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Graduate & Professional Studies

Graduate and Professional Studies at Ouachita seek to be a source of ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth for those pursuing lifelong learning or career advancement. Ouachita fosters community through relationships with classmates and professors in all learning environments. Through innovative modalities, fields and approaches, these programs combine the very best of Ouachita’s more than 130 years of Christ-centered learning with meeting the ongoing and changing needs of the work force.



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“Ouachita will offer exemplary academic programs at reasonable prices from a place where community is fostered through relationships with classmates and professors. We desire for others beyond the traditional undergraduate population to have the Ouachita experience, becoming part of our family.”

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Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies



Master of Science degree

  • Low-residency: Online course work with 1-week on-campus intensive and in-person field experience with clinical partners
  • 15 months to complete
  • Applications open on September 1, 2020 for enrollment starting in May 2021

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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Arkadelphia-based: On-campus and online course work plus in-person practice hours with regional clinical partners
  • 9 months to complete
  • Applications for August 2021 will open in Fall 2020
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These preliminary admissions requirements are university-wide. Each graduate program will have additional requirements. Please review the program-specific requirements on the webpage of your desired program.

Ouachita Baptist University General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale  (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a personal statement
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

At this time, we are not approved by SEVIS to accept international students.  However, we plan to apply and be approved to issue I-20s to international students at some time in the future.

Additionally, residents of California are not eligible for enrollment in online and low-residency programs.

The State of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University requires students to show proof of immunity for MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Ouachita Baptist University must receive an immunization record that includes the MMR vaccinations.  For more information please click here.





Ouachita also offers non-credit courses as a place of ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth for non-degree-seeking learners. Check out our current offerings below.

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Do you ever feel like there’s a leak in the bottom of your checking account? Are you wanting to make wise investment decisions, but don’t know how? Would you like to know if you’re on track with your insurance and retirement plans?  

Join us for Financial Foundations, a six-session, online course designed to improve your financial knowledge and reduce your anxiety about money. Specifically, you’ll learn to: 

  • Explore how goals and values shape your financial decisions
  • Develop a budget and understand the importance of managing your cash flow
  • Manage credit and design a debt repayment plan
  • Review the primary types of insurance and how they function in managing risk
  • Understand basic investment strategies and evaluation techniques
  • Plan for retirement and perform simple calculations to see if you’re on track 

Rooted in a Biblical perspective of money, the course combines narrated PowerPoint videos with opportunities to apply important financial skills to your personal situation. Here’s a sample of what others have said:

"Fantastic work on the course. I love that you grounded your financial work in the larger context of personal priorities, values and faith, and in the realistic human side of economics!"

"We look forward to putting the budget and expense tracking worksheets to use. These are wonderful tools!"

"I have taken another financial course before, and learned valuable skills that helped improve my money skills. This class gave me so much more information to add to what I have already learned. The resources here are just what I need to make difficult decisions. " 

 Whether you’re still learning about money management, or simply looking for a refresher, sign up today and take a foundational step toward becoming a better steward of your finances!   

  • Registration: January 1 - January 12
  • Course runs: January 15 – February 27
  • Format: Online
  • Cost: $150

For more information, contact Chris Brune at

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About the Instructor 

Chris Brune, Ph.D., CFP® is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Hickingbotham School of Business, where he also serves as chair of the Accounting and Finance Department. A Ouachita alumnus, Dr. Brune has ten years of experience in the financial services industry. Since his return to Ouachita in 2009, Brune has taught classes in Personal Finance, Investments, Insurance, Corporate Finance, and Small Business. He is also the faculty advisor for the Eddie and Phyllis Ary Student Investment Fund, a stock portfolio of approximately $1.5 million of university endowment funds managed by senior finance students. 

Faith and Justice Series

Sponsored by the Entergy Community Foundation


Have you wondered – this year or for in years prior – how people of faith fit into social change movements? This three-course series, offered free of charge thanks to an Entergy Community Foundation grant, can help you think through that question. Using an approach that incorporates arts, literature, history and other disciplines, you will be invited to examine how Christians in the U.S. have thought about their connections to social and political change. As you journey, you will be invited to journal and consider how you fit into this wider narrative and how your place and perspective affect your actions. 

The three courses may be taken together or separately. We welcome students in any age and career range. Courses include:

  • Faith and Social Change: April 8-May 31
  • Lights, Camera, (Social) Action: July 15-August 31
  • Race and US Policy Making: September 15-November 19


Registration: Opens in March 

Format: Online

Cost: Free

Enrollment: Limited to 25

For more information, contact Dr. Myra Houser ( or Dr. Rebecca Jones (


About the Instructors 

Dr. Myra Houser and Dr. Rebecca Jones teach in Ouachita’s history and communications departments, respectively. Dr. Houser studies social movements in a global context and also serves as coordinator for OBU’s B.A. program in social justice studies. Dr. Jones studies how people communicate about faith and serves as one of the founding teachers of Ouachita’s Sundance Film Festival class.


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