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Admission Requirements

Two Types of Admission

  • Degree-seeking students - have successfully applied and been accepted by the Graduate School and the degree program for admission.
  • Non-degree seeking students - have been successfully accepted by the Graduate School, but either have not applied or have not been accepted into a particular program of study.

Two-Step Process for Degree-Seeking Students

  • Students must be officially accepted by the Graduate School AND
  • Students must be accepted into the degree program of their area of interest. Once information is reviewed, the Graduate School will submit applicant’s completed packet to the degree program for review.


  • Graduate School - • All application materials, including all official transcripts, should reach the Graduate School at least one month prior to the date of registration.

    Deadlines for priority consideration are:
    • Fall semester, August 1;
    • Spring semester, December 1;
    • Summer sessions, April 15.
    Many departments/programs have earlier application deadlines. (See deadlines for international students, below.) The recommended deadline for fall semester graduate assistantship consideration is February 1st, although departments/programs may have earlier deadlines. Applications received after the priority consideration dates will be assessed a non-refundable $25.00 late fee ($50.00 for international applicants) in addition to the application fee..
  • Departments - Check the Graduate Catalog and the department.

Graduate School Requirements for Admission

Students should submit the following items directly to the Graduate School:

  • The completed "Application for Admission" form along with a $40.00 non-refundable application fee ($50.00 for international applicants).
  • Official copies of the student’s transcript(s) from each college or university attended.
  • If admitted, the official transcript showing that the baccalaureate degree has been conferred from an accredited academic institution must be submitted before enrollment is allowed.
  • A standardized test score (i.e. GRE code 6866; GMAT)

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours of attempted coursework prior to the receipt of the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • If GPA is less than a 3.0 but at least 2.5 on the last 60 credit hours of attempted coursework, applicant may be considered for admission by special consideration, which includes satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or an equivalent examination.
  • A conferred post-baccalaureate degree (excluding professional degrees) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

The following indicates the enrollment status for graduate students:

  • Fall and Spring Semester: Full-time = 9+ hours; Half-time = 5-6 hours 3/4 time = 7-8 hours; Less than half-time = 1- 4 hours
  • Summer Semester: Full-time = 6+ hours; Half-time = 3+ hours

Program Area of Study Admission:

  • Departments assess the potential for student admissions by student’s GPA, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores (as required).
  • For further requirements, students should check the admissions requirements in the Graduate Catalog for their specific area of study, or contact the Graduate Admissions office at 479-575-4401 or 1-866-234-3957 (toll free).

Types of Standardized Tests

  • GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test (for business majors)
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examinations (Institution code for UofA is 6866.)
  • MAT - Miller Analogies Test (Institution code for the UofA is 2302. )