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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.”

Monica Hardin headshotMonica Hardin
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

International students may be considered for admission to Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Please note, transcript evaluation and visa status may take several months to work through so earlier deadlines will be observed for international students. Contact Cris McGough ( with any questions.

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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