> Program requirements

A baccalaureate degree in the natural or physical sciences is required, and undergraduate or postgraduate research experience is usually essential. 

Though there are no minimum grades or scores, selected applicants typically have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined verbal/quantitative score on the Graduate Record Exam of 1100 (old test) or 300 (new test).

The online Graduate Catalog always reflects the most recent requirements and information pertaining to UAB's graduate programs as provided by each program.

> Application process

All applications must be submitted to the UAB Graduate School online via ApplyYourself. No application fee is required for US citizens or Permanent Residents.

Review the Application Process Checklist provided by each GBS theme in its listing in the Graduate Program Directory for program-specific requirements. Common requirements are listed below:

    • Test scores requirements: GRE official scores no more than five years old are required of all applicants. TOEFL scores no more than two years old required of international applicants; scores of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or higher will be considered.
    • The GRE and TOEFL Institutional code for UAB is 1856.
    • Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended. One official copy of each should be sent to the Graduate School.
    • Three reference letters must be submitted online via ApplyYourself.

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

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.

> Selection

Applications are reviewed by GBS Admissions Committee, representing all GBS program themes. Admission to our program is highly competitive and the number of positions is limited, so not every qualified applicant can be offered a position. Acceptance will be based on a combination of factors including:

  • Undergraduate performance (both curriculum and GPA)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL scores
  • A personal statement of research and career interests
  • Previous research experience
  • Personal interview, at program expense. International applicants may be interviewed by phone or video conference.


> Admission dates and deadlines

November 1 is the deadline for priority consideration (most interviews and offers of admission will occur in January and February).

January 15 is the final deadline for all domestic and international applications.
In limited circumstances, applications received after January 15th will be reviewed and offers for admission made, if space is available (please first inquire with the theme of interest).

Interviews are commonly required before an offer of admission is extended, and visits for selected applicants are scheduled in January and February. Programs may arrange for video conference or phone interviews for highly competitive international applicants.

Acceptance of admission offer is expected by April 15.

Admission is provided for fall term only, typically mid to late August.