Applicants use the Gateway for UAMS Students (GUS) to complete and track their admission application, receive up-to-date information on the admissions process, and also serves as the main portal for student information throughout the duration of your studies at UAMS.
Please contact your Program for additional admission requirements that might not be listed in this application. Program information can be found here.
Things to Keep in Mind When Filling out the Admission Application
- Make sure you hit the ‘submit application’ button when you complete your application. There is no application fee. You can have all of the green check marks completed and your application can still not be actually submitted to the Graduate School. After clicking the ‘Submit Application button and completing the required screens, you will receive an email that will let you know that your application has been submitted. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.
- When entering previous education in OAA, please only use the “Can’t Find my College” option ONCE when listing your previous institutions. If you cannot find more than one of your institutions, please list those in a Word document and upload that document in when submitting your application.
- Once you have submitted an admissions application you cannot change any information included. It is very important to make sure that all information included in your application is complete and correct.
- To find out what application materials have not been received, you will log in to GUS. Materials that have not been received will be listed in your “To Do” items.
Documents to Submit in the Online Application
Contact information for Letters of Recommendation – please include their name and correct email address. Recommendation requests will be sent by email.
CV and Statement of Purpose – please attach this information in the documents section of GUS when applying.
Documents to Submit to the Graduate School: Electronic or Paper Copy
Official transcripts from each university attended even if listed as transfer credit on another transcript.
The Graduate School requires a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.70 (A=4.00) or better on all undergraduate coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (regardless of any modifications to the academic record by the undergraduate institution on the basis of academic clemency or grade forgiveness policies). UAMS Graduate School does not have a forgiveness policy for evaluation of transcripts. However; should an applicant fail to meet this requirement, the program may petition the Dean of the Graduate School to consider an exception to this requirement on behalf of the applicant. Any decisions by the Dean to grant exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For all international applicants, official test results of the TOEFL or IELTS test must be sent directly to UAMS by the Educational Testing Service.
A photocopy of the scores sent to the student, who in turn forwards the scores to UAMS is not sufficient. No action will be taken on an application containing a photocopied test score. There is no exception to this policy. The code for the UAMS Graduate School is 6901. If selecting by institution name, please select the following: U AR Med Sci Graduate School English Proficiency Certification.
Any international applicant whose native language is English must provide a document identifying their country which notes the native language is English. Any applicant whose native language is not English and who does not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution is required to submit a TOEFL score with the suggested minimum score of 79 (computer-based). As of November 21, 2019, the IELTS test score will be accepted. The suggested minimum score on the IELTS test is 6.5. Please note that departments have the prerogative of setting higher score requirements. The TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been taken within the two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. The student should use the institution code 6901 for both the TOEFL and IELTS. An official copy of the TOEFL or IELTS score, issued by the Educational Testing Service must be sent directly to UAMS by the testing service. A photocopy of the scores sent to the student is not sufficient. No action will be taken on an application containing a photocopied test score. There is no exception to this policy.
Finances and Expenses.
All international students attending UAMS must have sufficient resources to meet all educational and living expenses until their program of study is completed. The estimated annual budget for an international student is currently $33,000 per year but your Affidavit of Support must state a total amount for two years of $66,000.00. If an international applicant believes he/she has sufficient resources to fund the expenses for the length of the degree program he/she must submit documented evidence that sufficient financial resources are available in U.S. dollars. This figure includes non-resident tuition, books, fees, required health insurance, etc., as well as basic living expenses for a student residing in campus housing. International students may meet these expenses in one of two ways. Ph.D. applicants may be eligible for an assistantship that will cover educational and living expenses and payment of tuition by the Graduate School, or a student may meet expenses through personal or other resources. There is no other type of financial aid, such as student loans or grants, available to international students through this institution. Proof of Financial Support can be shown in the following ways:Personal bank statement or savings account – A personal bank reference on bank letterhead from a bank official verifying that you possess the funds for estimated cost of attendance.A sponsor’s bank reference letter verifying that he/she possesses the funds and an affidavit from your sponsor verifying his or her intent to sponsor your education.Government financial guarantee – Submit the original form or official copy of your award as evidence of financial support.
The statement of financial support must be in English; it must specify the sponsoring organization, academic term(s), billing address, and level and field of study for which it is valid. It must also specify the U.S. dollar amount you will receive and how the funds will be paid.
Additional amounts for dependents per year are: spouse $4,500 and children $2,500 each.
Life insurance policies, investments, non-liquid assets, and screen shots from an online bank account are not acceptable forms of documentation.
Please submit these application documents by mail or email:
To allow sufficient time for departmental consideration and processing of required immigration documentation, international applicants should make sure all of the above items are submitted no less than four months prior to the applicant’s anticipated initial enrollment. If any of the above items are not submitted the application will not be considered.
Under no circumstances will UAMS issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20 A-B) until the applicant has been admitted to the University.