The University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate School offers doctoral programs in 40 areas, post-masters education specialist programs in 8 areas, and master’s level programs in 55 areas, spanning across the disciplines.

Graduate School

Graduate School

Graduate School Professional Development Program
Program Director: Dr. Kellie Carter

Graduate Certificate in Mentoring & Leadership
Program Director: Dr. Kellie Carter

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CERT)
Program Director: Dr. Jeff Engler 

PREP Scholar's Program
Program Director: Dr. Jeff Engler

Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences

Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights (MA)
Program Director: Dr. Douglas Fry

Art History (M.A.*)
Program Director: Dr. Cathleen Cummings

Biology (Ph.D., M.S.)
Program Director: Dr. Stephen Watts
Associate Program Director: Dr. Karolina Mukhtar

Chemistry (Ph.D., M.S)
Program Director: Dr. Aaron Lucius

Communication Management (M.A.)
Program Director: Dr. Jonathan Amsbary

Computer and Information Sciences (Ph.D., M.S.)
The following are a part of this category:
Bioinformatics (CERT)
Computer Forensics (CERT)
     Program Director: Dr. Chengcui Zhang

Computer Forensics and Security Management (MS)
Program Directors: Dr. Nitesh Saxena; Dr. Jeffery Walker; Dr. Allen Johnston

Criminal Justice (M.S.C.J.)
Program Director: Dr. Heith Copes

English (M.A.)
Program Director: Dr. Kyle Grimes

Forensic Science (M.S.F.S.)
Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Gardner

History (M.A.)
Program Director: Dr. Andrew Keitt

Mathematics (M.S.)
Program Director: Dr. Yulia Karpechina

Mathematics, Applied (Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Yulia Karphechina

Physics (Ph.D., M.S.)
Program Director: Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

Psychology (Ph.D.)
The following are a part of this category:
Behavioral NeurosciencePsychology
     Program Director: Dr. Franklin Amthor
Developmental Psychology
     Program Director: Dr. Fred Biasini
Medical/Clinical Psychology
     Program Director: Dr. Edwin Cook III

Public Administration (M.P.A.)
The following are a part of this category:
Non-Profit Management (CERT)
     Program Director: Dr. Akhlaque Haque

Social Work (M.S.W.)
Program Director: Dr. David E Pollio

Sociology (M.A. - Online Professional)
Program Director: Dr. Cullen Clark

Medical Sociology (Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Patricia Drentea

Biomedical Sciences: Interdisciplinary Themes

Associate Dean for Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Dr. David Schneider

Biochemistry, Structural and Stem Cell Biology
Program Director: Dr. Thomas Ryan; Dr. Chad Petit

Cancer Biology
Program Directors: Dr. Sooryanarayana Varambally; Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
Program Directors: Dr. Candace Floyd; Dr. Alecia Gross
Co-Director: Dr. John Parant

Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
Program Director: Drs. Kevin Dybvig and Zsuzsanna Bebok

Program Directors: Dr. Lou Justement; Dr. Laurie Harrington; Dr. Chris Klug

Program Director: Dr. Janet Yother, Dr. Peter Prevelige

Program Director: Dr. Rita Cowell; Dr. Karen Gamble

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
Program Directors: Dr. Yabing Chen; Dr. Robert van Waardenburg



Accounting (M.Ac.)
Program Director: Dr. James Byrd

Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Program Director: Dr. Kenneth Miller

Graduate Certificate in Social Media
Program Director: Dr. Molly Wasko

Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
Program Director: Dr. Doug Ayers

Management of Information Systems (MS)
Program Director: Dr. Allen Johnston



Dentistry (M.S.)
Program Director: Dr. Amjad Javed

DMD/PhD Program
Program Director: Dr. Steve Filler



Education: Curriculum and Instruction
     Department Chair: Dr. Lynn Kirkland

The following are a part of this category:

Arts Education (M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Susan Spezzini

Collaborative Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder (EDS)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Lynn Kirkland

Early Childhood Education (Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Kay Emfinger, Dr. James Ernest

Elementary Education (Ed.S., M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Kay Emfinger

English as a Second Language (Ed.S., M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Lynn Kirkland, Dr. Susan Spezzini

Instructional Design & Development (MS)
Program Director: Dr. Lynn Kirkland

Secondary and Middle School Education (Ed.S., M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Susan Spezzini

Reading Education (M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Lynn Kirkland

School Psychometry (MAE CERT)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Stephanie Corcoran

Special Education (Ed.S., M.A.Ed.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Kay Emfinger, Dr. Diane Pevsner

Teacher Leader Education
Program Coordinator: Dr. Lynn Kirkland

Education: Human Studies
Department Chair: Dr. Kristi Menear

The following are a part of this category:

