Test Scores

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT MCAT) have been waived for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This change affects almost all applicants, both on campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of March 15, 2020. 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 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 Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applications.   

Test Waiver Exceptions

The following programs are currently limiting test score waivers as indicated below. The Graduate School will update this list as the situation develops.

Program Admission Test Score Required? Duolingo Accepted? Applicable Entry Terms
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics No Yes Fall 2020
Applied Statistics PhD Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Business Analytics MS Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

College of Education Programs
(Except Kinesiology, Elementary and Secondary Education and select online programs – see below)

No Yes Fall 2020
Economics PhD Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Education Leadership MAInstructional Leadership Certification
(Online only)
No Yes Spring 2021
Education Leadership EdSInstructional Leadership Certification
(Online only)
No Yes Spring 2021
Education Psychology MA – Learning and Assessment 
(Online only)
No Yes Spring 2021
Elementary and Secondary Education MA, EdS, EdD, PhD No Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Finance PhD Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Higher Education Administration MA
(Online only)

No Yes Spring 2021
Instructional Technology MA
(Online only)
No Yes Spring 2021
Kinesiology MA with Class A Certification in Sport Management (Online only) No Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Marketing MS No No Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Marketing PhD Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Rehabilitation Counseling MA
(Online only)
No Yes Spring 2021
Special Education and Multiple Abilities MA, EdS, EdD, PhD No Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Speech Language Pathology MS Yes (GRE/MAT) No Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Operations Management PhD Yes (GRE/GMAT) Yes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021