Higher Education

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Arts and Doctor of Education

Graduate Coordinator Contact Information

Spring 2019:

Dr. Lydia McDonald

Phone: 501.569.3554

Email: lxmcdonald@ualr.edu

Starting Summer 2019:

Dr. Thomas Gregory Barrett

Phone: 501.569.3267

Email: tgbarrett@ualr.edu


Admission Requirements


  • Graduate Record Exam score of at least 900 (old GRE Score) / 290 (New GRE Score, verbal and quantitative scales combined), or Miller Analogies Test score of at least 396. Tests must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended reflecting an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Biographical Data Form
  • A two-page, typed, and double-spaced explanation of the reasons for applying to the program and the goals the student expects to achieve
  • An interview with at least one faculty member from the program resulting in a favorable recommendation from that faculty member

Conditional Admission:

  • If a candidate has at least an overall GPA of 2.5 and only one  of the above criterion is achieved (the required test score or required GPA), the student may present a profile demonstrating progressively successful professional development experience beyond the bachelor’s degree and successfully complete the interview with the program faculty to be admitted conditionally to the program. Upon successful completion of six hours, the student may receive regular admission to the program.


Admission is based on a total profile of the applicant’s educational and professional background. It is expected that applicants have professional work experience. GRE requirements reflect the November 2011 Guide of the Use of Scores.

Regular Admission. Requirements include the following:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field from a regionally accredited institution. Original transcripts are required.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 AND
  • GRE combined score of at least 450 (old GRE score) / 150 (new GRE score) on the Verbal and 450 (old GRE score) / 141 (new GRE score) on the Quantitative sections, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0
  • Three years of successful professional experience or equivalent in an area related to the degree program
  • Biographical Data Form
  • Interview with and approval of the Higher Education faculty

Conditional Admission. Requirements include the following:

  • A master’s degree with a graduate GPA of 3.5 or above (required standard)
  • A score of 400 (old GRE score) / 146 (new GRE score) or above on the Verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • A score of 450 (old GRE score) / 141 (new GRE score) or above on the Quantitative section of the GRE
  • A score of 3.5 or above on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE
  • Additional documented evidence of a student’s ability to succeed in graduate-level work, research, or publications may be required. Program faculty may request documentation including the following:
    •  Official transcripts from all post-master’s studies
    • Successful graduate course work from an accredited university
    • Examples of academic and professional work
    • Writing samples
    • Statement of purpose
    • Letters of support from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s capability for doctoral-level work

The Higher Education Program Admissions Committee will review and evaluate the documentation. Conditionally admitted students will be allowed to enroll in up to 12 semester hours. Upon completion of 12 semester hours in the program, the Admissions Committee will review the work completed by the applicant as part of the overall admissions application to determine if the student will be granted regular admission to the program. Admission with regular status will be contingent upon the student successfully completing course work to be determined with Higher Education Program Advisor with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Conditional admission does not guarantee regular admission to the Ed.D. program in Higher Education. Students who are not granted regular admission to the doctoral program will not be permitted to enroll in Higher Education courses beyond the prescribed 12 hours of conditionally admitted course work, but may be allowed admission to the M.A. in Higher Education.

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