The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a comprehensive research institution located in a 7-county metropolitan area of approximately 1.1 million people. With more than 100 major campus buildings occupying approximately 80 city blocks on Birmingham's Southside, UAB has become a nationally and internationally respected center for educational, research, and service programs.

The University is composed of schools as well as hospitals and clinics that house internationally renowned patient-care programs. UAB includes the College of Arts and Sciences along with the Schools of Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and the Graduate School. The Graduate School offers a comprehensive Professional Development Program to enhance students' communication skills, to provide training for teaching at the college level, and to prepare students to compete for grants and jobs.

The Community
Birmingham is located in the lovely, rolling foothills of the Appalachian mountain range in central Alabama. Birmingham is only a few hours' drive from Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast. The city has excellent art and historical museums, theaters, libraries, ballet, symphony, zoo, and botanical gardens. A host of recreational opportunities, including camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, golf, tennis, and boating, are available year round in numerous locations.

Programs of study and degree requirements
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate School offers degree programs (traditional and online) at the doctoral, master’s and post-master’s level. Graduate level certificates are also available in various programs.

Doctoral degrees include administration health services, applied mathematics, biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, chemistry, civil engineering, computer and information sciences, computer engineering, early childhood education, educational leadership, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health care organization and policy, health education/health promotion, interdisciplinary engineering, materials engineering, medical sociology, nursing, nursing practice, nutrition sciences, physical therapy, physics, psychology (medical, developmental, and behavioral neuroscience), public health, rehabilitation science, and vision science.

Interdisciplinary themes in biomedical sciences that add to traditional doctoral programs are available in biochemistry & structural biology; cancer biology; cell, molecular & developmental biology; genetics & genomic sciences; immunology; microbiology; neuroscience; and pathobiology & molecular medicine. Combined degree programs are available in many areas, including the M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D./Ph.D., O.D./M.S., M.P.H./Ph.D., M.P.H./M.S.N., M.P.H/M.P.A., M.P.H./M.B.A., and M.P.A./J.D.

Master’s degrees include accounting, advanced safety engineering and management, anthropology, art education, art history, biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, biotechnology, business administration, chemistry, civil engineering, clinical and translational science, clinical laboratory sciences, clinical research, communication management, computer and information sciences, computer forensics and security management, construction engineering management, counselor education, criminal justice, dentistry, early childhood education, educational leadership, electrical engineering, elementary education, English, English as a second language, environmental health/toxicology, epidemiology, forensic science, general theory and practice, health policy quantitative policy analysis, genetic counseling, health administration, health care organization and policy, health education, health informatics, history, industrial hygiene, information engineering management, interdisciplinary engineering, management information systems, materials engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music education, nurse anesthesia, nursing, nutrition sciences, occupational health and safety, occupational therapy, oral biology, outcomes research, pharmacoepidemiology and comparative effectiveness research, physical education, physics, public administration, public health, public health preparedness management and policy, reading education, secondary education, sociology, special education, physician assistant studies, and vision science.

Post-master’s degrees include education specialist programs in the following 8 areas: counselor education, early childhood education, educational leadership, elementary education, English as a second language, health education, secondary education, physical education, special education, and teacher leader education.

In 2016-17, there were more than 5,800 graduate students enrolled in UAB's doctoral programs, master's programs, and post-master’s programs. Many of these programs, including 5th year, fast-track, and certificate programs, unite different disciplines and cross departmental and school lines, illustrating the strong interdisciplinary character of the University.  

Facilities & Resources
UAB is one of the leading research universities in the country, and was ranked among the top 25 American research universities in the Top American Research Universities 2010 Annual Report compiled by The Center for Measuring University Performance, which evaluates data based on research funding, private support, faculty awards, faculty membership in National Academies, and doctoral and postdoctoral advanced training. UAB is classified as an institution of “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation.

The University's research enterprise is highly interdisciplinary. University-wide research centers house active basic and translational research programs in the areas of aging, arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, AIDS, biophysical sciences and engineering, cancer, clinical nutrition, cystic fibrosis, free radical biology, metabolic bone disease, outcomes and effectiveness research and education, women's health, and vision science. Other schoolwide centers focus their research efforts on Alzheimer's disease, biomatrix engineering and regenerative medicine, neuroimmunology, nanoscale materials and biointegration, urban affairs, telecommunications, and educational accountability. Many centers house special research facilities, such as the transgenic animal/embryonic stem cell facility, the hybridoma core facility, the digital microscopy facility, and a 4.1 Tesla magnet for functional NMR imaging. Two major research libraries, the Mervyn H. Sterne Library and the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, provide online access to the research literature in all areas of graduate study.

