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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 Degrees



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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, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2024.

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 following one on-campus orientation event.
  • 12 months to complete, including a program-long practicum in your location.
  • Applications open on January 1, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2024.

Learn more at obu.edu/mba.

Master of Arts degree

  • Low-residency: students come to campus for four days of in-person learning throughout the program. There are four total intensives completed prior to practicum and internships.
  • 63 hours of online, synchronous and asynchronous coursework completed in seven semesters
  • Applications open January 15, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024.

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.
  • Can be completed in 12 months.
  • Applications are open year-round and must be submitted one month prior to enrollment. Three entry points (spring, summer and fall) are available.

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, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2024.

Learn more at obu.edu/exercise-science.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship available
  • Can be completed in 15 months.
  • All coursework is online, except supervised practice.
  • Applications open on October 1, 2023, for enrollment starting in August 2024. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2024.

Learn more at obu.edu/msdi.




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 may require a specific GPA)
  • Completed Ouachita graduate application with a statement of purpose
  • Three references

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

Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
  • At least a 79 on the internet-Based TOEFL (iBT)
  • At least a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
  • At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

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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