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Higher Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Students choose from one of the concentration areas:
  • College Student Affairs
  • Two-Year College Teaching
  • Health Professions
College Student Affairs ConcentrationThe College Student Affairs concentration is designed for individuals who have special interest in college students and the higher education environments that affect their development. In addition, this program enables working professionals to increase their skills, knowledge, and abilities to compete for professional positions of increasing responsibility and scope. Program graduates are prepared to assume a wide range of administrative and professional roles in the fields of student life and student services.The Two-Year College Teaching ConcentrationThe Two-Year College Teaching concentration is designed for those who are currently employed as faculty members in two-year colleges or those who aspire to such positions. It includes a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching cognate field plus other required and elective courses that allow students to develop stronger faculty expertise.Health Professions ConcentrationThe Health Professions concentration will provide the conceptual framework and skills for graduates to engage in the scholarship of teaching as related to the education of current and future pharmacists, physicians, nurses, health related professionals, and public health workers in Arkansas. Using an interdisciplinary combination of resources from the UALR Higher Education graduate program and UAMS as a nationally recognized academic health center within close proximity, students will learn to deliver high-quality health professions education and gain practical experience to link empirical research and evidence-based decision making to design more effective instructional practices and measure student learning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Concentration in Two-Year College Teaching:

  • Higher Education in the US: An Overview
  • The Two-Year College in America
  • Introduction to Educational Research

Concentration in Health Professions Education:

  • Higher Education in Unites States/Overview
  • Intro to Educational Research
  • Legal Aspects of Higher Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Graduate Record Exam score of at least 800 (old GRE Score) / 286 (new GRE score verbal and quantitative scores combined), 146 verbal and 140 quantitative or 3.0 writing, or Miller Analogies Test score of at least 396. Tests must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • Original transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended reflecting an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Biographical Data Form.
  • A two-page, typed and double-spaced explanation of the reasons for applying to the program and the goals the student expects to achieve.
  • An interview with at least one faculty member from the program resulting in a favorable recommendation from that faculty member.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    320 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Little Rock

  • 875 - 1320 USD/month
    Living Costs

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