A student (other than an individual with nonimmigrant visa status) whose application to the graduate school is not complete, or is pending approval, may, with departmental recommendation, be admitted to UAH on a provisional basis. Students admitted in this category may register for graduate level courses for one semester with approval from the department(s), provided that all prerequisites for those courses have been met. Students admitted provisionally are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students may be admitted provisionally for one semester only unless specified otherwise by the Graduate Dean. Within that period they must complete their application materials in time to be considered for regular admission prior to the start of the next semester, usually by the 10th week of the semester. Students who do not complete the application process within the allowed period, or are subsequently not admitted to the graduate program, will not be allowed to take additional graduate classes as a degree-seeking student.

Once a student gains regular admission to the Graduate School, all policies regarding conditional or unconditional admission become effective in the provisionally admitted semester. Graduate credit for courses at the 500-level or above taken as a provisional student may, with approval of the major department, be applied toward a graduate degree program only if the grades earned in such courses were B or higher.