Applying to Graduate School

How do I apply to The Graduate School @ UCA?

You will need to complete the online UCA Graduate Application AND the specific application (if required) for your program of interest. You must be accepted into the UCA Graduate School AND your specific program in order to begin classes.

IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, you will need to submit your application to the Office of International Engagement.

Is there a deadline for my application?

It is recommended that your Graduate School application be turned into the Graduate School at least one month prior to the semester you wish to start. Three months prior to your starting semester is preferable. Although every effort will be made to accommodate late applicants, there is no guarantee that a late applicant will be accepted and/or able to enroll in desired classes.

Some programs do have firm application deadlines that may be up to one year prior to starting the program, so be sure to read your program materials closely.

What are the minimum requirements for regular admission into Graduate Studies?
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 OR at least a 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA on any graduate course work taken at another accredited institution
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are less than five years old OR another program specific admission measure.  UCA’s GRE institution code is 6012.
  • Any program-specific admission requirements (e.g. minimum test scores, interview, statement of purpose, essay or writing sample)

Note: Students who plan to attend UCA must provide proof of immunizations. In order to register for classes, these immunizations must be in compliance with Arkansas Department of Health Rules and Regulations. The only exception to this policy is for a student who will enter a 100% online program AND will not visit campus at any time during his/her program. Without an approved immunization record, the student cannot make library visits, attend sports events, make in-person advising visits, use the HPER facility, attend graduation ceremonies, or participate in any other on-campus events and activities. An applicant must provide an official copy of his/her immunization record or proper exemption to the Graduate School or Student Health.

Students applying for the Communication Science and Disorders (MS), Nursing (MSN or DNP), Occupational Therapy (OTD), and Physical Therapy (DPT) apply to the UCA Graduate School AFTER YOU HAVE:

  1. applied through the CAS system,
  2. been accepted into the program at UCA, and
  3. been instructed to apply to Graduate School by the department at UCA.
What is a concurrent student?

A concurrent student is an undergraduate senior who is (1) in his/her last semester prior to the baccalaureate degree and (2) is otherwise fully qualified for graduate level study. Concurrent enrollment is not available for education, nursing, occupational therapy, or computer science students.

A concurrent student must complete the online UCA Graduate Application, any program specific application, AND UCA’s Application for Concurrent Status. Graduate credit will be received only if the student completes the requirements for the bachelor’s degree during the same term in which the graduate courses are taken.

Can I enroll in a graduate class without being accepted into a program?

A non-degree seeking student is one who is accepted into the UCA Graduate School and takes a course or two without admission to a specific graduate program. This classification is reserved for students who are undecided about their major field of emphasis, who choose to take work for upgrading their professional skills, or who wish to enroll in work for transferring to another graduate school. Any work taken by a non-degree seeking student may subsequently be applied to fulfilling degree requirements if the student applies to and is accepted into a degree program. Note: You will want to check with the department in which your desired course(s) are housed, as some departments limit enrollment to students admitted to their degree program(s).