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 16 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, 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 fall admission are due by March 1
  • Applications for spring admission are due by November 1
  • Applications for summer admission are due by April 1

How to Apply

Learn about the process on the UAB Graduate School website.

The application for the PhD program can be completed through the Apply Yourself application.