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

Thesis or Project

Before beginning to write the thesis or project, students are strongly advised to check with members of their advisory committees to determine the style manual and/or professional journals which are the accepted guides for the specific discipline, and to become familiar with the stylistic preferences.
In those situations where a specific style manual may conflict with the UAF requirements described here, the UAF requirement will take precedence, unless written approval for an exception is secured in advance from the  UAF Graduate School.
Your thesis is to be treated as a book, not a manuscript to be sent off for further editing. Since it is viewed as a finished product, and since it is an indication of the ability and character of its author, the thesis should be correct in spelling and punctuation, neat in form (smudges, visible corrections, "white out," etc., are unacceptable), and consistent in all matters.

Types of Rural Development Master of Arts

Master of Arts -- with Project

Master of Arts ---with Thesis

Writing Guides

 Many books have been written on "how to write".  
Check the library or bookstores for these and others. They can help with the correct use of English, as well as give you ideas on formatting and content.
Students should consult their advisors regarding the specific style manual appropriate for their thesis; for some theses, specific technical journals may be preferable as style models. The student should also be sure to check for any exceptions to published format or style which the degree program may require.
See more details in the Thesis Format Workbook (PDF)
Download the Thesis Submittal Form (PDF)