How to Apply

Admission to the Graduate Program in Chemistry at UAB requires a student to have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Chemistry or a closely related field, and to have a strong undergraduate record in academic work and/or research experience.

Application to the UAB Chemistry Graduate Program consists of the following items.

  1. Application. All prospective Chemistry graduate students must begin their application for admission by creating an online account through the UAB Graduate School application web page. This online account is the portal through which you will upload all your application materials.
  2. Statement of Purpose. Applicants must provide a statement of purpose outlining their background and motivation for pursuing graduate studies in chemistry. This statement should be uploaded directly to your online application account.
  3. Test Scores. Official test scores for the GRE and the TOEFL (if you earned your undergraduate degree from a country where English is not the official language) are required. We require a GRE minimum score of 301 (Verbal + Quantitative). The subject GRE test is not required. A minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL is required for applicants from countries where English is not the official language. An equivalent IELTS score would be 6.5. Please have the testing agency send your official scores directly to the Graduate School.
  4. Transcripts. Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant are required. Please have the college or university send your transcripts directly to the Graduate School.
  5. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters must be accompanied by the evaluation form found on the UAB online application website. Your recommenders will be emailed a link to directly upload their letters and evaluation forms when you enter their email addresses in your Graduate School online account.

Important Addresses

Chemistry Department Address

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Chemistry
CHEM 201 – 901 14th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1240

Graduate School Address

UAB Graduate School
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Application Deadlines

The UAB Graduate School provides Blazer Graduate Research Fellowships for incoming first-year graduate students based on undergraduate academic performance. These competitive fellowships allow excellent students to engage in full-time research upon arrival at UAB. To be considered for a Blazer Graduate Fellowship, all application materials must be received by December 1 of the year prior to beginning graduate study in the next Fall semester. All chemistry graduate applicants will automatically be considered for special fellowships upon receipt of a completed application by the deadline.

The UAB Department of Chemistry deadline for receipt of graduate applications is August 1 for Fall semester enrollment. Completed applications received by that date will receive full consideration by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Review of applications will continue until available positions are filled.

The Department of Chemistry hosts visitation weekends in January and February for those students with completed applications who have been admitted.

International students are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid processing delays.

Financial Support

The Ph.D. degree is the terminal degree in our program; therefore, we normally do not directly admit students seeking the M.S. degree. All Ph.D.-seeking graduate students admitted to the UAB Chemistry Department are supported by graduate stipends, including tuition, fees, and insurance. In general, M.S. students are not supported, unless they have outside sources of funding, e.g. fellowships, government scholarships, etc.

For international students: the financial statement mentioned in the online application is to be forwarded to the UAB Graduate School, and is a requirement of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS).


Should you have further questions, please contact our Graduate Program Secretary, Ms. Laura Knighten, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..