Graduate School Admissions

For admission to the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an approved institution. The following minimum requirements are acceptable to the graduate school.

Unconditional Admission

To be admitted unconditionally, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Have a minimum grade-point average of B (3.0) on the undergraduate record, and

2. Have a minimum total score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination and a minimum score of 3.0 on the analytical writing portion. For the English, Nursing, and Public Affairs programs, applicants must have a minimum total score of 50 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken prior to October, 2004 and a minimum score of 410 on the MAT taken after October, 2004.

Conditional Admission

The graduate school may conditionally admit applicants who do not satisfy all of the above requirements for unconditional admission but who do show reasonable potential for doing graduate work. Conditional admission requires the approval of both the graduate dean and the chair of the department.

If a conditionally admitted student has an overall grade average of B (3.0) or better for all graduate work attempted up to and including the semester in which the student completes 12 hours of graduate work at UAH, then the student assumes the status of an unconditionally admitted student. Otherwise, the student is dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies. Under exceptional cases, a student may be readmitted upon justified recommendation of the faculty in the student's major department and approval of the graduate dean.

How to Apply

An applicant for a master's, doctoral or certificate program must submit a completed graduate application form and a nonrefundable application fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Application may be made on-line at graduate admissions, or a printable copy of the application can be downloaded and mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 134 Madison Hall, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899. Printed copies of the application are available in the office of Graduate Studies and in departmental offices. A non-refundable application fee of $40 for domestic students and $50 for international students must accompany the application. Applicants who have previously enrolled at UAH are exempt from this fee. In addition, the applicant must request that the following items be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Two official copies of the academic record from each collegiate institution attended;

2. For most programs, applicants should submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code for UAH is 1854.

3. The GRE/MAT requirement may be waived by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the department or program chair if at least one of the following conditions holds:

(a) the applicant is the holder of a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited insitution;

(b) the applicant presents evidence of having taken the GRE/MAT over 5 years ago and hence cannot obtain official scores;

(c) the applicant graduated from an accredited college or university five or more years ago and has not subsequently been enrolled since that time, and has a record of consistent professional and/or academic achievement as documented on a submitted resume; and other departmental requirements are met.

An applicant for an additional graduate program (including a different degree in the same discipline or a certificate) who has been previously admitted to the School of Graduate Studies must submit a new application form to the Office of Graduate Admissions for the new program. The student must inform the chairs of both departments/programs that he/she is pursuing the two degree programs concurrently. Students who fail to enroll in classes within one year of their date of admission must submit a new application.

Chemistry M.S. Program Admission Requirements

General requirements of the School of Graduate Studies must be satisfied. In addition, students admitted to the graduate chemistry program are assumed to have training equivalent to the chemistry B.S. degree recommended by the American Chemical Society. The ACS-approved degree includes lecture and laboratory work in elementary chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry (including instrumental analysis), biochemistry, elementary physics, and calculus. Graduation from an undergraduate program not adhering to ACS standards does not preclude entrance into the UAH program. Students should realize, however, that if deficiencies exist, some additional undergraduate courses might be required. The time required to complete the M.S. degree may then be proportionately increased.

Biotechnology Ph.D. Program Admissions Requirements

Applicants may be unconditionally admitted to the program if they have:

a) A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from an approved college or university;

b) A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall or 2.75 overall and 3.0 over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate and graduate credit;

c) A combined score of 1700 on the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (For GRE tests taken after October 1, 2002 the score on the analytical portion is obtained by taking the (raw score + 2) x 100);

d) A score of at least 550 (213 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students.

Applicants may be admitted conditionally if they do not meet these requirements but indicate the potential for success in the Biotechnology Science and Engineering program. Applicants must have knowledge from coursework in the areas of general biology, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology, general and organic chemistry, physics and calculus to satisfy the prerequisites of calculus-based physical or biophysical chemistry. Students with deficiencies in any of these areas may be admitted conditionally pending remedy of the deficiencies.