Masters of Science in Aquaculture/Fisheries

Admission Requirements and Student Classification

No student will be admitted under any condition unless a faculty member agrees to serve as the student’s advisor. During the application process, the applicant indicates a preferred area of specialization that is referred to the appropriate faculty member for review. This requirement ensures that adequate research facilities and funding will be available upon admission for the student’s thesis work.


  1. Regular Admission:?To be admitted as a regular student applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a natural science field from an accredited institution and have scored above 550 on the TOEFL (for international students). Applicants must have scored at least 900 on the GRE (Quantitative & Verbal) with a grade point average during the Junior and Senior years of 3.5 or better, or have scored at least 1000 on the GRE with a grade point average during the Junior and Senior years of 3.0 or better.
  2. Provisional Admission:?Applicants who meet the GRE and grade point average requirements but have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a non-natural science field may be accepted as a provisional student. Provisional students must make up deficiencies through undergraduate course work that will not count for credit toward a degree. The graduate coordinator, the student's advisor, and the department chair will determine the specific course work.
  3. Conditional Admission:?Students with a baccalaureate degree in a natural science field from an accredited institution who do not meet the GRE and/or grade point average requirements may be accepted as a conditional student. Conditional acceptance is granted only at the chair’s discretion and is usually reserved for individuals with extensive work experience in the field. Conditional students must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better during their first semester to continue in the program.


Admission Process

Prospective students must submit a complete set of application materials to the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries. All correspondence regarding admission should be directed to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Graduate Coordinator. Below you will find a list of the application materials needed:

  1. Application for Admission to the Aquaculture/Fisheries Degree Program (Form #01)
  2. Application for Admission (Form #00)
  3. Three letters of Recommendation (Form #02)
  4. Official transcripts from all schools attended beyond high school
  5. Official TOEFL (iBT) score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5 (International students). International applicants who hold degrees or diplomas in a related subject from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) or who have successfully completed at least a two-year course of study in which English was the language of instruction are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  6. Official GRE scores
  7. Immunization Records (Copy)
  8. Non-refundable $37 application fee (checks made out to University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).
  9. Affidavit of Support - 1 (Form #16) - (International Students)
  10. Affidavit of Support - 2 (Form #17) - (International Students)
  11. Financial Statement (Form #18) - (International Students)

Submitting Your Application

Once your packet of application materials is complete, please send all materials to our program coordinator at the following address:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 North University Drive
Mail Slot 4912
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for admission to the Master of Science degree program for Fall Semester is June 20. The application deadline for admission to the program for Spring Semester is November 10.