Admission Requirements

UAB Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science Program

UAB employs a holistic approach when reviewing candidates for admission to the university. Consideration for admission is based on three critical performance factors: (1) strength of curriculum, (2) grade point average (GPA), and (3) ACT or SAT scores. All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Freshman Applicants (High School Student and Home Schooled Student)

  • Required Academic Units:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of social science
    • 3 years of math (Algebra I and higher)
    • 3 years of science (including 2 lab sciences)
    • 1 year of foreign language
    • 3 additional core courses, for a total of 17 core courses

Non-Traditional Freshman Applicants

  • Students who graduated from high school four or more years ago and have not attended college or have attended college earning fewer than 24 semester hours.
    • Minimum high school grade point average of 2.75 or minimum score of 520 on the GED test.

Transfer Applicants

  • Students who have completed at least 24 transferable college semester hours.
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) after completing 24 semester hours of transferable college-level work.
    • Good academic standing at all of the other colleges or universities you’ve attended.

Test Scores

  • ACT/SAT Test Report (Freshman)
  • Official ACT score reports should be sent to the following school code: 0056
  • Official SAT score reports should be sent to the following school code: 1856

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Applicants for the MS MIS program must 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.

Those not meeting this requirement must have:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree in other areas of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or completed another graduate degree; AND
  • Completed the UAB MS MIS Bridge Program; OR
  • Submitted evidence to UAB as to significant work experience in IS/IT/computer programming, enterprise systems, databases, and/or system design and analysis; OR
  • Submitted evidence to UAB as to IS/IT/Computer industry certifications in computer programming, enterprise systems, databases, and/or system design and analysis.

No GMAT/GRE required.

Application Requirements (MS MIS)

  • Online application with a $70 application fee or $85 international application fee
  • Current resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation: at least 1 must be a professional reference
  • Personal statement: statement must include the student’s professional applications and how they faced and overcame challenges in their life
  • Completed online application (Click Here)

International Applicants (MS MIS)

International applicants whose native language isn’t English are required to show proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test score. Official test scores are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB. Scores should not be more than 2 years old.

The minimum score requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 on the paper-based examination, 213 on the computerbased version, or 80 on the Internet-based version
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score of 6.5 overall with at least a 5.0 on each section of the examination

Master of Business Administration Program

To be eligible for the Master’s program, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Copy of resume or curriculum vitae detailing progressive professional work experience
  • 3 letters of recommendation/reference (1 professional reference strongly recommended)
  • Complete the online application and pay application fee of $70 for domestic applicants and $85 for international applicants
  • Supplemental Essay (to be uploaded into online application): In 500 to 1000 words, please discuss the factors that have influenced your education and career decisions to date. Please describe your professional development to date, and your goals for the future. How will the MBA or MAC influence your ability to achieve your goals?
  • Once accepted, complete Business Math preparatory assessment for those applicants without a “PreCalculus” course with a “C” or better in the past 5 years
  • GMAT waiver available for applicants with relevant academic and professional experience
  • Completed online application (Click Here)