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M.A. in Rehabilitation of the Blind: Orientation and Mobility

Admission and registration

Potential graduate students apply to the UALR Graduate School, not to the regular UALR Admissions.
A.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
B.  An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (3.0 in the last 60 hours) or a masters degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
C.  A personal interview with the O & M program faculty member or a designated representative.
D.  A personally-written essay of no more than 500 words describing their background and experiences and reasons for choosing a career in orientation and mobility.
E.  A completed application to UALR’s Graduate School. Only official transcripts documenting degrees attained need be submitted unless additional transcripts are necessary to make a determination of the overall GPA.
Conditional Admission Status
If applicants do not meet the admission standards outlined above, they may be considered for conditional admission with an over undergraduate GPA of 2.5 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 course work 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 first 12 hours of coursework and a grade of ‘B’ or better in designated program courses.
Pending Status
Students can enroll in classes for one semester while their application is under consideration (pending). In order for candidates to enter pending status they must submit an application for admission to the graduate program, a photocopy of a transcript showing that a bachelor’s or higher degree in an appropriate field has been conferred, and transcripts of graduate work (if applicable). Grade point averages must meet the standards for regular or conditional admission.
Pending status would be allowed for one semester. (Two summer sessions will be considered the equivalent of one semester.)
UALR Graduate School (Download application forms via Adobe Acrobat)


Upon approval into the Program and Graduate School, students may register for courses through the UALR online registration system, BOSS (click on the MyUALR or BOSS link at upper right hand corner of this page), and pay the tuition. If you are an RSA scholar, the Program will pay your tuition for you but you should notify the Program Coordinator that you have registered and for how many courses.

Updated 8.29.2013