Graduate Application Guide

What to Expect on the Application

The application process at the University of Arkansas is two-fold. First, you will submit your application, fee, unofficial transcripts, and graduate level test score to the Graduate School. Our admissions specialists will evaluate your academic credentials and test score. Qualifying applications are forwarded to the department for which you are applying for the final decision. Some programs require a supplemental application and additional documents. Please check with your department. An application fee is required for each program you apply to if you are applying to more than one.

Expected time to complete admissions process is now 6 to 8 weeks from the time you submit your application, including all required materials. This time may vary by program.

  • 2Main Application
  • 3Materials

Login / Account

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Subject:  Next Step: Activate your Application Center account

From:  "University of Arkansas Graduate and International Admissions" (


Application Instructions - Application Portal Home Screen

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We recommend you use Firefox or Chrome as your Internet browser. Using Internet Explorer may time out your application.

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Application Screenshot - Application Portal Home Screen

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Application Screenshot - Start a New Application

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Choose from three options:

  • Start a New Application
  • Finish a Saved Application
  • Return to Finish a U of A Graduate School Degree Program



Application Instructions - Start a New Application

  • Understand your choices here:
    • For all business degree programs (master's, doctorate, certificates, and micro-certicates), select Walton College of Business Graduate Application.
    • For master's, doctorate, specialist, certificate and micro-certificate programs, select Graduate School Application.
    • For licensure coursework, endorsements, or those taking individual graduate level courses (both Walton College of Business and Graduate School), select Non-Degree Graduate School Application.
    • For continuing to edit your most recent application, select Add on Application
    • Reactivation: Return to the U of A to complete an academic program that you were previously admitted to; does not include non-degree status or licensures or endorsements. Only includes doctoral, specialist, masters, certificate, or microcertificate.


What year? 2023 includes Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2023.



Admissions Application – Instructions

Graduate School & International Education
340 N. Campus Drive
Gearhart Hall 213
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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This section contains very important information pertaining to this application. Information appearing on this screen in other applications may be different.




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Personal Background

  Estimated Time of Completion: 3 minutes

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Example form fields/questions...

  • Name: (Preferred Name, Other Last Names used)

    Applicants must list ALL previous last names, maiden or married, on the application so that all transcripts can be attached to the application in a timely manner.

  • Addresses: (Permanent Address, Mailing Address, Email, Phone Numbers, etc.)
  • Biographical Information: (Birthdate, Birth Place, Native Language, Citizenship, US Social Security Number)
  • Race/Ethnicity: Colleges and universities are asked by many groups, including the federal government, accrediting associations, college guides, and newspapers, to describe the ethnic/racial backgrounds of their students and employees.



Program Information

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Application Screenshot - General Information

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In this section, indicate you want to study in an online program.

Examples and special instructions...

  • Level of Study
  • Which program do you wish to pursue?  select from the list of programs
  • Application Term
  • How do you intend to pursue your program?  select 100% Online
  • Please select the country in which you will be located while pursuing this program.



General Information

  Estimated Time of Completion: 3 minutes

Example form fields/questions...

  • General Information
  • Residence
  • Personal Information
  • Educational Enhancement Programs
  • Emergency Contact
  • Military Status
  • Disciplinary Action


If you were previously enrolled at the UA, please have your student id number ready (it will be 9 digits).



Academic History

  Estimated Time of Completion: 5 minutes

Type in the name of the Institution and select from the populated list. You need to submit the exact dates you attended. If you have a copy of your unofficial transcripts you can upload them directly. Unofficial transcripts are accepted to complete the application. If you are admitted your admission is contingent upon receipt of the official copies.

  • Institution Name
  • Location
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Level of Study
  • Degree
  • Date Degree Conferred or Expected


If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, then include the future date you expect to graduate.



Accuracy of Information

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  • Verify that all information and documents submitted with your application are accurate and complete.
  • Application Preparer




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Choose between Check/Money Order or Credit Card.

Once you submit the application a link will be provided to pay by credit card. If you chose Check/Money Order then directions will be provided. The application fee is non-refundable.




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A space to provide your digital signature will appear; you do not print the application.




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The review section will display any required fields left blank or errors.

You cannot submit your application until all required fields are completed and errors fixed. Any incomplete sections will appear in a linked red text with the “Required Field or Error” message. You can click the link to the section in red to go to that section of the application. Your application will not be submitted until you select the SUBMIT APPLICATION NOW button and it is accepted to the next screen. You cannot edit the application once submitted.

After you submit your application form, you will then have access to the Materials section of the Application Center.

Now that your application has been submitted, a member of our processing team will need to do an initial review of your information and update your checklist accordingly. This process may take up to 2 business days following your application being submitted so please do not have any documents sent right away.



Application Checklist

The application checklist shows you what additional materials you need to submit to complete your application. Your application is not complete until all materials are received. Your checklist should not be considered accurate until it has been reviewed by the admissions office which may take up to two business days after you submit your application.




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

For evaluation purposes, applicants may submit an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) from the university where they received or will receive their first bachelor’s degree. Upon admission, students will be required to submit official transcripts with degree confirmation for enrollment privileges.

Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants may submit a copy of their unofficial transcripts by paper mail or they can email a digital version (digital version must include the name of the school and website address).

Electronic: Applicants may upload their transcripts directly from their Application Center or they may mail them to

Official Transcripts

Electronic: Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution or a transcript service to



Test Scores

Request your official GRE score be sent directly to the University of Arkansas (institution code = 6866). Other graduate level standardized tests (such as MAT and GMAT) may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

Is the GRE required for everyone? Look up the current program test score requirements here.

English Language Test

If your native language is not English we ask that you submit verification of English proficiency.

Further details can be found here.



Application Fee

Pay the non-refundable application fee.


The Admissions Office may consider a waiver for justified administrative reasons. Please send your explanations to Patricia Gamboa at

An application fee waiver will be granted to individuals that qualify under these circumstances:

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars (a certifying statement from the McNair Scholars program director is required). Submit a request for an application fee waiver.
  • Project 1000 participants
  • Fellowship awards from The National Gem Consortium
  • Full-time employees at the U of A main campus
  • U of A summer REU program participants
  • Senior Citizens age 60+
  • Students from Carver Institutions
  • Florida A&M Graduate Feeder Scholars Program participants
  • PHD Project participants (business doctoral programs only)
  • Attracting Intelligent Minds (AIM) conference participants (our annual campus visitation program in partnership with the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA))
  • Federal TRiO Programs
  • Recalled Peace Corps volunteers

Once you’re admitted, please proceed to New Online Student Checklist to activate your University accounts and to set up a meeting with an Academic Advisor (step 6). If you do not have all of the prerequisites completed, your Academic Advisor will then assist you with enrolling in the remaining courses.

Subject:  A decision has been posted regarding your application for admission

From:  University of Arkansas Admissions  (

Please visit and log in with the credentials you used when initially setting up the account to view your status.

The application processing team may add or remove items from your application checklist as a result of the information they see during the evaluation of your application, collegiate transcripts, and other supporting documents. Items that may be added/removed could include additional collegiate institutions that you did not list on the application, high school transcripts, standardized test scores or other supporting documents.

Admitted students should proceed with Online Student Checklist once they've received their official admissions decision via email. Here, you will activate your University accounts and can then proceed with scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor. It is important to note that your UAConnect homepage may not be complete until upwards of 72 hours following admission so you may not be able to view your transfer credit right away. This is okay.

The application for admission cannot be updated by the student once it has been submitted. Please email your admissions counselor with:

  • Your name
  • Student ID #
  • Information you wish to update

Collegiate transcripts will remain in processing for upwards of 3 weeks once they arrive in the Registrar's Office. These items will not be marked off your checklist immediately upon arriving so please allow for processing delays. If it has been more than 3 weeks since your transcript was sent, please reach out to your admissions counselor with the submission details of that document. Please allow an additional 10-14 days for mailed documents to arrive. Please see the Collegiate Transcripts section in the #3 Materials tab.

If you are unable to pay your application fee within your New Student Center portal, please contact the Office of Admissions and ask to pay your fee over the phone.


Office of Admissions

Self Evaluation

Consider doing a self-evaluation of your transfer credits so you can:

  1. Have an idea of where you are starting in the program.
  2. Understand what criteria you will be evaluated on as part of the admissions process.


To do this, you'll want to use a copy of your college transcripts and compare them to our Course Equivalency Guide. If we have an equivalent class for something you have previously taken, you will either receive specific course or elective credit.



Credit is typically awarded for general education course where a C or better was earned. For a course to be accepted and applied towards your degree requirement it must be considered a "direct equivalent" of a course we offer at the U of A. Courses that are not direct equivalent may technically transfer into the U of A, but not count towards your degree.

There are several reasons you may not be able to locate your school in the Course Equivalency Guide. The most common reason is that the school you attended is not regionally accredited and you should not expect to receive transfer credit from that institution. It may also be that you are the first student to ask for credits to be transferred to the U of A. If you questions about this policy or would like assistance in determining if your school is regionally accredited, please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Online Student Liaison Office.

The class must be considered a "direct equivalent" of something we offer for you to receive credit towards completing the prerequisites so something like American History to 1500 won't be accepted as our History of the American People to 1877, for example.

If you cannot locate a school on the Course Equivalency Guide, it is likely not regionally accredited and you should not expect to receive transfer credit from that institution. If you have questions about this policy, please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Online Student Liaison Office.




Now that you have an idea of how many transfer credits you are likely to receive once the Registrar’s Office has reviewed your documents, you can determine what your classification will be at the time of admission.

  • If you have fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, you will be classified as a Transfer Freshman and must have a 3.0 high school GPA, 20 ACT or the Accuplacer equivalent, and a 2.0 college GPA to be eligible for admission.

  • If you have more than 24 hours of transferable credit, you will just need a 2.0 college GPA or higher to be eligible for admission as a New Transfer.



If new information is presented to our processing team during the evaluation of your supporting documents (i.e. transcripts), your classification is subject to change and items may be added or removed from your checklist. It is very important that you check your New Student Center regularly for updates.