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  2. Choose the Walton Graduate School of Business application.
  3. Fill out and Submit the online application form.
  4. Upload the supporting documents in your Application Portal.

* Please visit catalog.uark.edu for all graduate and international admission policies.

Contact us for help:

Phone: 479-575-2851
Email: gsb@walton.uark.edu

Master's Requirements

In addition to the Online Application and a $60 Application Fee for domestic applicants ($75 for international applicants), the following documents are required:

Transcripts and Final Degree Conferrals

  • Unofficial copies can be uploaded for an initial application review (official copies are needed to finalize admission).
  • If you are a current or former U of A student, we have your official Arkansas transcript on file. You do not need to submit another copy.

Graduate Level Test Scores (GMAT or GRE)

  • A GMAT or GRE score is required for the Master of Arts in Economics (MAEcon).
  • A GMAT score is required the Master’s of Accountancy (MACC) programs. Students admitted to the Integrated Master of Accountancy program (IMACC) who plan continuous enrollment into the Master of Accountancy program do not need to reapply, but must submit an acceptable GMAT score.
  • Students applying to the Executive MBA program are not required to submit an academic test as part of their application materials.
  • For all other master’s degree programs, students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver under the following conditions:
    • Student has earned a 3.2 cumulative or at least 60 credit hour GPA from an accredited U.S. institution (undergraduate or graduate degree)
    • OR the student has a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional work experience as evaluated by the program admissions committee. Exceptions may be made for other outstanding achievements or qualifications — (eg: J.D./M.D./Ph.D., or valid alternate exam as determined by the admissions committee)
  • All applicants with only international academic transcripts must submit a valid GMAT or GRE exam as part of their complete application packet. Holders of a U.S. work visa applying to professional, part-time degree programs (Executive MBA, Professional MIS, Professional MABA, Healthcare Business Analytics, Product Innovation, or Supply Chain Management) may petition for a test waiver based on a minimum of 3 years of professional work experience.  Waiver approval will be determined by the departmental admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Unofficial copies can be uploaded for an initial application review (official copies are needed to finalize admission).
  • Please review our full master’s admissions catalog policy.

If the GMAT/GRE waiver is denied as part of an initial program review, students must submit a valid GMAT or GRE exam (depending on specific program requirements) for further admission consideration.

Statement of Purpose

Résumé

  • Document and highlight your professional and academic achievements.

Letters of Recommendation

  • You will input the names and email addresses of 3 professional references in your Application Portal.
  • They will then receive an automated email request to upload a letter on your behalf.
  • If you are a working professional, you may include all employment-based references.

*Master of Supply Chain Management applicants will submit 3 references via a form accessed through their application checklist.

International Applicants please see the additional tab below.

Senior Waiver

For students 60 years and older, if you are interested in applying for the University’s Senior Waiver, please read through the General Student Fee Waiver for Students Sixty Years of Age or Older policy. Please keep in mind that program-specific fees are not waived under this policy. This would include the program fees associated with the Executive MBA, Healthcare Executive MBA, Professional MIS, Professional MABA, Professional Supply Chain Management, Product Innovation, and Enterprise Systems graduate certificates. Students approved for the senior waiver would still be charged all fees associated with these professional programs. More information is also available on the University of Arkansas website.

Master's Application Deadlines
Program Application
Deadline
Duration
of Program
Orientation
Dates
Required Summer Course(s)
Full-Time MBA* International applicants and
Priority deadline: February 15
Final: May 15 CLOSED EARLY
22 months TBD Accounting and
Statitics Boot camps (Summer)
Executive MBA* July 1 2 years TBD Accounting and
Statitics Boot camps (Summer)
Healthcare Executive MBA* July 1 2 years TBD Accounting and
Statitics Boot camps (Summer)
Integrated Master of Accounting (IMACC) February 15
(of your junior year)
2 years August 15  
Professional Accounting (MPACC)* March 1 1 year August 16  
Accounting (MACC) March 1 1 year August 16  
Economic Analytics (MSECAN)* International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
1 year August 1 ECON 57403 Intro to Econometrics
7/29 - 8/17
Economics (MAECON)* International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
1 year August 1 ECON 61303 Math for Econ Analysis
7/29 - 8/17
Finance (MSFINN)* Fall Deadlines
International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
Spring Deadlines
International applicants: August 15
Final (domestic applicants): November 1
1 year Fall: August 14
Spring: TBD
 
