Rehabilitation of the Blind: Orientation and Mobility


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Arts


Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. William Jacobson

Phone:  501.569.8505

Email:  whjacobson@ualr.edu


Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a recognized accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours (official transcripts required) or a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Interview with the program coordinator
  • A personally written essay of no more than 500 words describing the applicant’s background, experiences, and goals for choosing a career in Orientation and Mobility. There is no specific form or format that is required. Applicant’s name, address, telephone number, email, major, and semester to begin the program are to be included on the essay. The essay is to be sent to the program coordinator: orientation and mobility.
  • Personal characteristics considered in the admission process include leadership potential, emotional and social maturity, innovation, and potential for success in the chosen emphasis area. All orientation and mobility instruction students must possess good health as well as communication skills such that they can monitor their blind clients’ safety at a distance beyond their reach.

Conditional Admission

If applicants do not meet the admission standards outlined above, they may be considered for conditional admission with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above and documented evidence of their ability to succeed in graduate-level work. This documentation may include official transcripts from all universities attended, successful graduate coursework from an accredited university, examples of academic and professional work, test scores from the GRE and/or MAT, and letters of reference. The program admissions committee will evaluate the documentation. Students must move from conditional to regular status after the completion of 12 semester hours in the program. They must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for the 12 credit hours of coursework and a grade of B or greater in designated program courses.


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