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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, 2021 for enrollment starting in May 2022

Learn More at obu.edu/aba.

Master of Education degree

  • Fully online, asynchronous courses plus optional weekly group sessions with the program director conducted both in-person and via Zoom.
  • 12 months to complete
  • Applications open on Sept. 1, 2021 for enrollment starting in January 2022.

Learn more at obu.edu/curriculum-instruction.

Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition available
  • Both programs can be completed in 15 months
  • All but supervised practice can be completed online
  • Applications for August 2022 will open in Fall 2021
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 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

If you’re interested in applying to graduate programs but you’re not a U.S. citizen, contact Angie Schleiff (schleiffa@obu.edubefore 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 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.





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