Prospective Students – Steps to Apply

Before starting your application to UA Little Rock’s Graduate School, please review these guidelines and steps. In addition to applying for admission, future students should also solicit Financial Support.

Application Documents

To complete your application, you must submit all required items to the Graduate School:

  • Original transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
  • Official GRE General Test from ETS (UA Little Rock’s institutional code is 6368)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Proof of Immunization against measles, mumps, rubella (also, a Tuberculosis skin test for international students)
  • Three letters of recommendation (in no particular format)
  • A $40 non-refundable application fee payable to “UA Little Rock Graduate Admissions” either by check, money order, bank draft, or by calling the UA Little Rock Cashier’s Office at 501-916-5537 and paying by credit card. Domestic applicants can pay the application fee by credit card during online registration.

The online application allows certain documents to be uploaded, such as writing samples, MMR immunizations (the state of Arkansas requires 2 shots), reference letters, permanent resident cards (copy of front and back), statement of purpose, resumes, teaching license, and reference letters.

In addition to program requirements, international students must complete the international student requirements.

Letters of recommendation may be sent by regular mail or by email to the Emphasis Area Coordinator. Recommendation letters must be written on letterhead stationery, signed by the referee, and sent from a professional, business, or university postal or email address.

All other documents should be sent to:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Attention: Graduate School
Ottenheimer Library – 5th Floor
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Admission Requirements

The recommendation on an application for admission to the Applied Science graduate program is made with the collective input of the faculty. Satisfying minimum requirements for admission by itself does not guarantee admission. Factors that could be involved include, but are not limited to, availability of faculty mentors and financial support in cases where such support is sought by an applicant.

Applicants must possess the following minimum credentials to be considered for full admission to Applied Science:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific discipline, such as engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, earth science, or materials science
  • An undergraduate GPA adjusted to a 4.0 scale – EITHER 3.0 over the entirety of undergraduate study OR 3.3 for the last 60 credit hours
  • A minimum combined score on the GRE of 300 and 4.5
  • Prerequisite courses for all core courses in the intended area of study

Applicants with a 3.5 or greater GPA on their last 60 credit hours are not required to take the GRE.

International Students

International students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer-based, or 79 on internet versions. It is required to maintain valid health insurance before the student can register. Students with families are highly recommended to obtain coverage for the entire family.

International students who have questions about visas or other concerns should contact the Office of International Student Services.