The mission of the Psychology graduate programs is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and intellectual habits required for successful careers in research, teaching, and professional service. Students may specialize in Behavioral Neuroscience, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, or Medical/Clinical Psychology. All Psychology graduate students study core substantive areas of psychological science as well as more specific areas in their specialization. Under the supervision of qualified faculty, our graduate students

  • conduct research,
  • publish in highly respected journals,
  • seek and receive extramural grant funding,
  • participate in national and international conferences,
  • actively participate in scientific and professional organizations,
  • teach, and
  • provide professional service,
as appropriate for their specialization and career goals.

Our graduate programs are integral to the Department's dual missions of scientific discovery and application of scientific knowledge for the benefit of all people.

Student Support

The Department of Psychology seeks to attract doctoral students who show exceptional promise in research and scholarship. The admission process is highly competitive, and all successful applicants are guaranteed at least 5 years of support, which includes a stipend and also covers tuition and fees.

In the first year, each student is supported by a fellowship, which does not have a service requirement and thereby allows the student to devote full time effort to their graduate coursework and research. Fellowship funds come from a variety of sources, with differing stipend levels and terms. In recent years our first-year students have received fellowships from the following sources:

  • UAB Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Sciences. This award includes a stipend of $32,000. Awardees are nominated by the graduate programs and selected by an interdisciplinary committee of Arts and Sciences faculty.
  • Minority Fellowships. Several fellowship programs are available. Stipends range from $23,000 to $30,000 per year, and are based on a competitive application that is submitted by qualified students after they have been offered admission. Minority fellowships extend for 2-3 years.
  • Department of Psychology Fellowships. These fellowships provide a stipend of $20,000 to $23,670, depending on the doctoral program, and also cover tuition and fees.

After the first year students are funded through a combination of mechanisms, including research assistantships, teaching assistantships, clinical assistantships, and individual and institutional fellowships provided through the National Institutes of Health as well as other governmental and private sources.