Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many credit hours is the MSCED program?

The MSCED program is a 36 credit hour program.

2. Is this Master’s Program full-time or part-time?

There are both full-time students and part-time students enrolled in this program. A full-time student takes at least 9 credit hours per semester, whereas a part-time student may enroll in three or six credits per semester.

3. What is the estimated cost of this Master’s Program?

Tuition is $254.50 per credit hour. Each semester that is also a $126.50 fee. If you  take one course during a semester that cost would be $763.50, plus $126.50. For two courses in a semester it would cost $1,527.00 plus $126.50. For three courses in a semester it would cost $2,290.50 plus $126.50. If a person took three courses each semester for 4 semesters to complete the degree, the cost would be $9,668.00. These cost are always subject to change.

4. When can I register for classes?

You can register for summer or fall courses each April. You can register for spring courses each November. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Yoder.

5. Who do I contact if I have questions about any aspect of the MSCED program?

You contact the MSCED office at

6. What is the minimum score that can be scored on the GRE to be accepted into this program?

There is no minimum score. However, GRE scores will be evaluated in the admission process.

7. Will there be classes that I can enroll in during the day?

All MSCED courses are facilitated through UCA Blackboard. They are all offered online. You can work on course assignments anytime during the day or night.

8. How long does it take to be admitted into the MSCED program and enroll in courses?

The process for admission takes approximately two weeks. Once you have been admitted, you can register for courses and enroll in a few minutes. In extraordinary circumstances, admission can occur more quickly. In such cases, please contact the Graduate School and Dr. Yoder.

9. Can I begin with just three credit hours per semester, or is it required that I take six credit hours per semester?

You can enroll in three, six, or nine credits per semester. The number of credit hours you take per semester depends on how quickly you wish to complete the degree and whether you want to be a part-time or full-time student.

10. Are the MSCED course job friendly?

Yes. All MSCED courses are offered online. You can complete each course at home after work hours.

11. How does the Internship course operate?

The Internship course functions in one of two ways. First, if you are employed full-time, you can create an internship project associated with your work responsibilities at your place of employment. Second, if you are not employed, you can participate as an intern at a variety of business, agencies, etc. All internship activities are coordinated by the faculty member assigned to facilitate that course. Dr. Yoder and the professor should be consulted in advance of enrolling in an Internship course.

12. I noticed while reading the information about this program that some courses can be substituted for others. How does that work?

It is possible to substitute courses taken previously or at some other institution for courses in the MSCED program. Any substitution, however, would have to be reviewed and cleared by Dr. Yoder.

13. How would my CDI attendance work in relation to credits for the Master’s Program?

Currently, attendance at a week-long CDI institute course counts for one credit toward the MSCED degree.

14. How many courses in the MSCED program are offered online?

All courses in the MSCED program are offered online.

15. Can I take one course during the semester prior to being officially accepted into the MSCED program?

If you have been admitted by the Graduate School into a non-degree program, you may take an MSCED course. If after taking that course and you decide to seek the MSCED degree, you will need to have the MSCED program designated as your degree program. You may take MSCED courses under a non-degree seeking program and convert them to the degree program at a later date. You are encouraged, however, to confer with Dr. Yoder about courses so that none will not be wasted if you convert to the degree program.

16. If I am having trouble with the online functions in a course, how do I get help?

First you should contact the professor of the course. Next, you should contact the online help desk at UCA and talk to Tonya McKinney at (501) 450-3107 or e-mail her at

17. Who should enroll in the MSCED degree program?

The MSCED degree program provides an excellent master’s-level education for numerous types of individuals. Here is a short list:

Health Care Administrators
Law Enforcement Officials
City Managers
City Planners
Quorum Court Members
City Councilmen
Regional Planners
Museum Curators