Product Innovation (MSPI) International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
1-2 years TBD  
Full-Time Information Systems (MIS)* November 1 1 year May 7 Boot Camp - 8/10
Full-Time Applied Business Analytics (MABA)* November 1 1 year May 6 Boot Camp - 8/10
Healthcare Business Analytics (MHBA)* Part-Time: July 1
Full-Time: November 1
1-2 years August 9-10 Boot Camp - 8/10
Professional Master of Information Systems (ProMIS)* Priority: April 1
Final: July 1
22 months August 9-10 Boot Camp - 8/10
Professional Master of Applied Business Analytics (ProMABA)* Priority: April 1
Final: July 1
5 semesters August 9-10 Boot Camp - 8/10
Marketing (MSMKTG)* International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
1 year August 14  
Supply Chain Management (MSSCMT)* Fall Deadlines
International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1
Spring Deadlines
International applicants: August 15
Final (domestic applicants): November 1
Flexible Fall: August 8 (in-person in Rogers, 5:30pm)
August 7 (100% online, Zoom, 6pm)
Spring: TBD
 

* A GMAT score is required for the Master of Accountancy (MACC) program. For all other master’s degree programs, students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our full master’s admissions catalog policy.

Ph.D. Requirements

In addition to the Online Application and a $60 Application Fee for domestic applicants ($75 for international applicants), the following documents are required:

Transcripts and Final Degree Conferrals

  • All transcripts and degree conferrals from your previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  • Unofficial copies can be uploaded for an initial application review (official copies are needed to finalize admission).
  • If you are a current or former U of A student, we have your official Arkansas transcript on file. You do not need to submit another copy.

Graduate Level Test Scores (GMAT or GRE)

  • All Walton doctoral programs require either a valid GMAT or GRE for admission.
    • Please check the individual program for specific test requirements.
  • Unofficial copies can be uploaded for an initial application review (official copies are needed to finalize admission).
  • Analytical Writing score (AWA) is required for Fellowship consideration.

Statement of Purpose

  • This is a professional statement of purpose highlighting your research interests and goals.

Résumé or CV

  • Document and highlight your professional and academic achievements.

Letters of Recommendation

  • You will input the names and email addresses of 3 professional references in your Application Portal.
  • They will then receive an automated email request to upload a letter on your behalf.
International Applicants please see the additional tab below.

Senior Waiver

For students 60 years and older, if you are interested in applying for the University’s Senior Waiver, please read through the General Student Fee Waiver for Students Sixty Years of Age or Older policy. Please keep in mind that program-specific fees are not waived under this policy. This would include the program fees associated with the Executive MBA, Healthcare Executive MBA, Professional MIS, Professional MABA, Professional Supply Chain Management, Product Innovation, and Enterprise Systems graduate certificates. Students approved for the senior waiver would still be charged all fees associated with these professional programs. More information is also available on the University of Arkansas website.

Ph.D. Deadlines
Program Application
Deadline
Duration
of Program
Required
Test
Orientation Dates Required Summer Course
Accounting Ph.D.  December 1 4 years GMAT July 25 ECON 61303 Math for Econ Analysis
7/29 - 8/17
Economics Ph.D.  January 15 4-5 years GRE July 25 ECON 61303 Math for Econ Analysis
7/29 - 8/17
Finance Ph.D.  December 15 4-5 years GMAT preferred
GRE also accepted
July 25 ECON 61303 Math for Econ Analysis
7/29 - 8/17
Information Systems Ph.D. January 15 4-5 years GMAT or GRE August 13  
Management Ph.D.  December 15 4-5 years GMAT or GRE August 13  
Marketing Ph.D. December 1 4-5 years GMAT or GRE August 13  
Strategy and Entrepreneurship Ph.D. December 15
Admits every other year
(2023, 2025, 2027...)
4-5 years GMAT or GRE July 25  
Supply Chain Management Ph.D.  December 15 4-5 years GMAT preferred
GRE also accepted
August 13  

