MBA Admission Requirements

Students seeking automatic admission to the MBA program at UA Little Rock must meet one of the following criteria:

  • (200 x cumulative GPA) + GMAT score (or converted GRE score) ≥ 1020 OR
  • (200 x GPA from last 60 hours) + GMAT score (or GRE equivalent ≥ 1080

Minimum accepted:

  • GPA: 2.5
  • GMAT score: 420
  • GRE score: approximately 300

(GMAT or GRE scores valid for five years. GRE score converted to GMAT equivalent.)

GMAT/GRE waivers are considered if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Hold a graduate degree or are currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program with equivalent requirements;
  • 3.25 overall GPA or 3.5 GPA in last 60 hours from AACSB-accredited business school;
  • Written documentation of academic and professional accomplishments indicating success in a rigorous graduate program (e.g., CPA, CFP, CFA, etc. certification);
  • Current job responsibilities requiring high-level analytical skills (e.g., P&L responsibilities, data analytics, etc.), 3.5 GPA from a highly reputable non-business program.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA along with at least 5 years post-baccalaureate, professional experience including managerial duties and promotion to increasing levels of responsibility.

To request a GMAT/GRE waiver, submit a completed waiver request form, along with all other required documents, to

Read more about the MBA application deadlines and how to apply.

International Students

International students must present a score of  79 or more on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). See our international requirements checklist.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses and earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate.
  • Students failing to earn a 3.0 GPA after completing all required courses may enroll in a maximum of six additional semester hours to attain the required 3.0 GPA. A grade below a C provides no credit toward graduation, and the course must be repeated.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years of admission to the program.

No graduate business program currently requires a thesis for graduation. Students planning to enter a doctoral program are encouraged to enroll in a directed research course to acquire experience in academic research techniques.