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How to Apply - Graduate Admission

Formal Admission (Degree Seeking)

Follow the steps below to apply for graduate admission to a distance learning degree program.

The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international students. The application fee is non-refundable. Applicants are encouraged to speak with an Admissions Counselor prior to application submission.

  1. Click Apply Now to begin the application process
  2. Create a login ID and a PIN
  3. Click the Create a New Admissions Application link
  4. Click on Distance Learning Programs
  5. Click on Graduate Distance Learning Programs
  6. Click Create New Application

It is very important that you select the correct Application Type. The application type selected determines what you will see as available programs. Most applicants will select Graduate Degree-Distance Learning, unless you are applying as a non-degree seeking student or to a certificate program.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Applicants wishing to enroll in courses, but not earn a degree may apply as a non-degree seeking student. Students may take up to 12 credit hours under non-degree status. Non-degree applications must be approved by the academic unit. Taking non-degree coursework will not make you admissible if you do not meet the minimum admission requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Non-degree applicants should follow steps 1-6 above. For application type, select Non-Degree Seeking.

General Graduate Admissions Requirements 

Distance learning applicants must meet general admission requirements as outlined below. Some programs may have higher admission requirements. Please consult with an Enrollment Counselor before submitting an application. 

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a 3.0 GPA for a completed master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • An acceptable score on the appropriate graduate entrance exam: GRE (300), GMAT (500), or the MAT (50th percentile). The type of entrance exam required is determined by the academic program to which application is being made. Some academic units require higher test scores. Test scores must be less than five (5) years old.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit an English Language proficiency test score (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS) unless they have a U.S. degree earned within three years (of enrolling in their graduate program) or have studied in the U.S. for two years immediately prior to enrolling at UA.

Official Transcript Submission

Transcripts from U.S. Higher Education Institutions

For each U.S. institution of higher education (including community colleges) at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours, obtain an official transcript and upload it at Manage Supporting Documents. The transcript must include a grading key.

Please note that you do not need to submit University of Alabama transcripts.

If admitted, you will be required to request that official transcripts be sent directly from your institution(s).

Transcripts from International Higher Education Institutions

For each international institution of higher education (including community colleges) at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours, request one official transcript.

  • Electronic transcripts should be sent to by your respective institution(s).
  • Paper transcripts should be sent by your respective institution to: The University of Alabama Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118.
  • For express mail services, please use the: The University of Alabama Graduate School, 801 University Blvd, 102 Rose Administration, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118.
  • Please visit International Admissions.


If you have previously attended The University of Alabama, you must apply for readmission. You may access the steps to the readmission process here. Scroll down to the Readmission section to find the online application.

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Find financial aid information here.

You may also qualify for one of several scholarships. Some are available through The University of Alabama. Others are available only to distance learning students.