Community Health and Human Services (M.A.E.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Retta Evans

Counseling: Clinical Mental Health, Marriage/Couples/Family, or School (M.A.)
Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (CERT)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Shannon McCarthy

Educational Leadership
(Ed.D., E.D.S, M.A.Ed., CERT)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Keith Gurley

Educational Studies in Diverse Populations (Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Andrew McKnight

Health Education and Health Promotion (Ph.D.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Retta Evans

Kinesiology (Ed.S., M.S.)
Program Coordinators: Dr. Sandra Sims; Dr. Gary Hunter

Educational Psychology and Research
Program Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Shores

Program Coordinator: Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson



Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D., M.S.B.M.E.)
Program Director: Dr. Ho-Wook Jun

Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Robert Peters

Construction Engineering Graduate Certificate
Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate
Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Certificate
Structural Engineering Graduate Certificate
Sustainable Engineering Graduate Certificate
Transportation Engineering Graduate Certificate

Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Karthikeyan Lingasubramanian

Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
Program Director: Dr. Karthikeyan Lingasubramanian

Electrical Power Systems Graduate Certificate

Interdisciplinary Engineering (Ph.D)
Program Director: Dr. Tim Wick

Master of Engineering: Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (MEng)
Program Director: Dr. Donny Burke

Master of Engineering: Construction Engineering Management (M.Eng.)
Program Director: Dr. Fouad H. Fouad (Interim)

Master of Engineering: Design and Commercialization (M.Eng.)
Program Director: Dr. Alan Eberhardt

Master of Engineering: Information Engineering Management (M.Eng.)
Program Director: Dr. Dale Callahan

Master of Engineering: Structural Engineering (M.Eng.)
Program Director: Dr. Christopher Waldron

Master of Engineering: Sustainable Smart Cities (M.Eng.)
Program Director: Dr. Jason Kirby

Materials Engineering (Ph.D., M.S.Mt.E.)
Program Director: Dr. Charlie Monroe

Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
Program Director: Dr. David Littlefield

Health Professions

Health Professions

Administration Health Services (DSc., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Larry R Hearld

Biomedical and Health Sciences (M.S.)
Program Directors: Dr. Mark Bevensee and Ms. Kara Caruthers

Biotechnology (M.S.)
Program Director: (Interim) Dr. Tino Unlap

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (M.S.)
Program Director (Professional Entry): Dr. Floyd Josephat

Genetic Counseling (M.S.)
Program Director: (Interim) Mrs. Christina Hurst

Health Administration (M.S.H.A.)
Program Director: Dr. Amy Landry

Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.)
Program Director: Dr. Sue Feldman

Health Physics (M.S.)
Program Director: Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT

Healthcare Quality and Safety (M.S., Certificate)
Program Director: Dr. Deirdre McCaughey, Ashleigh Allgood

Nuclear Medicine Technology (M.S.)
Program Director: Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT

Nutrition Sciences (Ph.D., M.S.)
Program Directors (MS): Dr. Brenda Bertrand, Carleton Rivers
Program Director (PhD): Dr. Jose Fernandez

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Program Director (MS) / Entry Level: Dr. Gavin Jenkins
Program Director (Low Vision Rehab Certificate): Mary Warren

Physical Therapy (DPT)
Program Directors: Dr. Diane Clark

Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.)
Program Director: Dr. James Kilgore

Physician Assistant Studies and Masters in Public Health, Duel Degree (M.S.P.A.S, MPH)
Program Director: Dr. James R. Kilgore

Rehabilitation Science (Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. David Brown



Program Director: Dr. Patricia Sawyer

Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Robin Lorenz



Nursing (Ph.D.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Karen Heaton
Program Directors: Dr. Linda Moneyham; Dr. Karen Meneses

Nursing (M.S.N.; AMNP)
Program Director: Dr. Ashley Hodges

Nursing (D.N.P)
Program Director: Dr. Linda Roussel

Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N)
Program Director: Dr. Ashley Hodges

Nurse (A.M.N.P.)
Program Director: Dr. Jennan Phillips



Vision Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Michael Twa

Public Health

Public Health
Department of Biostatistics (M.P.H., M.S., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Jeff Szychowski

Department of Environmental Health Sciences (M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Ilias Kavouras

Department of Epidemiology (M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.)

Program Director (M.P.H.): Dr. Olivia Affuso
Program Director (M.S.P.H.): Dr. Gerald McGwin
Program Director (Ph.D.): Dr. Sadeep Shrestha

Department of Health Behavior (M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.)
Program Director: Dr. Robin Lanzi

Health Care Organization & Policy (M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Dr.PH.)
Program Directors (M.P.H.): Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Martha Wingate
Program Director (M.S.P.H.): Dr. Meredith Kilgore
Program Director (Dr.PH.): Dr. David Becker​