Graduate Studies

Available Programs





Dr. Margaret Tanner


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 to provide needed graduate programs to constituents in the River Valley region and beyond. Currently, we offer two graduate programs, the Master of Healthcare Administration , which began in Fall 2015 and the Master in Education approved in September 2019. Over time the University plans to add more programs which 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 will be no different. Our intent is to develop career ready professionals to serve Fort Smith and other communities in the area. We are committed to 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. Welcome!



Dr. Margaret Tanner
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs


About UAFS Graduate Studies

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. The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) degree 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 staffs in all areas of the industry. As managers, they must understand science, medicine, information technology, economics, and finance of healthcare systems.


The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in July 2015 and as a result classes started in fall 2015. UAFS will seek accreditation for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).


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. will allow licensed teachers (or those eligible for licensure) to further their education.  They can choose between concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction or English.  Classes began in Spring 2020. 


The Master of Education program provides candidates with a deep understanding of the expectations of a master teacher. 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. The Master of Education program provides K-12 educators with the knowledge and skills needed to become master teachers in the classroom. The program offers two areas of emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction (MECI) and English (MELA). 


Contact Information

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
5210 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Office of Graduate Studies
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions/Graduate Studies. Students may apply online.   Email or call 479-788-7518.