Rural Development

Master of Arts in Rural Development

Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development


UAF's Master of Art degree in Rural Development is designed to educate a new generation of leaders for rural Alaska, with a particular emphasis on management of programs and projects in a dynamic, cross-cultural environment.

The MA program in Rural Development has the following major objectives:

  • Educate leaders with a broad understanding of interrelationships between rural communities and the dynamic global economy
  • Offer a quality program of advanced study for place-committed students in rural Alaska, combining personal networking with cutting-edge distance course delivery.
  • Build strong ties to employers and leaders in rural Alaska to support program relevance and student success
  • Create an innovative model for circumpolar graduate study with a particular emphasis on international indigenous leadership development.
Matt teaching in a rural classroom


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the academic requirements of the Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development.


Returned Peace Corps Volunteers admitted to a degree program are eligible for one-year Fellowship (8 months). Fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $13,500.00 plus payment of tuition for up to 10 credits each semester and payment of Graduate Student Health Insurance. Total package is worth up to $21,760 for AK residents, and $28,820 for non-residents. The Fellowship includes a service-learning requirement.

Program Contact

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Ralph Gabrielli
Academic Program Head

University of Alaska Fairbanks

P.O. Box 756500
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Voice 907.474.5808

Fax 907.474.5824

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