In addition to research and service, the Center for Arctic Security and Resilience
(CASR) provides support to a variety of Arctic education credentials and opportunities.
Housed within the UAF College of Business and Security Management and serving under
the leadership of the HSEM program, CASR is well-positioned to guide Arctic Security
education-related opportunities and activities. The following represents the established
Arctic Security-related programs and courses:
The MSDM degree provides the educational basis and required skills for students to
be successful in strategic and supervisory roles within homeland security and emergency
management related fields and enables them to successfully enter the workforce at
an advanced level of responsibilities, esp. with accrued experience.
- Arctic Security Concentration
- The arctic security concentration will help students to understand the Arctic’s unique
economics and governance systems, making students better prepared to help analyze
and strategize Arctic security-related issues. Courses include topics in strategies
and operations, diplomacy, and international relations.
- Complete the following in addition to the MSDM requirements:
- HSEM F621 - Circumpolar Competition-Arctic Diplomacy and Defense
- The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding on fundamentals involving
global competition and how it relates to the Arctic. As a result, an understanding
of Arctic Security can be developed through studies defined by the primary security
management actors for global issues: diplomatic and defense officials.
- HSEM F622 - Arctic Strategies and Operations
- The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of northern national policies
of the Arctic states as well as select non-Arctic states. Understanding Arctic national
interests and strategies help inform defense authorities of critical Arctic issues
required for diplomacy and security planning, regional dynamics, and complex international
- HSEM F692 - Security and Disaster Management Seminar
OR ACNS F652 - International Relations of the North
Arctic Security Graduate Certificate
The Arctic Security Graduate Certificate provides students with the education and
expertise to understand and better navigate the numerous security concerns impacting
the Arctic region. The Arctic is a transforming region of climate, security, geopolitical
and resilience-related developments where a comprehensive understanding of the region
will prove essential for local, state, national, regional and international settings.
An Arctic Security Graduate Certificate represents an accredited endorsement of advanced
academic education and a more robust understanding of the operational context of the
In addition to the UAF general university graduate certificate requirements, below are the requirements for the Arctic Security Graduate Certificate:
||Vulnerability and Protection
||Circumpolar Competition-Arctic Diplomacy and Defense
||Arctic Strategies and Operations
|Complete one of the following:
||Comparative Homeland Security
||Homeland Defense and Security
||Security and Disaster Management Seminar
||International Relations of the North
Department of Defense
Arctic Security Fundamentals - an AlaskaX course with
Arctic Security Fundamentals explores the security situation of the Arctic through
a focus on the key stakeholders responsible for diplomacy and defense. Although the
post-Cold War Circumpolar North has remained mostly stable, rapid changes in climate
and technology have created new conditions requiring increased attention and management.
This course is for:
Security specialists interested in learning more about the Circumpolar North
Members of defense-related institutes and organizations who want to know more about
international security and/or the Arctic
Professionals in industries that rely upon Arctic resources and knowledge
Undergraduate and graduate students who hope to specialize in regional studies
The course is completely free and designed to work with minimal internet and computer
access. Additionally, the course is self-paced. The content represents about 6 weeks
of normal university-level work, but participants have many months to complete the
To date, there have been over 700 students from several dozens of nations.
Enrollment is open all year.
In addition, CASR has contributed to the one of the newest courses in AlaskaX: Climate Change in Arctic Environments