In the U.S. educational system, bachelor's degree recipients have 16 years of formal education — 12 years of elementary and secondary education plus four years of post-secondary study — which qualify them for admission to advanced degree programs. This is the benchmark we use to evaluate foreign educational systems.
When reviewing academic records from a school outside the U.S., we assess whether the applicant has reached an academic level equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Our admissions staff is proficient in reviewing academic records from different educational systems around the world.
In rare instances when our admissions staff is unable to verify the nature or authenticity of foreign academic documents, the applicant may be asked to provide supplemental information or to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.
In some educational systems, the first university degree may be obtained after three years of post-secondary study. Holders of such degrees may be eligible for graduate admission depending upon:
- Evaluation of the degree by admissions staff in the Office of Graduate Studies
- Recommendation regarding degree equivalence and evaluation of the application as a whole from the Graduate Committee of the academic program in which the applicant is applying
Degrees the University of Arkansas typically consider equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Diplomas, the Higher National Diploma (H.N.D.), certificates, memberships or associate memberships in some professional organizations, and some bachelor's and technical degrees are not considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree for the purpose of gaining admission to the Graduate School. Note to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka: a 2-3 year bachelor's degree does not qualify an applicant for admission to the Graduate School. Generally, only a 4-5 year bachelor's degree or a 2 year master's degree beyond the 2-3 year bachelor's program will qualify such students for studies.
|Country||Required Credential||Official when sealed in envelope fromÉ|
|Denmark||Official, attested Candidatus/a.. (4+ year programs) AND Diploma Supplement in original language with English translations||*3 year degrees will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the department.|
|Djibouti||Dijbouti offers no Bachelor equivalent|
|Dominica||Dominica offers no Bachelor equivalent||While there is no university that offers 4 year Bachelor Degrees on these islands, many students choose to obtain a 4 year Bachelors Degree through the University of the West Indies (distance education).|
|Dominican Republic||Official, attested Licenciatura en (field) (4-6 year program), Ingeniero, or Arquitecto AND Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (academic transcripts) in original language with English translations|
|East Timor||East Timor offers no Bachelor equivalent|
|Ecuador||Official Licenicado or Titulo Profesional AND Certificado de Notas/Calificaciones (academic transcripts) with English translations|
|Egypt||Official, attested Baccalaureos, Licence, or Bachelor's Degree AND academic transcripts|
|El Salvador||Official, attested Licenciado or Titulo de... AND Certificado do Notas/Calificaciones (academic transcripts) in original language with English translations|
|Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea offers no Bachelor equivalent|
|Eritrea||Official Bachelor's Degree (4 year program) AND academic transcripts|
|Estonia||Official, Bakalaureuskraad AND Diploma Supplement in original language with English translations||*3 year degrees will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the department.|
|Ethiopia||Official Bachelor's Degree (4 year program) AND academic transcripts|
|Falkland Islands||The Falkland Islands offer no Bachelor equivalent|
|Faroe Islands||Official Bachelor's Degree (4 year program) AND academic transcripts|
|Fiji||Official Bachelor's Degree (3 year program following Form 7/13th year) AND academic transcripts|
|Finland||Official, attested Arkkitehti / Arkitekt, Diplomi-insinoori / Diplomingenjor, Kandidaattin tutkinto PLUS Maisterin tutkinto AND Diploma Supplement in original language with English translations|
|France||Official Licence PLUS Maitrise AND Releve de Notes Annuels (academic transcripts) with English translations|
|French Guiana||Official Licence PLUS Maitrise AND Releve de Notes Annuels (academic transcripts) with English translations|
|French Polynesia||Official Licence PLUS Maitrise AND Releve de Notes Annuels (academic transcripts) with English translations|