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.


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

Typically, this is the date by which your application fee must be paid and your application submitted. Supporting materials, such as recommendations or transcripts, will continue to be accepted after this deadline for most programs.

SemesterDegree Seeking Applicant DeadlineNon-Degree Seeking and Readmission Applicant Deadline
Spring 2023 December 1, 2022 January 1, 2023
Summer 2023 May 1, 2023 June 19, 2023
Fall 2023 August 1, 2023 August 14, 2023


  • 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

    It is highly encouraged that you upload an unofficial copy of your transcript for as many institutions as possible at the time of application. This will speed up the processing time of your application.

    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. SACSCOC) college or university, or an international equivalent of a four-year degree. By the start of your first semester, your bachelor's degree must be awarded and appear on your transcript.

    Unofficial transcripts may be utilized for the application review process and must be submitted for all post-secondary institutions, including community colleges, high school dual-enrollment, and military credit. During the application process, applicants will have the option to upload an unofficial PDF copy of their transcript(s). If admitted, the Graduate School must receive an official transcript: a) from each post-secondary institution where the student earned a degree and b) for any coursework taken after the awarding of a student’s bachelor’s degree (e.g. as a post-bacc or graduate student)

    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.
    • NOTE: Official transcripts do not need to be sent for coursework completed at UAB. Your UAB transcript will be automatically added to your application when processed.

    • * Please note the School of Nursing requires official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and 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.

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 half-circle, you are still missing a required question or document for that section. Once your application is complete, you will be able to pay the application fee and finalize the 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 Sign and Pay Application Fee

Step 4: Sign and Pay Application Fee

Once your application is complete, you will be able to pay the application fee and finalize submission. 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

PhD applicants 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
  • Cientifico Latino Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative
  • 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


Applying to Graduate School could not be easier with our online application. Sign-up or Sign-in to access your application and get started on your UAB journey!