Requirements for UAB Employees

Policy 1: UAB Employees who enroll in a Ph.D. program

UAB employees who enroll in a Ph.D. program and continue to work full time:

A. Cannot also be a full time student*

B. Cannot enroll for more than 18 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring & summer)*

C. Are not eligible to be supported on a training grant as they are not full time students

D. Cannot be simultaneously supported by a UAB Graduate Assistantship

E. Thesis or dissertation work may not be initiated until the student enrolls in a program (i.e. data generated by the employee/student prior to enrollment that has been submitted for publication or published cannot be included in a thesis or dissertation)

F. Must meet the same set of program requirements as all other students

G. The dissertation committee is responsible for assuring that these stipulations are met

H. The mentor/employer must acknowledge in writing his/her agreement for the employee to be a part time student while continuing to be a full time UAB employee.  Written acknowledgments must be submitted to the program director and the Graduate School.*

I. Program Director and committee must agree in writing to a protracted course of study*

             

*Stipulations A, B, H and I do not apply to employees of companies which support their

employees as full time students in a UAB Ph.D. program.

 

Policy 2: Compliance with institutional and Graduate School policies for student compensation

UAB employees who wish to become full time students cannot work more than 10 hours per week outside their commitment to meet the requirements of their predoctoral program.

 

Policy 3: Minimum Course credit requirements in Ph.D. programs

A. If entering with a baccalaureate degree:

1. Completion of  48 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy

2. Up to 16 credits of the 48 can be as non-dissertation research credits

3. Up to 10 credits can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits

4. Must complete at least two semesters as a full time student in candidacy or accumulate at least 24 credits in 799 research or course work in candidacy

 

B. If entering with a previous Master’s degree appropriate to the Ph.D. degree field: Also applies to previously earned M.D., D.V.M., D.M.D., D.D.S., etc.

1. Completion of 27 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy

2. Up to 6 credits of the 27 can be as non-dissertation research credits

3. Up to 6 credits can be as lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits

4. Must complete at least two semesters as a full time student in candidacy or accumulate at least 24 credits in 799 research or course work in candidacy

 

C. Program requirements for course work may exceed the Graduate School minimums.