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Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Admissions: Common Questions

Below you'll find responses to common questions related to admissions at the Graduate School of Business. Please contact us if you'd like additional information.

The Walton College is located thirty minutes away from the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart. In the past twenty years, over 300 Fortune 500 companies have located offices in Northwest Arkansas to support and have access to Wal-Mart. From Kraft to Unilever, Revlon to Newell-Rubbermaid, consumer packaged goods manufacturers have established a significant and lasting presence in our region. Our partners among these companies provide our students with unparalleled access to summer internships, part time employment during the regular semesters, and job opportunities both in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the world.

Most programs will accept late applications but only on a space available basis. For full consideration for admission and financial funding, be sure to submit your application by the appropriate deadline. View all program deadlines.

YES. During Orientation, important paperwork is completed, you will register for your classes, and we make sure your laptop is ready to go. This is also an important time for you to get to know your new classmates.

NO. We have access to your transcripts (even transfer work) and you do not need to submit them to us.

AACSB or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the premier accreditation institution for business schools around the world. Nearly 600 institutions worldwide have the accreditation. As an accredited institution, we must follow a set of strict guidelines governing faculty and academic quality, meaning that your degree will be more valuable to both you and your future employer. To learn more about AACSB and what it can do for you, see

Each program has a different admissions committee and they each have different criteria. For MBA, most emphasis is placed on GMAT (600+), work experience, and GPA (3.0+) and For EMBA, GMAT and work experience are most important. The committee for the Master of Accountancy looks at GMAT (550+), GPA, Honors classes, leadership positions, and extracurricular activities. The Master of Arts in Economics committee is looking at GRE (1200+; 308 new scale), GPA, and prerequisites (Cal I, Cal II, Linear Algebra, Micro and Macroeconomics, and Statistics. Cal III and Differential Equations are recommended). For the Master of Information Systems, test score, GPA, and prerequisites (computer systems analysis and a programming language) are important.

We require that the test administrator submit your score directly to the University of Arkansas. The appropriate test must be taken within five years of the semester in which you wish to enroll. Your application will not be processed until we have received your official GMAT or GRE score. *Students with significant professional work experience may be eligible for a waiver.

Program GMAT GRE
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)*
Healthcare Executive Master of Business Administration (HCEMBA)*
Master of Information Systems (MIS)
Professional Master of Information Systems (ProMIS)*
Master of Accounting (MAcc)  
Master of Science in Economic Analytics (MSEcon)
Master of Arts in Economics (MAEcon)  
PhD in Accounting  
PhD in Economics  
PhD in Finance  
PhD in Information Systems
PhD in Management
PhD in Marketing
PhD in Supply Chain Management  

For most programs, we would like one academic and one professional reference. The third can be your choice. If you have been out of school for many years, we understand that it would be hard to get an academic reference.

For the MBA, work experience is preferred. The admissions committee favors those applicants with a minimum of one-to-two years of post-baccalaureate work experience.

It will depend on the program of interest. For Master's programs, the admissions committee favors those applicants with a minimum of one-to-two years of post-baccalaureate work experience. For Professional programs, a minimum of two years previous work experience is typically required for admission. A GMAT/GRE waiver application is also available for select Professional program candidates. If you have at least five years of quality work experience and a strong prior academic record, you may be eligible for a waiver. Please contact us for more details.

If you are applying for a master’s degree and completed your bachelor’s (or master’s) degree at an American (or other English speaking country) institution, TOEFL is waived. If you are a PhD applicant, then YES, you must submit either the internet-based TOEFL, the IELTS Academic, iTEP, or the PTE-A. View information for international applicants.

If you cannot send electronic copies of transcripts or letters of recommendations, please mail the items to: Sam M. Walton College of Business, Graduate School of Business – Admissions Department, Willard J. Walker Hall – Rm 310, 191 Harmon Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Our Institution Code for all official test scores is 6866.

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Graduate School of Business
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
Willard J. Walker Hall – Room 310
191 Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
p. 479-575-2851
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