Admissions Information

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.

Admissions Requirements

The following items are required of all applicants.  A master's degree is not required for admission.

  • Minimum of six months undergraduate or postgraduate 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.
  • A completed online application including all components listed in the Application Checklist.

Note: GRE scores are no longer required for application, but scores can be provided voluntarily.

Recommended for Admission

The following items are typical of most applicants, but not required.  There are no courses or majors required for admission.

  • 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.  The most competitive applicants are invited to interview. 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)
  • GRE and TOEFL scores
  • On-campus interview, at program expense (international applicants may be interviewed via Skype or another online service)

MD/PhD Admissions

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