University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Executive MBA: Admissions Requirements

The admissions committee for the Walton Executive MBA Program focuses primarily on work experience, GMAT score,  and undergraduate coursework. This Executive MBA program is intended for the individual who can't attend class every day because of work or family obligations.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply is June 15. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the application process.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged.

A "rolling" admission process means that we review and make decisions on received applications periodically and before the final deadline. While some seats are held till the end of the deadline, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

GMAT / GRE Waiver

A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for select candidates.

If you have at least five years of quality work experience and a strong prior academic record, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more details.


Executive MBA

Executive MBA

Program Length: 2 years

Program Start Date: Fall

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: February 15

Final deadline: June 15

Curriculum Overview
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Admissions Information
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Required Test**: GMAT or GRE
**A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for select candidates with quality work experience and a strong prior academic record.

Program Cost
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Application Requirements and Instructions for All Master's Programs

Successful applicants to the Walton College master’s degree programs must be academically strong and demonstrate high leadership potential. In addition, we seek to ensure diversity in the educational, experiential, and cultural backgrounds of the members of each master’s program class. Each applicant’s potential is evaluated on the following dimensions:

  • Academic record, including areas of strength and trends in academic performance. The GPA of the last 60 hours is the focus. Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Aptitude for graduate work in business, as measured by the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), is used to make admissions decisions. (see Which Test is Accepted)
  • Background, growth potential, maturity, motivation, and leadership, as indicated by employment history, other activities, and statement of purpose.
  • Professional work experience, while not required, is a significant contributor to a competitive application.

All application materials MUST be submitted before an admissions decision will be made. 

Application Form - Apply Online. - You will not submit academic documents or letter of recommendation information with the application for admission. The Graduate School of Business will send you an email outlining how to activate your Applicant Center in UA Connect to upload documents and recommender information. Please allow up to five business days for email notification. 

Application Fee (non-refundable)** - A $60.00 application fee must accompany application materials. The fee must be made payable to the University of Arkansas in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. The application fee is non-refundable and no application will be processed without the fee. **Application fee may be waived under certain circumstances.

Résumé - A current résumé is required. Be certain that your résumé indicates your full-time and part-time employment history, extracurricular collegiate, professional, and community activities, honors and awards, and foreign language proficiency.

Transcripts -Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for initial review, but official transcripts must be received to finalize any admission offer. Official transcripts from each college or university you attended, undergraduate and graduate, are required. Course work completed at one institution and posted on the transcript of a second institution is not acceptable. A transcript from the original institution is required (this includes summer course work, exchange programs, etc.). Official transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes.

Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation are required in support of your application. *One should come from an individual who is familiar with your scholastic record and one should come from an individual who is familiar with your professional performance. The third letter can be from either a second academic or professional reference or from someone who knows you well and is familiar with your potential as a graduate student.

*Students applying to the Executive MBA, Professional Master of Information Systems, or the Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate Programs can submit three professional letters of recommendation.

Statement of Purpose - Please provide a thoughtful essay response to the following questions. Please limit your response to two pages, double spaced. 

What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How will the degree program you wish to complete help you achieve these goals?

You are welcome to include any unique events, life experiences, and qualifications you feel distinguish your candidacy as well.

Official GMAT or GRE Score Report* - We require test scores to be sent directly to the University of Arkansas. The appropriate test must be taken within five years of the semester in which you wish to enroll. Official scores must be received to finalize any admission offer. See which test is accepted in your program of interest. Our Institution Code for all official test scores is 6866.

*Please Note: A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for select Executive MBA and Professional MIS candidates. If you have at least five years of quality work experience and a strong prior academic record, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more details.

Official scores must be received to finalize any admission offer. 

Domestic students are also eligible for student loans. In order to apply, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

International Applicants

Please visit admission requirements for international students.