University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Admissions: International Applicants

Our goal of preparing transformational leaders with a desire to make a difference in the world makes the Graduate School of Business an ideal fit for international students.

Master's Programs

International applicants to the Walton College master’s degree programs are required to take either the TOEFL, the IELTS Academic, or the PTE-A. Satisfactory completion of this requirement is met if one of the following is achieved:

  • Paper-based TOEFL – minimum of 550
  • Computer-based TOEFL – minimum of 213
  • Internet-based TOEFL – minimum of 79.
  • IELTS Academic – minimum of 6.5
  • PTE-A - minimum of 58

This requirement can be waived if a bachelor’s or master’s degree was completed at an American (or other English speaking country – UK, Canada, etc.) institution.

Ph.D. Programs

The TOEFL is required. A spoken English test score is required of all international Ph.D. applicants and the internet-based TOEFL is our recommended test. You may take the IELTS Academic or the PTE-A as an alternative.

Required Scores:

We require a minimum score of 79 on Internet-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic, or a minimum score of 58 on the PTE-A.

We require a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section of the internet-based TOEFL, a minimum of 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS Academic, or a minimum of 71 on the speaking section of the PTE-A.

Non-native speakers of English, regardless of citizenship, even if eligible for a TOEFL waiver, must demonstrate competency in both spoken and written English to be eligible for a graduate assistantship that requires direct contact with students in a teaching or tutorial role, in a traditional classroom setting or via distance education. This includes non-native speakers of English who have earned a previous degree in the United States. 

Competency in spoken English may be demonstrated by:

Submitting a test score of at least 7 on the IELTS Academic (speaking) sub-test, 26 on the Internet-based TOEFL (speaking) sub-test, 71 on the PTE-A (speaking) sub-test, or “pass” on the Spoken Language Proficiency Test (SLPT) and

Competency in written English may be demonstrated by:

a. Submitting a test score of at least a 6.0 on the IELTS Academic (writing) subtest, 26 on the Internet-based TOEFL (writing) subtest, a 4.0 on the GRE, a 4.5 on the GMAT (analytical writing) subtest, a 71 on the PTE-A (writing) sub-test, or a 75 on the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)


b. Concurrently enrolling in ELAC 2033 Reading and Writing II and ELAC 0011 Grammar OR ELAC 2033 Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers and ELAC 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing. Course placement is determined by test scores (5.5 IELTS Academic writing sub-test, 23 Internet-based TOEFL writing sub-test, 3.5 GRE or 4.0 GMAT analytical writing subtest, 62 PTE-A writing sub-test, or 70 on the ELPT). The Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair must request this option.

Additional information on English proficiency requirements can be found here.


Official scores should be sent directly from the testing service. Our institution code is 6866.

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Graduate School of Business
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
Willard J. Walker Hall – Room 310
191 Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
p. 479-575-2851
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Is the TOEFL or IELTS required?

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for admission, unless your native language is English (please see list of countries where English is the native language). If your native language is not English, but your schooling was in English, the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE-A is still required unless you have an earned master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Once you arrive to campus, you will have the option to take the English Language Placement Test (ELPT) to help you enroll in the correct English course level. If any of your scores indicate weakness in your English proficiency, English Language and Culture (ELAC) courses will be required.