How to apply to the B.A. degree

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How to apply to the M.A. degree

In order to apply to the Arctic and Northern Studies M.A. 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 can be made for students with outstanding qualifications); and
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in your undergraduate major (exceptions can be made for students with outstanding qualifications).

Arctic and Northern Studies M.A. applications must include the following materials:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts;
  • A résumé;
  • A writing sample;
    • Please submit a sample of your strongest writing, such as a research paper written during your senior year of undergraduate work;
  • A statement of goals;
    • This should be a 500-word statement that addresses:
      • Your academic and professional background and what you would bring to the program;
      • The line of study you want to pursue in the program (concentration, focus of coursework, and research); and
      • How the M.A. in Arctic and Northern Studies will help you attain your educational, professional, and/or personal goals.
  • At least two letters of recommendation;
    • They should be from professors familiar with your academic work. 
  • TOEFL score of 550 or higher if your native language is not English; and
  • GRE (ONLY if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0).
  • Applicants with transcripts from non-U.S. colleges and universities must submit a World Education Services (WES) or another National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) certified evaluation as part of their application. 

Arctic and Northern Studies reviews student applications on a rolling basis. Students can apply at any time for an upcoming semester (fall, spring, or summer). However, to ensure the program can make decisions on applications in time for matriculation and the start of classes, it is highly recommended that students apply no later than April 15 for consideration for summer or fall and no later than November 15 for consideration for spring. If the applicant is seeking a teaching assistantship (TAship), applications should be submitted by March 1 for fall and by October 1 for spring.

Please visit the Office of Admission to complete an application:

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Arctic and Northern Studies program has a small number of teaching assistantships (TA) available to full-time M.A. students. They are available on a semester-by-semester basis. The teaching assistantship requires 15 hours per week of work assisting a professor in teaching an undergraduate class (usually by grading assignments). The assistantship covers tuition each semester (up to 10 credits), basic health insurance, and a modest stipend. To be competitive for a position, 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, or must be in the process of applying, to the program to be considered for a teaching assistantship.