Fall 2017 Domestic early application deadline:                                              TBD
Fall 2017 final application deadline for domestic & Internatonal applicants:       TBD

All applications must be complete (see below for A Complete Application...) and received in the Graduate School by midnight of the final deadline in order to be considered for review.

NOTE:  Mail all transcripts and scores or any other document you are sending via snail mail to the Graduate School. DO NOT send to the Cancer Biology Theme office.

Regular Mail:   Shipping (UPS, DHL, etc)
UAB Grad School
LHL 103
1720 2nd Ave So
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
              UAB Grad School
1700 University Blvd
Birmingham AL 35294-0013

Or email documents to gradschool@uab.edu.

GRE and TOEFL Institutional Code for UAB: 1856
(No departmental code)


  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • GRE of 1100 or higher (old test); 300 or higher (new test)
  • Minimum 6 months of research in a bench/lab setting
  • For internationals: TOEFL of 600 PBT, 100 IBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS (minimum)
  • Strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics

A baccalaureate degree in the natural or physical sciences is required. Undergraduate level courses in organic and analytical chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics are strongly encouraged.  Undergraduate mathematics through calculus and physics are also recommended. Competitive applicants will have taken and done well in chemistry, biology, and other biomedical-type sciences.

The Graduate School strongly recommends that entering students have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined verbal/quantitative score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 1100.

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 250 (computer-based) or higher will be considered.

Undergraduate or postgraduate bench/lab research experience is essential (6 months minimum).

Applications are reviewed by the GBS Admissions Committee. Invitation to interview, the first step in this admissions process, will be based on a combination of factors including:

  • Undergraduate performance (both the curriculum and grade point average)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores, if applicable
  • A personal statement of research and career interests
  • Previous research experience

Admission to our Programs is very competitive and the number of positions is limited; thus not every qualified applicant can be offered a position. Being offered the opportunity to interview does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Note: You may upload unofficial transcripts and test scores with your application materials; however, if you are offered admission into our program, your admission will be contingent upon receiving official transcripts and scores that compare to those you submit unofficially.

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Application, submitted online via the Apply Yourself system
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE score
  • TOEFL/IELTS score, if applicable
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Snapshot of the Most Recent Entering Class (total, all GBS themes) 

60 1st year students
  - Average GPA, 3.6
  - Average GRE (quantitative plus verbal) 1233
  - 50% female/50% male
  - 82% US citizens/18% international, from 22 states & 6 countries
  - 18% US students from underrepresented groups
  - 100% have previous research experience

The University of Alabama at Birmingham encourages application from and gives full consideration to all candidates for admission and financial aid without respect to age, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability unrelated to program performance, color, religion or national origin.