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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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Graduate Programs



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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 Online Education



Master of Science degree

  • Low-residency: 3-day on-campus, in-person intensive followed by online synchronous coursework.
  • Five semesters that can be completed in less than two years.
  • Applications open on Jan. 1, 2023, for enrollment starting in August 2023. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023.

A Master of Arts degree option is available to individuals who prefer to pursue practical experience at their own pace; this pathway has no requirement to accrue fieldwork hours and is an ideal option for those whose careers do not focus on autism/intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Learn more at obu.edu/aba.

Master of Business Administration degree

  • Fully online, asynchronous courses with a program-long practicum in your location.
  • 12 months to complete.
  • The deadline to apply is July 1, 2023, for enrollment starting in August 2023.

Learn more at obu.edu/mba.

We’re preparing students for lives of meaningful work by creating a new opportunity to respond to the growing global mental health crisis. Set to launch in Fall 2024*, Ouachita’s low-residency Master of Arts degree program in counseling with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling equips students to become Licensed Professional Counselors by training them in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

*pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission

Learn more at obu.edu/counseling-ma.

Master of Education degree

  • Fully online, asynchronous courses plus optional group sessions with the program director conducted both in-person and via Zoom.
  • 12 months to complete.
  • Applications are open year-round.

A graduate certificate option is available to individuals with a bachelor’s degree or beyond who are interested in teaching as a calling. It includes a subset of the master’s degree courses.

Learn more at obu.edu/curriculum-instruction.

Master of Science degree

  • Required 2-day on-campus, in-person workshop followed by fully online, asynchronous coursework.
  • 36 credit hours can be completed in 12 months.
  • Applications open on Jan. 1, 2023, for enrollment starting in August 2023. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2023.

Learn more at obu.edu/exercise-science.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship available
  • Can be completed in 15 months.
  • All but supervised practice can be completed online.
  • Applications for August 2023 opened on Sept. 1, 2022.

Learn more at obu.edu/dietetics/gradprograms.




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 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 statement of purpose
  • 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

If you’re interested in applying to graduate programs but you’re not a U.S. citizen, contact your graduate admissions counselor, Angie Schleiff (schleiffa@obu.edu), before submitting an application. Due to visa requirements, requests from non-U.S. citizens are handled on a case-by-case basis and take extra time. Please inquire early in the process.

The State of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University require 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.





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