Domestic applicants are US citizens or lawful permanent residents who hold a Permanent Resident Card (green card). Lawful permanent residents will be asked to upload a copy of their green card during the application process.

Before you begin the Graduate Application Process, you should review the programs offered at UAB to identify your specific program of interest and review program-specific admissions requirements and deadlines. If you are applying to a research program, you should also identify faculty research areas within the department to verify that they align with your own interests.

   Important Program Information

Some graduate programs may have earlier application deadline dates and/or program-specific criteria, so please refer to the program website or contact the department directly.

Deadlines

If your program does not have a specific application deadline, the Graduate School has the below standard application deadline dates. 

Semester Degree Seeking Applicant Deadline Non-Degree Seeking and Readmission Applicant Deadline
Spring 2021 December 1, 2020 January 1, 2021
Summer 2021 May 1, 2021 June 21, 2021
Fall 2021 August 1, 2021 August 17, 2021

Requirements

Online Application

If this is your first time applying through this dashboard, you will need to click Sign Up to create an account. After creating your password, you will be automatically signed into the application dashboard. Select Start New Application to get started.

Application Fee

Where to Submit: Application Dashboard

Graduate School's standard fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $60 for international applicants. Certain programs have higher fees which will be assessed at the time of application. The application fee is non-refundable.

Transcripts

Where to Submit: Send Electronically or Mail to UAB Graduate School

Admission to the UAB Graduate School requires a recognized baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a regionally accredited (e.g. SACS) college or university, or an international equivalent of a four-year degree. By the start of your first semester, your bachelor's degree should be awarded and should appear on your official transcript. In addition, the Graduate School must receive one official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, including community colleges and high school dual-enrollment.

While the Graduate School requires official transcripts to be submitted from every post-secondary institution attended, including community colleges, high school dual-enrollment, and military credit, we accept unofficial transcripts for the application review process. During the application process, applicants will have the option to upload an unofficial PDF copy of their transcript(s); however, if admitted, they will still be required to submit an official copy.

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. Depending on which transcript service the prior institution uses, applicants should use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as the email address or select the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Graduate Admissions as the receiving university. 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 Office or submitted by the student* in a sealed envelope bearing a university signature or stamp across the seal should be mailed here.

    * Please note the School of Nursing will not consider any transcript official that has been sent directly from the applicant.

Standardized Test Scores

Where to Submit: Send Electronically or Mail to UAB Graduate School

Students are required to submit official standardized test scores if required by their program for admission consideration. We will not accept academic test scores that are more than five years old unless the program requests a recency waiver on the applicant's behalf. Applicants should contact the testing agency to have official scores sent to the UAB Graduate School's institution code (1856 for GRE, 1017 for MAT, 1CB5S61 for GMAT).

Additional Requirements

Where to Submit: Application Dashboard

Some programs require additional items such as the examples listed below. It is important that applicants visit the program website to make sure they understand all requirements. Applicants can also log in to the application dashboard at any time to review their application checklist.

Recommendation Letters

Many programs require three (3) letters of recommendation. Applicants will identify recommenders as part of the online application process. Notification emails will be sent to the identified recommenders who will then submit their recommendation electronically. Upon submission, recommendations will be attached to the application. If you have questions about who would be appropriate to use as a reference, please contact the program directly to inquire.

Personal Essay

Most programs require a brief summary of academic interests, career goals, and relevant background experience. In addition, some programs have specific essay topics. If you have questions about the required length of the essay, please contact the program directly to inquire.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Some programs require a written compilation of education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments.

Application Process

Application Portal Sign In

Step 1: Create an Account or Log In

If this is your first time applying through the UAB Graduate Online Application, you will need to click "Sign Up" to create an account. After creating your password, you will be automatically signed into the application dashboard.

Create an Account

Log In


Application Dashboard

Step 2: Create a New Application

Respond to key questions in the order they appear to be directed to the correct application for your intended program/concentration.


Application Checklist

Step 3: Complete Application

The sections required to complete your application are available in the menu on the left side once you begin your application. You will need to fully complete each section as indicated by a green circle. If any sections show as a yellow half-circle, you are still missing a required question or document for that section. Once your application is 99% complete, you will be able to pay the application fee and finalize submission. You can begin your application at any time and come back to it in order to continue with the process or upload additional items.


Pay Application Fee

Step 4: Pay Application Fee and Submit Application

Once your application is 99% complete, you will be able to pay the application fee and finalize submission. After paying your fee, you must electronically sign your application, then click submit. You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been successfully submitted to the graduate school. Your application will be processed within 1-3 business days of submission, at which time Graduate Admissions staff will review any unofficial documents provided and attach official documents that have already been received. Please check your application dashboard regularly for updates. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Fee Waiver

Students who have participated in one of these qualifying programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver:

  • ABRCMS - Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Emerging Researchers National Conference
  • Emory STEM Research and Career Symposium
  • Fisk to Vanderbilt Bridge Program
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • GEM - National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences
  • Graduate Horizon for Native American Students
  • Hopps Research Scholars Program
  • IMSD - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
  • IRT - Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
  • LSAMP - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • MARC - Minority Access to Research Careers
  • Math Alliance - Field of Dreams Conference
  • McNair Scholars
  • MMUF - Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • NIH Graduate Professional School Fair
  • NNE - National Name Exchange
  • PREP - NIH funded Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
  • RISE - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
  • SACNAS - Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
  • UNCF - United Negro College Fund
  • SPIN - Summer Program in Neuroscience

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