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School of Mass Communication

Application Procedures

Regular admission requires:

* An official transcript from an accredited college or university showing successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with GPAs exceeding 3.0 over the last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree will also be considered.
* Two letters of recommendation evaluating the student’s academic abilities and potential for graduate school
* A letter outlining the student’s professional goals
* A resume outlining professional and personal achievements
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

For more Information

Questions about UALR’s Master of Arts Program in Journalism should be directed to Dale Zacher, Ph.D. at

Updated 9.13.2011