A GMAT/GRE is required for all doctoral programs.
Graduate Certificate Requirements

In addition to the Online Application and a $30 Application Fee, the following documents are required:

Transcripts and Final Degree Conferrals

  • Unofficial copies can be uploaded for an initial application review (official copies are needed to finalize admission).
  • If you are a current or former U of A student, we have your official Arkansas transcript on file. You do not need to submit another copy.

Statement of Purpose

Résumé

  • Document and highlight your professional and academic achievements.

Letters of Recommendation

  • You will input the names and email addresses of 3 professional references in your Application Portal.
  • They will then receive an automated email request to upload a letter on your behalf.
  • If you are a current undergraduate student or a recent graduate, please include a minimum of 1 academic reference.
  • If you are a working professional, you may include all employment-based references
International Applicants please see the additional tab below.

Senior Waiver

For students 60 years and older, if you are interested in applying for the University’s Senior Waiver, please read through the General Student Fee Waiver for Students Sixty Years of Age or Older policy. Please keep in mind that program-specific fees are not waived under this policy. This would include the program fees associated with the Executive MBA, Healthcare Executive MBA, Professional MIS, Professional MABA, Professional Supply Chain Management, Product Innovation, and Enterprise Systems graduate certificates. Students approved for the senior waiver would still be charged all fees associated with these professional programs. More information is also available on the University of Arkansas website.

Graduate Certificate Deadlines
Program Application
Deadline
Start Date Required #
of Hours
Orientation
Dates
Boot Camp
Dates
Business Analytics July 1 Fall 12 Hours
(4 classes)
August
11
August
12
Enterprise Resource Planning May 1 Summer 12 Hours
(4 classes)
August
11
August
12
Blockchain Enterprise Systems May 1 TBD 12 Hours
(4 classes)
August
11
August
12
Cybersecurity and Data May 1 Summer 12 Hours
(4 classes)
August
11
August
12
Healthcare Business Analytics July 1 Fall 12 Hours
(4 classes)
August
11
August
12
Entrepreneurship Variable Variable 12 Hours
(4 classes)
N/A N/A

 

Non-Degree Program Requirements

In addition to the Online Application and a $30 Application Fee, the following documents are required:

Affidavit

List of Graduate Class Requests

  • You will need to submit a list of the requested graduate classes you wish to take.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of non-degree coursework may apply to a future degree program with full admission and department approval.
International Applicants please see the additional tab below.

Senior Waiver

For students 60 years and older, if you are interested in applying for the University’s Senior Waiver, please read through the General Student Fee Waiver for Students Sixty Years of Age or Older policy. Please keep in mind that program-specific fees are not waived under this policy. This would include the program fees associated with the Executive MBA, Healthcare Executive MBA, Professional MIS, Professional MABA, Professional Supply Chain Management, Product Innovation, and Enterprise Systems graduate certificates. Students approved for the senior waiver would still be charged all fees associated with these professional programs. More information is also available on the University of Arkansas website.

Additional Requirements for International Students
English Language Requirement*

International applicants are required to submit a valid English language test score for admission review. Please visit the International Admissions website for accepted tests, minimum scores, and potential English language course requirements.

*The Duolingo Test of English is not accepted for admission to the Walton College.  Please refer to the other testing options on the International Admissions website.

Ph.D. Language Requirement

Ph.D. students have a second/additional speak and writing score requirement for graduate assistantship duties.

I-20 or DS-2019 Additional Documents

Additional admissions documents will be required to produce an I-20 or DS-2019, and they will appear in the Application Portal following admission.

International Credential Evaluation

The University of Arkansas conducts its own internal international credential evaluation. No outside evaluations are accepted.

Official Transcripts and Degrees

Required, official international transcripts/mark sheets/diplomas/degree conferrals for admitted students can be brought to the Graduate School of Business upon arrival. Visit International Admissions for more details.