The mission of the UAB Graduate School is to offer the highest-quality, accredited graduate education in diverse and interdisciplinary areas of study, while upholding the highest ethical and educational standards with regard to serving and supporting our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

The vision of the UAB Graduate School is to become a leading provider of graduate education that is known for excellence and for promoting exemplary standards for scholarly integrity in all graduate programs of study as well as in postdoctoral training.


  • Increase the stipend support for all Ph.D. trainees to discipline-appropriate competitive levels.
  • Increase the term of institutional support for first-year Ph.D. students from 12 to 14 or 16 months.
  • Enroll highly qualified applicants into master’s and doctoral programs.
  • Provide support that assures trainee success.
  • Sustain faculty research activity.
  • Assist UAB graduate programs to meet their diversity enrollment objectives.
  • Maintain master’s and doctoral degree productivity.
  • Assure retention of the highest Carnegie research activity classification.


  • Growth of scholarships and endowment for fellowships
  • Increase of graduate student stipends and moving allowance
  • Institutional support for first three semesters plus bridge program for support of stipend in subsequent years if needed
  • Enrichment program growth for pre- and postdoctoral students to expand professional opportunities
  • Increase institutional support for T32 Training Grants and individual NRSA, NSF and other extramural training awards

UAB’s graduate enrollment, up 43 percent in the past decade, is the highest among Alabama universities at 5,937 in fall 2014. The diverse group — two-thirds female, nearly 30 percent minority — are pursuing degrees in 50 master’s programs, 37 doctoral programs and eight education specialist programs.

Lori McMahon, Ph.D., became dean of the Graduate School in October 2015. A professor of cell, developmental and integrative biology, McMahon also is the Jarman F. Lowder Professor of Neuroscience and director of the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. She is associate director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Institute and the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, and she holds appointments in the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Civitan International Research Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine.