There are two steps to becoming a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas:
Get accepted by the International Admissions Office, and
Get accepted by the Department of Electrical Engineering.
The first step is getting accepted by the Graduate and International Admissions Office. All students apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Office, whether domestic or international. To accomplish this, a student should upload online or mail all application materials to the Admissions Office. Do not send application materials to the Department of Electrical Engineering. The Graduate and International Admissions Office evaluates student credentials for the Graduate School.
The Graduate and International Admissions Office evaluates a student to determine if he or she meets admission requirements. If all requirements are met, the application is forwarded to the Electrical Engineering Department.
A committee in the Electrical Engineering Department accepts or rejects potential graduate students by vote. The Graduate and International Admissions Office sends all information to the Electrical Engineering Department. You do not have to send it again.
In addition, the Department of Electrical Engineering requires:
1. Three Letters of Recommendation
2. A Statement of Purpose
3. ACV or Resume
The recommendation writers will receive instructions from the Graduate and International Admissions Office and the letters will post in your UAConnect account once completed. You may upload the statement of purpose and the resume along with the other application materials to the Graduate and International Admissions Office, or you may email them to email@example.com. The statement of purpose is a one or two page document which explains why you want to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. It should also describe the research areas in which you would like to specialize. The research areas pages of this website describe common specialty areas and list the faculty doing research in each area.
In summary, you need to apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Office. Work with them to complete your file so they can do the evaluation. If your application is incomplete, they will notify you. After they evaluate it they send your file to the Electrical Engineering Department for a final admission decision. The faculty members in Department Graduate Committee make the decision.
A student must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system) on all undergraduate work, or a 3.0 average or above on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Also, the sum of a student's verbal and quantitative GRE scores must be at least 302. A GRE score is required for all students, except those graduating with a B.S. from the University of Arkansas.
A GRE waiver is available for applicants of the on-line program who meet the following criteria:
1. The student has passed an equivalent exam (like the Fundamentals of Engineering),
2. The student has a degree from an ABET-Accredited program, or already completed a graduate degree in an engineering related field, and
3. The student has at least one year of professional working experience after completing a baccalaureate degree.
For the Ph.D. program, there must be a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering who is willing to be your major advisor. Once the Graduate School accepts you, they send your application to the Electrical Engineering Department. Even if the Graduate Committee votes to accept you, there must be a faculty member who is willing to serve as your advisor. A GRE score of at least 302 is also required for the Ph.D. program unless the student's M.S. degree is from the University of Arkansas.
The Electrical Engineering graduate program receives many more applications than the department has faculty or funds to support. Thus, admission is competitive. In other words, meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee admission.
If you have a question that needs to be answered by the Department of Electrical Engineering instead of the Admissions Office, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.