Applicants may be admitted to the program if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in science or engineering from an approved college or university;
  2. 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;
  3. A minimum combined score of 300 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).
  4. 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.

How to Apply


Of the students accepted this year,the average GRE score was 1950, the average GPA was 3.4, and recommendations were very positive. You can learn more about the biotechnology faculty and their interests at on this site. You can also find a description of the program and of some of the courses at this site. If you haven't had Biochemistry, Genetics and a full year of Calculus as an undergraduate, you should address these deficiencies as soon as possible. It is possible to take some of the Biotechnology courses without being formally accepted into the program. Students in the masters program in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering can take many of the Biotechnology courses. It is also possible to take up to 12 credit hours as an unclassified graduate student.

Application Process

1. Apply to the Graduate School at UAH. Your completed application will have four parts:

  • Official GRE score for all applicants and TOEFL score for international students
  • Official academic transcripts
  • The UAH Graduate School Application (Be sure to check the box for the Biotechnology Program)
  • The UAH Graduate Assistantship Application

Application forms and other helpful materials are available online from the UAH Graduate School or on campus at MSB C-206. Call (256) 824-6002 for further help. All parts are due on Jan 15.

2. You will be sent a questionnaire regarding your research experience and interests. Please complete and return the questionnaire. Due February 15.

3. Have three recommendation letters sent to the Biotechnology Admissions Committee. A recommendation form can be downloaded as a PDF file or as a Microsoft Word File. (Hint: Ask permission before listing someone as a reference, and to provide them with the recommendation form, your CV and a copy of your academic transcript. Ask the people who have supervised you and worked closely with you.) Due February 15.

4. You should obtain a response to your application by April 1.

5. Acceptances become binding after April 15. For further details see the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants.

6. Acceptances are due May 15 or 30 days from after the date of offer, whichever comes later.

Financial Aid

Your living expenses and your tuition can be paid by you or it may be paid by some form of Financial Aid.

Types of Financial Aid include:

  • Competitive Scholarships
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research Assistantships

The Biotechnology Ph.D. program itself has a limited number of one-year Hudson fellowships, its member departments have a number of teaching assistantships (GTAs), and its faculty members support a number of students with research assistantships (GRAs). Students can support themselves by winning competitive scholarships or fellowships (or by having deep pockets). A typical student might be a Hudson fellow for one year, a GTA for one year, and a GRA for three years. An exceptional student might come in with his or her own fellowship or might obtain such a fellowship during their first year.


At the UAH Graduate School web site you can find information about:

  • Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Frequently asked questions


For Major, Highly Competitive Graduate School Fellowships in Biology and Biotechnology visit:


For Minority Graduate School Fellowships, visit:


For more Fellowship Lists and search services, (especially good for minor or very specialized fellowships) try:


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