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All of the following items are due by the application deadline.

Online Application

Complete and submit an online application. Applicants can monitor the status of their application in the online application system to see when all components have been received. Transcripts uploaded to your application have to be reviewed and verified before they will be marked as "received," and this review is typically done one to three business days after application submission.

Personal Statement

Use this component to tell the admissions committee about yourself, your research experience, the area of research you are interested in, why you want a PhD, which researchers at UAB you are interested in, etc. This is also the place to address any gaps or inconsistencies in your timeline. Upload directly to your application.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Include relevant research experience, publications, presentations, awards, etc. Upload directly to your application.

Three Letters of Recommendation

In your application, you will enter the email addresses of those providing your letters of recommendation. Letters should be from professionals who are in a position to provide appropriate input on the applicant’s suitability to be successful in a research-intensive PhD program. Letter writers will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation directly to the application system. Letters must be received by the application deadline. After you submit your application, you will see a checklist in the application portal showing if letters have been received.


Please review the Graduate Schools information regarding unofficial and official transcripts.

Domestic Applicants: https://www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions/domestic-applicants

International Applicants: https://www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions/international-applicants

English Proficiency Scores (International Applicants)

Please review the Graduate School’s information regarding English Proficiency Scores.


Application Fee

Domestic Applicants*: Free before priority application deadline; $50 after

Some domestic applicants may qualify for a fee waiver. For more information, visit https://www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions/domestic-applicants

*The application must be in complete status (all required materials properly uploaded) by the priority deadline in order to receive free application.

International Applicants: $60