University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Information Systems Master's Degree Programs: Admissions Process

The admissions decisions are based on a faculty committee review of your application packet. Emphasis is placed on work experience, undergraduate GPA and a GMAT or GRE score. The Professional MIS program, as opposed to the traditional full-time MIS, is intended for the individual who can't attend class every day because of work or family obligations.

Admissions into the Master of Information Systems Program

Applications for the full-time Master of Information Systems Program should be submitted by February 1st.

Prerequisites for the program include computer systems analysis and a programming language. Business foundations (accounting, economics, finance, and statistics) are also recommended.

Master of Information Systems

Master of Information Systems

Program Length: 1 year

Application deadline
February 1st

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Admissions into the Professional Master of Information Systems Program

Applicants for the part-time Professional Masters of Information Systems Program who would like to take advantage of an early decision must submit an application by April 1st. Final deadline for applications to the Professional MIS program is July 1st.

Professional Master of Information Systems

Professional Master of Information Systems

Program Length: Less than 2 years

Application deadline
Early decision: April 1st
Final deadline: July 1st

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Program Cost
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GMAT/GRE WAIVER

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


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.
  • Background, growth potential, maturity, motivation, and leadership, as indicated by employment history, other activities, and statement of purpose.
  • Significant, full-time work experience. Two years of significant, full-time work experience is strongly preferred for admission to both MBA programs.


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. Please call (479) 575-2851 to pay with a credit card.

Résumé - For applicants to the full-time programs, a copy of a current resume is required. Be certain that your resume 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 resume.

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. Letters of recommendation are confidential, and will not be released to the applicant.

*Students applying to the Executive MBA, Professional Master of Information Systems, or the Information 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
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)*
Master of Information Systems (MIS)
Professional Master of Information Systems (ProMIS)*
Master of Accounting (MAcc)  
Master of Economics (MAEcon)  

International Applicants

International applicants must also submit the following: