International applicants are citizens or permanent residents of a country other than the United States. International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility will be required to provide evidence of financial support via a Financial Affidavit. International Student and Scholar Services advises international students in matters of immigration, federal and state taxation, and orientation to the UAB and Birmingham communities.

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.

Citizenship/Immigration Documents

Where to Submit: Application Dashboard

Applicant with US Citizenship, but born outside US

If you were born in a country other than the United States but claim United States citizenship, we require proof of United States citizenship as part of the application process. You will be asked to upload proof of citizenship as you are completing the application. Acceptable documents include a US passport, certificate of birth abroad, or certificate of naturalization.

Applicant residing in the US

If you are international and currently residing in the United States, we require immigration documentation as part of the application process. Please upload a copy of your immigration documentation (I-20, DS-2019, visa stamp, I-94, I-797, etc.) reflecting your current immigration status. If you are admitted, the International Student and Scholar Services will have access to your documents and will determine if your paperwork is sufficient for their purposes.

Applicant applying from outside US

If you are international but residing overseas at the time of applying, or if you are international and applying to an online-only program, we do not require immigration documentation.

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.

English Proficiency Exams

Where to Submit: Send Electronically or Mail to Graduate School

Learn more about UAB's requirements for English proficiency exams and waivers in the section below.

Transcripts and Proof of Degree

Where to Submit: Send Electronically or Mail to Graduate School

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. Documentation requirements are outlined below.

Official Transcripts and Degree Statements

  • Original transcripts/marksheets bearing an official stamp must be submitted to the Graduate School. Copied, faxed, or scanned transcripts are considered unofficial.
  • A separate statement confirming degree conferral (degree statement) bearing an official stamp is also required.
  • Transcripts and degree statements must be in the original language of the international institution as well as in English. Applicants submitting an approved transcript evaluation (see below) are not required to submit English translations.
  • If you only have one set of original documents, please submit unofficial copies for review purposes. If admitted, original documents can be submitted to the Graduate School when you arrive in Birmingham. We will verify their authenticity in person and make copies for our records which will allow you to keep the original documents.
  • If you will be enrolling in an online only program and will not be on campus, please send the original documents along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope so we can return them.
  • Applicants who have not yet finished their degree should present a transcript showing they have earned a minimum of 91 complete semester hours or six (6) completed semesters.

Transcript Evaluations

We will accept a transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants. We do not recognize transcript evaluations from other companies. If the graduate department allows a transcript evaluation from another company, it will be at their own discretion.

International Student and Scholar Services will have access to your decision and a representative will contact you directly if any other documentation is necessary to begin processing your immigration documents.

Official Test Scores

Where to Submit: Send Electronically or Mail to 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).

Intitution Codes

GRE: 1856
MAT: 1017
GMAT: 1CB5S61

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.

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.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

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

The University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomes international applicants. An international applicant is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States.

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

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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!

English Proficiency Exams

International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit English proficiency scores (TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA) that meet the Graduate School's minimum score requirements.

Minimum Scores

TOEFL: 80*
IELTS: 6.5
PTEA: 53
IELA: 176
Duolingo: 120

We will only accept English proficiency scores that have been taken within a two (2) year period from the date that the application was submitted. Scores that exceed this time frame are considered expired and will not be accepted. We will not accept English proficiency test scores that are more than two years old unless program requests a recency waiver on the applicant's behalf.

  • Applicants must contact the testing agency to have the official scores sent to the UAB Graduate School. TOEFL scores should be submitted to institution code 1856; IELTS and PTEA scores should be issued electronically or mailed directly to the UAB Graduate School.

* UAB does not accept My Best Scores from TOEFL. You will need to submit individual test date score reports to your application.

English Proficiency Exam Waiver

We may waive the requirement according to the guidelines below:

  1. The applicant has earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree in the United States with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. The applicant is a citizen of one of the following countries:
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Canada, with the exception of Quebec
  • Cayman Islands
  • Ghana
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
 

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