Admissions COVID-19 Response

We are currently monitoring developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. COVID-19 has not affected how we evaluate applications at the University of Arkansas. Every application will receive full consideration. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further developments, our office will implement these temporary measures:

GRE Score (GMAT or other Graduate-level Standardized Test)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has introduced a solution for students who have been affected by the coronavirus to take the GRE® General Test at home. The University of Arkansas Graduate School requires a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT or other graduate-level standardized test) for official admission to the university. For Spring 2021 applicants, the Graduate School is extending the test-optional policy for select programs. If you do not see your program of study, contact your program directly.

  • Accounting: Master of Accountancy (MACC)
  • Accounting: Master of Professional Accounting (MPACC)
  • Agricultural and Extension Education - MS
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Entomology)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Horticulture)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Plant Pathology)
  • Animal Science - MS
  • Animal Science - PHD
  • Anthropology - MA
  • Anthropology - PHD
  • Biology - MS
  • Biology - PHD (Biology Concentration)
  • Biology - PHD (Space and Planetary Sciences Concentration)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - MS
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - PHD
  • Community Health Promotion - MS
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Fiction Track)
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Poetry Track)
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Translation Track)
  • Curriculum and Instruction - EDS
  • Curriculum and Instruction - MED
  • Curriculum and Instruction - PHD
  • Design Studies - MDES (Integrated Wood Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Design Studies - MDES (Resiliency Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Design Studies - MDES (Retail and Hospitality Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Economics: Master of Arts in Economics (MAECON)
  • Economics: Master of Science in Economic Analytics (MS)
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - MSBME
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - MSBME (Healthcare Entrepreneurship Concentration)
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Chemical) - MSCHE
  • Engineering (Chemical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Civil) - MSCE
  • Engineering (Civil) - PHD
  • Engineering (Electrical) - MSEE
  • Engineering (Electrical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Environmental) - MSENE
  • Engineering (Industrial) - MS
  • Engineering (Industrial) - PHD
  • English - MA
  • English - PHD
  • Entomology - MS
  • Environmental Dynamics - MS
  • Environmental Dynamics - PHD
  • Exercise Science - MS
  • Finance: Master of Finance (MS)
  • Geography - MS
  • Geology - MS (Geology Concentration)
  • Geology - MS (Space and Planetary Sciences Concentration)
  • Geosciences - PHD
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Exercise Science Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Health Behavior Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Kinesiology Pedagogy Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Recreation & Sport Management Concentration)
  • Higher Education - EDD
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Apparel Merchandising and Product Development)
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality)
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Human Development and Family Sciences)
  • Human Resource and Workforce Development Education - EDD
  • Information Systems: Full-time Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA)
  • Information Systems: Full-time Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  • Information Systems: Professional Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA)
  • Information Systems: Professional Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  • Kinesiology - MS
  • MBA Programs: Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA Programs: Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA Programs: Healthcare Executive MBA (MBA)
  • Nursing - MSN
  • Nursing - DNP (Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
  • Nursing - DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • Operations Management - MSOM
  • Plant Pathology - MS
  • Political Science - MA
  • Psychology - PHD
  • Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies - MPA
  • Public Policy - PHD (Agricultural Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Community Development and Recreation Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Education Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Health Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Policy Studies in Aging Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Public Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Social Justice Concentration)
  • Recreation and Sport Management - MED
  • Supply Chain: Master of Supply Chain Management (MS)
  • Communication - MA
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders - MS
  • Counselor Education and Supervision - PHD
  • Engineering (Biological) - MSBE
  • Engineering (Biological) - PHD
  • Educational Statistics and Research Methods - MS
  • Horticulture - MS

Academic Credential

We recognize that some universities in areas affected by COVID-19 are currently closed and students may be unable to obtain official transcripts and other academic credentials at this time. For admissions review purposes, we can review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of transcripts. If you have concerns regarding the credentials you can provide at this time, please contact our office at gradapp@uark.edu.

Admitted Student Information

For Spring 2021 admitted students, while official copies of transcripts and degree confirmations are required to be submitted prior to enrollment, we will work with students who have degrees conferred late and/or are unable to obtain official credentials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently Enrolled Student Information

For currently enrolled students who need to provide official transcripts and degree confirmation and are unable to do so due to the temporary closings of universities, please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Deferring Your Admission

The Graduate School offers admission with the expectation that students will matriculate in the semester specified during the application process. If extraordinary circumstances will prevent you from matriculating, you may submit a request to defer your enrollment to the next available start term. This is typically one consecutive semester, but in some cases can be one consecutive academic year. Please consult with your Graduate Program Advisor or Program Coordinator to confirm which option is available. If you have been awarded financial assistance, make sure you find out if the financial resource(s) will still be available to you if you defer.

