Graduate education and research

  • Graduate enrollment, up 32 percent in the past decade, is the highest among Alabama universities at 5,402. The diverse group — two-thirds female, 19 percent minority — are pursuing degrees in 45 master’s programs, 37 doctoral programs and eight education specialist programs.

  • A number of programs train students for emerging fields at the intersection of disciplines, such as The Leonardo Art and Engineering Certificate, which bridges engineering and art to equip students for computer 3-D modeling, and the biotechnology master's program, which teaches the entrepreneurial skills to translate scientific discoveries into commercially viable products. UAB’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, the only one of its kind, enjoins the College of Arts & Sciences and schools of Business and Health Professions to conduct research, develop cyber-security methods and train forensic professionals to combat the cyber-tactics of tomorrow.

  • UAB is one of 15 universities nationwide to earn the NIH Research and Academic Career Development Award to increase the number of minority students entering careers in biomedical research and expand partnerships with historically black universities, based on our successes in these areas. One UAB-led program has supported more than 12,500 Alabama minority students earning undergraduate and graduate STEM degrees, and our “Bridge to the Doctorate” has supported 25 African-American doctoral students at UAB and 47 at other institutions across the state.

  • UAB is a member of Center for Research, Teaching and Learning, an NSF-funded consortium of 25 premier research institutions dedicated to improving the teaching skills of graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and faculty.

  • The Scientist ranks UAB No. 1 among universities and No. 8 among all institutions in its Best Places to Work as a postdoc list for 2013.