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 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
  • Health Education and Promotion PhD
  • Kinesiology PhD (Exercise Science specialty only)
  • Management Information Systems MS (Fall only)
  • Management MA
  • Management PhD
  • Marketing MS
  • Marketing PhD
  • Political Science MA
  • Political Science PhD
  • Secondary Education EdD
  • Secondary Education 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