Test Scores

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT MCAT) have been waived for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021. Note: This waiver does not apply to applicants to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Language Scores

All non-native English speakers (domestic and international) must submit at least one score report, less than two years old, from one of the following examinations:

TOEFL ≥ 79
IELTS ≥ 6.5
PTE ≥ 59

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

In response to COVID-19, international applicants now have the option to take the Duolingo English test (https://englishtest.duolingo.com). To qualify for regular admission, applicants must score 105 or above.  This exam may be taken from any personal device, making it much more accessible for quarantined or self-quarantined students. This change applies to most Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 applications.   

Test Waiver Exceptions

The following programs are currently limiting test score waivers for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 as indicated below. The Graduate School will update this list as the situation develops.

Programs not waiving the admission test score requirement:

Applications for Spring 2021 Admission

  • Applied Statistics PhD
  • Economics PhD
  • Finance PhD
  • Geography MS
  • Geography PhD
  • Kinesiology PhD (Exercise Science specialty only)
  • Marketing PhD
  • Management PhD
  • Operations Management PhD
  • Political Science MA
  • Political Science PhD

Applications for Summer and Fall 2021 Admission

  • Economics MA
  • Economics PhD
  • Finance MS
  • Finance PhD
  • Geography MS
  • Geography PhD
  • Kinesiology PhD (Exercise Science specialty only)
  • Marketing MS
  • Marketing PhD
  • Management MA
  • Management PhD
  • Political Science MA
  • Political Science PhD
  • Speech Language Pathology MS

Special notes:

  • The Accounting MA program is waiving test scores and accepting Duolingo scores; however, if the applicant does not meet certain GPA requirements, an admission test score may be required.
  • While exam scores are not required for applicants to be considered for admission to the MBA program, the submission of exam scores is encouraged as they are part of a comprehensive review and do factor into scholarship/graduate assistantship decisions

Programs not accepting Duolingo language test scores:

  • Marketing MS
  • Speech Language Pathology MS