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Students seeking admission into the program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and specific program requirements.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or master's degree (BA, BS, MA, or MS) from an accredited institution in a related discipline such as archaeology, anthropology, English, folklore, geography, history, historic preservation, museum studies, political science, public administration, or sociology. Applicants admitted to the program without a master's degree will be required to complete a minimum of eighteen hours of graduate work in appropriate disciplines before they will be allowed to take level 7000 courses. Only in rare cases will applicants be admitted who have not completed an appropriate master's degree before they begin their doctoral studies.

Transcripts should reflect a strong background in social sciences and humanities. Applicants lacking this background who are otherwise exemplary may be granted provisional admission to the program, but will be required to make up these deficiencies. These course credits cannot be applied toward fulfillment of doctoral requirements. Up to eighteen hours in addition to the semester hours of credit required for the Ph.D. in Heritage Studies may be necessary in graduate classes that provide a suitable foundation for doctoral work in Heritage Studies. In some cases, documented work experience in the heritage professions may be substituted for specific preparatory courses and, in exceptional cases, may be used as a criterion for admission.

Applicants will be admitted to the program based on the following criteria:
  • A letter from each applicant explaining their interest in the field of Heritage Studies and their personal career goals submitted to the Director of the program as well as to the Graduate School.
  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA.
  • Letters of reference.
  • An interview and an example of the applicant's research and writing on a scholarly topic are required for all applicants.
Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School:
  • A completed application for admission to the Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application before January 15. Later applications will be considered for admission, but review of applicants will begin on January 15 for the fall semester.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee. Checks must be made payable to Arkansas State University. If applications are received without payment, the Graduate School will hold all application materials and notify the applicants that no action will be taken until payment is received. International students may utilize a check or an international postal money order to remit payment in U.S. currency.
  • One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework attempted, to be sent directly from the institutions previously attended. The Graduate School will compute the graduate GPA by counting all graduate courses completed, including any repeated courses. Transcripts should reflect a strong background in social sciences and humanities. Applicants who are lacking this background who are otherwise exemplary may be granted provisional admission and required to make up these deficiencies. Such course credits may not be applied toward fulfillment of doctoral requirements.
  • Letter of application explaining applicant's career goals and knowledge of and interest in Heritage Studies.
  • Three (3) letters of reference from former professors or professional supervisors and colleagues.
International Student Admission

International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not their native language. To demonstrate English proficiency, international student applicants must submit a score of 213 (computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or must satisfactorily complete level eight of the university's Center for English as a Second Language program.


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