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Graduate Degree Programs

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.

What are the deadlines for admission?

Graduate program priority deadlines, unless otherwise noted, are:

Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15
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.

What is a “priority” deadline?

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.

Are there campus visits for potential graduate students?

Yes. Email to schedule a campus visit.

Where can I take the MAT, GRE, or Praxis?

The MAT is given at the University of Montevallo campus each semester through the Counseling Degree Program Office. Please contact Mrs. Cindy Gill at (205) 665-6380 for more information.
To register for the GRE, click here.
To register for the Praxis Core, click here.

Please note that if you indicate us as one of the colleges to which you wish to send your MAT/GRE test score results prior to applying, they will be applied to your file upon application.

How is the GRE scored?

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.

How long are GRE and MAT test scores valid?

Test scores are good for five years after a prospective student takes them. Beyond that time, a student must retake the test and have the score submitted to our office to be considered for admission.

Should I submit my application first?

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.

How much is graduate tuition?

Click here to be directed to the Cashier’s Office for tuition rates.

What is the graduate course load?

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.

How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?

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.

Other important information regarding Alternative Master’s programs:

  1. Candidates who hold a degree with less than the required 2.5 GPA can be admitted if their GPA is 2.0 or higher and they score alternate higher scores on their Praxis II content test.
  2. If a graduate degree was used as the basis for admission to the Alt A program, no graduate credit from that degree may be applied to the Alt A program for certification purposes. However, if an undergraduate degree was used as the basis for admission to the Alt A program, then master’s level coursework previously taken will be reviewed and may be applied to an Alt A teacher education program if approved by the College of Education and Human Development.
  3. Although UM does offer some online courses, there is a significant portion of this degree that requires student presence on campus.