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Earn a master’s degree in one year

nutrition sciencesThe School of Health Professions offers several graduate programs that take only one year to complete. Most graduate programs take two years to finish. Earning a master’s degree also means an increase in salary pay.

Students could earn a master of science in nutrition sciences in just three semesters. The program is specifically designed for registered dietitians or students with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or a related field.

“Students have the option of obtaining the master’s degree with a thesis or non-thesis,” said José R. Fernandez, Ph.D, associate professor and vice chair for education for the Department of Nutrition Sciences. “The thesis option can be completed with 12 hours in the fall, 12 hours in the spring and six hours in the summer. A non-thesis degree can be completed in the same amount of time but with six more hours added in the summer. “

cytology degreeThe cytology program is offered in just four semesters. An undergraduate degree in a science background is a good fit for the Cytology program. UAB graduates can expect to find work after receiving their master’s degree making an average salary of $58,000.

“Our curriculum prepares you to quickly obtain leadership positions in cytology, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory management,”   said Vivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Cytology program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “Opportunities are readily available in private and hospital laboratories, academia, industry and government facilities.”

Cytologists detect early diagnosis of diseases. If a disease is present, cytologists work like medical detectives, putting together information from cell samples, patient history and any related medical tests to provide an interpretation which is used by the pathologists to make the final diagnoses.

The biotechnology program can be finished in a year-and-a-half. Students learn how to take research from the lab to the market.

“The biotechnology program provides a more direct route to a career in the industry by focusing on mastering current techniques used in biotechnology coupled with the business fundamentals necessary for successful product development,” said Kathy Nugent, Ph.D., director of the biotechnology program.  “This degree offers a viable alternate path for graduates of science programs into practical and lucrative job tracks rather than into programs that take much longer to complete and are often too narrowly focused in specific disciplines.”

The program has more than a 95 percent graduation and employment rate. The average salary for a biotechnologist is $56,000.

The cytology and biotechnolgy programs are still accepting applications for fall 2012. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-3209 for more information.