Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose UA Little Rocks’s MBA program?

Our program is one of the most contemporary MBA programs in the country. The program is based on extensive research on what business leaders say they want in an MBA graduate. We help students develop not only the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, but also the behavioral competencies desired of today’s business professionals.

How do I apply?

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE?

GMAT/GRE waivers may be granted in some special circumstances. Refer to Admission Requirements for more information and for instructions on how to request a waiver.

Where can I get information on the GMAT? is the complete source for the GMAT exam where you can learn more about the exam, find a test location, register, take practices tests, and find study materials.

Where can I get information on the GRE? provides comprehensive information about the GRE.

What if I have a prior Master’s degree?

The MBA program coordinator may waive the GMAT requirement for applicants who hold a graduate degree or who are currently enrolled in  a graduate or professional degree program with equivalent standards.  The decision is made on a case-by-case basis. Evidence of entry requirements for prior graduate program may be required. Evidence of ability to perform successfully in quantitatively-based courses will be a deciding factor.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. The application fee is $40.

Are letters of recommendation required?


Are there a limited number of students you accept in a semester?

There is no limit to the number of students we accept into our evening MBA program.

When will I know if my application was accepted or denied?

It varies, but usually one to two weeks.  When the Graduate School has received all requested credentials, they will forward the application to the School of Business for admission decision; the Graduate School will send a courtesy email of the decision followed by a letter.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

For the evening program, you may choose to pursue your MBA full-time or part-time so the time to completion varies by student. Carrying a full-time load will allow you to complete the program in 18-24 months. Pursuing the program part-time will take 2.5 to 6 years. (The program must be completed within six years of your admission date.)

Do I need to be advised every semester?

Yes. The newly designed program makes advising more important than ever.  Failure to take the courses your adviser recommends may result in slower progress through the program.  Students cannot register for courses in any given semester until they have been advised and their advising hold lifted. Getting advised early will help ensure that you get the classes you need when you need them.

How much will the MBA program cost me?

Tuition and fees for the flex, evening program can be found on the bursar’s webpage.

My degree is not in business, will my application still be competitive?

UALR welcomes and encourages applicants with undergraduate degrees from all majors. We look for students with diverse educational backgrounds and work experience.

When and where do classes meet?

Students may attend classes on campus or live online through video conferencing. For the evening program, each class meets one night per week, Monday through Thursday, 6 – 8:40 p.m. All class meetings are held on campus in the Reynolds building at the corner of S. University Ave. and 28th Street.

Can I take classes online?

You can take classes on campus or live online. Many elective courses are offered asynchronously online.

Does the MBA program accept transfer credit?

Students may transfer a maximum of 6 credit hours. These courses must have been completed with a B or better within 5 years prior to enrollment at UALR as part of a graduate degree-seeking program from an AACSB-accredited university. Credit hours earned as part of a completed graduate degree are not eligible for use as transfer credits.  Transfer credit is not part of the admissions process and requests for consideration of transfer credit will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies after a student has been admitted to the program.

Can I take MBA electives outside the SBUS?

Yes, courses may be taken outside the SBUS. However, approval from your adviser is required.

When does the MBA program enroll? When should I apply?

The evening MBA program enrolls in the fall, spring, and summer.

Am I required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS?

For applicants whose native language is not English, we require the TOEFL or the IELTS.  The minimum acceptable score on the exams are 79 for the TOEFL or 6.5 for the IELTS. Students who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language may be exempt from the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Is financial aid available?

Yes; loans are available.  Students should contact the office and Financial Aid and Scholarships directly to learn about the financial aid process. A limited number of graduate assistantships are also available.

What is the process for applying to be a graduate assistant?

To apply for a position in the School of Business, submit a résumé and cover letter to For positions outside the School of Business, contact the Graduate School.

Are there any scholarships available?

Yes, there are scholarships available to MBA students although none are targeted specifically to MBA students. The School of Business accepts and awards available scholarships every spring.  Additional scholarships may be available through the Financial Aid and Scholarships office.  International students may be eligible for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition. More information can be found on the International Services web page.

What career services are offered to UA Little Rock MBA students?

The College of Business Center for Student and Career Services offers career development and placement support. Students are also afforded networking opportunities through special events.

Do I have to take classes each semester?

Evening students do not have to take classes every semester. However, if you plan to take a semester off, please notify your advisor. Just note, the program must be completed within six years of admission.

Can I take MBA classes without be admitted to the program?

Only students admitted to a graduate business program are allowed to take MBA courses. This may include other graduate degree or certificate programs in addition to the MBA program.