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Requirements and Deadlines

Please review the Application Process Checklist for detailed instructions on applying.


Acceptance into the CMDB theme requires a bachelor's degree including undergraduate coursework in calculus, general and organic chemistry, and at least one introductory course in zoology or biology by the time of entrance. 

The general requirements for acceptance into the program are:

• Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

• Target combined V/Q score on the GRE of at least 300 (or 1100 on the old exam)

• A strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics. Undergraduate-level courses in cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, and genetics are strongly encouraged.

Undergraduate mathematics through calculus and physics are also recommended. 

International students must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) earned within the last two years. Applicants with scores of 100 (internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) or higher will be considered. Applicants who have earned a degree from a college/university with English as the first language may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.  The IELTS will be accepted, although it is not the preferred language test.


Application deadline for domestic applicants: January 15th.

Final application deadline is January 15th.

Required Application Materials

  • Domestic applicants: No application fee
  • International applicants: $60 application fee
  • Application and personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. (Note: Unofficial transcripts and test scores will be accepted for the application review process. These can be sent via fax (205-934-8413) or email (gradschool@uab.edu) Please note: If accepted, official transcripts from each college institution and official test scores from ETS will be required. All original transcripts are to be mailed to: UAB Graduate School, HUC 511, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
  • Official GRE scores (institutional code 1856, no departmental code is required)
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants); the code is 1856
  • 3 letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your ability to excel in a Biomedical Science PhD program (Electronic submission is the ONLY method of receipt)

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