Though it isn’t necessary to have all materials on-hand at the time of your application (e.g. letters of recommendation), we recommend you obtain and properly format as many as possible before you begin.

All admissions decisions are tailored to the individual based on their entire application. While this page outlines minimum requirements, not every applicant who meets the minimum is guaranteed admission. In special cases, applicants may be considered for admission with additional requirements. Contact your program director for more information.


GPA Requirements

To be considered for regular admission to the Graduate School, you must have at least one of the following:

  • An overall 3.0 GPA.
  • An overall 3.0 GPA in your last 60 semester hours.
  • A 3.0 GPA in your graduate program.

Admission with Permission to Continue

If your GPA is lower than recommended, you may be considered for admission with additional requirements. Please check with your prospective program for more information.

Test Score Requirements

If required, you will need at least one of the following scores:

GRE ≥ 300
GMAT ≥ 500
MAT ≥ 50th percentile
MCAT ≥ 50th percentile

Admission with Permission to Continue

If your test scores are lower than recommended, you may be considered for admission with additional requirements. Please check with your prospective program for more information.

COVID-19 Test Score Waivers

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores requirements have been waived for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021.

Test Waiver Exceptions

Some programs are not waiving admission test scores at this time. Visit the COVID-19 Test Score Waivers page for a complete list of exceptions.


You must upload an unofficial transcript for each higher learning institution (including community colleges) at which you earned at least 15 credit hours of coursework.

Official transcripts will be requested after admission.


  • If you upload a digital transcript obtained directly from your registrar’s office, make sure the file does not expire on a particular date.
  • Please provide a key if your previous institution uses an unusual grading scheme (not the typical A, B, C, etc.).
  • If your transcript is in a language other than English, please submit a translation in the application portal.
  • Transcripts from The University of Alabama do not need to be submitted.


If required, you will need to upload at least 3 recommendation letters.

Once your application is submitted, your recommenders will receive a notification within 24-48 hours, allowing them to upload their statements.

For summer and fall 2021 semesters, we are now able to accept letters through the secure third-party recommendation letter service Interfolio. Please see the Interfolio Help Center for instructions on how to deliver letters to The University of Alabama Graduate application.


  • You must provide an email address for each recommender. The recommender will receive detailed instructions to submit their recommendation.
  • At least one letter should be from a professor at a previous institution.
  • Recommendations should be uploaded before the application deadline.

Application Fees

Application fees are nonrefundable and must be paid with each application submission.

$65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
$80 for international students


  • Veterans and current members of the U.S. military (To qualify, you must submit your DD 214 or current assignment orders with your application.)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program students (contact Lesley Campbell for more information)
  • Applicants previously enrolled in Graduate School at The University of Alabama
  • UA undergraduates applying to the same program at the graduate level (To qualify, you must apply for the next available semester and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.)

Non-native Language Score Requirements

All non-native English speakers (domestic and international) must submit at least one score report from the following examinations. Your scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL ≥ 79
IELTS ≥ 6.5
PTE ≥ 59

NOTE: The University of Alabama Graduate School accepts super-scores (such as a TOEFL MyBest™ score).

COVID-19 Language Scores

In response to COVID-19, international applicants now have the option to take the Duolingo English test ( To qualify for regular admission, applicants must score 105 or above.

NOTE: Not all programs currently accept Duolingo scores. Visit the COVID-19 Test Score Waivers page for more information.


Non-native English speakers do not have to submit scores if they:

  1. Have been U.S. residents while attending an accredited U.S. college or university within the last two consecutive years
  2. Have earned a degree from a U.S. college or university within the last three years

Non-native speakers who do not meet these language score requirements may be considered for conditional language admission. For more information, visit the international admissions page.

Other Graduate Application Materials

Statement of Purpose

Most statements of purpose are 1-2 pages long and should describe your background, reasons for attending your chosen graduate program and post-graduation goals. If you have questions regarding content or format, please contact your prospective program.

Writing Sample

Some programs require writing samples alongside applications. For writing sample requirements, please contact your graduate program.

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