Non-Degree Seeking

Application and Eligibility Requirements for Non-Degree Seeking Students

On a space available basis, students may be allowed to take courses in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health as a non-degree seeking student. In this capacity, students may take a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours that may be counted toward the requirements for a Post Baccalaureate Certificate or Master of Public Health with the COPH. For the non-degree seeking program, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien to apply.

Non-degree seeking students will be allowed to enroll in courses on a space available basis in the order of registration once all degree seeking students have been placed on the class roster.  It is important to note that in some instances courses will be at capacity with degree seeking students.  When this occurs, no non-degree seeking students will be allowed to enroll in the course(s.). The application fee will not be refunded.  A new application, accompanying items, and fee must be submitted each semester a non-degree seeking student seeks to enroll.

The application requirements are:

  • Complete COPH application form that can be accessed  here .
  • Official transcript indicating a minimum of an undergraduate degree sent directly from the institution where degree was awarded.  All transcripts from foreign countries must be translated and evaluated by either Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. ( or World Education Services (  An official copy of the evaluation must be submitted with the application.  Please note you must possess the minimum of a U.S. baccalaureate degree equivalent to enroll at the College ofPublic Health.
  • Application fee (check or money order) made payable to the UAMS College of Public Health.  Check the current fee due at our website ( ).  Students who are currently enrolled and taking classes full-time in another UAMS college are not required to submit the application fee, but must submit all other required materials.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – In admission reviews, first consideration is given to Arkansas residents. In recognition of the support of COPH programs by private and federal organizations, highly qualified applicants who are residents of another state or citizens of a foreign country may apply for admission. Those whose native language is not English and/or who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum score will not be considered for admission.

The test must have been taken within the two (2) years immediately preceding the application deadline of the requested semester for admission.

Exam Type Minimum Score
TOEFL Paper based exam 550
Internet based exam 80
IELTS 7 overall score

TOEFL -An official test score sent directly from the testing agency ( ) to SOPHAS is required before any action is taken on an application. The TOEFL code for COPH is 5688.  Please see Application and Eligibility Requirements for International Students for more information.

IELTS-Send a copy of your (TRF) Test Report Form to SOPHAS.  This report will be attached to your SOPHAS application and verified.

Application Deadlines

See How to Apply for other application details and Application Deadlines.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure her/his file is completed and received by the Office of Student Services as required by the deadline.

An offer of acceptance is valid for a maximum of one calendar year from the admitted term of acceptance.  Acceptance is defined as enrolling with COPH.