Are you planning on applying to graduate school once you get your degree? The accelerated bachelor's/master's (ABM) program is a combined bachelor/master's degree plan that will accelerate your completion of the BME master’s degree (Plan I, with thesis). Students eligible for this program typically have significant research experience prior to their junior year.

Requirements

To be considered for this program you must:

  •  have earned 60 or more undergraduate hours (36 of which must be completed at UAB) to start the ABM program. Some programs may have higher requirements or require specific grades in certain courses.
  • have a UAB undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Some programs may require a higher minimum GPA for admission and/or may not permit the full 12 hours to be shared between programs.
  • meet the above criteria as well as other minimum criteria for graduate admission before taking graduate-level courses. Upon admission to the UAB Graduate School, you’ll begin a program of study leading to your master’s degree as approved by your department and by the Graduate School.
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate and undergraduate coursework. Some programs may have higher requirements or require specific grades in certain courses.
  • In addition to any graduate-level coursework you take in a given term as an ABM student, you must enroll in at least six undergraduate hours. ABM hours that are approved as shared credit count toward this minimum. Students enrolled in a summer term OR in the final semester of their undergraduate program who have less than 6 hours remaining are exempted from this requirement. Other exemptions must be approved by the Graduate School.
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How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the UAB Graduate School online application form by January 15. Applications will be evaluated by the BME Graduate Program Committee.

Student demonstrates his design and evaluation of a Shoe-Sock Interface to be used in a Post-Stroke Gait Training Application. A student demonstrating his design and evaluation of a Shoe-Sock Interface to be used in a Post-Stroke Gait Training Application at the BME Research Symposium Poster Session.

Courses

You can take graduate courses while completing your undergraduate degree, with the permission of the course instructor. Graduate coursework can be counted towards the bachelor’s or master’s degree, but not both. Typically any graduate credits you complete are used to satisfy Master’s requirements.

You will be subject to the same coursework, seminar, publication, and research quality requirements as other Master's students. Your thesis committee must have at least one member who is a primary faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering department.

Timeline

Information about the timing of coursework, research, and required milestones are available on the program timeline.

Policy and Procedures

Learn more about Fifth Year policies and procedures on the School of Engineering website.

PhD Program

Fifth year master's students are admitted to the BME Ph.D. program the same way as other BME master's students — completing all MS requirements and earning the support of your thesis committee.