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Graduate Studies


Welcome to Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Graduate programming at UAFS is designed to complement the educational offerings at the undergraduate level and provide needed graduate programs to constituents in the River Valley region and beyond. We currently offer two graduate programs: Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and the Master of Education. Over time the university plans to add more programs that are consistent with our mission of preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place. 
UAFS has gained a reputation for connecting education with careers by providing students with skills and abilities to apply in their chosen fields. Graduate programming at UAFS is no different. Our intent is to develop career-ready professionals to serve Fort Smith and other area communities. We are committed to our students and their pursuit of graduate education in high-demand fields. Graduate programming at UAFS is supported by highly qualified faculty and staff to assist you in achieving your goals.
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In the fall of 2014, the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted approval for UAFS to change its role and scope to offer its first graduate degree program: a Master of Science in healthcare administration. This online degree program provides the knowledge and skills needed to prepare leaders to deal specifically with the U.S. healthcare marketplace. Healthcare administrators are responsible for the business and financial aspects of hospitals, clinics, and other health services organizations. They are partners with other healthcare providers in providing care and serving the needs of patients, their families, and communities. Healthcare administrators are needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff in all areas of the industry. As managers they must understand science, medicine, information technology, economics, and finance of healthcare systems.
The MHCA program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in July 2015, and as a result, classes began in fall 2015.
In September 2019 UAFS received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Master in Education as our second graduate program. The M.Ed. allows licensed teachers (or those eligible for licensure) to further their education. They can choose between concentrations in curriculum and instruction (MECI) or English (MELA). Classes began in spring 2020. 
The M.Ed. program provides candidates with a deep understanding of the expectations of a master teacher and the knowledge and skills needed to become master teachers in the classroom. The program focuses on the development of research-based knowledge in the areas of theory, teaching strategies, research, and a broad base of various curricula. Our mission is to unite professionals to ensure continuous learning and success.