General Information

The Professional Development Program offers courses and workshops designed to improve the academic and professional communication skills of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and to help prepare them for independent careers.

The Professional Development courses are open to all UAB graduate students. Postdoctoral fellows should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Other interested persons should contact the program director for information on registration procedure and course availability. These courses are listed each semester in the UAB Class Schedule under Graduate School. All Professional Development courses are Pass/No Pass credit-bearing graduate courses.

Graduate Students

To register for any GRD courses or workshops, follow normal registration procedures as listed in the UAB Class Schedule. If you need additional information, contact Dr. Kellie Carter at

Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff

Postdoctoral fellows should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education (; 975-7020) for registration procedures.

For UAB faculty or staff to receive Educational Assistance reimbursement for tuition, they must first apply to the Graduate School as a nondegree-seeking student and then register for the course or workshop through normal registration procedures. A nondegree application is valid for three semesters (1 year) following the date of application. The deadlines listed in the UAB Class Schedule apply. Link to Nondegree application

If you need further information, call Dr. Kellie Carter at