Admission Requirements

UA Little Rock MS in BISA candidates must possess strong academic preparation and strong aptitude for graduate study in business. Consequently, the admission requirements embody evidence of both prior academic achievement (GPA) and probability of successful performance in the BIS program (GMAT or GRE score). Students seeking automatic admission to the MS in BISA program must meet one of the following criteria:

(200 x cumulative GPA) + GMAT score {or converted GRE score} ≥ 1020 OR

(200 x GPA from last 60 undergraduate hours) + GMAT score {or converted GRE score} ≥ 1080

Regardless of total points, the minimum acceptable GPA is 2.5, the minimum acceptable GMAT score is 420, and the minimum acceptable GRE score is equivalent to the minimum GMAT score when converted. GMAT or GRE scores used for admission must be taken within the past five years.

Waiver of GMAT or GRE Requirement: The MS in BISA coordinator may waive the GMAT requirement for applicants who

1) Complete the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate (BUAL-GC) with a 3.0 or higher GPA


2) Hold a graduate degree or who are currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program with equivalent admission standards


3) Have at least an overall 3.25 cumulative GPA from an AACSB-accredited business school or a 3.5 GPA in the last 60 undergraduate hours from an AACSB-accredited business school


4) Can substantiate through written documentation that the combination of their academic and professional accomplishment makes them highly prepared for success in a rigorous graduate program. This may include holding analytically oriented professional or technical certification (i.e., CCDA, CISM, CISSP, MSCA, MSCE, VCP, etc.), current job responsibilities that substantiate preparedness and analytical skills (e.g., data analytics, strategic analysis, etc.), 3.5 or higher GPA from a highly reputable non-business program


5) Have at least a 2.5 GPA in a degree as described in 2 or 3 above combined with a minimum of 5 years of post-baccalaureate, professional work experience showing managerial duties and promotion to increasing levels of responsibility.

Applicants may request a waiver of the GMAT or GRE requirement if they meet one of these criteria. After applying to the program, you will receive an email regarding your application.  When told you need to submit GMAT score, respond to state you are requesting a GMAT waiver and attached the completed GMAT waiver form, indicating your reason for waiver. The Graduate Committee reserves the right to interview GMAT waiver candidates at its discretion.

Conditional Admission: In a limited number of cases, MS in BISA applicants who do not meet the criteria for full admission are encouraged to apply and may be admitted conditionally. Decisions concerning conditional admission will be made by the BIS graduate faculty (or a subcommittee thereof). Factors considered in requests for conditional admission will include the following: scores on other standardized exams, grades in the undergraduate major, or other pertinent data that indicate the applicant will perform satisfactorily in the MS in BISA program. Students conditionally admitted to the MS in BIS program must achieve a 3.25 GPA in the first 12 hours of study, or they will be dismissed.