Samford University

Birmingham, AL

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Globally engaged teaching and research rooted in a vibrant Christian mission

Samford University is a premier, nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Samford champions a liberal arts education and is committed to providing students with a well-rounded experience. The University is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a doctoral and professional institution, and our student-faculty ratio is 14:1.

With 5,683 students (3,672 undergraduate and 2,011 graduate) from 47 states and 19 countries as well as a global network of nearly 56,000 alumni, Samford was the #1 most recommended university in the nation in 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The University is also ranked first in Alabama and among the best private universities nationally for return on investment, according to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW).

Samford offers numerous graduate and professional degrees in the Arts, Arts & Sciences, Business, Divinity, Education, Health Professions, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Through these 10 academic schools, Samford boasts nearly 50 graduate degrees, with many of our master’s and doctoral programs offering online course options.

Located in the quaint suburban community of Homewood, Alabama, Samford’s close proximity to downtown Birmingham gives students access to an energetic urban hub filled with more than one million residents, 1,300 churches, and hundreds of restaurants. Here, students find opportunities to pursue their individual passions and learn along the way. 

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14 Graduate Program Options Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Educational Leadership                
Nurse Anesthetist            
PharmD Programs            
Social/Personality Psychology            

Located in Birmingham, AL

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Samford Accolades

• Nearly 50 graduate degree programs in 10 academic schools
• Ranked #1 in the nation for “Student Engagement” by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2022

McWhorter School of Pharmacy
• Ranked #2 among the "Best Pharmacy Schools" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, 2020
• 92% of Pharmacy graduates employed, in postgraduate education, or in residency within six months of graduation (five-year average)

School of Public Health
• 95% pass rate on the Registered Dietitian Exam

Student Body

2,153 students

0 full-time

0 part-time




Application Fee
*may vary by program
Housing Offered? no


Admissions Office
P: 205-726-4874

Admissions Officer
Elizabeth Jewell
Director of Recruitment Marketing