How to Apply

All admissions materials should be sent to the Graduate School—not to the Interdisciplinary Studies office. Once your application file is complete, it will be forwarded to the Interdisciplinary Studies Admissions Committee. Consideration for admission to the MAIS Program requires the following:

  1. Submission of an online application to the UALR Graduate School.
  2. Written statement of intent: The statement should be approximately 750-1200 words and it should describe the applicant’s academic (and, if relevant, professional) background and academic preparation, specific interests for two disciplines of study, and interdisciplinary goals within the MAIS Program. (NOTE: This is not simply an autobiographical statement.)
  3. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) for all undergraduate work. (Candidates with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission; candidates in this situation should explain previous academic performance in statement of intent.)
  4. Two academic reference letters addressing the candidate’s background and potential for success in graduate study (academic references are preferred, but letters from professional/work context may be used if candidate has not retained academic referees). In addition to the letters, applicants will provide the contact information of three references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email if applicable, relationship to applicant). Two of these should be the reference letter writers.
  5. Possible interview with the program coordinator or admissions committee.
  6. An academic paper that was written in the last 5 years, between 5 and 10 double-spaced pages in length (if the paper is longer than 10 pages, applicant may send an excerpted version with brief explanation of overall project). The writing sample must include a title page with the following information: applicant’s name, date of submission, explanation of which option was chosen (i.e., “paper in History” or “Essay #2”).
  • Note: Applicants who do not have an academic paper written in the last 5 years, or applicants who choose to submit an alternative writing sample based on a change of disciplinary interests, may submit instead an essay of 1500-1800 words, responding to either question #1 or #2 below:


  1. If you could have produced any scholarly or artistic work in one of your chosen disciplines of study for the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Program, which work would it be? (i.e., a well-known work of art, novel, treatise, piece of scholarly criticism, etc.) Explain why.
  2. Which course in your academic career to date has been the most important for your intellectual or artistic/creative development? Explain why.

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