Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate certificate and master’s programs in the UALR Graduate School requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with substantially the same undergraduate program as at UALR (typically at least 120 hours or the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate degree). A 2.7 cumulative GPA is required for admission into the Graduate School. Most programs will also require a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours (including post-baccalaureate hours) for admission. International students should refer to the Graduate School International Student Admission Policy for additional required application materials. Admission to an educational specialist or doctoral program usually requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts, which are sent directly from the college or university that issued the degree, are required from all perspective graduate students.

Students must satisfy Graduate School requirements as well as those of the program to which they seek admission. Applications and all official transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate School as quickly as possible, as an application will not be passed on to the student’s prospective program—regardless of the program’s standards or requirements—if it does not first meet the standard Graduate School admission requirements. The section of this catalog on each degree program includes admission requirements for that program.

Some degree programs require the Graduate Record Examination, (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Scores more than five years old are not accepted. Test scores alone do not determine admission to a program but are one considered piece of data. Letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and personal interviews are also used to assess a student’s preparedness for and probability of success in a program. It is important to note that meeting all Graduate School and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate certificate, master’s, specialist, or doctoral program. Applicants who do not meet all minimum admission criteria may, in rare instances, be admitted conditionally.

The Application Process

All prospective students are required to apply to the UALR Graduate School. After submitting an application, students must notify ALL institutions attended for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work to send official transcripts to:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    • Attention: Graduate School Ottenheimer Library – Fifth Floor
    • Suite 527
    • 2801 South University Avenue
    • Little Rock, Arkansas 72204-1099

A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required of all first-time applicants except for McNair Scholars and military members. In addition, all applicants, except for those in solely UALR Online programs, must submit proof of two MMR vaccines to the Graduate School. Please refer to the prospective program of study to find out if additional items are needed to complete the application file. International students should also see the section later in this catalog about additional application requirements.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all admission documents are received in the Graduate School in a timely manner. All credentials submitted by or on behalf of an applicant become the property of UALR and will be retained for one year. Materials from applicants who do not submit all requested materials will be shredded and discarded.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants should notify the Graduate School of any change in plans regarding enrollment at UALR. Students admitted to the university must either enroll in the semester to which they applied, or they may defer admission for up to a year one time. In such occasions, students must officially request the deferral in writing.

Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted.

Falsifying the Graduate School Admissions Application

Section 5-37-105 of the Arkansas Code makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by fine and/or imprisonment, “to present a transcript, diploma, or grade report from a post-secondary educational institution in a fraudulent manner.” Misrepresenting or deliberately lying about one’s background (including omitting any institution of higher education you have attended) or submitting inaccurate information may make applicants ineligible for admission (see Academic Policies and Procedures).

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for admission applications vary from program to program and are subject to change. Applications and all supporting materials should be submitted as early as possible. To be considered for financial aid, materials should be received by the Graduate School by:

  • August 1 for fall admission;
  • December 15 for spring admission; and
  • May 1 for summer admission.

These dates will normally assure an admission decision in time for enrollment in the designated semester; however, specific program deadlines take precedence. For program deadlines, contact the program coordinator, the Graduate School, or the graduate program webpage.


It is the expectation of the Graduate School that once admitted, students will remain enrolled until they graduate. However, a graduate student who has not been enrolled for a period of two calendar years will be classified as inactive. To resume graduate study, the student must reapply for admission. Some programs have shorter periods before classifying the student as inactive. The $40.00 application fee will not be required for the new application to be processed. Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted.

Audiology and Speech Pathology

Applications to the Master of Science in Speech Pathology program, the Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology program, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders are routed through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. For admission, carefully note the instructions in the program description in this Catalog.

Undergraduate Seniors

UALR seniors near completion of their baccalaureate degrees may apply for admission to the Graduate School, which provides limited enrollment privileges. If accepted, they will be awarded the appropriate status upon confirmation of their baccalaureate degrees. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Graduate School of degree completion. Students may not be eligible for financial aid while being considered for admission to the Graduate School.

