Master of Education Degree Application Process


  • Fall/Summer Early Admission—Jan. 15
  • Fall/Summer Admission—June 15
  • Spring Admission—Nov. 15 

Dr. Hevel teachingFor information on Graduate Assistant (GA) Interview Days, please visit the Division of Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship page. The GA application process is separate from the academic program application process.

  • GA Interview Day will be announced in January 2019.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College of Education and Health Professions offers several scholarship opportunities each academic year.

The Academic Scholarship Office has many resources available to students looking for financial aid. Including: a Guide to Outside Scholarships and scholarships offered by the University of Arkansas.

Graduate Assistantships are another wonderful way to offset the cost of graduate school. Many graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver, earn a monthly stipend, and have professional development funds.

Prerequisites for admission to the M.Ed. degree program in Higher Education

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum overall 3.00 grade point average or a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of course work attempted
    • Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the GPA guideline may qualify for admission by special consideration after consulting with the program coordinator prior to applying for the program.

Applying to the M.Ed. program involves applying to both the University of Arkansas Graduate School and the Higher Education Program.

First, apply for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School:

  • Complete a Graduate School Application for Admission and pay a $60 non-refundable application fee.
    • Fee Waivers are available for McNair Scholars and TRIO participants. Contact Karl W, Anderson at or 479-575-3207.
  • Uploading transcripts
    • For evaluation purposes, an unofficial copy of transcript(s) are acceptable. Instructions for uploading transcript(s) will be sent after the application is processed. If admitted, official transcripts with degree confirmation will be required.
  • The GRE is not required for admissions.

Second, apply for admission to the Higher Education Master’s of Education Degree Program:

  • Completing a Higher Education Master’s Program Application for Admission
  • Submit a Statement of Interest
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vita
  • Submit a writing sample demonstrating your best writing
  • Secure three supporting recommendations (may include written letters in lieu of the Graduate School's automated reference letter system)
    • Either enter the references on the Graduate School Application for Admission or send them on the Higher Education Program Recommendation Form.
    • 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 a classroom setting.

These materials should be sent to

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

Additional M.Ed. Program Admission Information

Successful Candidates. The Higher Education 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 3.00 be considered, and these candidates may or may not be allowed to hold Graduate Assistantships, if offered. Candidates with a cumulative GPA near 3.00 (at minimum 2.75 or higher) may be considered for admission by special consideration, which includes submission of a satisfactory 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.

For questions concerning the application process, please contact:
Sandra Ward, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services
Fax: 479-575-3319

For questions concerning the Higher Education Master's Degree Program, please contact:
Leslie Jo Shelton, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Higher Education