When and How to Apply

Applying for Admission: Graduate Degree Programs

When to Apply

You should apply to a graduate degree program six to nine months before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to enroll. At the latest, your application for graduate admission with all supporting documentation, transcripts and test scores must be received by June 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 15 for the spring semester. Earlier deadlines apply for international applicants.

Most departments require much earlier submission of credentials for graduate study. Applications for programs in anthropology, art, biology, education, geology, geophysics, interdisciplinary study, psychology and wildlife biology should be sent much earlier. Contact your prospective department for specific deadlines; the number of students accepted is limited.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply early. Applications received near deadline will be processed as time permits or may be considered for the following semester.

How to Apply

To apply to a graduate degree program, request an application from the Office of Admissions or apply online via the UAF website at www.uaf.edu/admissions/. Before your application is complete, the Office of Admissions must receive:

  • Graduate Application for Admission
    A $60 non-refundable fee must accompany your application. The fee should be paid by check, credit card or money order in U.S. funds to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Please do not send cash.
  • Transcripts
    The Office of Admissions requires official transcripts of all college-level course work. Transcripts must come in sealed envelopes from each institution you’ve attended.
  • Transcripts for International Applicants
    International applicants must submit certified English translations of transcripts of all college-level course work.
  • Test Results
    Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required from applicants to most graduate programs. Some programs also require GRE subject exams. MBA program applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Refer to the admission requirements of your prospective degree program to determine which tests are required. Results of the GRE are required for all students whose undergraduate GPA is below a B (3.0) average.
  • Resume/Vitae
    Include work and research experience, publications, patents, honors, professional and civic memberships, and foreign travel.
  • Statement of Academic Goals
    Write a statement indicating why you want to study in a particular program. Include your qualifications and educational experience. (For applicants to education programs, a four-to-five-page self-evaluation essay is required.)
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Send at least three letters of recommendation from people able to vouch for your work, character and ability to undertake graduate study and research.
  • Master of Fine Arts Applicants
    Master of fine arts applicants must submit writing samples when applying for admission to the creative writing program. An art portfolio (usually slides) must be submitted when applying to the program in art.
  • Interdisciplinary Applicants
    Submit a Graduate Study Plan and a short research proposal. You must also obtain commitment from a UAF faculty member to serve as advisory committee chair. Please contact the graduate school for specific interdisciplinary procedures.
  • International Students
    See Special Instructions for International Students for additional information.
  • Students in Western Regional Graduate Programs
    Students from Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming may be eligible for resident tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP/WICHE). The program is for students doing graduate work in justice, northern studies or rural development. For more information about this program, contact the Graduate School via telephone 907-474-7464, e-mail gradschool@uaf.edu, or online at www.uaf.edu/gradsch/. Alternatively, contact the WICHE Student Exchange Program, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752, 303-541-0210, or online at www.wiche.edu/sep/WRGP/index.asp.

Admission Requirements

In general, you may be admitted to graduate status if you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 (B) cumulative undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 (B) GPA in your major. Equivalent accomplishments at a foreign university may be substituted. Your undergraduate major should be suitable preparation for continuation of studies in the field of choice. Some programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and other special criteria for admission.

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