Dr. Stepanikova and Gabriela Oates after her hooding. Admission to the doctoral program in Medical Sociology requires the approval of the UAB Graduate School and the doctoral program committee of the Department of Sociology. The committee is responsible for recruiting the most qualified graduate students and for balancing the interests of the Medical Sociology program with the available financial resources, and reviews and makes recommendations for admission.

Educational Background

Students entering the program with a master's degree are granted waivers for a maximum of 15 semester hours of substantive graduate work, upon approval of the Graduate Program Director and the professors in charge of the respective coursework in question. Students with a MA, MPH, MPA, etc., who have not written a Master's thesis will be required to write one before they proceed to the dissertation.

Students transferring from another graduate program without a graduate degree may be granted waivers for a maximum of 12 semester hours of substantive graduate work (see graduate school rules), upon approval of the Graduate Program Director and the professors in charge of the respective coursework in question.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution in Sociology or a related field with a minimum of 18 hours of social science coursework, preferably including social theory, statistics, and research methodology.
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system, or a 3.2 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a BA/BS program.
  • A 3.0 GPA in all previous graduate coursework.
  • A score on the revised GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test ranging from 150-162 Verbal and 140-157 Quantitative.
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 and an acceptable score on the Test of Written English (TWE) or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS.

Exceptional students who fail to meet any of the above requirements will be evaluated on a case‑by‑case basis. The following criteria are also considered in the admissions process:

  • Evidence of scholarship.
  • Statement of career goals, with emphasis on research and scholarship.
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Professional experience.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for spring admission are due by December 1
  • Applications for fall admission are due by August 1

Graduate School Application Process Checklist

  • Complete and submit online application
  • Submit application fee payment
    • Domestic: $50.00
    • International: $60.00
  • Please ask the individuals from whom you request references to submit them online via the Target X system.
  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School (WES translations are sometimes required for transcripts):

    UAB Graduate School
    LHL G03
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
  • Submit official TOEFL test score (for international applicants only — this score is required even if you went to an English-speaking school outside of the U.S.):
    • Institution code: 1856
  • Submit CV/resume
  • A writing sample is optional, but suggested

For More Information

Dr. Magda Szaflarski
Phone: (205) 934-0825
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Department of Medical Sociology
HHB 460-Q; 1401 University Boulevard
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152