Application Procedures

Regular admission requires:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit.
  • A letter of 250-500 words outlining professional goals and purpose for desiring the degree.
  • A rĂ©sumĂ© of professional and academic experience and accomplishments.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors who can evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities.

All of these materials, including official transcript(s) from the institution(s) awarding the last 60 undergraduate semester hours, all graduate hours, and all degrees must be submitted to the UALR Graduate School. In evaluating each applicant, the graduate program admissions committee weighs the transcript(s) and evidence of professional competence or potential. Students whose application materials do not satisfy regular admission requirements may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as supplemental information to be considered by the admissions committee.

Transcripts should be sent, with a completed application for admission and associated fees, to the UALR Graduate School, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204. International students should enclose the specified applications fee. The statement of goals and letters of recommendation should be sent to the UALR Journalism Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Mass Communication, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204.

The departmental admissions committee weighs the undergraduate transcript and evidence of professional competence or potential in evaluating each applicant.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students also must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum of 90 on the computer-based test), and a certified statement of financial responsibility

Financial support:

Foreign applicants must prove they have enough financial support to cover living expenses. Proof must be in the form of a certified statement of financial responsibility. Graduate assistantships are limited in number and value. Securing an assistantship is not sufficient proof of financial responsibility. The Graduate School normally will request a deposit in a UALR account to guarantee the tuition and living expenses for the first semester. Health and accident insurance: Each foreign student must be covered by health and accident insurance. Insurance may be purchased on arrival at the university. Additional information for international students at UALR can be found at http://ualr.edu/international/

For more Information

Questions about UALR’s Master of Arts Program in Mass Communication should be directed to Kwasi Boateng, Ph.D. at kxboateng@ualr.edu