• On Campus Graduate Student Procedures for Admission

    Complete an Application. The application form can be found on page 3 [Link to Application].


    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2.75 grade-point average (four-point scale) or graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 3.00 grade-point average (four-point scale) is required for unconditional admission to the School of Graduate Studies. A student who has an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 or a graduate grade-point average below 3.00 will be admitted conditionally and will be allowed to take 9 hours of graduate work. If a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher is achieved in the first 9 hours, regular admission to the graduate program may be granted and these credit hours may apply toward a degree. If a minimum 3.0 grade-point average is not achieved, the student will not be permitted to take additional graduate work and the hours will not apply toward a degree.

    Application Materials

    In addition to the application, the following credentials must be filed with International Programs and the School of Graduate Studies in order for an international student to be considered for admission to graduate school.

    Forward the completed application for admission and the credentials listed below to
    International Programs, College Drive, Station #51, Livingston, AL 35470 USA

    1. APPLICATION FEE A non-refundable $40.00 application fee. If this fee is paid by a check or money order from outside the U.S., it must state on the document the name of a U.S. bank through which it is payable. The fee may be charged to a Discover, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or UnionPay account.
    2. OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT One unofficial transcript from each university attended may be uploaded in PDF format and emailed to ip@uwa.edu. We accept unofficial uploads only for application evaluation. (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process.) If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended must be submitted to International Programs upon your arrival to campus. However, we require that you have your official transcripts evaluated by an outside evaluation service. The evaluation helps us understand your previous coursework so we can award proper credit upon your enrollment at UWA. This should be a course by course evaluation. The applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was earned. The notation “regionally accredited” must appear on the evaluation. The evaluation must come directly from an evaluation service affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations and their contact information, please visit www.naces.org/members.htm. This evaluation is to be forwarded directly to International Programs, UWA, 1 College Drive, Station #51, Livingston, AL 35470. The cost of this evaluation will be the responsibility of the student.
    3. SCHOLASTIC EVALUATION Students may begin graduate work prior to submission of scholastic evaluation scores and may enroll in up to nine (9) semester hours. Continued enrollment at UWA is contingent on the submission of an acceptable score from an appropriate scholastic evaluation prior to the completion of the nine (9) semester hours. 
    4. TOEFL or IELTS Scores. PROFICIENCY EVALUATION A score report from TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required. A student must earn a minimum TOEFL score (UWA code 1737) of at least 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score (UWA code 001024) required is a 5.0 overall with no score less than a 5.0 on any section of the test module. This requirement will not be waived. Students may find more information regarding the TOEFL at www.toefl.org. Students may find more information regarding the IELTS at www.ielts.org. International applicants may gain admission to The University of West Alabama by meeting the above minimum requirements. International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement (1) if the student has received a secondary (high) school diploma or associate’s, baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, India, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, The Bahamas, the United States, and Wales, or (2) if the student enters UWA with verified proficiency from an English language institution that has an articulation agreement with UWA, or (3) if the student has completed Written English I and II at a US institution with a grade of “C” or better.
    5. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT This financial statement must be completed by your sponsor, indicating his/her willingness to finance your education. We accept an uploaded PDF copy (email to ip@uwa.edu) for application evaluation. (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process.) If you are offered admission, the original copy of the form will be required prior to initial enrollment. The estimated amount of $22,000 USA quoted on the Statement of Financial Support is the total estimated cost a foreign student will incur during an academic year at the University of West Alabama. This amount will be entered on your I-20 form as the estimated cost of attending the University of West Alabama for one academic year (2 semesters). [link to form]
    6. PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS The student’s or sponsor’s bank must supply certification of deposit to UWA as proof that funds are readily available OR complete and return the Statement from Sponsor’s Bank/Financial Institution. We accept an uploaded PDF copy(email to ip@uwa.edu) for application evaluation. (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process.) If you are offered admission, the original copy of the form will be required prior to initial enrollment. [link to form]
    7. MEDICAL FORM including immunization for MMR and Meningitis plus a negative TB screen test.

    Admission Decisions After these credentials are on file, the student’s application will be reviewed by the School of Graduate Studies and a decision made. An acceptance letter and an I-20 form cannot be released to a student until all of the above admission requirements are met.

    Applications are welcomed from international students who wish to attend the University of West Alabama.
    We encourage the admission of international students; therefore, full consideration is given to all applicants.