Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall Spring Summer
August 1 December 1 April 1
  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited school
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Undergraduate degree does not have to be in engineering
  • Experience in safety or a safety-related field.

If you are not in a direct safety role (such as a safety manager or safety specialist), yet are directly responsible for safety decision-making and implementation (such as a plant manager), and have experience with safety decision-making and implementation, you may also apply for admission.

If you feel that you have close to this amount of experience and would like to discuss your qualifications before you apply, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants not satisfying the GPA requirement and/or holding a degree from a nationally accredited school may receive admission on a provisional basis subject to assessment and recommendation of the program director.

International Applicants

International applicants must provide documentation showing they have earned the equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from the United States to be eligible for admission consideration. To learn more about this requirement, visit the International Applicants section of the UAB Graduate School website and select the tab Translated Transcripts and Proof of Degree.

How to Apply

Applying for admission involves completing an online application to the UAB Graduate School and submitting official transcripts.

  • Application Materials
    • Three recommendations. One of the recommendations must be from a current, direct supervisor.
    • One Personal Essay (a brief summary of your academic interests, career goals, and relevant background experience)
    • Resume/CV
    • No entrance tests are required.
    • If more information is needed, based on the application review committee’s assessment of your experience and qualification, applicants may be required to participate in a brief web conference interview.
  • Complete Online Application
    • Complete the online graduate application through the UAB Graduate School online admission system.
    • Submit contact information for individuals who will write letters of recommendation.
      • Notification emails will be automatically sent to the identified recommenders.
    • Submit your resume/CV as an attachment with your online application.
    • Submit essay (a brief summary of your academic interests, career goals, and relevant background experience).
    • Submit non-refundable application fee payment.
  • Submit Transcripts

    Request one official transcript to be mailed by each post-secondary issuing institution to UAB.

    • Transcripts are considered unofficial unless they are issued in one of the following ways:
      • Electronic transcripts issued directly to the Graduate School by the school’s Registrar’s Office. Transcripts forwarded from a student’s email account will not be considered official.
      • Paper transcripts bearing a university seal sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing school’s Registrar’s Office.
      • Paper transcripts submitted by the student in a sealed envelope bearing a university signature or stamp across the seal.

    Mailing address
    UAB Graduate School
    LHL G03
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Ready to Get Started?

Start the admissions process by completing the online graduate school application.

Need Help?

For questions, please contact Donny Burke, Ph.D. by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (205) 975-3891.