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Speech Communication

FAQ

  1. What career fields do most of your graduate students enter?
  2. When is the deadline to apply?
  3. Do you admit students in the spring semester?
  4. What are your application requirements?
  5. If my bachelor’s degree is not in Speech Communication, what will be required of me?
  6. What financial resources are available for national and international students?
  7. Is there an office that helps international students?
  8. Do I need to take the GRE or MAT?
  9. When should I take the MAT or GRE so that you receive the scores before the deadline?
  10. Do I have to fill out a separate application to apply for a graduate assistantship??
  11. How likely is it that I will get an assistantship?
  12. How many students are admitted each year?
  13. How soon will I hear whether or not I was admitted?
  14. Who should I contact for more information and/or if I want to visit the campus?

1. What career fields do most of your graduate students enter?

Students enter fields related to internal and external communication, training, education, organizational development/consulting. Others use the degree to move into leadership and management roles. Students work in array of settings including profit, nonprofit, medical, educational, and multinational.

2. When is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline is April 1 for the Fall and Nov. 15th for the Spring of each year. However, we accept applications until all of our slots are filled with qualified applicants.

3. Do you admit students for the Spring semester?

Yes, students wanting to apply for the Spring should contact the graduate coordinator by Nov. 1st and apply by Nov. 15th.

4. What are your application requirements?

  1. A list of three academic and/or professional references with contact information;
  2. 18 hours of undergraduate work in Speech Communication or SPCH7390 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (offered Summer 4);
  3. An unofficial transcript for preliminary review should be sent to the graduate coordinator. This process will help identify if you need post BA course work.
  4. An official transcript sent by the degree granting university in a sealed envelope. An official transcript should be sent to the graduate school.
  5. two writing samples from previous course work or professional writing samples approved by the graduate coordinator. You should also include a professional Statement (300-500 words) in which you state your reasons, goals, and preparation with regard to our graduate program. Email these documents to the graduate coordinator.

Applications should be sent to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Graduate School

You can find on line application guides at further application information
Your application is processed on line. You will be directed to send your materials to.
The University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Graduate School
2801 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204

The UALR code for transcript submission is 001101.

5. If my bachelor’s degree is not in Speech Communication, what will be required of me?

If your bachelor’s degree is not in Speech Communication and/or if you do not have at least 18 hours in approved Speech Communication courses, you have two options. First, you may elect to take a Summer 4 course that occurs in July each year. Second, you may elect and/or the graduate coordinator may suggest that you take leveling work within our department.

6. What financial resources are available for national and international students?

Beyond the option to apply for a graduate assitantship US citizens should explore financial aid opportunities. International students can explore scholarship opportunities.

7. Is there an office that helps international students?

Please visit the International Student Services Office online, or contact Allyson Hughes, International Student Coordinator, via email or at 501.683.7566.

8. Do I need to take the GRE or MAT? What scores do I need?

As of Fall 2014 applicants are not required to take an entrance exam. The GRE is for students planning to apply to Ph.D. programs after the M.A. or those applying to the Combined program with the UAMS College of Public Health. For further assistance consult the Office of Testing Services Test Directory.

9. When should I take the MAT or GRE so that you receive the scores before the deadline?

Check with UAMS for deadlines since it is only students in the combined program who are required to take the GRE.

10. Do I have to fill out a separate application to apply for a graduate assistantship?

No, just email a resume to the graduate coordinator. If you are interested in an assistantship you should make contact with the Graduate Coordinator and arrange for an in person and/or phone interview prior to application.

11. How likely is it that I will get an assistantship?

The number of available assistantships varies each year. We sometimes offer part time roles to provide more opportunities to students. In a given year we may have as few as one full time position to offer and in other years we may have two or three positions. Because the majority of our students work full time, we work hard to find assistantship roles for those seeking such support. Thus, in some cases, our students find assistantship roles in other units on campus.

12. How many students are admitted each year?

Approximately 20 students are admitted. We seek to keep the numbers low in order to maximize classroom interaction.

13. How soon will I hear whether or not I was admitted?

Letters of acceptance or denial are sent out by the middle of May for Fall and by early December for the Spring. Graduate assistantship positions are decided by mid April.

14. Who should I contact for more information and/or if I want to visit the campus?

You should contact the faculty graduate coordinator, Dr. Gerald Driskill, via email or at (501) 569-3158 to arrange a campus visit.

Updated 3.11.2014