Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs at University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Master of Arts in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling - GRE required

  • A typewritten statement of professional purpose, highlighting the applicant's background, development, work-related experience, professional career objectives, and how completing the program will contribute to their goal of becoming a professional counselor.
  • Fingerprinting and background check for applicants to the school counseling concentration without a teaching certificate in the state of Alabama.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE-V (146 or better) and GRE-Q (147 or better).
  • Consideration of career goals, aptitude for graduate-level study, potential success in forming counseling relationships, and respect for cultural differences, as per CACREP Standards.
  • Evaluation of multiple sources of information, including GPA, letters of recommendation, and personal statement, alongside GRE scores.
  • Invitation for an interview, which includes individual interviews, a group experience, and a possible writing sample with the Counseling faculty.
  • Admission decisions made by the Counseling faculty after reviewing the applicant's credentials in their entirety, with the possibility of subjective assessment of the candidate's ability to complete graduate work effectively.
  • Non-degree-seeking students may take up to 12 hours of coursework that can be transferred into the Counseling Program, with permission from the instructor. However, admission into the program is not guaranteed based solely on non-degree-seeking coursework.

M.S. in Data Science (MSDS) - No GRE

Applicants will have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university or a recognized university from abroad.

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A mathematics background equivalent to two terms of calculus (differential and integral calculus) is required. 
  • GRE is not required.

Masters of Engineering with Concentration in Information Engineering and Management

Admission requirements for Masters of Engineering with Concentration in Information Engineering and Management (M.Eng.) at University of Alabama at Birmingham:

1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university. Preference is given to engineering, math, science or technical-related undergraduate degrees.

2. Original transcripts from every college/university attended should be requested by the applicant.

3. Relevant industry work experience as evidenced by the resume and three recommendations.

4. An essay answering the questions listed on the IEM website Apply Now page.

5. No GMAT/GRE required for Masters of Engineering with Concentration in Information Engineering and Management (M.Eng.) at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Masters of Science in Management Information Systems- No GRE required

Admission Requirements for Masters of Science in Management Information Systems:

  • 3 letters of recommendation and at least 1 must be a professional reference
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • No GRE scores are required
  • Current resume
  • A personal statement that must include the student’s professional career goals and how they faced and overcame challenges in their life
  • Have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in an information technology/systems-related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Master of Arts in Counseling with a Concentration in Mental Health - GRE scores required.

Master of Arts in Counseling with a Concentration in Mental Health:

  • GRE scores are required.
  • Undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited institution
  • Admission candidates must also have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • An official transcript,
  • A personal statement

Master of Social Work

The MSW is designed for students from all backgrounds.

The recommended GPA is 3.0 for undergraduate coursework. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will have the option to include a statement of explanation with their admissions packet.

The GRE is not required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit one academic and one professional (e.g. work supervisor) reference.

Applicants with degrees from non-U.S. institutions must complete an International Degree Review through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If CSWE determines that the undergraduate curriculum and degree meet the necessary educational standards, an international applicant will then qualify for Advanced Standing in our program.

NOTE that the Applications are not able to be carried over to another year once they go through the full admissions process.