).

 

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