Arctic and Northern Studies

Master's Degree Program

Study climate change, coastal erosion and other critical issues of the circumpolar North at America’s Arctic university. The in-person or online master’s degree in Arctic and Northern studies brings together experts in history, political science, Alaska Native studies, anthropology, English and geography to offer you an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You can also focus your degree in Arctic Politics and Policy or pursue an individualized concentration based on your specific research interests.

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Why Earn Your Master’s Degree in Arctic and Northern Studies at UAF?

Arctic and Northern studies students at UAF benefit from the extensive Northern expertise and research activities of our faculty, the rich Alaska and circumpolar collections of the UAF library and museum and being surrounded by the North itself. Here are more reasons to major in Arctic and Northern studies at UAF.

  • Study at the premier research institution in the circumpolar North, with access to resources you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
  • Choose coursework that complements and supports your research interests. Our students have chosen wide-ranging topics including Arctic shipping, Indigenous histories, oil and gas corporate social responsibility, sexual and domestic violence in the North and much more.
  • Take part in opportunities such as the Model Arctic Council (MAC) program, a collaborative experiential learning exercise that simulates the work of the Arctic Council bringing together students from throughout the circumpolar North and beyond.
  • Learn from award-winning faculty recognized for excellence in teaching, research and public service.
Learn from and work with award-winning faculty

Arctic and Northern studies faculty have won major awards for excellence in teaching, research and public service. They are also accessible mentors who are here to guide you from your first class through graduation.

Get hands-on experience in the Northern context

The Arctic and Northern studies program offers extensive hands-on learning and research opportunities at the undergraduate level, with mentorship both by faculty and graduate students. We also encourage taking part in study abroad experiences in the North to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of the whole circumpolar region.

Access unique resources

In addition to our outstanding geographic location, you’ll also have access to our extensive holdings in the Alaska and Polar Regions Department at the Rasmuson Library — the largest research library in Alaska. Our expertise in design and construction in arctic conditions is the strongest in the nation.

Individualize your learning experience

Arctic and Northern studies include faculty and courses from political science, history, art, English, Alaska native studies, geography, Russian studies, music and anthropology. Because it’s so diverse, you’ll have all kinds of unique opportunities to work with other academic programs at UAF — making new connections and expanding your career horizons as you do.


Complete your Arctic and Northern Master's degree online

Cost breakdown for the online master’s in Arctic and Northern Studies

The estimated cost for the Arctic and Northern studies master’s degree program based on current rates is $18,725.

See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.

Experience online education at UAF

Earn your master’s degree online at UAF and pay in-state tuition wherever you live. Emphasizing the unique experiences and challenges of Alaska and the circumpolar North, our eCampus programs connect you with leading researchers in a collaborative remote classroom designed for students on the go. Classes feature posted lectures, discussion forums and interactive group work using a wide range of technology.

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What Can You Do With Your Master's Degree in Arctic and Northern Studies?

Prepare for careers in the North and learn about the distinctive conditions and forces that shape our experiences. Earning your master's in Arctic and Northern studies will prepare you for a broad range of career pathways, working in fields such as conservation and resource management, education, social services and more. Some of the organizations that have recently employed our graduates include:

  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Center for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
  • Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation



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