Admission Process

Higher Education Master's (M.Ed.) Program, University of Arkansas

M.Ed. Admission Requirements

Formal consideration for admission to the Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Higher Education requires:

  • Prior admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School, which requires a separate application process.
  • A minimum overall 3.00 GPA or a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of course work attempted.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing). The scores must be within the last 5 years and sent directly to the University of Arkansas Graduate School from the testing company. There is no minimum test score required for admission. The GRE score is one factor in determining a student's ability to be academically successful at the Graduate level.

Formal application to the Higher Education program requiring the following:

  • A completed Higher Education Master's (M.Ed.) Program Application for Admission Form.
  • Statement of Interest.
  • A current resume or vita.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (may include written letters in lieu of graduate school's electronic reference letter system grad.uark.edu).​ Please select professional references that are able to speak to your experiences and abilities as they may translate to success in the field of student affairs and in our graduate program. We recommend including a reference from at least one student affairs professional, as well as one reference from a faculty member who can provide insight on your academic ability and work in the classroom setting.
  • A writing sample demonstrating the applicant's best writing.

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of all admission criteria submitted by the applicant.

Additional Higher Education Master's (M.Ed.) Degree Program Admission Information

  • Successful Candidates. The Higher Education Master's (M.Ed.) degree program is seeking students, both traditional and non-traditional, with outstanding credentials, including evidence of leadership and/or work experience; and excellent references. Attributes, experiences, interests, and characteristics of an applicant that would serve to enhance the diversity of our students are especially valued. In addition, the faculty is seeking a balanced and diverse group of students who will become future leaders in the field of higher education.
  • Conditional Admission. Only in unusual situations will candidates with a GPA below 3.0 be considered, and these candidates may or may not be allowed to hold Graduate Assistantships, if offered. Candidates with a cumulative GPA near 3.0 (at minimum 2.75 or higher) may be considered for admission by special consideration, which includes submission of a satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) composite scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) that demonstrates the student's ability to effectively perform academically at the master's level (test scores usually at the 50th percentile). Students seeking admission by special consideration should consult with the program coordinator prior to applying for the program.
  • Application Deadlines. Students may be admitted for summer/fall semesters. The early application deadline for the fall semester is Jan. 15. The final application deadline is June 15. The deadline for the spring semester is Nov. 15. Click here to learn about the Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship Interview Days.

For questions about the Higher Education M.Ed. degree program please contact:

Leslie Jo Shelton, Ph.D. 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Phone: 479-575-4873
Email: ljshelto@uark.edu