Thank you for your interest in The University of Alabama Graduate School. To submit an application please follow the steps below.

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee. The application fee is $60 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $75 for international students. NOTE: This will increase to $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international students effective July 1, 2017. Please note that application fees are non-refundable. The application fee is waived for the following groups:
    • Veterans and current members of the US military (please send Angela Abrams at ayabrams@ua.edu your DD 214 or current assignment orders as appropriate).
    • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program students (please contact Angela Abrams at ayabrams@ua.edu for more details). University of Alabama undergraduates applying to a graduate program in the same subject area. To qualify for this application fee waiver a student must have no time break between the undergraduate and graduate program and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Applicants who have previously enrolled in Graduate School at The University of Alabama.
  3. Within 48 hours of completing steps 1 and 2 you will receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification (CWID) number. It is VERY important that you keep this number somewhere safe.
  4. Submit supporting documents and check application status by selecting Manage Documents.

For an explanation of the supporting documents listed below, please visit Supporting Documents.

Supporting Documents for Degree Seeking Students

Upload the following documents in Manage Documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for recommenders
  • Unofficial transcripts (University of Alabama transcripts not required)

Request that the following documents be sent to The University of Alabama:

  • Admission Test Scores
  • Test of English language proficiency (non-native English speakers)

NOTES:

  • Some programs may require that additional documents be submitted through this portal. Please check if your prospective department has additional requirements.
  • Social Work MSW program applicants must submit an additional essay: Please visit the Social Work portion of the Graduate Catalog for additional instructions on completing your application.

Supporting Documents for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Upload the following documents in Manage Documents:

  • Unofficial transcripts (University of Alabama transcripts are not required)
  • Test of English language proficiency (non-native English speakers)
  • Degree certificates (international students only; not required for current University of Alabama students)

All new University of Alabama students must have vaccinations and TB screening as described on the Student Health Center website.

An applicant whose credentials meet both of the following minimum requirements may be considered for admission:

  1. GPA: The applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall, 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program.
  2. Admission Test Scores: The applicant must have a score on the appropriate admissions test (e.g. GRE, GMAT, MAT) that is acceptable for regular admission if required by the department or degree program to which the applicant is seeking admission.

An applicant may also be considered for admission if he or she meets EITHER the GPA requirement for admission (GPA of 3.0) OR the admissions test score requirement for admission (if required by the program). In situations where another part of the application is particularly strong, applicants may be considered for admission if both the GPA and admission test score are below the thresholds above. In cases where an admission test score or GPA are below the numbers stated above, permission to continue is granted at the end of the first 12 hours of graduate credit by earning a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Conditional Language Admission

An international graduate applicant to The University of Alabama may be considered for conditional language admission if he or she does not meet the minimum TOEFL score requirement of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT, 6.5 on the IELTS or 59 on the PTE and/or does not have an admission test score (e.g. GRE/GMAT/MAT).

Number of Applications

Application may be made to up to two programs at a time. If a student applies to two programs, he or she must submit two separate and complete sets of application materials and two application fees.

Note on Admissions Requirements

The preceding quantitative requirements for regular and conditional admission are minimum requirements. Divisions or departments may set higher standards. Admissions decisions are based on a composite of qualitative and quantitative information including the applicant’s statement of purpose and letters of recommendation, the academic standing of the programs in which the applicant has studied, relevant professional activities and achievements, test scores, previous grades, and the recommendation of the faculty in the area to which the applicant is seeking admission. Not every applicant whose credentials meet stated quantitative standards is admitted.

The University of Alabama Graduate School does not operate on a deadline basis. For domestic applicants, applications can be accepted and will be processed up until the start date of your intended entry term. Most graduate departments do have internal deadlines which are MUCH earlier than this. These deadlines vary from program-to-program and year-to-year, so the Graduate School does not post departmental deadlines. Please contact your intended program directly to determine their internal timeline and the timeline for application review. For a listing of degree program contacts please visit http://graduate.ua.edu/degrees/.

When a department advertises a deadline they are communicating the date when your admissions file should be COMPLETED. The Graduate School encourages domestic applicants to get all of their required materials submitted six weeks prior to departmental deadlines to allow for processing.

(For example, if a program offers a December 15 deadline, do not wait until December 14 to apply. Having the application submitted the day before does not satisfy deadline requirements for most programs. Students applying to programs with December 15 deadlines should try to have all of their required materials submitted by the beginning of November.)

International Applicants

International applicants must have all of their required application materials arrive early enough for departments to review the application, make an admissions recommendation, and communicate that recommendation back to the Graduate School in time to have the official decision processed by May 1 for fall semester enrollment.

A Note on Scholarships, Assistantships, and Fellowships

It is important to remember that decisions for most scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships are made early in the semester. It is important to have your file completed as early as possible to be considered for all available awards.

Questions

Any questions about departmental deadlines need to be directed to the individual department. If you need any assistance finding who to speak with at the department-level, please contact the Graduate School office at 205 348-5921.

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