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.

Application Deadline

Complete applications for Fall 2018 were due December 31, 2017.  Applications for Fall 2019 will open late spring of 2018.

Applications are considered complete once we have received all components listed in the Application Checklist, including letters of recommendation.

After submission, monitor your application checklist in TargetX to verify that all components of your application are complete.  Transcripts uploaded to your application have to be reviewed and verified before they will be marked as "complete," and this review is typically done one to three business days after application submission.

We encourage interested candidates to complete their applications as soon as possible so they have time to follow up on incomplete components of their application before the deadline.

Application Requirements

The following items are required of all applicants:

  • Minimum of six months of research experience.
  • For international students, a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTEA.  Scores must be no more than two years old at the time of application submission.
  • An online application including all components listed in the Application Checklist.

Note: There are no specific courses or majors required.  A master's degree is not required.  GRE scores are not required.

Recommended for Application

The following items are typical of most applicants, but not required:

  • Baccalaureate degree in the natural or physical sciences.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of 300.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by the theme admissions committee as they become complete, so early applications are encouraged.  Applications are considered complete when all components listed in the Application Checklist have been received.  The most competitive applicants are invited to interview in January and February.  Admission to the program is highly competitive and the number of positions is limited; therefore, not every qualified applicant can be offered an interview or a position.  

Admissions committees meet the week following the interview event, and offers are made to top interviewees.  Initial offers will be made by mid‐April, with most offers being made well before that date.  Additional offers may be made should slots be available.  Applicants will receive an email when an admissions decision has been made.

Offers of admission will be based on a combination of factors, including (but not limited to):

  • Previous bench research experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of research and career interests
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Undergraduate performance (both curriculum and GPA)
  • English proficiency scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA)
  • GRE scores (if the candidate chooses to provide)
  • On-campus interview, at program expense (international applicants may be interviewed via Skype)

Interview Dates

On-campus interviews for select applicants will take place on January 11-13 and February 15-17, 2018.  Interview weekends are an opportunity to learn more about the program, UAB, and Birmingham, including meeting current faculty, students, and staff.  International applicants may be interviewed by Skype.

Accept/Decline Deadline

April 15 is the final day for an applicant who has an offer of admission to accept or decline the offer.

MD/PhD Admissions

Students interested in the MD/PhD program should follow the application process on the UAB MD/PhD Program website.