Jun 10, 2023  
Graduate Catalog 
Graduate Catalog

Guide to the UA Little Rock, Graduate School

Ottenheimer Library, 5th Floor, (501) 916-3206, (501) 916-3039 (fax), Website

Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate School:
Dr. Brian Berry
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate School and Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing:
Dr. Karen Kuralt

The UA Little Rock Graduate School is the central administrative unit providing leadership, coordination, and services for graduate students. Together with the university’s graduate programs, departments, colleges, and the Graduate Council, the Graduate School shares responsibility for recruiting graduate students, as well as publicizing, managing, and developing graduate programs.

Students are always welcome in the Graduate School offices on the fifth floor of the Ottenheimer Library, where staff members will gladly assist them with questions or problems related to their graduate education. Staff members also welcome online video conferences and phone calls from students, including those in online programs.

The Graduate School staff coordinates the following processes for graduate students and faculty:

  • Processing applications
  • Answering application and enrollment questions
  • Maintaining student records
  • Answering questions about appointing graduate assistants
  • Processing tuition and stipend payments for graduate assistants
  • Writing and designing promotional materials for graduate programs
  • Assisting program coordinators with recruiting and marketing
  • Generating reports on application and enrollment trends
  • Providing logistical support for both the Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Association (GSA)


The UA Little Rock Graduate School will offer its students (part time, full time,military, and veterans) a high impact learning experience by creating collaborative relationships to ensure future success. The Graduate School will partner with other units on campus to continually foster an inclusive and family-friendly environment where a diverse student body thrives intellectually, becomes career ready, and is prepared for lifelong success.


The mission of the Graduate School is to provide leadership for developing and sustaining quality graduate programs; to promote graduate education; to facilitate student access to graduate programs; to support and promote public service, research, and sponsored programs; and to support faculty development. In keeping with tThe mission of UA Little Rock Graduate School is to provide a high quality educational experience through a wide range of academic programs. UA Little Rock is a community engaged, research metropolitan university located in the capital city and the largest metropolitan area of the state. Consistent with that mission, UA Little Rock Graduate School serves the needs of a diverse community by preparing our students for career readiness and lifelong success. The Graduate School will accomplish this through:

1. COLLABORATION: To foster community/civil engagements.                

2. EDUCATION: To support enhancement and encourage high impact learning through quality education experiences on both the main campus and our online campus through graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral programs.

3. EFFICIENT SUPPORT STRUCTURE: To offer stream-lined processes to help students including historically marginalized populations succeed, as well as faculty engaged in the graduate programs.

4. SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES: To provide opportunities such as, but not limited to, research/creative activities, competitions, workshops and social networking events, in collaboration with academic units, to complement the learning experience.he UA Little Rock mission, the Graduate School strives to carry out its mission in an environment that enhances freedom of expression, academic integrity, scholarly inquiry, and interactions among the graduate disciplines toward the goal of preparing leaders and responsible citizens. (Adopted by the UA Little Rock Graduate Council, 1989)


The UA Little Rock Graduate School was created as a distinct academic and administrative unit in 1977, although graduate coursework had been offered since 1975. The dean of the Graduate School reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The day-to-day operation of individual graduate programs is the responsibility of the graduate program coordinators and graduate faculty of the academic departments. The Graduate Council, commissioned as a committee of the Faculty Senate, approves additions and changes to graduate programs, including admission requirements, graduation requirements, program curricula, and graduate faculty members. The Graduate Council recommends policies for approval by the Faculty Senate.


The specific requirements and policies of each graduate degree program are described in the section of this catalog covering that program and its courses. Degree-seeking graduate students should contact their advisors each semester to ensure that they make satisfactory progress toward graduation.

A full list of our programs can be found here .