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Your application to the PhD in Nutrition Sciences is completed through the UAB Graduate School admissions process. The PhD program in Nutrition Sciences accepts admission for the fall term only.

The PhD Admissions Committee begins their review of completed applications on February 1 for the upcoming fall term. Please note that if February 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline for complete applications is the last business day in January. It is recommended that students submit their application prior to February 1 to allow time for processing. We strongly recommend for international students to complete the application process at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline of February 1.

Students who are competitive for the PhD program have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 with a degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, chemical, agricultural, or engineering science from an accredited university . While the GRE is not required, you may submit your scores if your application is strengthened with the score. The admissions committee considers a GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 310 to be competetive. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years to be considered.

For international students, there is an expected minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or 53 on the PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academic). If you are an international student, please contact the UAB International Affairs office.

Please note: We do not offer conditional admission.

UAB Graduate School Application Process

Official transcripts from each institution where college credit was received can be submitted electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

UAB Graduate School
LHL G03, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Applications are submitted online through the UAB Graduate School. All admissions documents (test scores, transcripts, immigration documents, WES, etc.) must be sent to the UAB Graduate School. Use code 1856.

To apply you must submit the following:

  1. Complete the on-line UAB Graduate School application. The fee for domestic applicants is $50, the fee for international applicants is $60.
    Note: When asked to select a concentration you will elect “Not Applicable – Selected Program does not offer concentrations”.
  2. Please address the following topics in your letter of application:
    • Short-term and long-term professional goals
    • Research and other training experiences that make you well suited for this program
    • Reasons for applying to this program
  3. Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended directly to the UAB Graduate School – note that proof of degree is required. If you have earned your degree from an international university, then you are required to submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  4. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae. As a part of your application to the UAB Graduate School, you will be asked to provide a current Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. Letters of Recommendation (3) are required. Also as part of your application to UAB Graduate School, you will provide reference contact information, including email addresses. UAB Graduate School will contact each of your references who will submit their letters online directly to UAB Graduate School.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores are no longer required to be considered for the program. If have taken the GRE and you want your scores considered as part of your application, submit official scores of the GRE directly from the testing service to UAB Graduate School. Scores may not be more than five years prior to the desired term of admission.
  7. For international students, there is an expected cumulative TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5, PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academics) score of 53, Duolingo score of 120, or a IELA (International English Language Assessment) test score of 176. Please contact the Office of International Admissions with questions specific to the English proficiency test requirements.

Please note that your application is sent from UAB Graduate School to our department for review only after completion with official transcripts, letters of recommendation and official testing scores.

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