Additionally, coursework completed since your application was submitted must be reported and will be reviewed in the deferral process. If you need to defer your entry term beyond the allowable time limit, you must reapply. If you have questions regarding the deferral process, please contact our office at gradapp@uark.edu.

GRE Score (GMAT or other Graduate-level Standardized Test)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has introduced a solution for students who have been affected by the coronavirus to take the GRE® General Test at home. The University of Arkansas Graduate School requires a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT or other graduate-level standardized test) for official admission to the university. For Spring 2021 applicants, the Graduate School is extending the GRE test-optional policy for select programs. If you do not see your program of study, contact your program directly.

  • Accounting: Master of Accountancy (MACC)
  • Accounting: Master of Professional Accounting (MPACC)
  • Agricultural and Extension Education - MS
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Entomology)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Horticulture)
  • Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences - PHD (Plant Pathology)
  • Animal Science - MS
  • Animal Science - PHD
  • Anthropology - MA
  • Anthropology - PHD
  • Biology - MS
  • Biology - PHD (Biology Concentration)
  • Biology - PHD (Space and Planetary Sciences Concentration)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - MS
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - PHD
  • Community Health Promotion - MS
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Fiction Track)
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Poetry Track)
  • Creative Writing - MFA (Translation Track)
  • Curriculum and Instruction - EDS
  • Curriculum and Instruction - MED
  • Curriculum and Instruction - PHD
  • Design Studies - MDES (Integrated Wood Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Design Studies - MDES (Resiliency Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Design Studies - MDES (Retail and Hospitality Design Concentration), Architecture
  • Economics: Master of Arts in Economics (MAECON)
  • Economics: Master of Science in Economic Analytics (MS)
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - MSBME
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - MSBME (Healthcare Entrepreneurship Concentration)
  • Engineering (Biomedical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Chemical) - MSCHE
  • Engineering (Chemical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Civil) - MSCE
  • Engineering (Civil) - PHD
  • Engineering (Electrical) - MSEE
  • Engineering (Electrical) - PHD
  • Engineering (Environmental) - MSENE
  • Engineering (Industrial) - MS
  • Engineering (Industrial) - PHD
  • English - MA
  • English - PHD
  • Entomology - MS
  • Environmental Dynamics - MS
  • Environmental Dynamics - PHD
  • Exercise Science - MS
  • Finance: Master of Finance (MS)
  • Geography - MS
  • Geology - MS (Geology Concentration)
  • Geology - MS (Space and Planetary Sciences Concentration)
  • Geosciences - PHD
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Exercise Science Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Health Behavior Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Kinesiology Pedagogy Concentration)
  • Health, Sport and Exercise Science - PHD (Recreation & Sport Management Concentration)
  • Higher Education - EDD
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Apparel Merchandising and Product Development)
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality)
  • Human Environmental Sciences - MS (Human Development and Family Sciences)
  • Human Resource and Workforce Development Education - EDD
  • Information Systems: Full-time Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA)
  • Information Systems: Full-time Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  • Information Systems: Professional Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA)
  • Information Systems: Professional Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  • Kinesiology - MS
  • MBA Programs: Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA Programs: Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA Programs: Healthcare Executive MBA (MBA)
  • Nursing - MSN
  • Nursing - DNP (Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
  • Nursing - DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • Operations Management - MSOM
  • Plant Pathology - MS
  • Political Science - MA
  • Psychology - PHD
  • Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies - MPA
  • Public Policy - PHD (Agricultural Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Community Development and Recreation Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Education Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Health Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Policy Studies in Aging Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Public Policy Concentration)
  • Public Policy - PHD (Social Justice Concentration)
  • Recreation and Sport Management - MED
  • Supply Chain: Master of Supply Chain Management (MS)
  • Communication - MA
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders - MS
  • Counselor Education and Supervision - PHD
  • Engineering (Biological) - MSBE
  • Engineering (Biological) - PHD
  • Educational Statistics and Research Methods - MS
  • Horticulture - MS

English Proficiency

In response to test center closures, many English language proficiency examinations are offering remote testing options. The University of Arkansas accepts the TOEFL Special Home Edition, the IELTS Indicator, and the iTEP Academic remote option, in addition to the list of traditional, in-person tests published on our main website. If you have difficulty accessing any of these test options, please contact our office at gradapp@uark.edu.

