Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development

Fairbanks office:

3rd floor Brooks Building

PO Box 756500

Fairbanks, AK 99775


Phone: (907) 474-6528

Toll free: 1-888-574-6528

Fax: (907) 474-6325


Anchorage office:

2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Room 200

Anchorage, AK 99508


Phone: (907) 279-2700

Toll free: 1-800-770-9531

Fax: (907) 279-2716

Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM


DANSRD offers one Master's degree program:

  • Rural Development

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following core courses:
    RD F600--Circumpolar Indigenous Leadership Symposium--3 credits
    RD F601--Political Economy of the Circumpolar North--3 credits
    RD F625--Community Development Strategies: Principles and Practices--3 credits
    RD F650--Community-Based Research Methods--3 credits
    RD F651--Management Strategies for Rural Development--3 credits
  4. Complete 9 - 12 elective credits at the F600-level (up to 6 credits may be at the F400-level with approval from the graduate committee):
    RD F425--Cultural Impact Analysis--3 credits
    RD F652--Indigenous Organization Management--3 credits
    RD F655--Circumpolar Health Issues--3 credits
    ANTH F610--Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues--3 credits
    CCS F608--Indigenous Knowledge Systems--3 credits
  5. Complete one of the following:
    Research Project--6 credits
    Thesis--6 - 9 credits
  6. Minimum credits required--30 credits

Program Costs

Tuition for attending UAF/CRCD changes every year and are dependent on residency. To find current tuition rates and cost of attendance please visit