Please Note: Due to high application volumes, admissions decisions for international students may take longer than normal. We appreciate your patience.

Students who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree at UAB or who wish to begin graduate study before being admitted to a degree program can apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UAB appointed post-doctoral fellows should complete the non-degree application and select Post-Doctoral Fellow in the program field. Application requirements for post-doctoral fellows may vary slightly.


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

SemesterDegree Seeking Applicant DeadlineNon-Degree Seeking and Readmission Applicant Deadline
Fall 2021 August 1, 2021 August 17, 2021
Spring 2022 December 1, 2021 January 1, 2022
Summer 2022 May 1, 2022 June 20, 2022


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

The Graduate School's standard fee is $40 for non-degree seeking students. The application fee is non-refundable.

Verification of Degree

Where to Submit: Application Dashboard

Admission as a non-degree seeking student requires a recognized baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a regionally accredited (e.g. SACS) college or university. During the application process, applicants are required to upload an unofficial copy of their transcript verifying that they have met this requirement. Official transcripts are not required.

*Because of U.S. immigration requirements, international applicants (i.e., those who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents) cannot normally be admitted as non-degree seeking students unless already residing in the United States. Immigration laws should be consulted to determine eligibility of students. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services for questions regarding immigration laws.

Non-degree Policies

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Newly admitted graduate non-degree seeking students must understand the non-degree policies prior to enrolling in graduate level courses at UAB. As such, all graduate non-degree seeking students will be required to read and sign the Acknowledgement of Non-Degree Policies form prior to registration at UAB.

  • There is no limit to the number of graduate non-degree (GN) hours a non-degree seeking student can accumulate. However, should a student choose to enroll as a degree seeking student at UAB, no more than 12 semester hours earned as a non-degree graduate student may be applied toward the advanced degree.
  • Registration as a non-degree student requires departmental approval. Students should contact the course instructor for permission to enroll in the course. If approved, the instructor will need to enter a degree level override.
  • Should a student be admitted to a degree program, the credit earned while in non-degree seeking status is not automatically acceptable toward a degree. A request for transfer of non-degree seeking credits must be signed by the student's advisor and program director and submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Application Process

Application Portal Sign In

Step 1: Create an Account or Login

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


Application Dashboard

Step 2: Create a New Application

Once you create your account, select "Start a New Application".

Complete Application

Step 3: Complete Application

Your application will be broken down into several sections that must all be completed prior to submission. Submit all required documents to the Graduate School who will then compile your records for admission consideration.

Pay Application Fee

After completing your application, you will be prompted to submit the $40 non-refundable non-degree application fee. All fees must be submitted online.

Submit Application

After paying the fee, you must return to the online application to officially submit your application.


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!