Frequently Asked Questions
Our Graduate Admissions counselors are available to assist you with the application process. But if you need a quick answer to some of our most frequently asked questions, or you’re just looking for more information, there are plenty of resources at your disposal.
Graduate program priority deadlines, unless otherwise noted, are:
- Fall: July 15
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: April 15
Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) deadline:
Counseling (Fall and Spring cohort):
- There is no application deadline for admission into the graduate program in Counseling. Departmental review of all completed applications will begin the first week of the Spring semester for the Fall cohort (which begins in late August) and the first week of Fall semester for the Spring cohort (which begins in early January). Applications for a particular cohort will be accepted until that cohort is filled. Students are encouraged to apply early to be considered for admission.
Applicants may submit materials after the deadline with the understanding that submitting materials after the priority deadline does not guarantee consideration for admission for the following term. (Note that the Speech-Language Pathology program has a hard deadline of February 1 each year.)
Yes. See the “Visitor Information” page in the Graduate Admissions menu for information and to schedule a campus visit with the graduate recruiter.
- GRE 850 (old format) or 290 (new format)
- GMAT 400
- MAT 388
*please note that the MBA and Speech-Language Pathology programs are excluded from the above category.
- The MAT is given at the University of Montevallo campus each semester through the Office of Counseling and Leadership. Please contact the office secretary at (205) 665-6380 for more information.
- MBA students can register for the GMAT here.
The verbal and the quantitative portions of the test are added together to arrive at a final score, while the analytical portion is not included in the factoring.
A maximum of six (6) semester hours (10 quarter hours) of graduate work, approved by UM, may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Such credit must have been earned within six years prior to the granting of the degree.
No course may be transferred with a grade lower than B, and no course may be transferred with a grade of pass/fail. Course equivalency is determined by the department chair. Transfer credit practices are consistent with American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
We recommend that you submit an application to our office before submitting transcripts and other admission items because this allows us to anticipate the arrival of these items. This is especially true for students who may have alternate or maiden names on their transcripts.
Please note that if you indicate us as one of the colleges to which you wish to send your MAT/GMAT/GRE test score results prior to applying, they will be applied to your file upon application.
Applicants who fall into this category must submit a final transcript with a degree posted before the end of the first semester of graduate coursework. Students may not take additional coursework without a final transcript on file in Graduate Admissions and Records.
Regular term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours / Part-time=fewer than nine (9) graduate hours
Summer term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours spanning from May to the summer terms / Part-time=five (5) graduate hours or less spanning from May to the summer terms.
An unconditional admission is granted when all the minimum requirements for admission have been met
A conditional admission is granted when the applicant does not have a satisfactory test score or has not compiled with other specific departmental requirements
NOTE: There is no conditional admission for the Alternative Master’s Degree Program or the Speech-Language Pathology program
A conditionally admitted student can take no more than 12 graduate hours and eligibility for financial aid is also affected. Graduate credit at UM will not be awarded until the requirements for unconditional admission have been met.
With the exception of the Instructional Leadership M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs, a 3.0 GPA is required. The IL M.Ed. and both Ed.S. programs require a 3.25 GPA. A graduate student whose GPA falls below the required 3.0 or 3.25 will be placed on academic warning and will have one term of enrollment in which to raise the GPA.
Many of our graduate programs help you to get placed in a job or build your résumé, but you may wish to seek additional help. Contact your Program Coordinator and make an appointment with our Career Services Center.
Students who are admitted to graduate study, either conditionally or unconditionally, and who do not enroll within two years will be required to reapply should they later decide to enroll.