Types of Master's Degrees

Master of Arts -- with Thesis

  1. Successfully complete at least 30 credits of course work including at least 6 credits of thesis (F699). No more than 12 thesis/research (F699/F698) credits may be counted toward the minimum degree credits. At least 21 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination (may be combined with the thesis defense).
  3. Present and defend the thesis.
  4. Submit a completed and signed thesis defense form to the Graduate School.
  5. Archive the thesis in the UAF Rasmuson Library.

Master of Arts -- with Project

  1. Successfully complete at least 30 credits of course work including at least 6 credits of project work (F698), unless the degree requirements of a particular program specify that a 3-credit project is permitted. No more than 6 research (F698) credits may be counted toward the minimum degree credits. At least 21 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination (may be combined with the project defense).
  3. Present and defend the project.
  4. Submit a completed and signed project defense form to the Graduate School.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The master of arts in teaching program is designed to serve baccalaureate graduates who qualify for the Alaska secondary school certificate, who intend to make secondary school classroom teaching their career, and who wish to take additional work in their teaching major and/or minor as well as in professional education courses. A bachelor's degree and teaching credentials are required for admission to an M.A.T. program. A student enrolls in the department in which the approved M.A.T. program is located. The M.A.T. degree has been approved for the following subject areas: biology, mathematics and physics. The M.A.T. degree requires that the student:

  1. Complete general university and master's degree requirements.
  2. Complete 36 credits, of which at least 24 credits, including research, must be at the F600-level. No more than 6 credits of research may apply toward the degree.
  3. Pass a written comprehensive exam given by the student's advisory committee. There is no thesis requirement.

Master of Science -- with Project

  1. Successfully complete at least 30 credits of course work including at least 6 credits of project work (F698), unless the degree requirements of a particular program specify that a 3-credit project is permitted. No more than 6 research (F698) credits may be counted toward the minimum degree credits. At least 21 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination (may be combined with the project defense).
  3. Present and defend the project.
  4. Submit a completed and signed project defense form to the Graduate School.

Master of Science -- with Thesis

  1. Successfully complete at least 30 credits of course work including at least 6 credits of thesis (F699). No more than 12 thesis/research (F699/F698) credits may be counted toward the minimum degree credits. At least 21 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination (may be combined with the thesis defense).
  3. Present and defend the thesis.
  4. Submit a completed and signed thesis defense form to the Graduate School.
  5. Archive the thesis in the UAF Rasmuson Library.

Master of Business Administration

  1. Complete at least 30 credits of course work. At least 24 credits must be at the F600-level (6 at the F400-level).
  2. Successful completion of a capstone course that includes demonstration of the ability to synthesize information in the field at a level appropriate for a master's degree.

Master of Civil Engineering

  1. Complete at least 30 credits of course work. At least 21 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Complete a comprehensive exam or capstone course that includes demonstration of the ability to synthesize information in the field at a level appropriate for a master's degree.

Master of Education

  1. Complete at least 30 credits of course work. At least 24 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Complete a comprehensive exam or synthesizing paper that includes demonstration of the ability to synthesize information in the field at a level appropriate for a master's degree.

Master of Electrical Engineering

  1. Complete at least 32 credits of course work. At least 26 credits, including those earned for thesis and research/project, must be at the F600-level.
  2. Complete a comprehensive exam or capstone course that includes demonstration of the ability to synthesize information in the field at a level appropriate for a master's degree.

Master of Fine Arts

A general description is available in creative writing (see English) and art.

Master of Natural Resources Management and Geography

A general description is available in the graduate degree programs listing.

Master of Software Engineering

A general description is available in the graduate degree programs listing.

Specialized Programs

The master's programs in northern studies, administration of justice and rural development at UAF have been selected as unique or specialized graduate programs by the Western Regional Graduate Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. This designation means that residents of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming who major in any of these specialized programs at UAF pay resident tuition.

Peace Corps Master's International Program

UAF and the U.S. Peace Corps participate in a cooperative master's degree program. This program provides an opportunity to integrate graduate study in rural development or natural resources management with international development practice through Peace Corps field experience.

To complete the program, two semesters of course work for the master's degree in rural development or natural resources management must be taken on the campus. This year of course work is followed by a two-year Peace Corps Volunteer assignment. On completion of the volunteer assignment, students return to the UAF campus to finish the master's degree requirements.

Students completing the program will be awarded a master of arts degree in rural development in the College of Rural and Community Development or a master of science degree in natural resources management in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.

Additional information is available by email at peacecorps@uaf.edu or by calling 907-474-7464.


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