The UAB Graduate School serves doctoral programs in 37 areas, post-masters education specialist programs in 8 areas, and master’s level programs in 50 areas, spanning across the disciplines.  It seeks to nurture skills that transcend disciplinary boundaries, preparing graduate students to participate successfully in professional and academic arenas. With coordinated and interdisciplinary degree programs available, the UAB Graduate School offers students an opportunity to tailor their educational experience to their own career objective.

The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) was established in 1999 and was one of the first Postdoctoral offices in the country. Since its inception, the OPE has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining competitive terms, benefits and training programs for all postdoctoral fellows. At UAB, approximately 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including biomedical sciences, dentistry, engineering, health professions, clinical medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. The demographics of this postdoctoral community are 55% US citizen or permanent resident, including 55% female, and 19% underrepresented minority. Because of its commitment to the success of postdoctoral fellows, UAB ranks consistently as one of the top ten locations among US academic institutions for training postdoctoral scholars.In 2013, the final year of the survey, The Scientist ranked UAB firstamong all academic institutions nationwide.


Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are recruited to apply to UAB training programs through a multi-pronged approach that includes advertisements in scientific journals, web postings, and attendance at recruitment fairs. Specifically, advertisements are listed in scientific journals, including The Scientist, Science, and Nature. Web postings are targeted toward academic career-related websites, including Science Careers and FASEB Minority Access to Research Careers. To enhance recruitment of minorities, Graduate School and OPE representatives attend postdoctoral recruitment fairs, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and the National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, to increase awareness of UAB’s training programs.