Graduate Programs


Bioinformatics M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered jointly by UA Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The Ph.D. program requires completion of an M.S. degree in bioinformatics, but students with graduate education in one of the program cores (bioinformatics, biostatistics, information/computer science, and the life sciences) may be granted an M.S. advanced placement, reducing credit requirements from 38 to 32. While research is emphasized in both degrees, the M.S. degree is course- and breadth-focused the Ph.D. is depth-focused and primarily a research degree. Graduate are well prepared to pursue academic or industry positions doing teaching, research, and consulting.

Contact information: Dr. Mary Yang, 501-916-5243

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The Computer and Information Sciences Ph.D. program is designed to promote strong multidisciplinary collaborations across several computing disciplines whose bodies of knowledge influence and intertwine with each other. Our program offers three emphasis areas: computer science, information science, and information quality, each of which is supported by faculty, curriculum, and other resources from the departments of computer science, information science, and systems engineering. The Information Science and Information Quality Tracks are also available online. Our graduates are prepared to thrive in diverse computing- and knowledge-based industries as well as in research and education at academic, industry, and federal agencies.

Contact information: Dr. John R. Talburt,, 501-916-5228

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The Master of Science program in computer science reflects current trends in the computer science discipline and provides students with a solid theoretical and practical foundation for careers in computer science and/or advanced graduate studies. The curriculum consists of core and specialization course work. The core curriculum includes required courses that impart fundamental knowledge and skills. Building on the core foundation, the specialization course work allows students to select electives to acquire more in-depth knowledge and skills in their specific areas of interest. In addition to the course work, students complete one of the following program options: thesis, project, or comprehensive examination. Classes are scheduled so both day and evening students can complete the program, which leads itself to full- and part-time study.

Contact information: Dr. Mariofanna Milanova, Ph.D.,, 501-916-5293

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The Master of Science in Construction Management develops upper-level management personnel for the construction industry while helping students to pass the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) examination administered by the American Institute of Constructors (AIC). The Master of Science degree in Construction Management offers two program options: 1) Thesis Option: 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including six credit hours of thesis work. 2) Non-Thesis Option: 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including a three-credit hour project. For both thesis and non-thesis options, the work must include at least 18 credit hours of 7000-level or above work. A maximum of 12 credit hours (with grades of B or better) can be 5000-level courses, and a maximum of nine credit hours (with grades of B or better) of graduate courses can be taken from programs outside the construction management program or from another university.

Contact information: Mike Tramel,, (501) 569-8229

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The Graduate Certificate in Data Science Program is a 12 credit hour program designed to meet the demand for professionals who can help organizations create new innovations in information retrieval, storage, and analysis tools and techniques. The Graduate Certificate in Data Science can also be completed online.

Contact information: Dr. Eduard Tudoreanu,, 501-916-5226

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This doctoral program is designed to provide a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework of graduate studies and research in engineering with exposure to the systems approach that is increasingly the hallmark of current research and development in the global engineering community. Faculty, curriculum, and resources are contributed by several departments in the EIT college. Students can select one of the four tracks: systems engineering, electrical and computer engineering, telecommunications and networking engineering, and mechanical and materials engineering. The unique research and educational experience offered by the engineering science and systems Ph.D. program prepares graduates to secure prestigious positions in academia, national laboratories, government, and high-tech industry.


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Information science is a field of study and practice dedicated to educating students in the knowledge, skills, and technologies needed to design and develop systems for better storage, retrieval and usage of information, offering degree and certification programs that prepare students to pursue successful careers and to continue lifelong learning in Information Science, and Conducting research to advance the field of Information Science through innovative applications of information technologies. The Information Science MS is available online.

Contact information: Dr. Daniel Berleant,, 501-916-5226

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Information quality is a field of study and practice dedicated to assuring that organizations produce information products that meet the expectations of consumers and that organizations maximize the value derived from their information assets. UA Little Rock offers the most comprehensive graduate program in information quality in the world. Students have three-degree options: a Graduate Certificate in information quality, a Master of Science in information quality, and an information quality track in the Computer and Information Sciences Ph.D. program. All three of these options are available on-campus and online. The program prepares students to pursue careers such as information quality manager, information quality analyst, data governance director, and chief data officer, as well as academic careers in teaching and research.

Contact information: Dr. John R. Talburt,, 501-916-5228

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Students can pursue a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science degree in systems engineering. These programs bring together knowledge from traditional engineering fields, creating the “big picture” for accomplishing goals and managing complex structures such as: computer networks, wireless networks, thermal power plants, airplanes and spacecraft systems, manufacturing systems, transportation systems, and health care delivery systems. The programs help students integrate multifaceted engineering projects and disciplines, model complex systems and optimize their performance, and conduct real-life case studies. Our graduates are prepared to successfully compete for fo high-paying jobs in government and a variety of engineering-based industries and secure prestigious positions in academia and research. Students who want to continue their systems engineering studies in a doctoral program can apply to the Ph.D. program in engineering science and systems.

Contact information: Dr. Yupo Chan,, 501-916-5251

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