University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Walton MBA: Admissions

We welcome applicants who are motivated and driven toward academic and professional excellence. Admission to the Walton College MBA program is highly competitive and selective. Enrollment is limited.

Admissions Overview

The Walton MBA is a full-time, on-campus program. The admissions committee base their decisions on the applicant's:

  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Work experience
  • Undergraduate coursework & GPA
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline

The priority deadline, for funding decisions, is February 15th.

The final deadline for applications is July 1st.

We use a rolling admission process for the Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA programs. 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.



Full-Time MBA

Program Length: 22 months

Program Start Date: Fall

Application Deadlines

International Applicants: January 15

Priority Deadline: February 15

Final deadline: June 1

Admissions Information
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Required Test: GMAT or GRE

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 in the chart below)
  • 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.

Résumé - For applicants to the full-time programs, a copy of 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. For applicants to the part-time programs, please submit a current work résumé.

Official Transcripts - 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.). Transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for initial review, but official transcripts must be received to finalize any admission offer.

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 master’s 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 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.

*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.

 Which test is accepted for the program I'm interested in?
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 Professional Accounting (MPA)*  
Master of Accounting (MAcc)  
Integrated Master of Accounting (IMAcc)  
Master of Science in Finance(MSFinn)
Master of Science in Economic Analytics (MSEcon)
Master of Arts in Economics (MAEcon)  
Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCMT)
Professional Master of Applied Business Analytics (ProMABA)
Full-Time Master of Applied Business Analytics (MABA)
PhD in Accounting  
PhD in Economics  
PhD in Finance  
PhD in Information Systems
PhD in Management
PhD in Marketing
PhD in Supply Chain Management  

Our Institution Code for all official test scores is 6866.

International Applicants

Please visit admission requirements for international students.