College of Science The University of Alabama in Huntsville

College of Science The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A top-tier research university with government and industry partnerships

The University of Alabama in Huntsville stands out as one of 80 US public universities recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for very high research activity. UAH offers its science graduate students a diverse range of research and internship opportunities with the region's military, industrial, and scientific enterprises, such as Redstone Arsenal, the Marshall Space Flight Center, and the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology.

"Forbes" includes UAH on its list of Best Research Universities. "US News and World Report" ranks UAH's College of Science as a Best Science School, with best-program recognitions for its biological sciences, atmospheric science, physics, and computer sciences programs. "US News" further rates UAH among its Best National Universities.

Comprehensive science offerings and lots of faculty member-student interaction

With a graduate enrollment of just over 360 students, the College of Science at UAH offers a student-faculty member ratio of 4:1. The most popular graduate fields of study are computer science, physics, and atmospheric science, each of which has its own department. Biology, chemistry, math, and space science are the college's other departments. Each department offers master's and doctoral degree plans.

UAH's accomplished science faculty members have won numerous prestigious awards and honors including Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and a share of Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Severe-weather, climate and remote sensing research in the Department of Atmospheric Science

Ranked in the top ten by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the atmospheric science department is co-located with the UAH Earth System Science Center, NASA and the National Weather Service in the National Space Science and Technology Center. The new Severe Weather Institute and Radar and Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL) is a state-of-the-art facility with weather-instrument research and development, a tornado-proof weather-balloon launch site, and a command center for real-time severe weather research management.

There are two master's degree programs available through the department. The Master of Science in Atmospheric Science is focused on research and analysis while the Master of Science in Earth System Science trains students to apply research to decision making using geographical information systems (GIS). The department also offers a selective Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science degree program.

A top 20 computer science research program

The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Department of Computer Science ranks among the top 20 for externally-funded research projects. Faculty member-led research topics include bioinformatics, algorithms, distributed technologies, cybersecurity, and cognitive science, among many others. The department's research affiliates include the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center and the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis.

Four master's degree programs open to computer science students include the:

- Master of Science in Computer Science

- Master of Science in Software Engineering - Master of Science in Cybersecurity

- Master of Science in Modeling and Simulation

Two doctoral degree programs are offered, the PhD in Computer Science and the PhD in Modeling and Simulation. The department also offers graduate-level professional certificate programs in software engineering, information assurance, and modeling and simulation.

Research-intensive physics programs

There are three graduate degree programs within the physics department, the MS in Physics degree program, the MS in Optics and Photonics Technology, and the PhD in Physics.

Physics research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville focuses on:

- Optics, including nanophotonics and optical laser development

- Astrophysics, particularly galaxy evolution and clusters, stellar physics, and Lambda-cold dark matter inflationary cosmology

- Space and solar physics, using NASA data to explore such phenomena as space weather, plasma turbulence, and solar wind effects

- Nonlinear dynamics, which explores chaos in physical systems, with input from adjunct faculty researchers at Redstone Arsenal.

Research facilities for physics and space science students include the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, the Nanophotonic and Quantum Devices Lab, and the Center for Applied Optics.

Biotechnology, biological sciences- and chemistry graduate programs

Both the chemistry and biological sciences departments at UAH offer research opportunities in biotech and related fields. Students may pursue the Master of Science in Biology (with or without teacher-certification preparation) offered in conjunction with Alabama A&M University. Chemistry master's degree options include the MS in Chemistry and the MS in Material Science.

The doctoral options include the PhD in Material Science degree program and the interdisciplinary PhD in Biotechnology Science and Engineering degree program, which combines biology, chemistry, and engineering. Biotech PhD degree program students work with HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, the Marshall Space Flight Center and other regional biotech enterprises and may choose to specialize in bioprocess engineering, biomolecular sciences, or structural biology.

Advanced mathematics

Mathematics graduate students at UAH may earn the MS or the MA in Mathematics, the PhD in Applied Mathematics, and teacher certification at the master's level. The mathematics department has several decades' worth of research collaboration experience with NASA, the US Army, and other area institutions.

New graduate space science program

The space science department is newly established and enrolling master's and doctoral degree program students starting with the Fall 2015 semester . The department's research focus is the interaction of radiation and cosmic plasmas, in cooperation with the Marshall Space Flight Center and UAH's Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research. Degree programs available are the MS in Space Science and the PhD in Space Science degree programs. The department is also developing a computational physics graduate program.

Accomplished alumni and a strong former-student network

Notable University of Alabama in Huntsville graduates include scientist, author, and television host Travis Taylor, Corporate Vice President of Edwards Lifesciences Stanton Rowe, Space Shuttle astronaut Jan Davis, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology co-founder James Hudson. UAH alumni have also won prestigious awards, like the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. UAH alumni have gone to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, the military, research universities, and major corporations.

Departmental scholarships, assistantships, and more financial aid

Students who would like priority consideration for College of Science departmental scholarships must submit an application by December 1 each year. The college offers more than three dozen such scholarship programs, such as the AUVSI Pathfinder Robotics Scholarship, the Boeing Computer Science Scholarship, the NASA-MSFC Retiree's Association Scholarship, and other awards for science students, awarded on the basis of merit, talent, or financial need.

Competitive teaching and research assistantships are available. . Interested students can inquire about specific opportunities and apply through the School of Graduate Studies.

UAH graduate students have won fellowship funding from such organizations as the National Institutes of Health, the IBM PhD Fellowship Program, the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, the National GEM Consortium, and the National Science Foundation. The UAH School of Graduate Studies staff can assist students in identifying fellowship opportunities.

The Office of Veterans Affairs at UAH is dedicated to helping veterans and their families make the most of the benefits and assistance they have earned. The university participates in the federal Yellow Ribbon tuition abatement program and the Alabama State GI Dependents' Program.

Location & Contact


College of Science

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
United States

Dr. Sundar Christopher


Phone: 256-824-6605
Fax: 256-824-6819

Ms. Kim Gray

Graduate Studies Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 256-824-6002
Fax: 256-824-6405

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 76
    • Doctoral Degrees 10
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 424
    • Accepted 291
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 111
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 15th April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 30th September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students366
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students366
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Full-time Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty81
    • Full-time Percentage99%
    • Part-time Percentage1%
    • Female Percentage9%
    • Male Percentage91%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchSevere weather and satellite remote sensing, genomics and protemics, protein biochemistry, data science and cyber security, space physics and astrophysics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$26,222,108