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The Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Graduate Theme invites applications from individuals committed to an intensive course of study and research training leading to the Ph.D. Applicants with bachelor's, master's, and professional degrees are encouraged to apply.

Applications are submitted through the UAB Graduate School and are reviewed by the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Admissions Committee.  

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance is based on undergraduate record (curriculum and grade point average [GPA]), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement of research and career interests, past research activities, and, when possible, a personal interview. 

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 at least 300
  • A strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics. 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. 

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 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based) or higher will be considered.

Application Deadlines

Domestic applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents): No deadline; however, early application (no later than 12/15) is recommended for priority consideration
International applicants: January 15
Interview visits for selected applicants: January and February

Required Application Materials

   Domestic applicants (No application fee)

  • Application, personal statement, and CV
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Official GRE scores (Institutional code 1856)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

   International applicants ($60 application fee)

  • As above, plus official TOEFL scores
Get additional details on the application process.