Undergraduate Dual Credit Programs

4+1 Early Entry Programs

Exceptional UALR undergraduate students may apply be accepted to select graduate programs and begin working toward their graduate degree while completing their baccalaureate degree. The 4+1 early entry program will allow participating students to combine their undergraduate studies with with related graduate-level work. Additionally, it will enable them to complete their graduate degree in a shorter amount of time than the traditional path. To find out more about the program and its requirements, please visit the website.

Credit Reservation Program

UALR undergraduate students may take up to six hours of graduate-level courses and reserve the credit for their graduate degree. Unlike the 4+1 program, these graduate-level courses will not count toward both the baccalaureate and the graduate degrees. Instead, the student will choose to use the credit towards either one degree or the other. Once a student’s undergraduate degree has been awarded, he or she cannot change the level of credit received for a class. Additionally, students participating in the credit reservation program do not need to be admitted into a graduate program in order to take graduate-level courses. To find out more about the program and its requirements, please visit the website.

 International Students

International students must provide credentials and detailed information before being considered for admission. Requirements are:

  • Application Form: available on the UALR Graduate School website
  • Application Fee: nonrefundable $40 fee must be received.
  • Academic Records: originals or certified official copies with certified English translations of the applicant’s entire academic record in secondary school, college, or university, showing a level of achievement that satisfies the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the degree program to which the student seeks admission.
  • Articulated International Transcripts: Required from all admitted international students, articulated transcripts must be on file at UALR prior to registration.
  • English Proficiency Certification: applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the application. Master’s or educational specialist applicants must achieve a score of 525 on the paper-based test, 197 on the computer-based version, or 71 on the Internet-based version. Doctoral applicants must achieve a score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the Internet-based version. On the IELTS, all applicants must make at least a 6.5. Students who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language may be exempt from the TOEFL or the IELTS Applicants will not be admitted as regular students nor allowed to enroll into academic programs until the requirement is met. In rare cases, international applicants may request and receive conditional acceptance to take IELP courses at UALR to assist them in making the necessary scores for regular admission into an academic program. Some programs require higher scores or other proof of proficiency such as the Test of Spoken English (TSE). TOEFL application forms and information are available from the UALR Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research ( or from the Educational Testing Service (, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 U.S.A. Information for the IELTS can be found at United States consulates and embassies may provide information. Students may also be asked to take additional tests on campus at the Office of Testing Services to demonstrate their proficiency. The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency is given the Thursday before every UALR semester begins and costs the student $40.00.
  • Financial Statement: students must provide certified proof that they are financially capable of pursuing an education in the US. Estimated cost for books, tuition, fees, and living expenses will be $24,200 in U.S. currency each year. Tuition payments are due at the beginning of each semester and do not include the cost of books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees. In some instances, UALR will require cash deposits for tuition and living expenses before admission is granted.
  • Health and Accident Insurance: admitted students must purchase health and accident insurance provided by UALR and maintain coverage year-round.
  • Tuberculosis Screening and MMRs: all international applicants must be screened for tuberculosis according to an Arkansas Department of Health directive. Screening can be done at Student Health Services or through a primary care provider. All students must also provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella to the Graduate School. One MMR must be provided at admission time and the other MMR is due by the end of the first semester.
  • Change of University: applicants transferring from another institution within the U.S. must submit a Transfer and Visa Form for International Students completed by the applicant and the foreign student advisor of the institution the applicant is currently attending.
  • Deadlines: no action will be taken on an application for admission until all credentials have been received. They must be received no later than July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester, and March 1 for the summer semester. Transfer students must have all credentials on file one month before the date of registration.

Additional Information for International Students

  • Housing Facilities: UALR now has a complex dedicated to upper-class and graduate student housing. For more information visit the housing website or contact
  • Employment: U.S. immigration laws do not permit international students to apply for permission to accept off-campus employment until they have been in this country for at least one year. Note: graduate assistants are not allowed to work off-campus.

