Students in the Microbiology Graduate Theme have the opportunity to specialize in Bacteriology or Virology via defined tracks within the program. Students interested in other microbes or areas of research will find ample opportunity to develop their research interests through the selection of specific courses, journal clubs, seminars, and research training.

All students are provided with financial support that includes a full stipend of $29,000 for 2015-2016, $500 relocation allowance, tuition and fees. There are no teaching or other specific requirements beyond those of the academic program. Pursuit of the Ph.D. degree is a full-time endeavor, and no other remunerative work is allowed. Continuous registration and satisfactory academic standing are required during all terms.

Applications are submitted through the UAB Graduate School and are reviewed by the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Admissions Committee.

Application Deadlines:Micro_Web_01

Priority interview consideration application deadline:  December 1 (Limited number of positions - early applications are strongly encouraged)
Domestic and International application final deadline:  January 15

Snapshot of the Most Recent Entering Class (total, all GBS themes) 

44 first-year students
- Average GPA: 3.5
- Average GRE (quantitative plus verbal): 310
- 59% female/41% male
- 86% U.S. citizens/14% international
- 20% U.S. students from underrepresented groups
Plus 7 MD/PhD students entering PhD training


The University of Alabama at Birmingham encourages application from and gives full consideration to all candidates for admission and financial aid without respect to age, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability unrelated to program performance, color, religion or national origin.