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How to Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate Admissions office administers the application, admission, and readmission process for all degree-seeking and non-degree seeking graduate students. We are happy to help guide you through the graduate application process.

Application Deadlines

* Certain graduate programs have earlier or later application deadlines while others will accept applications after the posted deadline.  Please check with the department for deadlines specific to program application deadlines.

June 1 October 1 March 1

Application Process

1)  How To Apply2)  Applying Online3)  Review Process

Select a graduate program

Submit online application

Initial evaluation of application materials

Contact graduate program director

Submit required application materials

Check application status

Review admission requirements

Provide residency documents for in-state tuition or Alabama differential

Decision notification

Learn about graduate assistantships


Initial Evaluation

Once the application, application processing fee, and application materials are submitted, the Graduate School will complete the initial evaluation and forward your application packet to the department for an admission decision. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission or may be denied admission.

Decision Notification

The Graduate School will notify the applicants of the admission decision.  Admission to the University is often contingent upon the subsequent receipt of satisfactory and official college or university transcripts and verification of baccalaureate degree.  Failure to submit such documents before the end of the second week of class of the initial semester of enrollment may result in the cancellation of admission.


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