Doctoral Program Overview

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Basic Medical Sciences

The doctoral program awards the Ph.D. degree in Basic Medical Science and is designed for students interested in careers in biomedical investigation.

The program provides training which can lead to academic careers in universities, medical institutions, or to a wide variety of research or administrative positions in government, non-profit or industry settings.

The program combines an interdisciplinary core curriculum, advanced coursework and original research, and is designed to give students a broad interdisciplinary base and flexibility. The BMS Program is organized around six tracks: 

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Infectious Disease and Host Defense
  • Lung Biology
  • Vascular Biology

Students have excellent opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty, the benefit of small classes, and excellent research training with nationally funded and recognized investigators.  

All students in the Ph.D. program receive a competitive stipend for full-time study. This includes Alabama residents, out-of-state U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and international students. In addition, all students receive full tuition coverage and single coverage health insurance. Fees are the responsibility of the student. Loans are available from conventional sources through the University Financial Aid Office.

Mobile is a port city on the Gulf Coast with approximately 750,000 residents in the metropolitan area. Cost of living in Mobile is less than the national average. Abundant reasonably priced housing is available nearby the main University campus, which is located in a quiet, established residential area in western Mobile.