Degrees and Certificates Offered
Master of Science
Program Coordinator Contact Information
Dr. Daniel Berleant
Anyone with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school can apply for admission to the Information Science master’s program. Candidates who have a background in computer programming, database concepts, and applied statistics, or who have professional experience in an information analytics role will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the program.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Graduate Record Examination general test section (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Preferred scores are in the 50th percentile or higher for Verbal Reasoning, 50th percentile or higher for Quantitative Reasoning, and 4.0 or higher for Analytical Writing. The GRE or GMAT requirement may be waived if the student’s baccalaureate GPA from an accredited institution is greater than 3.5.
- Completion of any remedial course work that may be specified by the department. Students seeking regular admission to the program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) course work or have professional experience equivalent to the following UALR courses:
- IFSC 2300 Object-Oriented Technology
- IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
- STAT 2350 Intro to Statistical Methods
Applicants with a baccalaureate degree who fail to meet one or more of the other requirements for regular admission may be granted conditional admission. For conditionally accepted students, regular admission status would be granted once the student has satisfied the stipulations mentioned in the admission letter.
Early Entry Program beginning Fall 2017
The Accelerated BS to MS Program is intended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Information Science following completion of an undergraduate degree in Information Science, condensing what would normally be about six years of study into five years. The BS in Information Science (IFSC) is 120 credits. The MS in Information Science (MSIS) is 33 credits. Under the Accelerated Program, students are allowed to double count 12 credits of graduate courses so they can complete both their BS and desired MS program in 5 years. These 12 credits would satisfy their IFSC undergraduate elective requirements as well as satisfying course requirements in their MSIS graduate degree. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Accelerated 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 will 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.
Note: The Master’s programs in Information Quality and Information Science do require the GRE. However, the graduate certificates in the Information Quality and Information Science do not. Moreover, students successfully completing the graduate certificates are eligible to waive the GRE requirement and continue on to their master’s. Because the courses in the graduate certificate are an embedded subset of their respective master’s and because the Accelerated students will be completing the certificate courses first, they will be eligible to apply for the M.S. based on successful performance in their first four graduate courses.
- 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 they can score in the 50th percentile or higher in the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Applicants with an overall GPA lower than 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
- Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Program form
- Transcript including transferred courses (Note: GPA must be recalculated to include all relevant transfer work being applied towards the completion of the B.S. in Information Science.)
- 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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