Graduate Admissions

Admission into the physics graduate program is by recommendation of the graduate admission committee of the Department of Physics. The committee takes into consideration the following:

UAB Physics students participating in lab

  • an undergraduate degree in physics or a related field
  • prior academic performance in physics courses
  • verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE
  • a personal statement of career goals
  • prior research experience
  • letters of recommendation

Students may enter at the beginning of any semester, although assistantships and other financial support are normally allocated to students entering in the Fall semester.

Application Information

Students are accepted into the program during the Fall or Spring of each year. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their completed application materials to the Graduate School no later than July 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. If you are interested in obtaining financial assistance in the form of, for example a teaching assistantship, you are encouraged to apply by early March. Assistantships are typically distributed by the end of April.

A completed application includes the following:

  • application for admission
  • payment of application fee (domestic applicants and green card holders, $50; international applicants, $60)
  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions the student attended
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement
  • GRE scores (Institution code – 1856)

Application for admission can be made online through the UAB Graduate School website. For concentration, choose ‘not applicable.'

The Graduate School requires that an official transcript from every institution attended. The mailing address to send official transcripts is:

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

International Students

International students have additional requirements and are strongly urged to consult the UAB Graduate School before seeking admission to the Graduate Program. TOEFL and TWE are required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Minimum scores:

  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTEA: 53

Electronic transfer code for submission of TOEFL scores is 1856.

The admissions committee will review your application after the above information is submitted. However, if admitted, the following will also need to be supplied:

  • Financial Affidavit of Support
  • Immigration documentation if currently residing in the U.S.

Graduate Catalog

Read about the Physics program and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.


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