Admissions

Our mailing address is:

Graduate Admissions
Gearhart Hall 213 
340 N. Campus Dr. 
1 University of Arkansas 
Fayetteville, AR 72701

We strongly encourage prospective students to visit campus. The Graduate School will plan a custom visit based on your needs. Campus Visit Request

After applying, you will be sent an email from the Graduate School explaining our electronic reference letter system. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders and we will send them instructions to submit their letters directly. Letters of recommendation that are in hardcopy should be sent to the department to which you are applying.

Applicants can check the status of their application online through the University’s UAConnect website. Once you have applied, you will be sent an email with your University ID number and instructions on how to create a UARK email address and account. You will use these to log on to UAConnect. There will be a “To Do” list on the homepage of your UAConnect account after you log in that will let you know if we need any more materials, if your application is complete, and/or if you application is under review by the academic department.

The application process at the University of Arkansas is two-fold. First, you will submit your application along with the application fee of $40 ($50 for international applicants), an official copy of your transcripts from every institution attended and a standardized test score (ie. GRE, GMAT, MAT) to the Graduate School. Non-native English speakers should submit a measure of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS). This requirement will be waived upon proof of an U.S. master’s degree. Our admissions specialists will evaluate your application for admission to the Graduate School; qualifying applications are forwarded to the department for which you are applying. An application fee is required for each program you apply to if you are applying to more than one. The application for admission can be found online at https://application.uark.edu/.

Since applying to the Graduate School is a two-step process (both the Graduate School and to a specific academic department), our applications have different deadlines depending on which department you are applying to. The Graduate School’s deadline will always match the deadline for the academic department. If an academic department does not have their own deadline, you should follow these deadlines for application consideration:

Domestic Students International Students

Fall: August 1st

Fall: April 1st

Spring: December 1st

Spring: October 1st

Summer: April 15th

Summer: March 1st

Keep in mind, many of our departments have separate application deadlines that you will need to meet in order to be considered for their program and for graduate assistantships. A late fee of $25 ($50 for international applicants) will be assessed to all applications that are received after the deadline, so we strongly encourage you to complete the application early

The application fee is $40 for new applicants ($50 for international applicants). For applicants that have previous graduate enrollment at the UA the fee is $25. You may qualify for an application fee waiver if:

  • You attend a George Washington Carver Research Program participating institution http://carver.uark.edu/

  • You are a Ronald E. McNair Scholar (a certifying statement from the McNair Scholars program director is required),

  • You are a Project 1000 participant,

  • You have been awarded a fellowship from The National Gem Consortium, www.gemfellowship.org,

  • You are a full-time employee at the UA main campus, You have attended a UA summer REU program, or

  • You are a Senior Citizen.

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours of academic coursework OR a 3.0 cumulative grade average. You must also meet the minimum requirements for the program to which you are applying; requirements vary by program.

As of Fall 2014, the Graduate School is requiring the GRE or another standardized graduate test, such as the MAT, for admission. Most times, this information can be found on the department’s website.

Acceptable GRE scores are determined by the individual programs.

There is not an overarching GMAT score for the college, but the MBA program has an average score of 655. There are two MBA programs the EMBA (part-time 2 year) admitting 55-65 students each year, while the full-time MBA program admits 35-45 students a year. For additional information on the Graduate School of Business visit: gsb.uark.edu

The University of Arkansas awarded over $3 million in fellowships just this year alone! Some of the numerous funding opportunities available include:

  • Graduate Assistant Positions: All graduate assistants receive a monthly stipend, and most cover the cost of tuition.

  • Benjamin Franklin Lever Tuition Fellowship: A tuition only fellowship for graduate students who contribute to the diversity needs of their program.

  • Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship and Doctoral Academy Fellowship: These are the university’s highest awards, and include a 12-month graduate assistant position (see above), PLUS a fellowship stipend of either $20,000/year or $10,000 per year for four years.

Additional information about these opportunities can be found here.

The University of Arkansas will allow Master’s students to transfer in up to 6 graduate credit hours toward a master’s degree, where a “B” or better was earned and approved by their academic department. The rules for transferring graduate credit can be found here. Doctoral students cannot transfer in credit hours, but academic departments may choose to modify the requirements for doctoral level degrees based on previous academic work completed at another institution. This is on a case by case basis and must be approved by the department chair person.

To establish state residency you will need to establish a domicile in the state of Arkansas and continue that residency for a period of six months. After six months you can appeal for a change of residency status with the Office of the Registrar. If you live in Texarkana or Bowie County, Texas you are already considered in-state. More information can be found here.

The University of Arkansas currently has on-campus housing for graduate students in the Duncan Ave. Apartments. For information visit the University Housing website. Currently there is no on-campus housing for married students. The Fayetteville area does offer several other housing options for students many of which are on the university bus routes. More information can be found here

Minority enrollment at the UA has been on a steady increase over the past decade. African-Americans make up over 1,000 students, Latino/Hispanic over 300 and Asian-American enrollment is at 500. The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, located in the Student Union is an academic retention center that supports underrepresented students and celebrates diversity and inclusion through community outreach and scholarship. The Center encourages students to share ideas and resources through academic and cultural programming, empowering students to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse society. Visit the Multicultural Center website for more information.

There are currently 1387 international students on campus, 706 which are graduate students. We invite you to visit the International Education webpages. This link is a portal leading to the websites of the various offices on campus that serve our valued international students. This link highlights the University of Arkansas’s commitment to international students and international services for the entire community. Here students may explore the offices of International Admissions, International Students & Scholars, Spring International Language Center, International Sponsored Students, and Study Abroad & International Exchange.

Cost information for completing a degree differs based on the number of hours in the program. Masters programs can range anywhere from 30 hours to more than 60 hours total. You can use the Graduate Catalog (http://catalog.uark.edu/graduatecatalog/degreerequirements/)to find out how many credit hours are required for your degree program. A useful tool for calculating an average cost per semester can be found on the Treasurer’s Office website. You can calculate cost based on your specific degree program and how many hours you would like to take each semester.