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Mission Statement

We provide educational and global experiences that inspire students and scholars to find their purpose and change the world.


Be the gold standard in graduate, postdoctoral, international education, research, and training. Empower students and scholars to serve the greater global good.


Core Values

We value an academically excellent learning environment.

Therefore we will:

  • Strive for excellence in graduate programs and postdoctoral training by continually upgrading program offerings to compete with other leading graduate schools.
  • Recruit students and postdoctoral fellows in a competitive manner by providing high quality and rigorous research and training programs.

We value a student-centered learning environment.

Therefore we will:

  • Prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate successfully in both academic and other professional arenas.
  • Develop and sustain interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral training programs that promote creative thinking across disciplines.
  • Advocate for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows while serving as a liaison between trainees and the University administration.

Collaboration, integrity, respect and excellence are shared values of our institution and are the core of what it means to be a UAB community member. And a key foundation at UAB is diversity, equity, and inclusion. At UAB, everybody counts every day. UAB is committed to fostering a diverse, respectful, and inclusive campus environment that values all community members regardless of background and embraces individual differences. UAB values and cultivates equity, diversity, and inclusion in our research, learning, clinical and work environments. Our students, faculty, and staff add diversity to our community through life experiences, perspectives and viewpoints that are enriching for the learning and work environment and are reflective of the students and communities we serve. Because UAB serves a diverse population, ODEI, along with the Graduate School and Global Affairs initiatives, aims to create an inclusive environment for all UAB faculty, staff, students, and patients through education, training, and awareness programs.

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