Master of Arts in Counseling

All applicants must have completed a successful personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative.

Helpful Documents:

Regular Admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (3.25 in the last 60 hours)
    or
  • If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.00 overall or 3.25 in the last 60 hours, achieve the following minimum scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): (Old Version) 440 on the Verbal and 560 on the Quantitative Scales or (New Revision) 149 on the Verbal and 146 on the Quantitative scales or a scaled score of at least 391 on the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) will permit regular admission. For employed Rehabilitation Counselors who do not meet this standard, please see “Conditional Admission, Admissions Portfolio” below.
    or
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution

Conditional Admission:

Note: “Condition” means that the student must make a B or greater in the first 12 hours taken in the UALR Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum.

There are two categories within conditional admission:

  • Admission of students based on GPA for graduate hours at other accredited institutions: students not qualifying for regular admission based on their undergraduate grade point averages may be admitted to the program on “condition” if they have successfully completed a minimum of 9 semester hours in a relevant graduate program at UALR or another regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of B or greater in each course taken.
    or
  • Admission based on an Admissions Portfolio (For employed Rehabilitation Counselors only): Employed Rehabilitation Counselors have the option to submit a satisfactory Admissions Portfolio of academic and professional work to obtain conditional admission. The guidelines for the portfolio are available from the program coordinator. Letters of reference are not required unless specifically requested by the program coordinator.