Students must register for all courses they wish to take as graduate credit. The UAB class schedule can be found on the BlazerNET website located at http://www.uab.edu/blazernet. The class schedule lists the courses offered each semester and gives full details on prerequisites, registration dates, and procedures. Students are able to register for courses as well as adjust their schedule by adding and dropping courses through the end of the drop/add period which is denoted on the academic calendar.
To be enrolled as a full-time graduate student, a student must register for at least 9 semester hours in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To be classified as a half-time graduate student, they must register for at least 5 semester credit hours in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Degree-seeking students who wish to receive financial aid must be enrolled at least half-time.
Certain funding sources (e.g., training grants, individual grants and fellowships) may have additional enrollment requirements that must also be satisfied. In addition, student loan recipients must satisfy certain minimal enrollment requirements to defer repayment. Students should consult with their funding source or the Financial Aid Office to determine these requirements as they apply to their specific situation.
Auditing Graduate Courses
Graduate students who have been formally admitted as either a non-degree or degree-seeking student may audit courses available for graduate credit with the permission of the instructor and payment of appropriate fees. Courses taken for audit credit are not counted toward the hours required for full-time status, are not counted as earned hours, are not assigned a letter grade, and do not impact a student’s GPA. Provided the instructor’s requirements are met, the course will appear on the transcript with the notation AU.
The Permission to Audit Graduate Level Coursework form, which can be obtained online at www.uab.edu/graduate/online-forms, should be submitted to the Graduate School for approval prior to registration.
Withdrawal from Courses
Graduate students are expected to complete courses for which they have registered, unless unusual unforseen circumstances require withdrawal. The procedures for withdrawal are specified on BlazerNET. Mere cessation of class attendance does not constitute withdrawal, either academically or for tuition purposes. Students who wish to withdraw from a class or classes after the drop/add period must proceed with the withdrawal in BlazerNET no later than the last day to withdraw for the semester, which is denoted on the Academic Calendar calendar at, www.uab.edu/students/academics/academic-calendar. If a student follows the appropriate procedures to withdraw in BlazerNET, a grade of “W” will be entered on the transcript.
Leave of Academic Absence
A graduate student experiencing extenuating circumstances may request a leave of academic absence which may not exceed one (1) academic year. The Request for Leave of Academic Absence form can be found at the Graduate School Web site at www.uab.edu/graduate/online-forms. The request must be approved by the student's graduate program director and Graduate School Dean. Before a student can return from an approved leave of academic absence, the graduate program director must submit to the Graduate School a request to allow the student to re- enroll in courses.
Course Numbering System
The scholastic level of UAB courses is indicated by the century number. Courses numbered 500 and above are graduate and post baccalaureate courses. Courses numbered 500-599 are available to upper- level undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Courses numbered 600 and above are for available only to graduate students. Those numbered 600-699 are intended primarily for students at the master’s level, with 698 reserved for nonthesis research and 699 reserved for thesis research. Courses numbered 700-799 are primarily for students at the doctoral level, except in the School of Education where the numbers from 700-729 are reserved for courses leading to the degree of Educational Specialist (Ed.S.). The number 798 is reserved for nondissertation research and 799 for dissertation research. Seminars, practica, individual studies and projects, internships, and residencies will generally carry numbers in the upper range of these centuries.
Undergraduates Seeking Enrollment
UAB undergraduate students may be allowed to enroll in a graduate course with the approval of their academic advisor, their undergraduate program director, the graduate course instructor, their undergraduate program director, and the graduate program director. The Undergraduate Student Request for Enrollment in Graduate Level Coursework form can be obtained online at www.uab.edu/graduate/online-forms. Credits earned by undergraduate students may be applied to either an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree, but not both. Students must indicate which type of credit they would like to earn on the request form. If the student is subsequently admitted to the Graduate School, use of this credit toward a graduate degree requires the approval of the graduate program director and the Graduate School Dean.
Withdrawal from the UAB Graduate School
Students who wish to withdraw from the University of Alabama at Birmingham must submit a written request to the Graduate School expressing their intent to withdraw. Should a student who has withdrawn from the Graduate School decide they would like to return to the university, they are not eligible to complete a readmission form; these students must apply to the Graduate School as a degree-seeking student and be admitted by the program.