A major impetus of UAB research is moving technology into the marketplace. The UAB Research Foundation serves as a conduit of information, discoveries, and inventions from researchers to business. In partnership with industry, it guides technology through laboratory observation, product development, and marketing. Other University-industry partnerships include student organizations such as UAB’s Graduate Career Awareness and Trends (GCAT), which introduces graduate students to career options outside academia by providing information and networking opportunities with business and industry.

Expenses and Financial Assistance
Costs: Basic graduate tuition for is $662 per first credit hour and $455 for each additional credit hour for Alabama residents. Nonresident graduate student tuition is $1,242 per first credit hour and $935 for each additional credit hour. Additional tuition and fees vary per school and are subject to change.

UAB offers a number of reasonably priced apartments (efficiencies to two-bedroom units) for on-campus residence. The Housing Office also provides information on off-campus housing, including listings for short- and long-term lease facilities. Many reasonably priced apartments are located within easy walking distance of UAB.

Financial Assistance
: Each year, approximately 1,100 students are appointed as graduate fellows or assistants. Stipends range from approximately $12,000 up to $27,000, plus full payment of tuition and fees. Some programs need teaching or research assistants, some have federal and state research grants that are budgeted to include student assistants, and many need graders or lab tutors. UAB currently has substantial training support from federal agencies. The Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Program offers three years of support to minority students enrolled in doctoral programs.

How to Apply
UAB's admission process has two levels of review. The Graduate School sets general admission requirements, and each graduate program specifies its particular requirements. In general, the Graduate School welcomes applications from students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution, have good letters of evaluation, and have scored well on a recognized standardized test (usually the Graduate Record Examinations General Test). Each application is evaluated by the program faculty on the basis of all information available about the applicant.

Applications for admission are not processed until all credentials required by the Graduate School have been received. Prospective students can submit an application via the Internet from the Graduate School's Web page.

The Graduate School
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 Second Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0013

UAB Graduate Catalog
The Graduate Catalog, located at, includes program descriptions, departmental faculty listings, and course listings associated with each graduate program.

UAB Graduate Programs and Departmental Links
Accounting (Mac)

Administration Health Services (DSc, PhD)

Anthropology (MA*)

Applied Epidemiology (MSPH)

Art History (MA*)

Biochemistry and Structural Biology THEME (PhD*)

Biology (PhD, MS, 5th year MS)

Biomedical Engineering (PhD, MSBME)

Biostatistics (PhD, MS, MPH)

Biotechnology (MS)

Business Administration (MBA)

Cancer Biology THEME (PhD*)

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology THEME (PhD*)

Chemistry (PhD, MS)

Civil Engineering (MSCE, PhD*)

Clinical and Translational Science (MSPH)

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (MS)

Clinical Research (MSPH)

Communication Management (MA)

Computer and Information Sciences (PhD, MS)

Computer Engineering (PhD*)

Computer Forensics and Security Management (MSCFSM)

Criminal Justice (MSCJ)

Dentistry/Oral Biology (MS)

DMD/PhD Program

Education: Curriculum and Instruction (PhD, EdS, MAEd)

Education: Human Studies (PhD, EdD, EdS, MA, MAEd)

Electrical Engineering (PhD*, MSEE)

Engineering: Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (MEng)

Engineering: Construction Engineering Management (MEng)

Engineering: Information Engineering Management (MEng)

English (MA)

Environmental Health Sciences (PhD)

Environmental Health/Toxicology (MPH, MSPH)

Epidemiology (PhD)

Forensic Science (MSFS)

General Theory and Practice (MPH)

Genetic Counseling (MS)

Genetics and Genomic Sciences THEME (PhD*)

Health Administration (MSHA)

Health Behavior (MPH)

Health Care Organization (MPH)

Health Education/Health Promotion – Public Health (PhD)

Health Informatics (MSHI)

History (MA)

Immunology THEME (PhD*)

Industrial Hygiene (MPH, MSPH)

Interdisciplinary Engineering (PhD)

Management Information Systems (MS)

Materials Engineering (PhD, MSMtE)

Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (MPH, DrPH)

Mathematics (MS)

Mathematics, Applied (PhD*)

Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Microbiology THEME (PhD*)

Neuroscience THEME (PhD*)

Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)

Nursing (PhD, DNP, MSN)

Nutrition Sciences (PhD, MS)

Occupational Health and Safety (MPH)

Occupational Therapy (MS*)

Outcomes Research (MSPH, DrPH)

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine THEME (PhD*)

Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research (MSPH)

Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

Physics (PhD, MS)

Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience (PhD)

Psychology: Developmental (PhD)

Psychology: Medical (PhD)

Public Administration (MPA)

Public Health (including MPH, MSPH, DrPH, PhD) 

Rehabilitation Science (PhD)

Sociology (MA), Medical Sociology (PhD)

Vision Science (PhD, MS)

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