| Frequently Asked Questions
| Making contact
| Would it help if I sent my question to multiple contacts for the Graduate Program?
No. Please direct your questions to the most appropriate person. Questions about the administration of the Graduate Program
should be sent directly to the Program Director. If you send these question to others, they just get forwarded to the Program
| Test Score
| Do I need to take a specialized GRE for admission?
No, just a general GRE transcript is needed.
For reporting GRE and TOEFL test scores, what are the UALR institution code and department codes?
The UALR code is 6368 you can find this on the GRE websifte. No department code is necessary.
How old can GRE and TOEFL Test Scores be
GRE and TOEFL test scores are good for five years
What minimum TOEFL score do you require for international students?
The UALR Graduate School requires a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam .
(see page 6 of the ETS TOEFL Score Comparison Table for other test forms)
What GRE scores are required for admission
The Bioinformatics Graduate Program's Student Admissions Committee had not established minimum GRE scores for admission to the program. All three scores are evaluated by the committee. The GRE Quantitative Score is especially important; most successful applicants score in the 700s (and some even have an 800 score). The Verbal and Analytical Writing Scores (and, for international students, the TOEFL) are important factors in determining future student success.
| What are the prerequisite courses? |
Are you able to assess my qualifications for your graduate program if I send you a CV?
We make admission decisions based on all the materials requested as part of the application packet, so it is not necessary to send a CV prior to applying (you may, however, include a CV with your application). Please note that the Bioinformatics Admissions Committee will not have access to any of your application materials until your application is complete at the UALR Graduate School; only then will they forward it on the Admissions Committee.
Do letters of reference need to be in any particular format?
No, they just need to address the applicant's suitability for admission and prospects of success in graduate school.
| Financial Aid
| Do students get financial aid during their MS or its only during the PhD period?
Students who are admitted to the MS-only program are not eligible for
graduate assistantships. Students who are admitted to the combined
MS/PhD program are eligible for assistantships starting during their
MS phase. Keep in mind though that we admit many more students than
we are able to supply financial assistance to.