Snapshot of the 2014 Entering Class (all GBS programs)
uab student science class
44 first-year students
- Average GPA: 3.5
- Average GRE (quantitative plus verbal): 310
- 59% female/41% male
- 86% U.S. citizens/14% international
- 20% U.S. students from underrepresented groups
- 100% have previous research experience
Plus, 7 MD/PhD students entering PhD training
Welcome to graduate studies in Biochemistry, Structural & Stem Cell Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). We are looking for students who have a strong desire to understand life at the molecular level. Our goal is to teach the skills, implant the inspiration, encourage imagination, and nurture the dedication essential for our graduates to become world-class researchers.

Our faculty and students are dedicated to excellence in both coursework and research programs, and we are honored that our team's accomplishments and discoveries have been chronicled in Nature, Science, Cell, Blood, Structure and many other noted journals and publications of record. New students join a select family of faculty and students who work and study together within the Biochemistry, Structural & Stem Cell Biology Theme at UAB. We teach you how to think- what questions to ask and where to search for answers. We give you the skills and background necessary to launch a successful scientific career as an independent researcher.

Whether you choose to pursue advanced studies in molecular genetics, stem cell biology, or many of the diverse areas of research within the Biochemistry, Structural and Stem Cell Biology theme, you will find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding. It piques the curiosity, sparks the imagination, enlists your resourcefulness and brings a sense of fulfillment that comes from exciting research and exhilarating discovery.

General Requirements

Acceptance into the BSSB theme requires a bachelor's degree including undergraduate coursework in calculus, general and organic chemistry, and at least one introductory course in zoology or biology by the time of entrance.

The general requirements for acceptance into the program are –

• Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Combined verbal/quantitative score on the GRE of 300 (or 1100 on the old GRE exam)
• A strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics. Undergraduate level courses in cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, and genetics are strongly encouraged. Undergraduate mathematics through calculus and physics are also recommended.

International students must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) earned within the last two years. Applicants with scores of: 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) or higher will be considered. If your undergraduate education was taught in English, please notify us and we can discuss waiving the TOEFL. The language of instruction must be noted on your transcript or another official document from the institution, however.

The GRE and TOEFL Institutional Code for UAB is 1856.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.


Applications are reviewed beginning October 15th of each year with offers being made from November 1 until April 15th. Early applications are encouraged with a priority deadline of December 1, as most offers will be made in January and February. The final deadline is January 15. In some circumstances, applications received after January 15th will still be reviewed and offers for admission made, if space is available (please inquire).

Required Application Materials

ALL application materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed. After submitting your application, you can check the status of the submission of materials—such as the letters of recommendation—on the Apply Yourself website where you first apply. Please note that you may receive correspondence from the UAB Graduate School indicating that your application is complete. This only means that they have received your application, GRE scores and transcripts. You also need to ensure that letters of recommendation have been received.

Domestic students - (No application fee)
- Application and personal statement
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended sent to the UAB Graduate School (or see “Helpful hints” for submitting unofficial copies)
UAB Graduate School
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013    
- Official GRE scores (Institutional code 1856; also see “Helpful hints” about submitting unofficial scores)
- 3 letters of recommendation (must be submitted online)

International students - ($60 application fee)
- As above, plus official TOEFL scores (Institutional code 1856)

Helpful Hints

-You can provide unofficial copies of your transcript, which will allow us to review your application and possibly invite you for an interview. These unofficial copies will be sufficient to fulfill the requirement to submit a transcript. Then, should you be admitted, you will be required to submit official copies of all transcripts.

To submit unofficial copies of your transcript, look for the “Upload Transcript” feature when completing the “Educational Background” portion of your application in Apply Yourself. Be sure to do this for ALL educational institutions that you enter, however, as any missing transcripts will still result in this requirement being viewed as incomplete.

- You can provide unofficial copies of your GRE scores from ETS, since it can take several weeks for scores to be mailed from ETS to UAB. At minimum, please include your GRE scores on your application; these are optional fields entitled “Self-Reported Test Scores”. To fulfill the test score requirement using unofficial test scores, submit them via fax (205-934-8413) or email ( If admitted to a graduate program, official scores will be required.


Felita A. Milon, MSA 

Program Manager, UAB
Biochemistry, Structural & Stem Cell Biology Theme
1825 University Blvd. South, Shelby 120-E
Birmingham, AL 35294-0024
Tel: 205.934.7810
Fax: 205.996.6749