Academic Credential

We recognize that some universities in areas impacted by COVID-19 are currently closed and students may be unable to obtain official transcripts and other academic credentials at this time. For admissions review purposes, we can review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of transcripts. If you have concerns regarding the credentials you can provide at this time, please contact our office at gradapp@uark.edu.

Admitted Student Information

For Spring 2021 admitted students, while official copies of transcripts and degree confirmations are required to be submitted prior to enrollment, we will work with students who have degrees conferred late and/or are unable to obtain official credentials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently Enrolled Student Information

For currently enrolled students who need to provide official transcripts and degree confirmation and are unable to do so due to the temporary closings of universities, please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Deferring Your Admission

The Graduate School offers admission with the expectation that students will matriculate in the semester specified during the application process. If you can no longer attend in the semester on your I-20 or DS-2019, you may submit a request to defer your enrollment to the next available start term. This is typically one consecutive semester, but in some cases can be one consecutive academic year. Please consult with your Graduate Program Advisor or Program Coordinator to confirm which option is available. If you have been awarded financial assistance, make sure you find out if the financial resource(s) will still be available to you if you defer.

Additionally, coursework completed since your application was submitted must be reported and will be reviewed in the deferral process. If you need to defer your entry term beyond the allowable time limit, you must reapply. If you have questions regarding the deferral process, please contact our office at gradapp@uark.edu.

I-20 and DS-2019 Issuance

As international applicants are approved for admission, we will continue to issue I-20 and DS-2019 visa eligibility documents for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible. We are aware that some U.S. Consulates have begun a phased reopening of routine visa services of F-1 and J-1 Student Visa interview scheduling. Please continue to monitor the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs for COVID-19 Country-Specific Information and U.S. Visas for announcements and updates to stay informed of consulate openings and visa processing times.

If you are unable to obtain a student visa and arrive in time to begin your studies, please contact your graduate program for information on enrollment options.

If it is difficult to obtain bank documents for your proof of funding, we will accept bank documents up to 6 months old as well as online bank statements.

English Proficiency

In response to test center closures, many English language proficiency examinations are offering remote testing options. The University of Arkansas accepts the TOEFL Special Home Edition, the IELTS Indicator, and the iTEP Academic remote option, in addition to the list of traditional, in-person tests published on our main website. If you have difficulty accessing any of these test options, please contact International Admissions at intlapp@uark.edu.

Academic Credential

We recognize that some schools in areas impacted by COVID-19 are currently closed and students may be unable to obtain transcripts and other academic credentials at this time. For admissions review purposes, we can review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of transcripts. If you have concerns regarding the credentials you can provide at this time, please contact International Admissions at intlapp@uark.edu.

ACT/SAT Requirement

The University of Arkansas requires new freshmen to submit an official SAT or ACT test score for enrollment. If SAT or ACT scores are not submitted, you will be required to take the Accuplacer test when you arrive on campus.

Deferring Your Admission

If you can no longer attend in the semester on your I-20 or DS-2019, you may defer your studies for one consecutive semester from the original semester of application. If you have been awarded financial assistance, make sure you find out if the financial resource(s) will still be available to you if you defer. Submit your deferral request to International Admissions at intlapp@uark.edu. Your message should describe your request, your full name and University of Arkansas student ID, the term to which you wish to defer your admission (ex. Fall 2020 to Spring 2021), and the reason for your request. Please reference "deferral request" in the email subject line.

Additionally, coursework completed since your application was submitted must be reported and will be reviewed in the deferral process. If you need to defer your entry term beyond the allowable time limit, you must reapply. If you have questions regarding the deferral process, please contact International Admissions at intlapp@uark.edu.

I-20 and DS-2019 Issuance

As international applicants are approved for admission, we will continue to issue I-20 and DS-2019 visa eligibility documents for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible. We are aware that some U.S. Consulates have begun a phased reopening of routine visa services of F-1 and J-1 Student Visa interview scheduling. Please continue to monitor the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs for COVID-19 Country-Specific Information and U.S. Visas for announcements and updates to stay informed of consulate openings and visa processing times.

If you are unable to obtain a student visa and arrive in time to begin your studies, please contact the International Admissions Office for information on enrollment options.

If it is difficult to obtain bank documents for your proof of funding, we will accept bank documents up to 6 months old as well as online bank statements.