How to Apply

Students walk to and from class on a late September afternoon. Photo credit: JR Ancheta
Students walk between classes on a late September afternoon. Photo Credit: JR Ancheta

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Admission Requirement for BA program

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Admission Requirements for MA in 

Arctic and Northern Studies

In order to apply to the Northern Studies program, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in your undergraduate studies. (exceptions are made for students with outstanding qualifications).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in your undergraduate major. (exceptions are made for students with outstanding qualifications).

For more information please visit the admissions website.


Graduate students can live in university residence halls, apartments housing four students each, or family housing apartments. Check out Residence Life for more housing information.

Applying for admission

The Arctic and Northern Studies program accepts students year-round. Complete UAF application, available on-line.

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score of 550 or more if your native language is not English
  • Statement of goals and objectives
    - This should be a 1 1/2 to 2 page statement that addresses:
    1. Your academic and professional background (what would you bring to the program?)
    2. What line of study you want to pursue in the program (general concentration, focus of
    coursework and research)
    3. How the MA in Northern Studies will help you attain your educational, professional,
    and/or personal goals
  • GRE is not required unless your undergraduate gpa is below 3.0
  • Resume
  • A writing sample
    — please submit a sample of your strongest writing, such as a research paper you wrote during your senior year of undergraduate work

To be competitive, students should submit their complete applications no later than March 31 for acceptance for Fall. For spring, applications should be submitted no later than October 31. If the applicant is seeking a teaching assistantship, applications must be submitted by March 1 for Fall.

Tuition and fees: UAF's tuition rates are among the lowest in the country for a doctorate-granting university. Non-residents may apply for resident tuition at the beginning of their second year if they have not left Alaska for more than 90 days during the year.

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Arctic and Northern Studies Program has a small number of teaching assistant positions that pay the student's tuition and that require 15 hours per week of work assisting a professor in teaching a class. The student receives wages for this work, as well as health insurance. To be competitive for these positions, an applicant must apply by sending an email to Dr. Brandon Boylan at  asking to be considered for a TA position no later than March 1 for the Fall Semester. The applicant must have applied to the program to apply for a teaching assistantship.