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1. Admission Requirements/Process
What are the requirements for admission into Graduate degree programs?
The minimum requirements for admission to Graduate School are:
1) Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited
institution or the foreign equivalent for an international applicant.
2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of
3) If seeking an additional master’s or other advanced degree, a 3.0 is required
for the completed degree from an accredited institution.
4) The applicant must have a score on the appropriate entrance examination that
is acceptable for regular admission, if required by the department or degree
program to which the applicant is seeking admission.
Application for admission must be submitted at least six (6) weeks prior to the planned
Individual departments may have additional or higher admissions requirements than
the minimum requirements listed above. Additional requirements can be viewed on
the Graduate School website at: graduate.ua.edu.
How do I begin the admission process for a graduate degree program?
The admission process begins with the completion of a graduate application. The
graduate application may be found at: graduate.ua.edu/application
What is the time frame for beginning and completing a degree program (i.e., deadlines/calendar)?
Master’s students must complete degree requirements within six (6) years. Doctoral
and specialist degree students must complete degree requirements within seven (7)
What is involved in transferring from a different institution to The University of Alabama?
1. Complete the appropriate application for admission to The University of Alabama.
2. Request to have transcripts from all previously attended institutions sent to The University
Will my previous credit hours be transferred/accepted when I start my distance degree program?
Transfer credit is evaluated after UA admission is granted and all transcripts from other
colleges or institutions attended have been received. Graduate transfer credit is evaluated
on a case-by-case basis.
Will my previous test scores such as GRE, MAT, or GMAT be accepted? Is there a specific length of
time the scores remain acceptable?
Previous entrance exam scores will be accepted if the score meets minimum requirements and
is less than five (5) years old.
2. Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships
What is the tuition cost per credit hour for graduate degree programs?
Tuition cost varies from year to year and is set prior to the fall semester of the academic year.
Current tuition rates may be found at: cost.ua.edu
What is included/not included in tuition?
Students enrolled in Gadsden courses are only charged the hourly course rate and applicable
Does the program delivery format affect the cost?
No. If you are enrolled in a Gadsden program, there is no difference. You will be
charged the Gadsden rate (hourly tuition rate).
Is there a difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for distance learning?
The College of Continuing Studies provides an out-of-state tuition waiver grant for those
who qualify. Please click here
to download an application or call 256-546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131
for an an application. This grant applies only to programs at the Gadsden Center.
What types of financial aid and scholarships are available and how would I apply? How is eligibility
Students enrolled in distance degree programs are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
You may view financial aid information on our website at: financialaid.ua.edu.
The College of Continuing Studies offers several scholarship opportunities each year. A list of
available scholarships can be found at: BamaByDistance.ua.edu/Scholarships
The College of Education offers several scholarship opportunities each year. To view available
scholarships please visit: education.ua.edu/student-services/scholarships
To view all University of Alabama Graduate School scholarships and grants, please visit:
What is the policy regarding non-University tuition assistance (i.e., financial aid, scholarships, grants)
such as Air Force Tuition Assistance?
The University of Alabama does allow students to use employee assistance or other forms of
tuition assistance programs to cover tuition cost. Arrangements for such tuition assistance
payments to be applied to your account must be made with the Student Receivables
office (Third Party Billing) here at The University of Alabama.
Does The University of Alabama participate in the “Yellow Ribbon” program for military personnel?
Yes. The University of Alabama is a participating institution with the “Yellow Ribbon” tuition
assistance program for military personnel. Also, beginning October 1, 2009, qualified
reserve members may utilize their Post-911 GI Bill tuition assistance benefits at The
University of Alabama.
3. Printed Materials/Specific Degree Questions/Program Offerings/Curriculum
Is there a place where I can find/print/request all of the necessary information for specific degree
programs (i.e., admission, cost, curriculum, objective, formats)?
Information on all of the degree programs and special programs offered by The University of
Alabama Gadsden Center may be found on our website at: Gadsden.ua.edu
4. Student Services
Am I eligible to purchase student football ticket packages?
The University of Alabama Gadsden Center tuition rate does not include the activity fee.
Therefore, students who wish to be eligible to purchase tickets to athletic events at the
student rate must pay the activity fee in addition to the regular distance tuition charge.
What resources are available to assist students academically?
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides online tutorial assistance for most of the
general core courses. The Writing Center provides assistance with written course assignments.
You may obtain additional information regarding academic resources at: www.ctl.ua.edu/sss