• Online Graduate Student Procedures for Admission

    Complete an Application.  The application form can be found here [Link to Application].

    Expectations

    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.

    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, UWA, 1 College Drive, Station #51, Livingston, AL 35470 USA

    1. Application Fee A non-refundable $25.00 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 All official international transcripts should be sent to either the World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for 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 WES or ECE evaluation. 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 You may begin graduate work prior to submission of a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score report with the understanding that you cannot take beyond nine (9) semester hours without completing this requirement. This test cannot be waived. Official Scores from ETS (GRE Test) or Pearson (MAT Test) Code 1007 are required for your permanent file. You do not have to make a minimum score; however, you must take one of the two tests.
    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.