Admission Status

If admitted, students will be placed in one of these categories:

  • Regular (degree-seeking): completed and submitted all admission materials; met Graduate School and program admission requirements.
  • Conditional (degree-seeking): supplied all admission materials; did not meet all admission requirements. Test scores, grades in the undergraduate major, or other pertinent data must indicate the student will perform satisfactorily in graduate school.The student will be required to fulfill the condition imposed by the Graduate School as well as any other requirements imposed by the graduate program in which the student will be enrolled. The Graduate School requires that students with conditional admission have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first nine graded hours. In computing the above GPA, less than nine hours cannot be used. A graded hour is defined as a regular, instructor-led course hour and cannot include a dissertation or thesis research hour, an independent study hour, or a similar non-instructor-led course hour. The conditional status will be converted to regular admission only when the above condition and any conditions Imposed by the program have been met. Regardless of whether the student satisfies one or more conditions, the student will be dismissed during the first nine hours if the GPA is not 3.0 or higher. Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted. All conditions imposed by the Graduate School and the graduate program will be stated in the admission letter sent to the student qualifying for conditional admission.
  • Special (non-degree-seeking): met admission requirements. For persons who want a limited number of graduate hours (nine) for professional advancement or personal enrichment. Although test scores are not usually required, transcripts are. International students may only take 6 hours. Special students are not eligible for financial aid. Special students must contact appropriate program coordinators to ensure that course prerequisites are met and for permission to enroll in specific courses. Most programs permit enrollment, if space and other resources permit, after all degree-seeking students are enrolled. Some programs limit the number of hours special students may take in the program. No more than nine hours can be earned by domestic students while classified as a special student. Special students enrolling in most classes offered by the Education programs have additional requirements. They must contact the Education program prior to enrollment. Courses taken as a special student may later be used to satisfy degree requirements at the discretion of the program faculty and Graduate School dean. Special status is not an avenue for admission to a program or enrollment in courses where an applicant has already been denied. Applicants denied admission to a program, then admitted as special students, must have special permission from both the program coordinator and the Graduate School dean to take courses in the denied program.
  • Provisional (degree seeking): appear qualified for admission to program; have not submitted all required admission materials. Must provide all admission materials by end of first grading period enrolled to gain regular or conditional admission. Limited to six hours and not eligible for financial aid.

Applicants dismissed from, on probation, or otherwise not in good standing in another graduate or post-graduate program will not be admitted.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is available online at any point during the semester.

Contingent Enrollment Privilege

Students not yet admitted to the Graduate School may be granted contingent enrollment privileges (with minimum requirements of an unofficial transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate or graduate degree) until an admission status is granted. Failure to present adequate and official admission materials within four weeks of enrollment may result in administrative withdrawal from all courses and loss of tuition and fees, and failure to gain admission will prevent enrollment in future graduate courses. The phrase “Admitted to Graduate School” will not appear on the transcript.

Short-Term, Off-Campus, and Distance Education Courses

To enroll in graduate-level workshops, institutes, or other credit offerings through the Graduate School or Off-Campus Programs, students must apply online for admission to the Graduate School at least four weeks before the course starts and must provide evidence of admissibility before being enrolled. Applicants cannot attend a class without being enrolled. It is important that all required documents are received in the Graduate School at least one week before the course begins. Deadline dates are enforced. Application and enrollment assistance may be provided on site in some situations, but not as a rule.

In general for domestic applicants, materials for the fall semester (begins in late August), should be received by June 1; for spring semester (begins in mid-January), by October 15; for the first summer session (begins in mid-May), by March 15; for the second summer session (begins in early July), by May 1. For international applicants, materials for the fall semester (begins in late August), should be received by February 1 and for the spring semester (begins in mid-January), by October 15.