International Applicants

  • All transcripts from foreign countries must be translated and evaluated by World Education Services (  An official copy of the course-by-course analysis evaluation must be submitted along with the application. Contact the agencies above for instructions and fees regarding this service.
  • Either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be taken by international applicants unless they have an undergraduate degree from an accredited US institution. The minimum scores for specific programs are listed below. Applicants who do not meet the minimum scores will not be considered for admission.  Either test must have been taken within the two (2) years immediately preceding the application deadline of the requested semester for admission.


Program Paper based exam Internet based exam COPH CODE
Certificate, MPH 550 80 5688
MHA 580 90 R6901

For the TOEFL, send an official test score sent directly from the testing agency ( to SOPHAS.


Exam Minimum Score
IELTS* 7 overall score

*The MHA program does not accept the IELTS.

For the IELTS, send a copy of your (TRF) Test Report Form to SOPHAS.  This report will be attached to your SOPHAS application and verified.

  • Receipt of an official letter from the applicant’s or sponsor(s)’ financial institutions indicating that sufficient funding exists to pay for all educational and living expenses while enrolled is required. Applicants may have multiple financial sponsors.  A signed letter from each sponsor agreeing to financially support the applicant’s studies must accompany financial documentation.  International students must be enrolled in full-time study. After an offer of admission is made, international students are required to prove sufficient funds for their program as a full-time student. The amounts below include year round tuition, fees, book costs, and living expenses.

Mail all documentation to the following address.
4301 W. Markham St., #820
Little Rock, AR72205- 7199

  • Because accidents and sickness can require expenses for which many persons are not prepared, all students are required to purchase health insurance through a program approved by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences or an equivalent coverage from a private source. Applicants who choose not to purchase appropriate insurance will not be allowed to register.
  • Those applicants selected for admission must arrange through the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States Department of Justice for the transfer of their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

View Application Deadlines 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the application is complete and received by SOPHAS as required by the deadline. All applicants who have turned in a completed application packet by the deadline will be contacted for a phone interview and notified in writing of the admission decision.

Applicants who are accepted may defer admission for a maximum of one calendar year.   Acceptance is defined as enrolling with COPH.